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Reaching Out to Families – FREE Resources!

November 18, 2013

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One of the greatest challenges that catechetical leaders face is reaching out to parents and families. Loyola Press to the rescue! Here are a number of FREE resources to help you strengthen ties with the parents and families in your parish program. One of the huge benefits of using a program such as Finding God […]

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Parish Religious Education Week

November 5, 2013

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This week is Parish Religious Education Week! Under the auspices of the Religious Education Department, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) is inaugurating a Parish Religious Education Week to highlight the important role played by parish-based religious education and faith-formation programs across the country. According to Lori Dahlhoff, director of the Religious Education Department, Parish Religious […]

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Simple Tips for Leading a Simple Prayer

October 18, 2013

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Often, I find myself at a gathering of Catholics (usually catechists and/or catechetical leaders) in which someone has been asked to prepare and lead an opening prayer. All TOO often, however, the prayer experience proceeds in the following manner: The leader stands up and says something like, “OK, so, I thought I would share this nice […]

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The Engaged Catechist: Forming Catechist Enrichment Groups

August 14, 2013

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In his book, Growing An Engaged Church (Gallup Press), Albert L. Winseman explains that, without true engagement, volunteers burn out quickly. He identifies 3 ways to make an immediate impact on the level of engagement of church members: clarify the expectations of membership help your members discover what they do best create small groups I […]

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Calling Forth Catechists – In Article Form

August 14, 2013

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I received a good amount of positive feedback on my posts last week about calling forth (recruiting) catechists. I also received a request to put those posts into article form to make it easier to access in on place and I’m happy to do that! Here ’tis in PDF form! Calling Forth Catechists Article And […]

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Calling Forth Catechists: Approaches

August 8, 2013

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It’s important in your approach to calling people to serve as catechists to be POSITIVE! I’ve seen bulletin announcements that sound so desperate: “We are in dire need of catechists! We keep losing good catechists every year. Without catechists, we may have to cancel our RE program!” Language like that makes it sound like you’re […]

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Calling Forth Catechists: Your Pool of “Candidates”

August 8, 2013

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If your efforts to call forth catechists boil down to an “all call” approach (a bulletin announcement inviting anyone to respond to a need), you will not have much success. The most effective way to call people to the vocation of serving as a catechist is through PERSONAL INVITATION! One catechetical leader recently told me […]

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Calling Forth Catechists: Why People Volunteer

August 8, 2013

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As you call forth vocations to catechesis, it’s good to know why people volunteer in the first place. Understanding why people volunteer makes it easier to identify and invite people to volunteer. Research shows that people volunteer for the following reasons:   Achievement – to learn new skills, accomplish something worthwhile, increase self-esteem Challenge  – to stretch […]

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Calling Forth Catechists: A Catechist Role Description

August 8, 2013

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As you set forth to call people to the vocation of serving as a catechist, it’s a good idea to have a role description in place to describe what you are calling them TO. Be careful not to make your role description so demanding and lofty that not even Jesus would qualify! Keep it simple […]

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Recruiting, Nay, CALLING and Forming Catechists

August 7, 2013

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Recruiting and forming catechists is responsibility “numero uno” for catechetical leaders and is an ongoing challenge. You’re not just looking for any warm body but for people with the gifts that enable them to apprentice others into the faith. With that in mind, I prefer to use the word CALLING instead of Recruiting. We recruit people […]

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