October 1, 2014

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A Little Help? Creative Ideas for Parent Reconciliation “Meeting”

I’m looking for some creative ideas for Parent Sacramental Prep “Meetings” for First Reconciliation. My goal is to get away from the all-too-familiar 45-60 minute talk given by the pastor, associate pastor, DRE, or guest speaker, during which the parents sit passively and listen and then are given some logistics about First Reconciliation and sent […]

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September 29, 2014

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A Catechist’s Bill of Rights – The Right to Formation and Training

Today we hear a lot about people demanding their rights! Fortunately, we live in a country that guarantees those rights according to the Constitution. If there were a “catechist’s bill of rights,” one of those rights would be training and formation and I wish that more catechists would speak up, demanding this right. I’ll never […]

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September 26, 2014

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Creating a “Caring Corner”

A very important aspect of Ignatian spirituality is being a “person for others.” With that in mind, we periodically organize drives here at Loyola Press to collect items (and money) that will serve the needs of others. Most recently, we had a school supply drive to assist the students at an inner-city Catholic school in […]

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September 26, 2014

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For Those Who Can’t Get Enough of Pope Francis!

For those of you who can’t get enough of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Loyola Press is proud to offer Pope Francis: Life and Revolution, a biography of Jorge Bergoglio, written by his good friend and internationally respected journalist, Elisabetta Piqué. Over 75 individuals were interviewed for Pope Francis: Life and Revolution, including lay people, […]

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September 25, 2014

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Getting Away from the Presentation/Lecture Method for Adult Faith Formation

One of the patterns that we need to break in order for ongoing Adult Faith Formation to take root and grow is the bad habit of lecturing to adults for 45 minutes or an hour and calling that adult catechesis. In many parishes, adult faith formation takes the shape of a staff member (pastor, associate pastor, […]

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September 24, 2014

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Hurray for Harrisburg, PA!

Although I forgot to take a picture of the lovely crowd of 100+ catechists and catechetical leaders who gathered in Lancaster, PA (Diocese of Harrisburg) last Saturday, I did want to take a moment to send along this shout-out and express my gratitude for such a wonderful day as we explored what it means to live […]

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September 23, 2014

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Preparing for October – Month of the Holy Rosary Free PowerPoint

October

I’m happy once again to make available my free PowerPoint on October: The Month of the Holy Rosary! To download the Rosary PowerPoint from Authorstream, click on the link above or the image below (also in Spanish below).                      

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September 22, 2014

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A Catholic Take on Left Behind

As if we haven’t had enough of the Left Behind series, now a “major” motion picture starring Nicolas Cage is set to be released. Unfortunately, this means that once again, people will succumb to the false notion that there is going to be a Rapture at which time the saved will be whisked away to […]

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September 21, 2014

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Happy Catechetical Sunday!

Catechetical Sunday

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”– a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year’s theme is “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” As a catechist, you are responding to a […]

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September 18, 2014

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Saints for the New Evangelization—Free PowerPoint Presentation

Saints for the New Evangelization PowerPoint cover slide

Flip through any tabloid magazine and you’ll see splashy spreads touting all the ways the rich and famous are just like us! They drink coffee. They have children. They are busy going about their lives. These magazines act like this is information we should care about, and worse, we should emulate. In our celebrity-obsessed culture, […]

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