February 22, 2010 - Volume 3, Number 4
Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
§ The Bible and Its Story - Scanned Images from a book in the public domain. Read more...
§ oChristian Clipart offers a large collection of images. Read more...
§ Breaking the Bread of the Word is a Lectio Divina approach to the Sunday Liturgy. Read more...
§ ChristLife is a lay Catholic ministry established in response to the Church's call to a new evangelization. Read more...
§ The Saint Paul Ministries Web site offers a large number of resources, many of them in the form of PowerPoint presentations. Read more...
§ WingClips gives you access to clips from various current movies. Each of these clips can be used to explore themes relevant to faith education. Read more...
§ Picture Puzzles or How to Read the Bible by Symbols - Images from a book in the public domain - guess the Bible verse illustrated. Read more....
§ The Coloured Picture Bible for Children - images scanned from this book in the public domain. Read more...
§ Noah's Ark in Images - Images from a book in the public domain. Read more...
§ Lent: 40 Ideas for 40 Days! - This post on Joe Paprocki's blog Catechist's Journey offers 40 ideas for the 40 days of Lent. Mr. Paproski aslo conducted a Lenten Webina. A recording of this webinar is also available on his blog. See aslo: Creative Lenten Ideas Shared by Webinar participants
Technology and Religious Education
§ Telling a Story, Web 2.0 Style by Susan Brooks-Young
"Storytelling is one of the oldest and most enjoyable ways to teach and learn. Bring storytelling into the digital age by using Web 2.0 tools to make high-tech slideshows, comics, and more."
Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days
Resources for feast days in January and February:
Useful Resources For Lent
- Father, forgive them... - 4CatholicEducators.com
- Resources for Catholic Educators: Way of the Cross; Stations of the Cross Project; Listening to te Last Words of Jesus with a Resurrection Heart; 'Father, forgive them!' - A reflection on Luke 23:34; Today you will be with me...; Woman, this is your son...; My God, my God; I am thirsty; Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit
- Catholic Faith Education Blog: Stations of the Cross; Stations of the Cross II; Lectio Divina: The Way of the Cross, by Jean Debruynne; Christ's Suffering and Death.
Words of Wisdom Posters
Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak. --Saint Anthony of Padua
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts!
§ On Fasting and Praying in Secret by Ron Rolheiser
Articles in past issues of the Catholic Updates Newsletters
Sin and Reconciliation
§ How to Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation Today
§ Ten Tips for Better Confessions— The Gift of Reconciliation
Articles in the March 2010 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:
§ The Search for Silence by Marlene Sweeney
"Surely our children’s need to be invited into the silence of listening to God is no different than ours. Together we can search for silence and be renewed—away from the noise of the world."
§ Craft Clip: Plastic Lids by Jeanne Heiberg
§ Stones and Blooms for Lent and Easter by Sheila Kearney
"Halfway through Lent is a good time to help students think about their Lenten resolutions and renew the spirit of Lent."
§ Faith Formation Opportunities by Susan K. Rowland
"Here are some suggestions for faith formation that you may want to explore. These suggestions include opportunities for personal exploration as well as group experiences. Both are necessary if we are to become well formed in our faith."
§ Teach Us to Pray by Janet Schaeffler, OP
"The question is often asked today, "Are we teaching our children, our young people, and our adults how to pray?"
§ Feeding My Soul with Purpose, Respect, and Delight by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer, CSA
§ The Word of God and Mary of Nazareth by Rev. Bertrand Buby, SM, PhD
§ Advice from Master Catechists - March 2010 by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, Kate Ristow, Chris Weber, Dan Thomas
"What can I do about a student who is behind the rest of the class? What can I say to a catechist who uses a lot of personal finances in her ministry?"
§ Names Written in Heaven by Sandi Belleque
"This is a good reflection prayer for anytime. It can be especially powerful during Lent."
§ Celebrating Saint John of God by Patricia Mathson
Hope of the sick Feast Day: March 8