Catholic Educators News - February, 2005


Lenten Resources

bullet There are several web pages on the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site that provide Lenten and Holy week Related resources:

bullet Lent sitography - Lenten Resources Reviews I - Lent Clipart - Palm Sunday - Holy Thursday - Good Friday - Stations of the Cross Project

bullet A Journey through Lent Chart - for each day there is a suggestion for prayer, the reading of scripture, action or a change of attitude. Users are encouraged to adapt the text as appropriate for individuals and groups. This chart was kindly provided by Brother Nicholas a De La Salle Christian Brother in St Helens, Lancashire, England who, for years, has been maintaining a beautiful web site on prayer and education: Praying Each Day

bullet Praying Lent - Excellent web site from Creighton University Online Ministries - With Daily Prayer for each day of Lent and Resources to help the Lenten Journey and Bulletin Inserts to help a whole community. And, an Audio Retreat for Lent: by Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J.

Web Sites Worth Exploring

bullet OnLine Religious Education Database - A very extensive commented webography. Search for a resource by content area and/or year group to get a listing of links to online resources with a short description of its content and an indication of it suitability by year groups. An excellent and useful resource! Produced by the Catholic Education Commission in Australia.

bullet Guided Biblical Archaeology Tour of the Holy Lands - Virtual tour in images and text of Jerusalem, Ancient City's and their Defenses, Life during Biblical Times, Sites from Hezekiah's Reign, Sites in the Life of Christ, The Dead Sea Scrolls; Archaeological Methods.

bulletColoring page and crafts - Appledoorn-Zuid - You do not need to read Dutch to appreciate the large collection of beautiful quality coloring pages and crafts found here. Click on Nieuwe Testament to see the resources on the New Testament, on Oude Testament for those on the Old Testament, and Pasen & Pinksteren for resources on Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost. You might want to use the web page translator to make out the tilte of each document:.

bullet Santi, Beati, e testimoni - This site is in Italian. The interesting features for someone who cannot read the hagiographies in Italian, are the great and numerous images included on the pages of each saint. There are a total of 24,500 images of over 3,800 saints on this site!

bullet Prayertoons - A different look at prayer in cartoon format. A new cartoon each day or explore the archives for the last 5 years.

bullet Catholic Gospel Coloring and Word Activities for Sunday Gospels and Readings - Very useful resources!

Articles Online

bullet The much-raised question - Can the pope resign? Can Pope John Paul abdicate for reasons of health? The answer is not simple, as MICHAEL AUSTIN SJ finds. Featured article in the Southern Cross.

bullet The kind of world this is - by Guy Consolmagno
Does God control every atom? Or does he observe but not intervene? The Asian earthquake has left many people puzzled, but science shows he plays by the rules.
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Music in Review

Phil and Sue Fortin Music - the music ministry of Phil and Sue Fortin. Their ministry focuses on providing music for various liturgical services, retreats, concerts, hosting music ministry workshops, writing original music, and CD's. They are also the Music and Liturgy Directors of the LIFE TEEN program at Immaculate Conception Church in Stoughton, MA, USA. Check out the website for more information, MP3 sound bites, and CD purchases.

A Bit of Humor

A man decided to join a very small and very selective order--of monks. The order was so devoted to prayer they were only allowed to say 2 words every year.

After the first year passed, he went into a small room where he was given the chance to say his two words to the head monk. His two words were "Too cold." The head monk nodded and gave him an extra blanket.

The next year passed and he was once again taken into the small room. This time his 2 words were "Bland food." Again the head monk nodded and gave him a box of salt.

When the next year had passed they took him back into the small room, and his 2 words were "I quit."

"Fine!" exclaimed the exasperated head monk, "All you've done since you got here is complain anyway."


Priest: Can any of you children tell me what Good Friday did?
Fifth Grader: He saved Robinson Crusoe?


What's the difference between Christmas and Easter?
After Christmas, some people will come to church in only THREE months!


God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
– Ethel Wilcox

A Catholic should have only one spouse.
This is called monotony.

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather's lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?"
"Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago."
"Oh," she paused, "Grandpa, did God make me too?"
"Yes, indeed, honey," he said, "God made you just a little while ago."
Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, "God's getting better at it, isn't he?"


A tour guide was showing a group of Americans around a church in Ireland. "And here is the skull of St. Patrick."
One of the tourists challenged him, "You showed us St. Patrick's skull in another church yesterday!"
"Ah yes," the guide answered, "but that was his skull when he was a wee lad."