Archive | November, 2012

Imagination: Hope’s Prerequisite

November 30, 2012

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Catching a Thought

One of the lines I miss most from the Mass (in the wake of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal) is “we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.” I love the concept of waiting in joyful hope and I believe that is what is at the heart of […]

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Welcome Advent!

November 29, 2012

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This Sunday, we celebrate the beginning of a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent. This is one of my favorite seasons of the year because it calls us to renew our hope. Christian hope is not some random wishful thinking. It is the anticipation of something that we KNOW is coming and […]

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David: Shepherd and King – A Summary of Monday’s Session

November 27, 2012

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We had a very nice session last evening on the topic of David, shepherd and king. I hadn’t seen “my kids” for 3 weeks due to traveling and a holiday so it was great to see them again. I had 3 absences so the room seemed a little emptier and, for the most part, the […]

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A Happy Shepherd!

November 27, 2012

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Had a very nice session on Monday about David, shepherd and king. Here’s a pic of one of the boys who quickly volunteered to dress as a shepherd. I added a graphic to hide his face for privacy reasons but left his smile for all to see! For the rest of the session, anyone who […]

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David: Shepherd and King – Lesson Plan

November 26, 2012

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Here is my lesson plan for this evening’s session focusing on David…ambitious as usual! Session 10: David – Shepherd and King BIG IDEA David: shepherd and king, points the way to Jesus: the Good Shepherd and Christ the King PRELIMINARIES (15 mins) Students fill out prayer intention slips upon arrival Opening procession to set up […]

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David the Shepherd – Instant Costume

November 26, 2012

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Tonight’s lesson is going to focus on David – shepherd and king – who points the way to Jesus, the Good Shepherd and Christ the King. With that in mind, I quickly assembled a shepherd’s costume to bring tonight which I am modeling below. I don’t intend […]

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Sacraments Learning Stations at St. Gabriel’s in Riverdale, the Bronx

November 24, 2012

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As they say, imitation is the highest form of flattery so I am indeed flattered to learn that a parish in the Bronx – St. Gabriel – adapted my Sacraments of Initiation Learning Stations for use with their Family Faith Day, an intergenerational event. I’ll let MarieGwertzman, the Sacramental Coordinator, fill you in and then […]

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It Is Right and Just: A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

November 16, 2012

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Vintage Thanksgiving Day Postcard

Here is a lesson plan for a session that I put together on the theme of thanksgiving titled “It Is Right and Just.” It is packed with ideas so you will probably have to pick and choose how much of it you actually hope to/think you can accomplish in the time you have. This lesson […]

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An Advent Calendar for Grown Ups

November 15, 2012

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Here is a very helpful Advent/Christmas Calendar that is very appropriate for grown ups…it includes very substantive information and background as well as links to more resources when you click on each day’s link. This comes to us from the Institute for Christian Formation.   Advent/Christmas Calendar: Year of Grace 2013

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10 Things Catechists Can Be Thankful For

November 14, 2012

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universal thank you note

With Thanksgiving just over a week away, I thought it would be a good time for us catechists to pause and give thanks for so many blessings that we have. Here are 10 things that I think catechists can be thankful for and I invite you to add to the list! For those we are […]

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