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Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
January 25, 2010 - Volume 3, Number 2


Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog

§ Holocaust Resources for Catholic Educators - January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust Resources for Catholic Educators Web site provides a number of resources. Read More...

§ The Web site of the The Association for Catechumenal Ministry features a number of useful articles. Read More...

§ Best Catholic Books is the blog of Sister Julia Darrenkampf, fsp where she posts (mostly) book reviews (text and videos). Read More...

§ Christian Wallpaper and Backgrounds offers some beautiful desktop backgrounds with Bible verses.

§ Free Catholic Coloring Pages - The Web site of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church offers several coloring pages on its Religious Education page. More More...

§ All for Jesus Webcast - Music and devotionals with links to contributing artists.



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§ "Knocking on Heavens Door is a free online comic strip about the misadventures of six-year-old Spencer and his best friend who happens to be - Well - you decide." A comic strip with a theological bent!

Knocking on Heaven's Door

§ Ave Maria - Three Versions: sung by Angela Gheorghiu; sung by Hayley Westenra; sung by by Andrea Bocelli. See the videos or listen to the audio file.

§ PBS Documentary on Pope John Paul II - "This PBS documentary looks at the former Pope's life in the context of his imminent beatification by the Vatican." See the video...

Reaching Out to the People of Haiti

'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?'
And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25.37-40

Our response to the great needs of the people of Haiti at this time and in the years it will take to rebuild the country is a response to Christ's call to us.

“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Luke 9.35
"Do whatever he tells you." John 2.5

The Web site of CARFLEO (Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario) has added a new page with extensive information under the following headings: Church Appeals | News Reports | Relief Efforts | Prayers and Prayer Services | Spiritual Questions | Social Agencies | Background: Haiti


Technology and Religious Education

§ AV Is Cool Again by Michael Fickes, CATECHIST Magazine Online, February 2010

"Remember how boring the classroom audio-visual presentations made with that equipment were? Very uncool! At long last, those relics of mid-20th Century educational technology have begun to disappear from many K-12 schools, which are installing very cool, new 21st Century technology."

§ Deus Ex Machina: How to Think About Technology by Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.,


Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days

Resources for feast days in January and February:

Our Lady of Lourdes

Replica of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in San Carlos Seminary.

Other Useful Resources: Famous Christians

General | Benedict XVI | Dorothy Day | Gerard Manley Hopkins
Martin Luther King Jr. | John Paull II | Chiara Lubich | Thomas Merton
John Henry Newman | Henri Nouwen | Padre Pio | Helen Prejean | Oscar Romero
Mother Teresa | Irena Sendler | Jean Vanier | Saints


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:  
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Words of Wisdom Posters

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John Henry Cardinal Newman

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.-- John Henry Cardinal Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Saint Therese of Lisieux

You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love - and only love. Love can do all things. -- St Therese of Lisieux


Scripture Posters


Psalm 71.15

I will sing of your salvation.
Psalm 71-15

Psalm 71.16-17

My mouth shall declare your justice,day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds. Psalm 71.16-17

Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters


Articles Online


§ Pastoral Concern for Migrant Communities: A ministry of welcome by Bishop Pat Lynch, Thinking Faith, January 10, 2010

§ What is Art? Part 1 of "On the Vocation of the Christian Artist" ; Who is the Artist? Part 2 ; How does Catholicism Aid the Artist? Part III  Eileen Cunis, Dappled Things, 2009

§ Living in the Face of Mortality, Ron Rolheiser, OMI

§ Of Elders, Character, Christ's Passion, and Blessing, Ron Rolheiser, OMI

§ A Modern-Day Miracle Worker, by Bob French, The Word Among Us, January 2010

André Bessette seemed an unlikely candidate, but he was God's own choice

§ The story behind a Communion host, by Dirk Van Susteren, Catholic Digest, January 2010

American Sisters have come a long way from baking Communion dough with tongs over an open fire

Articles in the February 2010 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:

§ Feeding My Soul with Truth, Compassion, and Virtue by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer, CSA

§ Craft Clip: Copy Paper by Jeanne Heiberg

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

§ Vacation Bible School: Key Challenges and Manageable Solutions by Marlene Sweeney

§ Seeking Simplicity by Mary Elizabeth Sperry

§ Steeping Ourselves in the Word of God: Studying It, Interpreting It by Sue Grenough, Ed.D.

§ Your Faith as Salt of the Earth by Jeanne Heiberg

§ Advice from Master Catechists - February 2010 by Sr. Janet Schaeffler, OP, Kate Ristow, Chris Weber, Dan Thomas

Are there problems with a child from another denomination attending our RE classes? Can we pray for the soldiers of our enemies?

§ Let the Children Come to Me: A Meditation by Sandi Belleque

The following meditation is especially suitable for use as community prayer with other catechists.


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