January 11, 2010 - Volume 3, Number
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§ CatholicPlanet.com provides access to free Christian music in MP3 format. Read more...
§ Gotta Sing Gotta Pray is the blog of Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. Jerry shares reflections on current events in the Church and in the world. Read more...
§ The Spiritual Popcorn blog offers an online discussion on the intersection of faith and film in popular culture today. Read more...
§ The Catholic Laboratory is a web site and podcast about the Catholic Faith & Science. Read more...
§ EnVisionChurch is an online resource concerned with liturgy, spirituality, sacred art, and architecture. Read more...
§ The Pope Benedict XVI Fan Club is a most comprehensive resource on Pope Benedict. Read more...
§ Christian Clipart by Themes is, as the title suggests, a tool to help you locate a clipart image on a specific theme. Read more...
§ Activities Using Vatican City Stamps... Featured collection divided into three categories rich with potential: Saints, Biblical Stories, and Papal History. Read more...
§ Liturgy, Church Year, and Prayer: ChurchYear.Net - This Web site offers various resources related to the liturgical year. Read more...
§ Las historias de la Biblia is a document you can either download or print from scribd.com. It is a 23 pages coloring book depicting stories from the Old Testament. Read more...
§ Twenty-Third Publications author Melannie Svoboda, SND, lists ten ways to love our learners. Read more...
§ There are a number of sources of coloring pages on biblical themes available online. I list a few of them in this blog post and this one.
and Religious Education
§ Three interesting search engines to test drive:
- RefSeek - Document Search
§ Online Teaching and Learning: Set the Stage for Success by Susan Brooks-Young, Catechist Magazine, January 2010
Compelling reasons lead K-12 educators to explore online learning and expand the classroom beyond the physical school building.
§ I am now on Twitter as @catheducator. If you are a Twitter subscriber, involved in faith education, and use your Twitter account to share teaching tips, resources, ideas and so on... please let me know.
Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days
Resources for feast days in January:
- 13 January: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial
- 17 January: Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot - Memorial
- 20 January: Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr - Optional Memorial
- 21 January: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr - Memorial
- 22 January: Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr - Optional Memorial
- 24 January: Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor - Memorial
- 25 January: The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle - Feast
- 26 January: Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops - Memorial
- 27 January: Saint Angela Merici, virgin - Optional Memorial
- 28 January: Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor - Memorial
- 31 January: Saint John Bosco, priest - Memorial
Other Useful Resources
Martin Luther King Jr. - Resources, Lesson Plans, Coloring Sheets, Worksheets, Puzzle, Quizzes, Posters
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:
Click on the images for a full-size version.
Be careful to give no credit to yourself for anything; if you do, you are stealing from God, to whom alone every good thing is due. -- St. Vincent de Paul
Who teaches the soul if not God?-- Saint John of the Cross
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods. -- Psalm 96.3-4
They have no wine. -- John 2.3
Do whatever he tells you.
-- John 2.5
Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture
Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters
§ Filling Gaps in the Gospel by Jack Mahoney SJ, Thinking Faith, 30 December 2009
What became of all that wine at Cana? Where did the Holy Family get to in Egypt? Who was the mysterious young man who ran away from Gethsemane? Fr Jack Mahoney offers a light-hearted look at attempts to increase our knowledge of Jesus and the Gospel.
§ God's Great Reversal: Key to the Gospel of Luke by John R. Barker, O.F.M., Saint Anthony Messenger, January 2010
"The Gospel of Luke, read at Mass on most Sundays this year, affirms that God values each of us regardless of age, wealth, health or gender."
§ Finding Your Own Way to Pray, by Jom and Susan Vogt, Every Day Catholic
"Prayer generally falls into the broad categories of verbal or nonverbal, individual or communal, memorized or spontaneous, contemplative or active. Seekers might experiment with many of the following forms of prayer and let trial and error lead them to deeper conversation with God"
§ The Changing Face of the Church by Edmund Gordon, Every Day Catholic
"History shows that the Church has been changing since its beginning. We are living in a period of rapid change which can be frightening. Pope John Paul II often quoted Jesus’ command to the apostles, “Do not be afraid.” If we believe that the Holy Spirit guides and constantly renews the Church, then we have nothing to fear from change. Change, life and growth are signs of the Spirit."
§ Baptism - A one-time celebration or radical, lifelong change? by Jo Ann Paradise, Religion Teacher's Journal,
"Baptism is not a night at the prom. It is the miracle of God’s love that marks a lifetime of deepening relationship. So, snap out of it and claim your identity in Christ! Live conscious of your baptismal call to holiness and mission. Never forget that your name spoken in the waters of life is forever joined to the source of all life, Christ Jesus our Lord."
§ The Gift of the Priesthood by The Most Reverend William E. Lori, S.T.D., Bishop Of Bridgeport, Spirituality Today, January 2010
Articles in the January 2010 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:
§ Teaching the Sacraments: The Heart of the Matter by Lee Danesco
§ Set Apart: Teaching the Sacrament of Holy Orders by Kate Ristow
§ Activities for Exploring the Mass by Patricia Mathson
§ Color My World with Forgiveness by Amy Swager
"Would you like to show your class the power of reconciliation and not just talk about it?"
§ Craft Clip: Paper Clips by Jeanne Heiberg
"Craft Clip gives you ideas for using ordinary household items in crafts and other activities with your students."
§ Feeding My Soul with Agape, Counsel, and Mystery by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer CSA
"Feeding My Soul is designed especially for you—the catechist. It names a catechetical value and gives you the words of prayer for your personal time with the Lord."
§ When You Need to Change by Marlene Sweeney
"DRE Data brings you concrete suggestions and up-to-date information and insight about parish catechetical leadership."
§ Complete-A-Project Bible Search: Jesus at the Synagogue in Nazareth by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer CSA
"This Complete-A-Project Bible Search Activity is for teacher and students (grades 4-6) working together. The exercise can be completed using the Bible to find the answers."
§ Advice from Master Catechists by Dan Thomas, Kate Ristow, Janet Schaeffler, Chris Weber
"What can I say to the parent whose child does not want to come to class? What should I know about indulgences? What should my seventh-graders know?"
§ Teaching About the New Roman Missal by Msgr. Anthony F. Shermano
§ The Sacraments: Things to Get or Encounters to Enter by Kevin Cody
Parents often think that the Sacraments are "things to get" for their children.
§ Teaching the Sign of the Cross by Amy Swager
§ Celebrating Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys by Patricia Mathson
§ The Sacraments of Christian Initiation by Mary McEntee McGill
§ "Reel Presence": Movies That Can Help You Teach about the Eucharist by Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS
§ The Word of God and the Eucharist by William P. Roberts, Ph.D.
§ Black History Month by Jean Grant
Help your student celebrate Black History Month with this prayer service.
§ Celebrating a Culture: Black History Month by Dr. Pamela J. Farris
A compendium of fiction and non-fiction reading resources for observing Black History Month.
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