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Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
September 28, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 11

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§ Joe Paprocki: Catechist Webinars - a series of webinars titled “Getting Started as a Catechist”. Read more...

Saint Ignatius of Loyola§ The Religion Teacher - blog on a broad range of topics, rich in content, and informative. Read more...

§ A Study of Faith Formation Models - The University of Notre Dame's Institute for Church Life is offering an online course on Emerging Models of Catechesis. Read more...

§ The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola in the Classroom - Read more...



§ The Dead Sea - interactive map of the Dead Sea region. Read more...

§ Free Prayer Cards - free prayer cards to download and to print. Read more...

§ Judaism: History, Belief & Practice - 25 maps useful for Old Testament studies. Read more...

§ Justice, Peace and Human Development Lesson Plans and Resources - on the USCCB Web site - Read more...


Technology and Religious Education

§ Media Technology use Catholic Religious Education - Marty Tormoehlen wrote a master's thesis entitled "A Qualitative Assessment of Media Technology in Catholic K-8th Grade Religious Education Programs throughout Indiana". He presented his thesis in July 2007. The entire 175 pages thesis is available on his blog.


Useful Resources

Therese of LisieuxResources for some feast days in October:

October 1: Saint Therese of Lisieux - Resources
October 2: Guardian Angels - Resources
October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi - Resources
October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary - Resources
October 15: Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor - Resources
October 16: Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin - Resources
October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr - Resources
October 18: Saint Luke the Evangelist - Resources


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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Printable Monthly Calendar

June 2009 calendar

October 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document

June 2009 calendar

November 2009 Calendar Printout PDF document


Words of Wisdom Posters

Click on the images for a full-size version

Saint Teresa of Jesus

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
--Saint Augustine


Saint Teresa of Lisieux

Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself. -Saint Jerome

The video below uses some of the posters in the Wisdom of Saints Posters Archive.


Scripture Posters and Cards

Download and print these posters. Click on the images to see a large version.

Let the little children come to me...

‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. --Mark 10.14


Mark 10.8

So they are no longer two but one flesh. --Mark 10.8

Mark 10.27

"For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God."
--Mark 10.27

Mark 10.24-25

"Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." Mark 10.24-25

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


A Selection of Articles Availalble Online

§ Pray Anywhere, by Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND, Religion Teacher's Journal, May 2009

§ Accept God’s Gift of Grace—But How?: An activity to illustrate how we receive grace by: Lynanne Lasota, Religion Teacher's Journal

§ Mary—mother and queen: An activity for grades K-3 by: Anne Neuberger, Religion Teacher's Journal April/May 2009

§ Advice from Master Catechists—October 2009 by Dan Thomas, Kate Ristow, Janet Schaeffler, OP, Chris Weber

"What should a catechist always have ready for a substitute? AND What should I know about the attention span of my learners?"

§ Feeding My Soul with Grace, Charity, and Goodness by Sister Alice Ann Pfeifer CSA, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

§ Gospel Giving Involving Students in Social Outreach Opportunities by Susan K. Rowland, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"The essence of gospel giving is this: All people—absolutely everyone, no matter what, no matter who—are to be treated as though they were our brothers and sisters. Because they are!"

§ Complete-A-Project Bible Search: The Rich Man and Jesus by Alice Pfeifer, CSA, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"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."

§ The Word of God as Gift by Most Reverend Anthony Bosco, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"That we are made in God's image is not because of our body. If we accept the astonishing statement that we are like God, we must realize that the similarity is not in our frail physical body but in our immortal soul, our psyche, our anima."

§ What Now? Strategies for Touchy Times by Kate Ristow, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"As well-prepared as our lessons may be, we all know that working with kids can sometimes be a white-knuckle experience. We never really know how youngsters are going to react, what they are liable to do or say, or what sort of baggage they bring with them to class. The "what if" moments challenge us to remember that our students are more important than our lesson plans."

§ Getting the Most Out of Small Groups by Lee Danesco, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"Small-group discussions and activities can suggest all the features of a catechist's worst nightmare: lots of conversations going on in the room at the same time, furniture being moved around, mayhem lurking everywhere. So how is it that some catechists frequently use small-group discussions and activities with great success?"

§ Classroom Homiletics by MJ Heggeness, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"This idea was born when our speaker for RCIA could not come to class one evening. Because we break open the word each week, I decided that we would attempt to reflect on the word and draft mind-blowing "homilies."

§ Feeding the Hungry in a Land of Dieters: Hunger and Social Justice by: Jim and Susan Vogt, Every Day Catholic ©2009

§ Will My Grandbabies See Heaven? Adult Children and Church by: Gloria Hutchinson, Every Day Catholic ©2009


        Articles on the Rosary

rosary wooden beads

§ The Rosary: A Gospel Prayer by Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., and Jack Wintz, O.F.M., Catholic Update

§ A Rosary Refresher | Faith-filled Family - May 2003 Issue of St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online

§ The New Mysteries of the Rosary (in condensed form) by Pope John Paul II - February 2003 Issue of St. Anthony Messenger Magazine Online

§ Mary's Many Titles by The staff of CATECHIST, Catechist Magazine, October 2009

"On October 7, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. We know that Our Lady of the Rosary is Mary, Our Blessed Mother."

§ Praying the Rosary With the New Mysteries of Light, by brother Albert M. Rivera, Youth Update ©May 2004

§ Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Rosary, Faith Formation Update: Ideas and Resources for Catechetical Leaders

§ Rosary - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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