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ONLINE NEWS AND IDEAS YOU CAN USE

Online learning activities celebrate All Saints’ Day

Reproducible activities marking All Saints’ Day, for preschool through junior high, are available in the fall 2014 edition of PGW Online – a service of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. Included are “We Praise Holy People” and “Trick-or-Treat Saints” for primary grades and “Saints and Their Labors” and “Saints” Epitaphs” for older children. You’ll also find an All Saints’ Day Family Prayer Service you can print and send home. Click on Online Resources in the menu above then select Seasonal Reproducibles to register, if you haven’t already. It’s free!

Celebrate Parish Religious Education Week Nov. 2-8

Highlighting the essential role of the parish in Catholic education, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is observing its annual Parish Religious Education Week celebration Nov. 2-8. Online resources include a Celebration Guide with an overview of the program and a “week of ideas” for celebrating. Included are key facts about parish catechesis, sample Mass intentions for highlighting parish catechesis, and ways to recognize local leaders of parish catechesis for their work on behalf of the faith community

Plan a Christmas Craft Fair as a parish-wide celebration

Foster whole community catechesis using an Advent/Christmas craft fair as the centerpiece of an early December event. Our Gospel for All Ages online program provides all you need to get started: publicity ideas, a sample schedule, a gathering ritual, and more. For an overview of The Gospel for All Ages program, in the Online Resources menu above click on Whole Community Catechesis, then select “Guidelines for an Advent/Christmas Craft Fair.” It’s never too early to get started!