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
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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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Peter’s Pence Collection: July 1

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 2, 2018
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On the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, Catholics worldwide donate to Peter’s Pence Collection. This effort is one of the longest-standing examples of financial donation in the Church—or the world. Since the late 8th century, bishops throughout Europe began to send regular annual tributes, known as Denarius […]

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Celebrate Our Nations!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 2, 2018
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  This week across North America, proud citizens celebrate Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act (originally the British North America Act) in which the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united to become known as Canada. Independence Day (also known […]

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Videos for This Week’s Feasts

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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This week, Catholics honor the faithfulness of early Christians. On Sunday, June 24, we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, who ultimately lost his life because of his outspoken witness (and Herod’s jealousy). On Saturday, June 30, Catholics remember the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, which you can learn more about […]

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Time for Tech?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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Catechists and teachers often have just a few precious minutes to share the week’s lesson. We need strategies to “get down to business” quickly. To that end, catechists must set policies about phones in the classroom—either to silence them, put them facedown, set them in a basket by the door, or leave them at home. […]

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Honoring Fathers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day in the United States. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She wanted to honor dedicated dads like her own, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single father. While it’s not officially a Church holiday, Father’s Day celebrates the gifts of paternal love […]

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