You Can Do It!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 31, 2018
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What helpful words can you offer a new catechist who may be doubting his or her abilities? Catechist and author Carole M. Eipers, DMin, offers encouragement to the new volunteer who may be saying “I’m too young” or “I’m too old.” This reluctance to take on the important task of sharing the Good News of […]

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Projects for the New Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 31, 2018
283

Summer is an ideal time to brainstorm new project ideas for the upcoming school year. It’s also a good time to review that “great ideas” email folder you’ve stuffed with inspiration you didn’t have time to consider during the flurry of last year! The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies looked in their idea files […]

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Come Together: Family Catechesis

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 22, 2018
288

Bring families together to explore the Sunday Gospel! Every week, The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis offers Gospel-related questions for all ages, from preschool through adult. It centers on a familywide presentation of the Gospel for that Sunday, with recommended music, prayers, and activities that all ages can understand. It also provides opportunities for […]

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Early Start Lessons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 22, 2018
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Lessons for the 2018‒19 Pflaum Gospel Weeklies begin Sunday, September 23, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. If your classes begin before that date, Pflaum provides three Early Start Lessons for Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. These lessons are available online and can be easily downloaded and printed. Each includes a lesson plan […]

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Inspiration for Catechists

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 16, 2018
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Whether you are a longtime catechist or an eager first-timer, all catechists can benefit from the experience of other seasoned teachers and catechetical leaders. Every year, Catechist magazine sponsors the Catechist Honors program. This year’s finalists offer classroom tips and spiritual resources that inspire them as they share their Catholic faith with children and adults. […]

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Catechists as Disciples

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 16, 2018
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As you prepare for fall catechist training, prayerfully consider Matthew 28:19: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” How might our approach to catechist formation change when we regard catechists as disciples? In “Three Steps Toward Catechist Formation,” James Blankenship shares his takeaways from Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and […]

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Ready, Set, Plan

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 10, 2018
275

Are you planning your 2018–19 calendar or prepping a summer catechist training? Good news: the Teaching Guides for the first eight lessons of the 2018–19 school year, from September 23 through November 11, are now available online. The guides are set up to be viewed or downloaded for easy printing. All five levels of the […]

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Welcome, Families!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 10, 2018
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As you plan for the upcoming year, you may be asking: How do we get families more involved in our faith formation programs? How do we engage the families who are already attending? Serving the needs of families is a constant goal of parishes and the Church worldwide. Many parishes have great programs and communication plans […]

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Saint Resources: The Week of July 8–14

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 4, 2018
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Summer is an ideal time to get caught up on books you’ve meant to read, to-do lists you’ve meant to complete, and Pinterest projects you’ve pinned. It’s also a good time to immerse yourself in the summer season of the Church, especially its many, many saint days. The following resources will give you a little […]

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Catechist Training Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 4, 2018
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Summer is far from over, but if you’re looking to get ahead on some of your fall planning, Pflaum offers a number of resources. Adapt the Gospel Weeklies to your specific program needs with Teaching Guides that include plans for 60- and 90-minute class sessions in parish programs as well as a five-day plan for […]

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