October 26, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 13



Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog

§ All Saints is a seasonal feature on the American Catholic Web sites. Read More...

§ Catechesis on Angels - This page on the Web site of Opus Sanctorium Angelorum provides links to some Church documents on angels.

§ Catechesis in the Third Millennium - "This blog is designed to share insights and ideas for carrying out the work of catechesis in a Catholic Parish." Read More...

§ Bidding Prayers - "Here you will find the Bidding Prayers (Intercessions) Sundays and Holy Days. Read More...

rosary§ USCCB Video - The USCCB Video page on the Web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a selection of faith formation and reflection videos. Read More...

§ The Web site of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. Read more...

§ Documents written by Francis Brinker containing an introduction on how to pray the rosary and providing scripture verses as a means of meditating on each mystery. Read More...

§ Clipart Catholique - This French Web site contains 26 clipart graphics. Read More...


Technology and Religious Education

Under the Hood§ Catholic: Under The Hood - Podcasts on the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church. Blogger Father Seraphim Beshoner, TOR is a friar of the Third Order of St. Francis. He is also an assistant professor of history for the Franciscan University of Steubenville on their campus in Gaming, Austria. Besides his podcast, Fr. Seraphim is also the author of Ivan Sergeevich Gagarin: The Search for Orthodox and Catholic Union

§ Maybe It’s God blog, launched by the Archdiocese of Washington in Lent 2009 as a place to learn more and ask questions about the Catholic faith.


Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days

Resources for feast days in November:

Sait Clement

Saint Clement

November 1: All Saints - Solemnity
November 2: All Souls - ranked with solemnities
November 3
: Saint Martin de Porres, religious - Optional Memorial
November 4: Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop - Memorial
November 9: Dedication of the Lateran basilica - Feast
November 10: Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial
November 11: Saint Martin of Tours, bishop - Memorial
November 12: Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr - Memorial
November 15: Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial
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

Calendars and Indexes of Saints ~ General Information on Saints - Individual Saints
Canonization & Beatification ~ Classroom Activities on Saints ~ The Wisdom of Saints ~ Wisdom of Saints Posters
Reviews of Web Sites Focussing on Saints ~ Saints Coloring Pages


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:

31st Sunday - Year B32nd Sunday - Year B33rd Sunday - Year B



Printable Monthly Calendar

June 2009 calendar

November 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document

June 2009 calendar

December 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document


Word of Wisdom Posters

St. Aloysius Gonzaga

O my God, You have surpassed all my expectations.-St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face

Saint Servinus


Who teaches the soul if not God? -- Saint John of the Cross


Scripture Posters and Cards



Jeremiah 31.9

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.-- Matthew 5.5

Mark 10.51

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.-- Matthew 5.10

Mark 10.27

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -- Matthew 5.4

Matthew 5.9

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5.3

Mark 13.31

Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.
Mark 13.31

Daniel 12.3a

But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament...
Daniel 12.3a


A Sampling of Other Bible Verses Posters available on 4CatholicEducators.com

Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture Clipart Cards and Scripture Posters



A Selection of Articles Availalble Online


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

§ May We Invoke The Saints? By Elizabeth A. Johnson, Theology Today - Vol 44, No.1 - April 1987

§ Youth Ministry in an Inconvenient Church pdf by Michael Warren, professor of catechesis and practical theology at St. John’s University in Jamaica.

"As I hope to make clear: When the local church is a living sign of the good news, then its ministry to youth is likewise a living sign, flowing out of what the church is living."

§ Forming Young Disciples – Opportunities for Adolescent Catechesis pdf by Tom East, Center for Ministry Development (afiliated with the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut)

"How do we form a living faith within adolescents that will empower young disciples to know and live the faith today?"

§ Rethinking Catechetical Ministries: The “Future Work” of 60 C.E. pdf by Michael P. Horan, Ph.D, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

"Through this essay I offer a proposal for retelling the “story” of the modern catechetical movement in Catholicism (since the Second Vatican Council)."

§ How do we "pass on the faith?" Fr Daniel Donavan, Catholica.com.au

"We educate to some extent by what we say,
Even more by what we do,
And even more than that, by whom we are.
But we educate most of all by what we love.
That goes on after we die"

§ We Thank You Always by Mary McEntee McGill

Liturgical celebration for Thanksgiving.

§ God’s Athlete: St. Damien of Molokai lived his calling in a very physical, sacramental way,by J. Peter Nixon, The Word Among Us, October 2009


Articles in the October/November 2009 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:


§ Craft Clip: Old Crayons by Jeanne Heiberg

Craft Clip gives you ideas for using ordinary household items in crafts and other activities with your students.

§ Setting the Table for Thanksgiving by Sheila Kearney

I spend the last class before Thanksgiving talking about gratitude and focusing on God's great goodness.

§ Celebrating Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini: Life of Service by Patricia Mathson

Frances Cabrini cared about children and all people.

§ The Word of God: Ecumenical, Inter-religious, and Cultural Dialogue by Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min.

§ Advice from Master Catechists—November/December 2009 by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, Kate Ristow, Chris Weber, Dan Thomas

Q: What can be done about a student who does not return activity sheets? Q: How can I educate myself about Scripture?