Online Catholic Newspapers and Magazines - Reviews
Gleanings: Short excerpts from articles in Catholic magazines..
Many Catholic newspapers and magazines have online editions that sometimes provide exceptional resources that can be very helpful to catechists and teachers.
St. Augustine Catholic - the official magazine of the Diocese of Saint Augustine. The archive provides a link to past issues from January 2000. These give access to over 150 quality articles on a broad range of subjects. Because all the past issues are in PDF format and in full color, the quality of printing is outstanding. There is no search engine on the site. Open each issue of the magazine and scroll down to the table of contents that is usually located within the first 5 pages. Many of these articles would be excellent as reflection/background resources for catechists/teachers or as handouts to RCIA members.
U.S. Catholic - This magazine is published monthly by the Claretians. Each publication usually offers several articles and interviews on a specific issue as well as other regular features. The "Back Issues" page allows you to browse through the table of contents of issues dating back to April 1996. The site has a search engine.
Echoing the Word - This is an excellent online magazine produced by the Pauline sisters in Australia specifically for catechists and religious education teachers. There is a cost to have access to the new issues and archives, but there are some resources available even if you are not registered. Well worth exploring!
Sojourners - "address issues of faith, politics, and culture from a biblical perspective" - Articles are often thought provoking. All articles from back issues from April 1994 onward are available online. This is a non-denominational magazine with articles from Catholic authors and authors from other Christian denominations.
St Anthony Messenger - The online version of this magazine produced by Franciscan Communications is so rich in content that it is difficult to present it succinctly. Features that are especially interesting for catechists and religion teachers include:
- The Bible: Light to My Path - "St. Anthony Messenger has invited several biblical experts to contribute to this column in 2002. Each month, one author will choose a passage that comforts, challenges or seems neglected. He or she will explain how to apply this passage and connect it to everyday life."
- Ask a Franciscan - By Father Pat McCloskey, O.F.M. is the Franciscan who provides insightful answers to a broad range of questions from readers.
- Links for Learners - offered to those who would like to use St. Anthony Messenger in an educational setting or for further study at home. This resource is prepared with high school students in mind, but can be adapted for other age groups. We will feature one article for further study each month. Back issues, beginning in May 1997, contain this resource. Up until December 1998 it was called a teacher's guide or classroom resource. Teachers with access to computer labs should encourage students to access the article directly online.
Back issues are available from April 1996
Holy Spirit Interactive contains the archived columns of Father William P. Saunders dating from October 1996. Fr. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. His articles are short, informative excursions into Church history, dogmas, traditions, and practices, and issues. These are easy to read and constitute a good reference resource.
Inside The Vatican - This online magazine has one feature called "Who are the Cardinals?" that lists all of the cardinals by continents and by countries and gives a biography and a picture for each of them.
Spirituality for Today - "The introduction to the online edition reads as follows: "Spirituality for Today is an interactive monthly magazine dedicated to a variety of current themes and questions concerning the Christian faith in this postmodern age." Short insightful articles. This is a production of the Diocese of Bridgeport.
International renowned theologian and catechist Father John Hardon,
S.J., at the urging of officials in the Vatican, launched The
Catholic Faith magazine, dedicated to helping parents, teachers, pastors, catechists, evangelists, and students to know, live and
spread the Catholic Faith more effectively.
The Catholic Faith Magazine examines:
- Catholic Doctrine
What the Roman Catholic Church really teaches and why
- How to live the Faith today
Evangelization and Catechesis
What to teach and how to teach it; How to witness to Christ.
- Catholic Apologetics
How to defend Catholic beliefs from anti-Catholic and anti-Christian attacks
- Spiritual Life
How to deepen one's spiritual life
Salt of the Earth - This magazine, like the U.S. Catholic magazine, is a Claritian publication. It focusses on social justice issues and provides a number of features that can be excellent resources for teachers and catechists. Among these are: Salt Shakers, reports on social justice projects in schools and parishes; The Idea Exchange - "Need to find some activities to liven up your parish or church's interest in social justice? Here's some ways other people have worked for justice." One document available on this web site is The Busy Christian's Guide to Catholic Social Teaching, an excellent and accessible summary of the major Church documents on social justice issues from 1891 to 1991. The Archives offers links to pages listing articles by subject areas - see the table on the right.