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Why Go to Mass?

May 31, 2012

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My friend and colleage Denise shared the following video (“Why Go to Mass?”) with me, from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, for youth ministry. I see it as a refreshing take on the “Catholics Come Home” campaign because it comes across as less “triumphal”  and more inviting to those who are hesitant, doubtful, and hurting. (Love the “girly-men” […]

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6th Grade, Here I Come!

May 22, 2012


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I’m excited about the prospect of teaching 6th grade religious education next year! I’ve spoken to my DRE, Arlene, and she said that she would be happy to have me take a 6th grade slot come September. This will be the first time that I teach this age level as I continue to experience the […]

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Holy Week Speaks to Children

March 30, 2012


As we enter this holiest of weeks, I thought I’d share an article with you that came to my attention that does a very nice job of explaining why children (of all ages) are especially receptive to the images, events, and themes of Holy Week. The article is called Holy Week is for Children and it is […]

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Pray Me a Story

January 30, 2012


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A very effective way to lead guided reflections for younger children is to use popular children’s storybooks. You can read a story to the children and then follow it with a guided reflection so that the children can use the imagery from the story as a context for their conversation with God. Many catechists are […]

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Spiritual but not Religious – Love Jesus but Hate Religion

January 17, 2012


More and more today, we hear people saying that they are spiritual but not religious, meaning that they believe in God but choose not to encounter him within the context of the institutional church. One young man has chosen to post a video on YouTube in which he recites a poem about how he loves […]

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A Sign of the Times – Kids Say the Darndest Things

January 10, 2012

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Here’s a good example of how times have changed and how catechists need to be aware of how kids will respond to something. As I was observing a 2nd grade class last evening, the catechist was asking the kids to name the 7 Sacraments and giving them clues to help them recall each of them. […]

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Tim Tebow, Sports, and Prayer

January 9, 2012


Sports is HUGE with kids, so no doubt, kids are interested in the success of Tim Tebow and all the talk about the “miracles” associated with his success, including yesterday’s stunning overtime victory in the NFL playoffs. In case you’re not up-to-date on the whole Tebow phenomenon, here’s a quick summary. For kids, the question […]

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Teaching Kids with Autism

November 3, 2011



Here is an article about a great resource for teaching kids with autism. The article contains information about a free pdf you can download called Autism and Faith. Be sure to take a look.

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Catechizing Children with Special Needs

September 12, 2011


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While in Cleveland recently, I had a nice conversation with a husband and wife catechist team who catechize children with special needs. I have great admiration for people who dedicate themselves to this challenging yet wonderful ministry. It was the first opportunity I had to tell people personally about a brand new resource designed for […]

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Teaching Jr High & High School Youth – What’s Your Advice?

August 11, 2011


Here’s what Bernie has to say about teaching junior high and high school youth: I am starting my sixth year of teaching 7th graders and last year I was surprised to realize how much my students enjoyed a bit of quiet time to encounter God. With their heavy schedules of school, sports, choir, and other […]

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