October 16, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 14



Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog

§ Preparing for Advent: A Webinar - Joe Paprocki, National Consultant for Faith Formation for Loyola Press and veteran catechist, invites catechists, religion teachers, and RCIA leaders to join him in this Webinar that explores how to create engaging advent-themed faith-formation activities drawn from the Sunday Scripture Readings of Cycle C (the Gospel of Luke). Read More...

§ Teaching About Jesus Using “New Media” — Catechist's Journey - Read More...

§ Israel: an Archaeological Journey is a 71 page document published by the Biblical Archaeological Society of Jerusalem. This resource is available for download in PDF format on the Web site Biblioblog. Read More...

§ International Catholic University: Self-Study Courses - graduate level instruction in theology and philosophy, with lecture programs that can function as part of a master's degree program or can be used by students who wish to learn more about the Catholic tradition on their own. Read More...

§ Homilies and Exegesis for Sunday Readings - The Atheneum of Ohio Web site provides us with homilies and brief exegesis for the Sunday readings. Read More...

§ Explore Church History - hundreds of pages of information about church history and links to many other sources. Read More...

§ Catholic Bibles Online - Looking for the text of Catholic Bibles Online? As far as I am aware of, there are 4 English Catholic translations of the Bible available online. Read More...

§ Two resources that help prepare lectors to read the Sunday readings. Read More...

§ Catechesis of the Popes - "This site is dedicated to looking at the Wednesday General Audiences of the Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. " Read More...

§ Confirmation: Rite for Life - This video is from Oblate Media and Communication and is an 8 minutes segment of a two segment video lasting approximately 26 minutes. Read More...

§ "Theology on Tap is a program of the Office of Young Adult Ministry that reaches out to young adults who want to explore the role of faith in their daily lives. Read More...

§ Divorce, Remarriage, and Annulment: Church Teachings - The Web site of the Archdiocese of Baltimore offers, on its Metropolitan Tribunal page, a selection of documents on the teachings of the Catholic Church as pertains to divorce, remarriage and annulment. Read More...

§ Learn more about Saints of the Bible - Bible Saint Trivia Who Said That? Illuminated Bible Saints. Read More...

§ Awakening to the mystery that is here - a new audio visual meditation DVD produced by Sr. Monica Butler (Sisters of Mercy) along with Val Goldsack. Read More...


Technology and Religious Education


§ 12 Free Online Quiz Makers to Create Online Quizzes


Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days


Resources for feast days

Saint Ambrose

November 16: Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin - Optional Memorial
November 17: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious - Memorial
November 18: Dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Optional Memorial
November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial
November 22: Saint Cecilia - Memorial
November 23: Saint Clement I, pope and martyr or Saint Columban, religious - Optional Memorial
November 24: Saint Andre Dung Lac and his companions, martyrs - Memorial
November 25: Saint Catherine of Alexandria - Optional Memorial
November 26: Thanksgiving - Resources for Catholic Educators
December 3: Saint Francis Xavier, priest - Memorial
December 4: Saint John Damascene, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial
December 6: Saint Nicholas, bishop - Optional Memorial
December 7: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor - Memorial

Resources on the Sunday Readings


Resources for Advent

Advent: General | Advent: General 2 | Advent: Meaning | Advent Coloring Pages | Advent Calendars | Advent Wreaths & Crafts | Jesse Tree | Prayers of Advent | Advent & Christmas Clipart |Advent Site Reviews

Resources on the Sunday Readings


Background articles and commentaries, homilies, children's stories, art, clipart, videos and other resources on the Mass readings for upcoming Sundays:

Solemnety of Christ the King - Year BFirst Sunday of Advent - Year CSecond Sunday of Advent - Year C



Word of Wisdom Posters

Saint Athony Padua

"The life of the body is the soul; the life of the soul is God." - St Anthony of Padua


Saint Vincent de Paul

Consider God's generosity towards you rather than your own unworthiness in His sight, and live in His strength, rather than in the thoughts of your own weakness. -- St. Vincent de Paul


Scripture Posters and Cards



And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight. --Philippians 1.9

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight. --Philippians 1.9


And he has made the world firm,

And he has made the world firm,
not to be moved. Your throne stands firm from of old; from everlasting you are, O LORD. -- Psalm 93.1-2

Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters (New posters added)



A Selection of Articles Availalble Online


The symbol pdf indicates that the documents are in PDF format.

§ Advent Day-by-Day: A Season of Surprises by Kathy Coffey, Catholic Update

"Here comes another Advent and we aren’t up to it. The thought of digging through boxes in the basement, finding the Advent wreath, mustering the energy to shop for gifts may leave us drained. We were numb and cozy in our safe routines; how will we ever find the time or the resources to do more?"

§ St. Thérèse's Little Way of Nonviolence, by John Dear SJ, National Catholic Reporter, Sep. 29, 2009

"When I sit in jail thinking of war and peace and the problem of human freedom," Dorothy Day once wrote, "of jails, drug addiction, prostitution and the apathy of great masses of people who believe that nothing can be done--when I thought of these things I was all the more confirmed in my faith in the little way of St. Thérèse. We do the things that come to hand, we pray our prayers and beg also for an increase of faith--and God will do the rest."

Articles from the Religion Teacher's Journal

§ Child catechumens and the scrutinies—what your learners need to know, By: Rita Burns Senseman, February 2009

Help students pray for their peers who are preparing to be baptized.

§ Rediscover the Word made flesh in the Christmas gospels by: Janet Schaeffler, OP, Nov. - Dec. 2009

Use the readings of the season to explore the mystery of Jesus’ birth

§ Practical evangelization: Help students spread the good news every day by: Martin J. Arsenault, April/May 2009

Young Catholics can be effective missionaries