July 23, 2014

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Putting Parents First When You Kick-off the Catechetical Year

I mentioned in a recent post how I am working with the DRE of a parish to combat the “drop-off” mentality that many parents have when it comes to their child’s faith formation. Here are some ideas for resources from Loyola Press that can help you to put parents first when it is time to […]

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July 23, 2014

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Getting Started as a Catechist Webinars (Archived)

Becoming a Catechist

For those who are beginning their ministry as catechists, take advantage of the recorded Webinars available here on my blog: Getting Started as a Catechist. There are 4 sixty-minute recorded Webinars tailor made to your needs: Getting Started as a Catechist of Primary Age Children Getting Started as a Catechist of Intermediate Age Children Getting […]

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July 22, 2014

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Combatting the “Drop-Off” Mentality

This afternoon, I met with Deb Breakey, the DRE of St. Cajetan Parish in Chicago, to brainstorm a new way to kick off the catechetical year this Fall designed to combat the “drop-off” mentality that so many parents have when it comes to their children’s faith formation. We are working on designing an experience on the […]

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July 22, 2014

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“Meet the Staff” Day at St. Barnabas!

Today I had the pleasure of meeting with the staff at St. Barnabas Parish in Chicago where I will be assisting in adult faith formation! They were very warm and welcoming and we enjoyed spending about an hour together during which time I introduced myself to them and articulated my goals for working with them […]

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July 22, 2014

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Finding God Video Project for 9th and 10th Graders

I recently discovered that a DRE in Leominster, MA, has created a project for her 9th and 10th graders now that they have completed grades 1-8 of using the Finding God program. She wanted to continue to the theme of “Finding God in all things” so she has decided to have her 9th and 10th […]

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July 21, 2014

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Nice Book Review for Under the Influence of Jesus!

Under the Influence of Jesus

While on vacation, I caught wind of this very nice review of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus. The review was written for CatholicPhilly.com  by Eugene J. Fisher, a professor of theology at St. Leo University in Florida. I was honored to be reviewed alongside of Fr. Jim Martin’s most recent book, Jesus: A […]

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July 21, 2014

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Time to Get Serious…About Adult Faith Formation!

I hope you enjoyed my “summer chuckles” while I was on vacation! Fr. Jim Martin, SJ, reminds us that “our relationship with God — like any relationship — can use some humor from time to time.” Now that I’m back, it’s time to get serious about my focus for the upcoming year: adult faith formation! […]

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July 18, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #6

group of clowns

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor decided to make the rounds of religious education classes to talk about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. As he began to chat with a […]

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July 16, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #5

group of clowns

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A catechist was seeing her students off after class when one of them said, “That was a really good class Mrs. Martinez, to which she replied, […]

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July 14, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #4

group of clowns

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor and the music director were always at odds with one another over the selection of hymns at Mass. Eventually, the pastor announced that he […]

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