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§ Photo Peach – This online application allows you to create sideshows with captions for each image and add background music. You can even insert multiple choice questions on the images. You can then also embed the slide show in your own blog or Web site. See below for an example.
Bible Posters - Isaiah on PhotoPeach - The images in the slide shows below are from our collection of
free Bible posters downloadable here: http://www.4catholiceducators.com/bible_posters_archive.htm
Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days
Resources for feast days in November:
- December 7: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor - Memorial
- December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity
- December 9: Saint Juan Diego - Optional Memorial
- December 11: Saint Damasus I, pope - Optional Memorial
- December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe - Optional Memorial
- December 13: Saint Lucy of Syracuse, virgin and martyr - Memorial
- December 14: Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor - Memorial
- December 21: Saint Peter Canisius, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial
- December 23: Saint John of Kanty, priest - Optional Memorial
- December 25: Nativity of the Lord - Solemnity
- December 26: Saint Stephen, the first martyr - Feast
- December 27: Saint John the Apostle and evangelist - Feast
- December 28: Holy Innocents, martyrs - Feast
- December 29: Saint Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial
- December 31: Saint Sylvester I, pope - Optional Memorial
- January 1: Octave of Christmas, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - Solemnity
- January 2: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors - Memorial
- January 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus - Optional Memorial
- January 6: Epiphany (celebrated on the first Sunday after 1 January in countries where this feast is not a Holy Day of Obligation)
- January 7: Saint Raymond of Peñafort, priest - Optional Memorial
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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.
"Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft." --St Anthony of Padua
Pray always and don't doubt that God keeps you in His divine arms and that the time will come when He will teach you His most holy Will. -- St. Paul of the Cross
Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. -- Isaiah 7.14
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. --Isaiah 9.2
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us... -- Isaiah 9.6
Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture
Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters
§ The Holy Family by James Martin, Catholic Update
JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH! Who could be more familiar to us? Yet there is actually little that we know of the activities of the Holy Family in the years before Jesus’ public ministry. The stories of this famous family, though, appear in the Bible for a reason. So what can the distinctive lives, experiences and spiritualities of the members of the Holy Family teach us?
§ The Changing Face of the Church, Every Day Catholic
What does it take to live as an adult Catholic in our changing and challenging world? Every Day Catholic uses an engaging and practical approach to help readers confidently apply Christian values to their everyday decisions. An online small group process is an added bonus.
§ Teach our faith with the Advent wreath by Michael John, Religion Teacher's Journal
§ Rediscover the Word made flesh in the Christmas gospels: Use the readings of the season to explore the mystery of Jesus’ birth by Janet Schaeffler, OP
Articles in the December 2009 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:
§ The Value of Humor in the Catholic Middle-School Classroom by Patricia Anne Columbus
Make learning more fun—and teach students some valuable life lessons—by making humor a part of your daily classroom life.
§ Global Awareness: Opening the Eyes of Children to the World Around Them by Emily Kracht
Starting as a basic language program, the Global Awareness program at Loyola Catholic School has grown to include year-long experiences of the arts, language, and cultures of people in all parts of the world.
§ Stations of the crib: Discover a new Christmas tradition for your family by Dolores Curran, Catholic Digest
§ Prayer with an Infallible Guarantee by Ron Rolheiser, OMI
"There are several places in the gospels where Jesus assures us that if we ask for something in his name we are guaranteed to receive it."
§ Christmas: A Season of Love by Reverend Mark Connolly, Spirituality for Today December 2009
§ The Stranger Child A Legend by Count Franz Pocci Spirituality for Today December 2009
§ Joseph, A Saint for the Perplexed by Louise Perrota - The Word Among Us, Advent 2009
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