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Recruit and Reenergize Your Catechists!

August 28, 2014

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The Church of Mercy, Pope Francis’s first book detailing his vision for the Church, encourages each of us to ignite the flame within to help share the light of Christ and revitalize the Church. Ask any DRE and they’ll tell you that passionate catechists are the fuel to that flame. The Heart of a Catechist […]

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Attracting Adults By Telling Them They Are Needed

August 22, 2014

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A popular idea for engaging adults in faith formation is to invite parents of children in RE to some type of enrichment at the same time that their children are in class – another way to combat the “drop-off” mentality. These efforts are often met with mixed results. Some parishes have had success with this […]

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The Gospel is More Than “Chicken Soup”

August 18, 2014

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One of the most profound lessons I’ve learned in my experience as a catechetical minister is that the core message of the Gospel is not about simple character development (ala Chicken Soup for the Soul) but about radical realignment of our being. I was reminded of this notion by this Sunday’s Gospel about the Canaanite […]

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Jumpstart Your Year: Catechist Resources at Your Fingertips!

August 14, 2014

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As we approach the start of a new catechetical year, I thought it would be helpful to pull together a number of resources I’ve made available on my blog and provide them in one place for your “one-stop shopping!” Just follow the links below to a number of resources that will assist you in getting […]

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Inviting Zacchaeus to Come Down from the Tree

August 13, 2014

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A HUGE part of forming disciples is inviting people to take the next step (there is ALWAYS a next step!). Throughout Scripture, we see Jesus inviting people to take the next step in their faith journey. One such story is of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) and we see how this invitation was life-changing for him. Many […]

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Depression: A Mental, Spiritual, AND Physical Condition

August 12, 2014

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The tragic death of Robin Williams is a painful reminder of the insidious nature of depression, an often misunderstood condition/disease. Too often, depression is thought of as a weakness that can be overcome with an attitude adjustment. In reality, however, depression is not something you can just lift yourself out of. It is not a […]

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Bibles for $3.99!!!

August 7, 2014

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If you are looking to purchase Bibles for your catechetical setting on a limited budget, this just came across my radar. The Autom company is selling The New American Bible (NABRE) for only $3.99 each and $5 shipping on all online orders. Since these are not the sturdiest of Bibles, they also have vinyl covers […]

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Purchasing Objects for Your Prayer Table

August 6, 2014

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Whether you are doing child catechesis or adult catechesis, it is crucial to establish a climate of prayer and one of the most effective ways of doing this is by setting up a prayer table. People ask me where they can get the objects they need for a prayer table and I thought I had […]

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Good Discussion Questions for Catechist Grade Level Breakout Sessions

August 5, 2014

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I enjoyed a day in the Diocese of Peoria, in particular, participating in a grade-level breakout session for 5th and 6th grade catechists. Some of these grade level sessions can grow tedious if not facilitated well. I like the fact that for these breakouts, the Diocese provided questions […]

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Summer Chuckles #6

July 18, 2014

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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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