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Survey Results In: MERCY Trumps All!

April 30, 2014


Last evening, I surveyed my students (8 of 9 were present), asking them to indicate which activities we did this year were their most or least favorite. I compiled a list of 20 activities we did throughout the year and asked them to rate each one on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 […]

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Starting the 2nd Half of the Year by Reviewing the 1st Half

January 6, 2014


After 2 weeks off for the Christmas holidays, religious education sessions are scheduled to be back in session tomorrow evening. Of course, we’re keeping an eye on the weather here in Chicago. Schools are closed today with a foot of snow on the ground and temps at -10 degrees (for a high!). Tomorrow it’s supposed to […]

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Preparing for October – Month of the Holy Rosary: A Free PowerPoint!

September 11, 2013


My friend and colleague, Carrie Freyer, and I cooked up a new idea for this year! We’re providing FREE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS throughout the year that focus on the seasons and feasts of the Church’s liturgical calendar! Each month, you’ll be able to conveniently download a PowerPoint presentation on an upcoming season or feast of the Church year […]

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It Is Right and Just: A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan

November 16, 2012


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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“Wailing Wall” Activity

March 7, 2011


Wailing Wall

This great idea came to me from a catechist by the name of Connie…thanks Connie! Hi Joe, Thanks for the Lenten calendar–I’m always looking for something new! Here’s something I did last night with my sixth graders, who are studying the Old Testament. We made our own Wailing Wall–which we will use throughout Lent. Before class, […]

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“If I Were a Church Hymn”

June 30, 2010



This is an activity that I like to do with older participants (especially adults) who have a little more knowledge of the Church’s repertoire of hymns. I call it “If I Were a Church Hymn” and it basically invites participants to think of which Church hymn they would choose as either: their theme song the […]

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What's Your Catholic IQ?

January 30, 2009


Since September, 2008, I’ve been writing a column for CATECHIST magazine entitled What’s Your Catholic IQ? It’s been a very enjoyable experience and I’m told it is one of the most popular features in the magazine (it already was before I took over writing the column from Page Zyromski). These quizzes are a fun way […]

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A Saint Paul Play – In Three Parts

December 11, 2008


Looking for a creative Saint Paul activity to mark this Year of Saint Paul? My good friend and colleague, Jeanette Graham has put together a wonderfully informative and engaging play about the life of Saint Paul in three acts. This will be a great way to bring Saint Paul “to life” for your class, your RE […]

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The Our Father – Our Declaration of DEpendence

February 25, 2008


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting to about 150 high school teens and their group leaders at St. Francis Xavier in LaGrange. Our topic was Living the Mass and we had a very engaging experience together. One of the parts I most enjoyed was speaking about the Lord’s Prayer. Here’s what I did: I […]

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Bible PowerPoint – God’s Library

January 25, 2008


This coming Monday evening is our Open House for the School of Religious Education and we anticipate parents coming to sit in on their children’s sessions. Of course, we want to be sure that some very engaging things are going on that evening! I’ve decided to do a Bible activity with my group which is […]

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