April 12, 2010 - Volume 3, Number 7



Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog


§ Signs of the Christ: Sacraments of the Catholic Church - an overview of the seven sacrament from Catholics United for the Faith. pdf document

§ Resources on the Holy Spirit - helpful documents for Confirmation preparation.

§ The Beatitudes: Various resources on the beatitudes.

§ Panoramic 360° view of the Sistine Chapel

§ Passion of Christ - Art: hundreds of reproductions of artwork and photos related to the passion.

§ Bible Coloring Pages - hundreds of pages listed by books of the Bible.

§ Magnificat is a monthly Magazine and a resource for those who wish to pray every day with the Church.

§ Resources to Promote Vocations - From the National Office for Vocation in the UK.

Father Damien§ The History of the Catholic Church - A time-line (chart) of Church history with points of interest. pdf document

§ Father Damien - This is an article in Wikipedia on Father Damian who was canonized on October 11, 2009.

§ Archbishop Romero - 30 years Later: This website makes available a precious resource bank of materials on Archbishop Romero’s life and martyrdom.

§ Core Theology on the Papacy is a document that was prepared as a "Resource for Catechesis in Preparation for the Visit of the Holy Father to the United States"

§ Orientations: a collection of helps for prayer is a guide for those who wish some direction in praying.

§ sonntagsschule.org is a German Website that offers resources for Sunday school. Among these are a handful of very nice coloring pages.




Technology and Religious Education


§ Mixbook - Create Photo Books Online For Free

§ Big Blue Lab Calendar Maker: Create monthly calendars from your photographs. If you add text to the image before using the online calaendar maker, you can then have monthly calendars posted in your classroom that are good teaching tools. Click on the images below to see two examples.

April 2010 calendar
may 2010

Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days


Resources for feast days in February March and April:

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Resources on the Sunday Readings


Background articles and commentaries, homilies, children's stories, art, clipart, videos and other resources on the Mass readings for upcoming Sundays:  


Words of Wisdom Posters

Saint John Chrysostom

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves. Pope John Paul II

Saint Francis of Assisi

The worst prison would be a closed heart. Pope John Paul II

More Word of Wisdom Posters


Scripture Posters

Download and print these posters. Click on the images to see a large version.


Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters (New posters added)


Articles Online

§ How to plan a creative religion class by Nick Wagner, Religion Teacher's Journal

§ Practical ideas for teaching love of God & neighbor, Religion Teacher's Journal, April/May 2010

§ The Bible and History, Daniel J. Harrington, America Magazine, MARCH 14, 2005

§ Creationism and the Catechism, Joan Acker, America Magazine, DECEMBER 16, 2000

§ Four Lessons for Teaching Justice, Drew Christiansen, America Magazine, MAY 11, 2009

§ Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Implications for Catechesis by Catherine Dooley, OP, Ph.D. pdf document

In the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy [CSL] and subsequent documents,Vatican II not only offered the church a new way of celebrating sacraments, but a new way of thinking about sacraments. In this essay, I would like to consider several of these developments and their implications for catechesis.

cover Catechist MagazineArticles in the April/May 2010 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:

§ Catholic Olympic Games: End-of-Year Review by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer, CSA

Channel your group's energy into a fun and memorable way to sum up the year's religious studies: Hold the 2010 Catholic Olympic Games in your classroom.

§ Complete-A-Project Bible Search: Jesus, the Good Shepherd by Sister Alice Pfeifer, CSA

This Complete-A-Project Bible Search Activity is for teacher and students (grades 4-6) working together.

§ Mind, Heart, and Hands: A Triangle Approach to Learning and Life by Jeanne Heiberg

When teachers I recruited and trained in an upstate New York district gave me a pendant made up of many triangles, I knew they got my message. I had frequently spoken of a "triangle" approach to religious education that reached the whole child: mind, heart, and hands.

§ Advice from Master Catechists—April/May 2010 by Sister Janet Schaeffler, Dan Thomas, Chris Weber, Kate Ristow

What resources will help me stay informed about Catholic news? Can you help my students and me write petitions?

§ Celebrating Saint Damien De Veuster by Patricia Mathson

Servant of the Sick Feast Day: May 10

§ Things to Pray about This Summer by Mary McEntee McGill

As our responsibilities come to an end for a while, I thought that it would be good to take time in our gathering prayer to reflect on our gratitude and to thank God for the many gifts that have been given to us.

§ In Celebration of Earth Day by Jean Grant

Help your students celebrate Earth Day with this prayer service.

§ Fostering the Prayer Life of the Catholic-School Faculty by Gail Mayotte, SASV

Faculty prayer can have a great impact on a Catholic school. The author details prayer ideas that will help faculty grow in knowledge of God, self, Church, and each other.


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