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

September 11, 2013

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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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Adoration Cards

September 9, 2013

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One of the components of religious education at St. Cajetan is the opportunity to take children to the church for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Tuesday of every month. I wanted to come up with something to place in the hands of young people to guide/prompt them in their conversation with Jesus, […]

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Special Needs: Adaptive Kits for First Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Now CONFIRMATION!

August 29, 2013

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Adaptive Confirmation Preparation Kit

One of the challenges we face in catechesis is reaching out to those with special needs to help them encounter Christ in a meaningful way. Loyola Press is proud to be contributing resources to this effort, namely, the Adaptive Kits for First Eucharist and Reconciliation. Now we have proudly added a kit for Confirmation! The Adaptive […]

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The Ignatian Key to Opening Doors of Faith – or – Going Contagious with Ignatius!

August 26, 2013

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The theme for Catechetical Sunday (September 15, 2013) this year is…     It just so happens that St. Ignatius of Loyola holds the key to unlock and open the “Door of Faith!” St. Ignatius taught that the most effective way to persuade someone to your way of thinking is to “enter through their door but […]

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The Six Tasks of Catechesis – #5: Preparing to Live in Community

July 31, 2013

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New York #flickrmeetup - Come and meet us at the High Line!

Recently, we began a series here on my blog about the six tasks of catechesis, focusing on the notion that God is calling each of us to fulfill a role that he has planned for us. Just as actors rely on certain strategies to immerse themselves in character, we too rely on certain strategies to “immerse” ourselves […]

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The Six Tasks of Catechesis – #4: Teaching to Pray

July 30, 2013

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Nelson Mandela at Madame Tussauds in London 2

Recently, we began a series here on my blog about the six tasks of catechesis, focusing on the notion that God is calling each of us to fulfill a role that he has planned for us. Just as actors rely on certain strategies to immerse themselves in character, we too rely on certain strategies to “immerse” ourselves […]

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The Six Tasks of Catechesis – #2: Promoting Knowledge of Liturgy & Sacraments

July 28, 2013

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Recently, we began a series here on my blog about the six tasks of catechesis, focusing on the notion that God is calling each of us to fulfill a role that he has planned for us. Just as actors rely on certain strategies to immerse themselves in character, we too rely on certain strategies to “immerse” ourselves […]

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Actual Grace and Sanctifying Grace

June 26, 2013

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"Confused" (61/365)

I was recently asked to explain the difference between actual grace and sanctifying grace so I went in search of some language that would help explain these realities in a meaningful way. I have to tell you, most of what I found was not at all helpful. We fall into the habit of using such […]

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Divine Pedagogy and the Catechetical Process

June 13, 2013

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Finding God 2013

Recently, someone asked me to share some thoughts about the theological underpinnings of the 4-step catechetical process employed in the Finding God program. Here is how I replied ( I think it summarizes succinctly the soundness of this process).   The catechetical process used in the Finding God program – engage, explore, reflect, respond – […]

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Let’s Help a Colleague: Project Based Learning for Confirmation Prep

May 30, 2013

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 I received the following email from Tom, telling me about his idea of doing a “project-based” approach to Confirmation preparation. Here’s how he describes it:     Hi Joe, It was great to meet you in Winnipeg last month; your visit got me thinking about our parish’s catechetical confirmation prep. The candidates are in Gr. […]

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