March 2, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 5



Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog


§ Online Theology Courses - Fr. Thomas Dowd teaches theology at Concordia University and the Grand Seminary of Montreal. He has made available online MP3 audio files of two of the courses he has given or is presently giving at Concordia University. Read More... § Aggie Catholics: Lent 2009 - Aggie Catholics is St. Mary's Catholic Center's (at Texas A&M) pastoral team's blog. A recent posting is a FAQ on Lent and provides brief answers to questions concerning Lent. Read More...

§ Australian Catholic Social Justice Council - Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Web site has two useful documents on the social justice teachings of the church. Read More...

§ Books of the Bible Flash Cards - The Web site of the parish of Immaculate Conception in Franklin New Jersey has downloadable documents containing flash cards to help memorize the names of the books of the Old and New Testament. Read More...

Prayer of Saint Francis§ Papal Message for Lent 2009 - The message of Pope Benedict XVI for Lent 2009 is available on the Vatican Web site

§ FI Prayer Resources - Franciscan International has a number of beautiful printouts of prayer posters on a social justice theme. Read More...

§ My Friend, a Catholic Magazine a publication of the Daughters of Saint Paul for children stopped being published in 2007, but its Web site is still available online and offers an extensive amount of resources. Read More...


Technology and Religious Education


crossword puzzle§ Just Crosswords - The website allows you to make your own crossword puzzles, save them, link to them or put them on your own website.


Resources on the Sunday Readings


March 8
2nd Sunday of Lent

Lonsdale Clipart
Crossword Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle 2
Bible Study

March 15
3rd Sunday of Lent

Lonsdale Clipart
Crossword Puzzle
Bible Study

March 22
4th Sunday of Lent

Lonsdale Clipart
Crossword Puzzle
Bible Study

March 29
5th Sunday of Lent

Lonsdale Clipart
Bible Study

Other Resources
on Sunday Readings

Gospel of Mark - Articles, Commentaries, homilies, Clipart, Coloring Pages, Puzzles, Children's Stories


Printable Monthly Calendar


February 2009

March 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document

February 2009

April 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document

Words of Wisdom Posters


For you have made us for Yourself,
And our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
-- St. Augustine of Hippo

Therese of Lisieux

Even when I have nothing to offer Him...
then, I will give Him this nothing.
-- Saint Therese of Lisieux

More Word of Wisdom Posters


Scripture Cards


Download and print a sheet of four scripture cards to print, cut and give to students, catechumens, or friends .

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5.5 Download PDF document

Blessed are those who are merciful for they will receive mercy.

Matthew 5.7 Download PDF document

Also see Scripture Clipart Cards and Scripture Posters


Other Useful Resources Online


Lenten Clipart - Resources for Catholic Educators

Lent - Resources for Catholic Educators

Site Reviews: Lenten Season - Resources for Catholic Educators

Prayer - Resources for Catholic Educators

Lesson Plans / Activities for the Lenten Period:

Bread or Stone - Penitential Preparation

Stations of the Cross Project

Making Space for God - Several years ago I wrote the outline of one of my stories and put it online as part of this lesson plan. Recently, I received an email from Mary Wood, Director of Religious Education for Our Mother of Sorrows/St. Peter the Apostle parish in Centreville, Maryland. She sent me an adaptation she had written of that story so that it could be read by her catechists. It is very well crafted and I am grateful that Mary has given me permission to share it with you. You can find the adaptation of the story at PDF/The-Mountain-of-the-Rising-Star-Adaptation.pdf.


Articles Online


§ Scripture for Life by Paul Zilonka, C.P., The Passionists - Compassion - Fall, 2008


The Eucharistic context for experiencing the Bible has its roots in the earliest days of the Christian community.

§ “Father, Forgive Them” by Peter Mais, The Passionists - Compassion - Fall, 2008


After my wife’s murder near the chapel by the Pastoral Centre in March last year and before her funeral I sought the seclusion of a cottage in the Blue Mountains where I reflected and wept.

I realized that the tragedy was not an event to be considered in a vacuum. I reflected that Jesus was as present with her in that garden near the chapel as he was present during his own agony in the Garden of Gethsemane.

§ How Can We Pray Unceasingly? by Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., The Passionists - Compassion - Spring, 2008


Developing the habit of praying constantly, without ceasing, is a habit of the heart. If we heighten our awareness of God’s presence and action in the world and do not waiver in that desire, our life can become our “prayer” in the proper sense.

§ Mountain man by Jim Forest,, Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Forty years after his untimely death, Thomas Merton continues to inspire us to climb new spiritual peaks.

§ The living legacy of Dorothy Day, by Jim Forest,,


Dorothy Day was 8 when her family moved into a tenement flat over a tavern on Chicago's South Side.