January - February 2012 - Volume 5, Number 1
Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
- Our Lady of Guadelupe - Resources: Online videos, coloring pages, crafts ideas, and various other resources for the upcoming feast day of Our Lady of Guadelupe on December 12.
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Resources for Feast Days and Special Days
Resources for feast days:
- 6 January: Epiphany (celebrated on the first Sunday after 1 January in countries where this feast is not a Holy Day of Obligation)
- 7 January: Saint Raymond of Peñafort, priest – Optional Memorial
- 13 January: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor – Optional Memorial
- 17 January: Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot – Memorial
- 20 January: Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr – Optional Memorial
- 21 January: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr – Memorial
- 22 January: Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr – Optional Memorial
- 24 January: Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor – Memorial
- 25 January: The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle – Feast
- 26 January: Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops – Memorial
- 27 January: Saint Angela Merici, virgin – Optional Memorial
- 28 January: Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor – Memorial
- 31 January: Saint John Bosco, priest – Memorial
Note: The feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the Sunday after 6 January. But whenever Epiphany falls on 7 or 8 January (only in countries where it is not a Holy Day of Obligation), the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on the following Monday.
- 2 February: Presentation of the Lord – Feast
- 3 February: Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, or Saint Ansgar, bishop – Optional Memorial
- 5 February: Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr - Memorial
- 6 February: Saints Paul Miki and companions, martyrs - Memorial
- 8 February: Saint Jerome Emiliani or Saint Josephine Bakhita, virgin - Optional Memorial
- 10 February: Saint Scholastica, virgin - Memorial
- 11 February: Our Lady of Lourdes - Optional Memorial
- 14 February: Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop - Memorial
- 17 February: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order - Optional Memorial
- 21 February: Saint Peter Damian, bishop and doctor of the Church - Optional Memorial
- 22 February: Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast
- 23 February: Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr - Memorial
Resources on the Sunday and Daily Readings
Articles, Commentaries, Homilies, Clipart, Coloring pages, Puzzles, Children's Stories for the upcoming Sunday Gospel readings:
For more articles, commentaries, homilies, clipart, coloring pages, puzzles, children's stories for Sunday Gospel readings consult the following pages: Sunday Readings: Matthew - Sunday Readings Mark - Sunday Readings Luke - Sunday Readings: John
Daily Mass Readings:
Blog World Resources
Articles for CATECHIST Magazine - January 2012
- Complete-A-Project Bible Search: What Do You Say When Jesus Calls? by Alice Pfeifer, CSA
This Complete-A-Project Bible Search activity is for teacher and students (grades 4-6) working together.
- Learning by Heart: What Is a Sacrament? by Judith Costello
This teaching tool uses visual clues to trigger memorization. Presented as a puzzle, it is a unique way to remember key elements of our faith, including prayers, Scripture, facts on Catholic teachings and traditions.
- Spirituality and Popular Culture by Vincent Miller, Ph.D
Any discussion of spirituality and popular culture requires a detailed consideration of the nature and function of popular culture.
- Advice from Master Catechists—January 2012 by Dan Thomas, Kate Ristow, Chris Weber, and Sr. Janet Schaeffler
What are good reasons to combine our parish RE program and Catholic school First Communion celebrations? How can I help students select meaningful, memorable saint names for Confirmation?
- Understanding Sacraments with Poetry by Jeanne Heiberg
Some of the most important things in our lives are things that we cannot see. Using poetry can help us grasp the invisible treasures of the Sacraments.
- Celebrating Saint…John Neumann by Patricia Mathson
Served Others Feast day: January 5
- Sacraments and Strength by Mary McEntee McGill
In early January we often take the time to consider ways for self-improvement. We make New Year’s resolutions, renew our good intentions, and ponder our most cherished hopes. As Catholics, we have the gift of the Sacraments to help us be the men and women we hope and pray to be.
- The Value of the Sacraments to the Catholic Faith and All of Humanity by Kevin J. Cody
It's not about religion; it's about relationship with Christ.
- It's in the Seeing by Cullen Schippe
Who came up with the idea of New Year's resolutions anyway?
- Craft Clips: Newspaper by Jeanne Heiberg
Newspaper can be used for a variety of crafts.
- You Are Invited by Marlene Sweeney
Teaching about the Sacraments is not a stagnant activity.
- What's Your Catholic IQ? January 2012 by David O'Brien
A Self-Assessment for Your Fun and Enlightenment
- Roots and Wings: Helping Students Understand and Celebrate the Sacraments by Kate Ristow
- The Holy Spirit Toolbox by Page McKean Zyromski
How about challenging your Confirmation class to "open" the gifts of the Holy Spirit and "try them on for size"?
- Loaves and Fish Scripture Echo by Sandi Belleque
Use this Scripture Echo to help students remember that just as Jesus feeds a huge crowd of people with five loaves of bread and two fish (John 6:1-15), he feeds us with his body and blood at every Eucharist.
- Seven Sacraments, Seven Signs by Jean Larkin
A Family Together - A Group Activity for the Family at Home or Your Class Family
Articles from various sources
- Hanging on Hope... when the World is Falling Apart by Jim and Susan Vogt, Every Day Catholic
- Exercise, Sports and Spirituality: Celebrating Body and Soul by B.G. Kelley, Every Day Catholic
- Economic Justice for All: 25th Anniversary, Wisdom for Today by Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J., Catholic Updates
This Catholic Update looks at ways in which the U.S. bishops' pastoral letterEconomic Justice for All is still relevant 25 years after it was published.
- Praying So As To See God's Glory Inside Of Humanity - Ron Rolheiser
- Prayer as Seeking God's Guidance - Ron Rolheiser
- Praying So As Not To Lose Heart - Ron Rolheiser
- Prayer as Seeking Depth - Ron Rolheiser