How to Organize the Best Vacation Bible School Team…Ever!
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
5d ago
by Margie Copeland A couple of years ago my parish community finally planned and executed the parish’s first VBS—Vacation Bible School. But before the first advertisement went out, before we even had a theme, and before the plan unfolded, I had a few doubts. I wondered about scheduling, planning time, and whether this program would actually be a success. With the Lord’s guidance and support, I knew we would succeed, but beyond the spirit-filled partnership with our Lord, how does it happen? The preparation for VBS begins about a year before the actual week. Several factors made it clear that ..read more
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Looking Back and Looking Forward: Evaluating the Year
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
1w ago
by Kate Ristow St. Paul prayed that the Philippians would “discern what is of value” (Philippians 1:10) as they continued to learn what it meant to live their faith. The same is true today. As catechetical leaders we need to regularly step back from our ministry and evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts. We must determine what is of value and decide on any improvements or changes we want to make. We must gather information, review the year, and check whether we are headed in the right direction. The process of evaluation is an opportunity not just to critique, but also to dream. It’s abou ..read more
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Crafts for Catechesis: Glory Be Prayer Poster
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
1M ago
by Jessica Gordon CLICK HERE to download a pdf of this activity. CLICK HERE to dowload the Glory Be prayer worksheet.   Copyright 2016, Bayard, Inc. All rights reserved. This article is protected by United States copyright and other intellectual property laws and may not be reproduced, rewritten, distributed, redisseminated, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast, directly or indirectly, in any medium without the prior written permission of Bayard, Inc. Read Crafts for Catechesis: Glory Be Prayer Poster on CATECHIST Magazine ..read more
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Catholic I.Q – The Catholic Church: Her mission and members
Catechist Magazine
by Cathy Elmers
2M ago
DAVID O’BRIEN Here’s a 20-question quiz on the Catholic Church. It contains sample questions such as: What is the central mission of the Catholic Church? Once Christ saves us from sin and eternal punishment, our life in Christ is nourished by____? The word catholic means___? There is also a 10-question kids quiz as well. This quiz can help you, your students, and your students’ families review their knowledge about our Catholic faith. Permission is granted to share it at church, school, or at home. The Quizzes and the Answer Keys are available in a free PDF. Click here to download: CAT.Marc ..read more
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A Family Together: Know Your Sacraments Activity Page
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
2M ago
JEAN LARKIN Each of the seven sacraments of the Church has a special place in our faith journeys. Some sacraments are received only one time during a special moment in our lives and others are celebrated many times. Regardless of how often we receive a sacrament it is a powerful moment and has a specific intention and recognizable symbols, and it is celebrated in a special ritual. CLICK HERE to download a reproducible group activity page. This article first appeared in Catechist magazine, April 2016.   Read A Family Together: Know Your Sacraments Activity Page on CATECHIST Magazine ..read more
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Parents: The Key to Successful Sacramental Programs
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
2M ago
by Kate Ristow   Catechetical leaders whose sacramental preparation programs get rave evaluations each year often attribute this accomplishment to their concerted efforts to energize and engage parents in every possible way. The strategies below work. Choose one or more to implement in your parish. Make them your own by adapting them to meet your needs.     Parent Meetings  Bringing parents together to kick off the immediate preparation phase of a given sacrament—Eucharist, reconciliation, or confirmation—is a time-honored tradition. But it’s what you do when you ..read more
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Youth Ministry: The Initiation
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
2M ago
by Eric Groth   Do you have or know a story-telling grandpa with an over-active imagination? In Initiation, a film produced for the Outside Da Box sacraments video catechism series, one such grandpa colorfully tells the story of his initiation into the Catholic Church to a couple of somewhat skeptical grandsons. He describes it like a fraternity initiation where he had to do three things: (1) Be drowned in water, (2) be covered in oil and set on fire, and (3) eat flesh. You can see where this is going.  He eventually explains that in the plunging into water, he became dead to sin ..read more
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Youth Ministry: Helping Restless Teens to Focus on Faith
Catechist Magazine
by psedlacek
2M ago
by Lisa Mladinich Contemporary neuroscience has revealed a remarkable adaptive characteristic in the brain: Whatever actions we perform repeatedly cause our neurological pathways to rewire accordingly. Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, says this remarkable neuroplasticity, as it is called, is the reason that old habits are hard to break and new habits are a challenge to establish. In our technology-obsessed youth culture, the many hours most teens spend gazing at the flickering screens on their phones, video games, and computers is inducing the s ..read more
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Advice from a Master Catechist: Five Big Questions About Same-Sex Attraction
Catechist Magazine
by Cathy Elmers
3M ago
Catechist reached out to Courage International for some answers FR. PHILIP G. BOCHANSKI RESPONDS … St. Paul’s advice to the Ephesians defines the catechist’s mission: “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15, NRSVCE). When our students are bombarded by messages from secular society and popular culture about sexual identity and sexual morality, it is the catechist’s duty to speak with both clarity and charity about God’s plan. The following questions will certainly come up in discussions with students, parents, and even fellow catechists. The Church provides clear, compassionate answe ..read more
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Team Conflict Management
Catechist Magazine
by Cathy Elmers
3M ago
Tips from the saints ANN GARRIDO So there is tension on your catechetical team? Don’t worry. Tension has been part of church life since Jesus walked the earth, and it doesn’t mean you are doing something wrong. All of the research that has been done on healthy church life indicates that communities reporting no conflict are far more likely to be comatose than vital. People only argue about what they care about. If no one is arguing about anything, it is often a sign that they’ve lost steam. Read tension as a sign that your team cares! At the same time, the world hardly needs the example of mo ..read more
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