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A Little Help? Creative Ideas for Parent Reconciliation “Meeting”

October 1, 2014

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I’m looking for some creative ideas for Parent Sacramental Prep “Meetings” for First Reconciliation. My goal is to get away from the all-too-familiar 45-60 minute talk given by the pastor, associate pastor, DRE, or guest speaker, during which the parents sit passively and listen and then are given some logistics about First Reconciliation and sent […]

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A Catechist’s Bill of Rights – The Right to Formation and Training

September 29, 2014

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Today we hear a lot about people demanding their rights! Fortunately, we live in a country that guarantees those rights according to the Constitution. If there were a “catechist’s bill of rights,” one of those rights would be training and formation and I wish that more catechists would speak up, demanding this right. I’ll never […]

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Getting Away from the Presentation/Lecture Method for Adult Faith Formation

September 25, 2014

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One of the patterns that we need to break in order for ongoing Adult Faith Formation to take root and grow is the bad habit of lecturing to adults for 45 minutes or an hour and calling that adult catechesis. In many parishes, adult faith formation takes the shape of a staff member (pastor, associate pastor, […]

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Preparing for October – Month of the Holy Rosary Free PowerPoint

September 23, 2014

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October

I’m happy once again to make available my free PowerPoint on October: The Month of the Holy Rosary! To download the Rosary PowerPoint from Authorstream, click on the link above or the image below (also in Spanish below).                      

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Saints for the New Evangelization—Free PowerPoint Presentation

September 18, 2014

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Saints for the New Evangelization PowerPoint cover slide

Flip through any tabloid magazine and you’ll see splashy spreads touting all the ways the rich and famous are just like us! They drink coffee. They have children. They are busy going about their lives. These magazines act like this is information we should care about, and worse, we should emulate. In our celebrity-obsessed culture, […]

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Successful REP Kick-Off Event!

September 17, 2014

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Thanks be to God, we had a wonderfully successful kick-off event for the Religious Education program at St. Cajetan that focused on the adults as well as the children. The goal was to begin to chip away at the “drop-off” mentality and I think it is safe to say that last night we made a significant […]

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One Book, One Parish: Perfect for Adult Faith Formation

September 15, 2014

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Here’s an idea for your parish Adult Faith Formation program: it’s called One Book, One Parish (affectionately referred to as OBOP here at Loyola Press). One Book, One Parish provides spiritual works that explain our Catholic culture and history; books that illuminate, inspire, provoke, and entertain; books that have a unique perspective and compelling authority.  […]

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What Can the Saints Teach Us about the New Evangelization?

September 12, 2014

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What Can the Saints Teach Us about the New Evangelization - header image with several saints

Let’s identify some saints that we can look to as models for the New Evangelization. I’d like to be able to take credit for this notion of saints serving as evangelization models, however, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI beat me to it when he canonized seven new saints in 2012: Jacques Berthieu, Pedro Calungsod, Giovanni Battista […]

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Dry Run for REP Kick Off Nite

September 10, 2014

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Last evening, I got together with Deb, the DRE at St. Cajetan, to do a “dry run” in preparation for next Tuesday’s Kick-Off for the Religious Education program. We had many logistics to go over such as the sound system, the lighting, the video, the music and so on. In particular, I realized that I […]

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Helping Catechists Show Videos in Class

September 5, 2014

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In my last post, I addressed the issue of providing catechists with access to AV equipment on a low budget. Now, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about showing videos in the RE setting. I recently made available a number of YouTube videos that are appropriate for faith formation (YouTube Videos Correlated to Catechetical […]

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