January 19, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 2
Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
§ Apostleship of Prayer - Reflections for Children - The Web site of this association provides a number of resources. One of these is a page conceived with children in mind that provides reflections on the monthly prayer requests of Pope Benedict XVI. Read More...
§ Name that Song - Activity for Confirmation preparation classes - Joe Paprocki, on his Catechist's Journey blog, has recently posted the outline of an activity for confirmation preparation classes extending over 5 sessions of 10 minutes each. He calls these sessions "Name That Song (aka Name That Sin/Virtue/Gift). This activity should be a lot of fun for the kids (and catechists!) and an effective teaching medium. Read More...
§ The Martin Luther King Jr. page on the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site offers an extensive listing of resources including lesson plans, coloring pages, worksheets, puzzles and posters. The graphic on the right is from that page and you can download a large 1229X1257 version of the image to print as a poster.
§ Virtual Symposium On Adolescent Catechesis - The Virtual Symposium was hosted on on MyCatholicVoice.com and many of the audiovisual and written documents generated in preperation for and during the symposium are still available on that Web site and on the NIAC Web sites. Read More...
§ Free Curricula - All the materials listed on this page of the Catholic Heritage Curricula Website are available for free download in PDF format. There is a large amount of useful and interesting material here. Read More...
§ Parables - Illustrated - This page on the Web site of a school in Spain offers sets of large colorful illustrations for each of seven parables: Good Samaritan; Lost Sheep; Prodigal Son; Rich Fool; Sower; Talents; Two Builders. Read More...
Technology and Religious Education
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Resources on the Sunday Readings
Printable Monthly Calendar
Scripture Cards - Download and print a sheet of four scripture cards to print, cut and give to students, catechumens, or friends ( yes, of course you may keep one for yourself (-: )...
Galatians 5.16 Download
Luke 12.25 Download
Other Useful Resources Online
Do Not Keep Them From the Door
From Poetry, Prayer, and Praise
Do not keep them from the door
Usher them in
Open the windows
Let them circulate round every room
Let them waft and weave
Their wares, their fragrances -
Do not keep them from the door:
The airs and graces of the morning
The maids and mysteries
Of a new day dawning.
Thinking Faith - the online journal of the British Jesuits has published a series of articles on Saint Paul since the beginning of the Year of Saint Paul in June 2008. Articles published thus far are the following:
This Sunday - the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - marks the start of a year dedicated to the memory of Saint Paul. But who was this man from Tarsus who influenced the course of Christianity more than probably any other saint? Peter Edmonds SJ introduces the 'Thirteenth Apostle' and his writings in the first of a special Thinking Faith series for this 'Pauline Year'.
The Year of St Paul calls us to reflect on all aspects of the life and work of the Pharisee who became one of the most influential writers in the early church. Bishop John Arnold describes St Paul’s conversion as a long journey in faith, rather than a singular event on the road to Damascus, and looks at what we can learn from this journey, in the second of a series of articles to mark the Pauline Year on Thinking Faith.
As the Pauline Year progresses, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor OP discusses Paul’s role as a pastor to the early Christian communities he established, and looks at how he maintained his relationships with and support of these communities from a distance.
Continuing Thinking Faith’s series on St Paul, Nick King SJ looks at the change affected in the apostle by his encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus, and the demands that St Paul’s letters still place on their readers, two millennia after they were written.
Recent Pauline scholarship has revealed new perspectives from which we can examine the life of the apostle and the world he lived in, claims David Neuhaus SJ. What are these developments, and how can they change our traditional understanding of Saint Paul?
Thinking Faith’s series on Saint Paul continues as Michael Mullins looks at Paul’s Trinitarian theology and the emphasis on community in his writings. What do his letters tell us about the way he structured his own faith and prayer, and how he tried to guide the early Christian communities that he wrote to?
Zimbabwean Jesuit David Harold-Barry looks at the concept of power expressed in the letters of St Paul, as part of Thinking Faith’s series for the Pauline Year. How does Paul’s idea of power differ to the manifestations of political power we see today?
Past articles from Thinking Faith can also be accessed through the archive.