Catholic Educators News - April, 2005
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Pentecost - Click to go to the artist's web site
Pentecost and Confirmation Resources

bullet There are several web pages on the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site that provide resources related to the Holy Spirit, Pentecost and the sacrament of confirmation:

bullet Holy Spirit - Pentecost - Confirmation

John Paul II and the Conclave

Within the last week one can find an incredible number of new Internet resources on John Paul II and the Conclave of cardinals. Here are a few of the ones I have come across.

bullet Pauline Books and Media - Offer a number of features:

John Paul II - Celebrating and Remembering: Multi-media remembrance of John Paul II

Choosing a New Pope - Conclave Trivia

bullet Pflaum Publications - Offers:

A printable handout biography of John Paul II (pdf)

Prayer services for Primary, Intermediate and Junior/Senior High - For each level directions for the prayer leaders and handouts for the students are available in pdf format.

A number of activities are suggested for Primary, Intermediate and Junior/Senior High. Handouts for students are provided for these. Among these are Color the Pope Crest (primary); Spreading the Word - a map of North America with a list of some of the cities the Pope has visited.(Intermediate); Teach All Nations, a map of the World with a list of countries the pope has visited with answer key.(Junior/Senior High).

A section on electing a new pope with a handout explaining the process of electing a new pope in the past and today; a printable handout explaining who are the people involved in this process.

Visit the Pflaum Publications Web site for more excellent resources!


bullet The Vatican Web site has a time line with all of Pope John Paul II's writings, speeches, travels, and events in his pontificate.

bullet What the cardinals believe - "This homepage wants to make accessible that information about a Cardinal which gives an insight into his mind. It helps you to track down his key pronouncements, decisions and actions in order to understand who he is and what can be expected from him."

bullet David Yackley, a composer and musician offers a six-minute meditation on the life and words of our Holy Father, With These Hands. Beautifully made and suitable for teens and young adults.

bullet For more resources on John Paul II and the Conclave visit our John Paul II page in the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site.

Web Sites Worth Exploring

bullet USCCB - The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty - Brochures, facts, statements.

bullet The Source Games & Icebreakers for Youth Ministry - The table of contents reads as follows:

bullet You Turns Youth Ministry Support - "a Catholic nonprofit corporation Fuses Faith with Fun, for middle and high school youth groups and Confirmation preparation. The program emphasizes Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church and historically pivotal lives of saints in a format that evangelizes and teaches.

Participating parishes give it high marks for increasing attendance and giving youth a firm foundation in the faith.

Also available are the YAK Camp three-year curriculum, the Power Trip board game and tapes/CDs on Scripturally Based Parenting.

Resources for the youth minister, include links to Catholic/Christian music, community building games, movie reviews, Bible and Church research, and links just for youth."


bullet Holy Spirit Interactive - Catholic Information Resource - This Web site incredibly rich in resources and offers hundreds of solid articles and features on all aspects of the Catholic Faith. Excellent for teachers looking for background information and for reading to deepening both their understanding and faith. The site also offers resources for youths and kids.
Articles Online

bullet Former TV executive uses 'power of film' on behalf of poor by By Paula Doyle, and Becoming 'a catechizing community of faith' Mike Nelson. Both of these articles were published in Tidings Online.

bullet Vatican official fears nations will ignore UN on cloning, in CathNews

bullet The Brain-Compatible Teaching and Learning Equation
by Rod Haenke in Today's Catholic Teacher

Music in Review

bulletCor Sanctum - a Catholic Praise and Worship band that has been accepted to perform at World Youth Day this Summer in Germany. Their web site makes available 11 sample songs in mp3 format.

bullet Christian Worship Songs in mp3 - 16 traditional- instrumental songs and 13 contemporary worship songs available for download or for listening online.

A Bit of Humor

When one priest telephones another, does he make a parson to parson call?


Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his dentist's Novocain during root canal work?
He wanted to transcend dental medication.


Father Murphy walked into a pub and said to the first man he met, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

The man said, "I do Father."

The priest said,"Leave this pub right now!" He then approached a second man. "Do you want to get to heaven?"

"Certainly, Father," was the man's reply. "Then leave this den of Satan!" said the priest.

Father Murphy then walked up to O'Toole and asked, "Do you want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole replied: "No, I don't Father."

The priest looked him right in the eye and said, "You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"

O'Toole smiled, "Oh, when I die. Yes Father. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now."


Teacher: Did you know that protons have mass?
Student: I didn't even know they were Catholic.


Priest: Fred, why aren't you singing in the choir any more?
Fred: Well, Father, I missed a Mass last month and everyone thought that the organ had been tuned.


A little girl was showing her bathroom scale to her friend. “All I know is that when you step on it, it makes you angry."


An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled, "Stop - Acts 2:38!" (..turn from your sin...). The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All she did was yell a scripture to you." "Scripture?" replied the burglar, "She said she had an AXE and two 38's."


Contrary to a common misconception, "denial" really IS a river in Egypt – if you came in last in the National Spelling Bee.


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