February, 2010 - Volume 3, Number 3
Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
§ The Church's 2000 Year History - a concise history of the Catholic Church. Read more...
§ Benedict Everyday.com offers daily selected quotes of Pope Benedict XVI for prayer and reflection.
Word of God Everyday provides a daily scripture verse and a quote from a saintly figure in the Church. Read more...
§ The Foundation for Sacred Arts is a Catholic nonprofit organization founded to stimulate a vibrant renewal in the patronage and production of Christian sacred arts. Read more...
§ Digital Catechesis is a social networking site that aims to be a "worldwide community for advancing the effective use of technology in all areas of faith formation. Read more...
§ Homilies offers just that... homilies in both English and Spanish from different homilists for each Sunday of the liturgical year. Read more...
§ Crossmap Christian Backgrounds and Christian Wallpaper offers over 200 free images. Read more...
§ The Roots of Catholic Social Justice Teachings - a PowerPoint presentation It provides an oveview of Catholic Social teachings from 1878 to 2005. Read more...
Come Home - Song by Annie Karto: A video based on Jesus' parable, the prodigal son. The song, 'Come Home', is written and sung by Annie Karto, Catholic Singer/songwriter and Inspirational Speaker, from Treasure Island, FL www.anniekarto.com
Technology and Religious Education
§ The Digital Generation and the New Technologies by Carson Weber, The Sower Vol. 30 No. 4
§ Pope: Blog the Gospel! by James Martin, S.J., In All Things, group blog of America, the Catholic National Weekly, January 23, 2010
Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days
Resources for feast days in January and February:
John of God as painted by Murillo
Other Useful Resources
Resources for Catholic Educators:
- Lenten Clipart - Resources for Catholic Educators
- Lent - Resources for Catholic Educators
- Site Reviews: Lenten Season - Resources for Catholic Educators
- Prayer - Resources for Catholic Educators
- Resources for Holy Week and Easter Online
- Lent - Call to Conversion - Frequently Asked Questions
- Ronald Rolheiser - Reflections for the Lenten Period
- Ash Wednesday
- Lent Reflections from Saint Elizabeth's
- FindingGod.org - More resources for Lent
- Lent and Easter Resource Guide
- Praying Lent
- Lenten Retreat Online
- Lenten Features
Words of Wisdom Posters
Christ, the Master of humility, manifests His Truth only to the humble and hides Himself from the proud. -- St. Vincent Ferrer
“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled." -- Luke 6.21
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." -- Luke 6.20
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh." -- Luke 6.21
§ The Parable of the Labourers in the Vinyard by Msgr. Paul Watson, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
"The parable of the Vineyard Labourers, in Matt 20:1-16, raises problems for us. It is not hard to feel a degree of sympathy with the workers, who had been hired at the beginning of the day and had put in a full day’s work. Clearly, the householder is free to be generous, but isn’t there also the matter of justice?"
§ The Bishop and Spiritual Fatherhood by Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
§ Catechetical Methodology: Liturgical Catechesis by Marianne Cuthbertson and Dr. Caroline Farey, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
How can we ensure a liturgical approach in our catechesis?
§ Catechesis & St. Thomas' Eucharistic Hymns by Sr. Mary Michael Fox, OP, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
"Sr. Mary Michael Fox shares the richness of St. Thomas Aquinas’ profound hymns on the Eucharist which are excellent catechetical tools."
§ The Rosary and the Vocation to Catechesis by Derek Rotty, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
"The Rosary is a valuable methodological tool for catechists because it can provide precious insights into how the various mysteries apply to the catechetical vocation. "
§ RCIA: Questions, Answers, Issues, and Advice: Period of Mystagogy & Struggling with Scandal by William Keimig, The Sower Vol. 31, No. 1, Jan-Mar. 2010
§ The Transmission of Faith through Art by Hamilton Reed Armstrong, Communio 28 (Summer 2001)
§ Haiti and the Theodicy Question, Ron Rolheiser OMI, January 24, 2010
"Where is God in the countless tragedies that happen in our world? Where is God when bad things happen to good people? Where was God during the Holocaust?"
§ Praydreaming: Key to Discernment, by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., Catholic Update
"We Christians don’t just decide things, we discern them. That is, we do our best to figure out what God is calling us to in every situation. We do our best to say yes to that divine invitation. But how do we discern God’s will for us? That’s the tricky part."
§ Appreciative inquiry and adult faith formation: The art of asking questions is the secret to parish and parishioner renewal by David DeLambo, Today's Parish, January-February 2010, Volume 42 #1
"Appreciative inquiry" is a cutting-edge technique in the world of organizational development. Many parishes have successfully adapted the technique for pastoral planning and adult faith formation. What makes it so successful is its use of personal stories to cause powerful transformation."
Articles in the February 2010 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:
§ Celebrating Saint Hedwig of Poland by Patricia Mathson
Queen Who Cared Feast Day: February 28
§ Teaching the Two Sides of Lent by Lee Danesco
§ Complete-A-Project Bible Search: Jesus Is Tempted in the Desert by Alice Pfeifer, CSA
This Complete-A-Project Bible Search Activity is for teacher and students (grades 4-6) working together.
§ What Have We Missed? by Mary McEntee McGill
Prayer for satechists on Ash Wednesday
§ Catholic Inventory: Where is Faith in Your Home? by staff of Catechist
We see our faith expressed at home in many ways—in the things we see around the house, and in the things we do. How much of your faith is in your home?
§ A Lenten Mailbox for Catechists by Kate Ristow
Reply to questions and a suggestion to help students make a Lenten calendar.