October 16, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 14
§ Preparing for Advent: A Webinar - Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press and veteran catechist, invites catechists, religion teachers, and RCIA leaders to join him in this Webinar that explores how to create engaging advent-themed faith-formation activities drawn from the Sunday Scripture Readings of Cycle C (the Gospel of Luke). Read More...
§ Teaching About Jesus Using “New Media” — Catechist's Journey - Read More...
§ Israel: an Archaeological Journey is a 71 page document published by the Biblical Archaeological Society of Jerusalem. This resource is available for download in PDF format on the Web site Biblioblog. Read More...
§ International Catholic University: Self-Study Courses - graduate level instruction in theology and philosophy, with lecture programs that can function as part of a master's degree program or can be used by students who wish to learn more about the Catholic tradition on their own. Read More...
§ Homilies and Exegesis for Sunday Readings - The Atheneum of Ohio Web site provides us with homilies and brief exegesis for the Sunday readings. Read More...
§ Explore Church History - hundreds of pages of information about church history and links to many other sources. Read More...
§ Catholic Bibles Online - Looking for the text of Catholic Bibles Online? As far as I am aware of, there are 4 English Catholic translations of the Bible available online. Read More...
§ Two resources that help prepare lectors to read the Sunday readings. Read More...
§ Catechesis of the Popes - "This site is dedicated to looking at the Wednesday General Audiences of the Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. " Read More...
§ Confirmation: Rite for Life - This video is from Oblate Media and Communication and is an 8 minutes segment of a two segment video lasting approximately 26 minutes. Read More...
§ "Theology on Tap is a program of the Office of Young Adult Ministry that reaches out to young adults who want to explore the role of faith in their daily lives. Read More...
§ Divorce, Remarriage, and Annulment: Church Teachings - The Web site of the Archdiocese of Baltimore offers, on its Metropolitan Tribunal page, a selection of documents on the teachings of the Catholic Church as pertains to divorce, remarriage and annulment. Read More...
§ Learn more about Saints of the Bible - Bible Saint Trivia Who Said That? Illuminated Bible Saints. Read More...
§ Awakening to the mystery that is here - a new audio visual meditation DVD produced by Sr. Monica Butler (Sisters of Mercy) along with Val Goldsack. Read More...
Technology and Religious Education
§ The Digital Generation and the New Technologies - Technology & Catechesis by Carson Weber, The Sower Review, Oct-Nov. 2009 issue
Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days
Resources for feast days
November 16: Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin - Optional Memorial
Resources on the Sunday Readings
Resources for Advent
Advent: General | Advent: General 2 | Advent: Meaning | Advent Coloring Pages | Advent Calendars | Advent Wreaths & Crafts | Jesse Tree | Prayers of Advent | Advent & Christmas Clipart |Advent Site Reviews
Background articles and commentaries, homilies, children's stories, art, clipart, videos and other resources on the Mass readings for upcoming Sundays:
Word of Wisdom Posters
Scripture Posters and Cards
Download and print these posters. Click on the images to see a large version.
And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight. --Philippians 1.9
And he has made the world firm,
A Selection of Articles Availalble Online
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§ Advent Day-by-Day: A Season of Surprises by Kathy Coffey, Catholic Update
"Here comes another Advent and we aren’t up to it. The thought of digging through boxes in the basement, finding the Advent wreath, mustering the energy to shop for gifts may leave us drained. We were numb and cozy in our safe routines; how will we ever find the time or the resources to do more?"
§ Mental Illness—A Christian Response - by Jim Van Vurst, O.F.M.,Every Day Catholic
"Early in life, we become aware that humanity is wounded. We learn this from Scripture, observation and experiences of our own weakened wills and darkened minds. How are we as Christians to look upon mental illness and those who suffer from it?"
