Web Sites Worth Exploring
Images - ChantArt now offers its extensive collection of Catholic
digital Images free of cost.
If you have not already done so, you will need to open an account.
The process to download one or several images is simple. When you
find an image you would like to download, click on it. Then click
on the button "Add to cart". Repeat this process as often
as you like. When you have selected all of the images you are interested
in downloading in a specific session, click on "Shopping Cart"
in the menu bar near the top of the page. Cost will indicate $0.00.
You will then be able to download the entire selection of images
you chose in a zip file and these will be in large format that you
can then format for your needs.
The Web site relies completely on revenues from Google sponsors
to survive so I would encourage you to click on one or two Google
ads when you visit the site to support the efforts of webmaster
Julie Ann Brown. You might also want to write to her at email@example.com as well to let her know how you are using the images.
Martin Luther King Jr. — Resources,
Lesson Plans, Coloring Sheets, Worksheets, Puzzle, Quizzes,
Cafe is a place where young adults seek to understand
the truths of our Catholic faith and support and witness to
each other so that we may grow in love of Christ, the Church,
and each other.
We enrich our minds by learning God's truth, our souls are
empowered through the power of the Spirit of Christ, and we
experience our Baptismal call to holiness through relationships
with one another and the one Church
Dappled Things is, according to the "About" page on the Web site,
"...a new literary magazine dedicated to providing a space
for young writers to engage the literary world from a Catholic
perspective. The magazine is committed to quality writing that
takes advantage of the religious, theological, philosophical,
artistic, cultural, and literary heritage of the Catholic Church
in order to inform and enrich contemporary literary culture. Dappled
Things pledges complete faithfulness to the teachings of the Catholic
Church as expressed by the Bishop of Rome and the Church's Magisterium."
I find the wonderful mix of fiction, poetry, essays, art, and photography
make of this magazine a delightful place to visit and rest a while...
And the quality of the works presented is indeed high.
ChristArt offers free
Christian clipart and art for Web sites and for print material.
One of the features on the site is quite innovative and and
could be fun to use in creating resources for your students.
Under the Clip
Art section of the site, there is a page called "My
Name". On that page you can write the name of one
your students in a form and simply click on "Create Image"
and the name you have written will be integrated in a graphic
that says "Name" loves Jesus. I have done this with
my first name in the graphic above. You could do that for
all of your students, and save the images to use on individualised
worksheets or any handout for that matter.
interparole-catholique-yvelines.cef.fr - This French Web site has all you need to build a beautifully illustrated
yearly liturgical calendar to color, cut ut and assemble with your
students. If you cannot read French, it would still be worthwhile
to use a an online translator to make out the meaning of the sections "Pourquoi
un calendrier liturgique ?" (Why a liturgical calendar)
récapitulatif de l'année liturgique" (Summary table
of the liturgical year). Both of these provide useful and interesting
background information on how to help children understand the different
liturgical seasons and feast days and their meanings.
Catholic Social Teaching
I was recently invited to take a look at http://www.educationforjustice.org.
I was quite impressed with the amount and quality of the resources
available on this Web site. The press release I include below gives
a good description of what it offers.
A small donation is normally requested to access most of the material
on the site, but upon request by email (see details in the press
release), you can obtain a 30 free trial period. I highly recommend
that you take advantage of this offer. It is well worth the small
Educational Website Offers Catholic Social Teaching Resources
Education for Justice (EfJ) is an online Catholic Social Teaching
resource library with thousands of pages of resources on more than
50 justice topics, such as poverty, peace, environmental issues,
and current events. All resources are based on Catholic social thought
and the statements of the Vatican and the U.S. bishops on current
issues are utilized in all materials.
The member-based website, which requests a small donation for use
of the site, is offering 30 days free for new member who would like
to try the website out. They can sign up simply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catholic school teachers, religious educators, parishes, colleges,
and individuals can access articles, reflection/discussion guides,
fact sheets, bulletin inserts, personal prayer experiences, interactive
activities for groups, lectionary reflections, and more at www.educationforjustice.org
The Catholic News Service recently posted the following article
about EfJ in its News Briefs on April 3, 2006:
Web site applies Catholic social teaching to contemporary issues
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Those who wonder what the church has to say
about issues frequently in the news can get answers by searching
through a lot of church documents or they can go to a Web site
that does it for them. The Web site, www.educationforjustice.org,
lists more than 50 topics from terrorism, refugees and the situation
in Iraq to corporate responsibility, HIV/AIDS, globalization and
the environment. Web users can click on a specific aspect of Catholic
social teaching -- just-war principles, human dignity, option
for the poor, rights and responsibilities or care for creation
-- to link the current news items to a specific church response.
The site is the work of the Education for Justice Project, an
outreach of the Center of Concern, a Washington-based social justice
think tank. Catholic social teaching links on the Web site provide
papal documents and bishops' statements on current issues as well
as prayers and questions for discussion.
All Catholics should know about this superb website, which has
helped thousands of Catholics become knowledgeable about Catholic
Social Teaching, an important but often neglected aspect of the
See also: Social Justice and
Peace - Resources for Catholic Educators
Birthing Tree: The Power of Story – Elizabeth Pike, Madonna - November/December 2006
"Sadly, today, there are many obvious signs of the dying
of a type of religion we have known in the past. However, we must
not be alarmed, because within the season of November and December
we are put in touch with special events such as All Saint’s
Day, All Soul’s Day, Advent and Christmas. These celebrations
are reminders that point us to the central mystery of the faith
given to us by Jesus that it is only through dying that new life
can burst forth."
Peace by Sr. Roberta Leskey, The Way of St. Francis,
"I have strategically placed the statue of Saint Francis
and the Wolf of Gubbio near my clock, phone, and calendar on my
office desk. It is a subtle reminder to tame the unpredictable
wolf that abides within when I am caught up in multitasking, meeting
deadlines, dealing with a fickle computer, and attempting to see
and hear the Christ in all who cross the threshold of my office."
Devotions: A means of permeating everyday life with prayer,
by Ann Maree Whenman, Echoing the Word, Vol. 5 No. 5, 2006
"Popular devotions have developed gradually over years,
perhaps centuries, as people sought ways of living out their faith.
They have arisen in the encounter between the Catholic faith and
the spiritual needs of a culture."
A response to Pope John Paul’s eucharistic desire with
this reflection on six stages in the history of the Eucharist
in the Western Church.Catholic Update October©2006
the Church Change? By Michael D. Guinan, O.F.M., Every Day
Catholic, November 2006
"Throughout history, people have puzzled over fundamental
questions: Why was I born? What happens after I die? Does life
have meaning? In 2006, Every
Day Catholic will address these questions and explore
the fundamental beliefs of the Catholic faith." In past issues
of Every Day Catholic: Why
Do We Suffer? By Michael D. Guinan, O.F.M. ; ‘Who
Then Can Be Saved?’ By Thomas H. Groome; Sharing
Our Faith by Judith Dunlap. Upcoming in 2007: a series of
articles on each of the commandments.
A Historical Portrait
This is a series of articles. "At a time when so many different
ideas about Jesus are being circulated, what more authentic source
for learning about him than the Gospels? And what better way of
studying the New Testament than with an expert who has spent his
life pondering and teaching it? Scripture scholar Father Daniel
J. Harrington, S.J., is our guide." I have already mentioned
this series of articles in the previous edition of the Catholic
Educators News, but several new articles have been published since
Death of Jesus: Then and Now; Rendering
to Caesar—and to God; The Resurrection: High Point of
History (coming in December); Christianity Takes Root (January
2007); When He Comes Again (February 2007)
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