July 14, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #4

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While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor and the music director were always at odds with one another over the selection of hymns at Mass. Eventually, the pastor announced that he […]

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July 11, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #3

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While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A Director of Religious Education was new in the small town and she needed to get directions to the post office to mail a package. She […]

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July 9, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #2

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While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A catechist was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch thinking about preparing a lesson on the Corporal Works of Mercy. He opened a letter from his […]

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July 8, 2014

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Tell Me What You Think of Catechist’s Journey

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As we prepare for another year of faith formation, I would like to know how Catechist’s Journey can better serve you. Please take a minute and share your feedback and ideas in this brief but important survey. Your honest comments will help the wider catechetical community. Thank you. Click here to take the survey.

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July 7, 2014

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Summer Chuckles #1

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor announced from the pulpit, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is we have enough money to retire the mortgage on […]

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July 1, 2014

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Iced Coffee Catechesis – A Well-Built Faith

I’ve already mentioned to you the Lawn Chair Catechism being hosted by CatholicMom.com which is using my book,  A Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe, this summer. Now, I find word that a parish in Andover, MA, is also using AWBF for what they call “Iced Coffee Catechesis!” Here’s their […]

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June 30, 2014

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July and the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Loyola Press is celebrating this entire month with a number of special events online! Beginning July 1, we will start our annual 31 Days with St. Ignatius—a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. We are offering a selection of articles, blog posts, and videos to […]

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June 27, 2014

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Meet Generation “Z”

El norte vive!

Now that “Millennials” are coming of age, a lot of attention is turning to the next generation. Here is an interesting slide presentation about the generation of kids we are teaching today – in this presentation, referred to as “Generation Z” – those born from 1995 to the present. Meet Generation Z: Forget Everything You […]

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June 24, 2014

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What Grade Will Joe Teach Next Year? Drum Roll Please…

At this time of the year, I get many questions from people asking what grade I will be teaching next year. The last couple of years, I taught 6th grade. Before that, I did a year of 4th grade and previous to that, I did several years of 8th grade Confirmation. So, just what WILL […]

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June 23, 2014

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Under the Influence of Jesus in Brownsville, TX!

Here’s a great big shout out to all the wonderful folks who attended the catechetical conference in the Diocese of Brownsville, TX, this past Saturday. The conference was organized by Mr. Luis Espinoza, the Director of the Office of Catechesis, who chose to use the title of my book, Under the Influence of Jesus, as the […]

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