§ Beyond Suicide—Trusting God With Our Broken Hearts - by Pegge Bernecker, Every Day Catholic
"Six weeks after my only child died unexpectedly, the victim of teenage suicide, I sent an e-mail to a friend: “I’m eating chocolate for Lent. That’s a first for me. But I decided that I’m suffering enough and don’t need to add anything or give anything up. I think my son’s unlived life is enough for now.”"
§ St. Thérèse's Little Way of Nonviolence, by John Dear SJ, National Catholic Reporter, Sep. 29, 2009
"When I sit in jail thinking of war and peace and the problem of human freedom," Dorothy Day once wrote, "of jails, drug addiction, prostitution and the apathy of great masses of people who believe that nothing can be done--when I thought of these things I was all the more confirmed in my faith in the little way of St. Thérèse. We do the things that come to hand, we pray our prayers and beg also for an increase of faith--and God will do the rest."
Articles from the Religion Teacher's Journal
§ Child catechumens and the scrutinies—what your learners need to know, By: Rita Burns Senseman, February 2009
Help students pray for their peers who are preparing to be baptized.
§ Rediscover the Word made flesh in the Christmas gospels by: Janet Schaeffler, OP, Nov. - Dec. 2009
Use the readings of the season to explore the mystery of Jesus’ birth
§ Practical evangelization: Help students spread the good news every day by: Martin J. Arsenault, April/May 2009
Young Catholics can be effective missionaries
Articles from the The Sower Review, Oct-Nov. 2009 issue
§ Mary, Questions and Answers by Amette Ley
"We look at how Mary helps us to ask the most important questions about our lives, and to find the answers to those questions."
§ Marian Pondering - Learning to Pray from Our Mother by Sean Innerst
"We ponder a Marian curriculum of prayer provided for us in Luke’s Gospel and expounded in the Catechism."
§ Mary, the First Catechist - Do whatever He tells you by Bishop David A. Zubik
"There is no more concise job definition of the catechist than this ‘job description’ given to us by the Blessed Mother, the first catechist. That job has as its all—to teach, to nurture and to evangelize – the deep relationship between Jesus, the Bridegroom and His Bride, the Church."
§ Hearing Christ Speak through Scripture and the Problem of Biblical Fundamentalism by Dr Andrew Minto
"The occasion of hearing Christ’s voice is an action of grace that is deeply personal, yet never private, since the Spirit works likewise in and through the entire community of faith, mediating the Paschal mystery throughout the whole life of the Church. Yet experience has taught us that a fundamentalist tendency may creep in that attempts to privatize this meaning to the exclusion of other authentic voices emanating from the Church."
§ From Fiat to Magnificat - A Catechetical Journey by Gary Sullivan
§ St. John Vianney, the Cur of Ars - Catechetical Saints by Sr. Johanna M Paruch FGSM, PhD
§ Annulments and Communion - Addressing the Issue in RCIA by James Cavanagh
"One of the most difficult things about being a Director of Religious Education is how to handle cases that involve divorced and remarried people who want to become Catholic."
Articles in the October/November 2009 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:
§' Tis the Season by Marlene Sweeney
"Directors of Religious Education rely on volunteers. The task of transmitting faith from one generation to the next depends on many voices and helping hands."
§ Planning a Liturgically Sound Children's Christmas Mass by Mary McEntee McGill
§ From Darkness to Light: Celebrating Advent by Kate Ristow
§ Simple Gifts from the Hearts and Hands of Your Students by Sheila Kearney
"This Advent Season, as you help your students prepare their hearts to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord, also lead them toward a deeper appreciation for gift-giving."
§ Advent and Advents by Robert Saley
We often think of Advent as the liturgical season of waiting. But it's worth taking some time to ask "Just what exactly are we waiting for?"
§ Manna: God's Boundless Generosity by Jeanne Heiberg
"Perhaps it's my enthusiastic interest in buying, cooking, and eating food that causes me to love an Advent symbol not seen often enough on Jesse trees. I delight in the symbol of manna."