Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest. The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night: The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal And the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible. The angels and shepherds praise him And the magi advance with the star, For you are born for […]
As we prepare to implement the new Roman Missal one year from now, in Advent, 2011, I am co-authoring (with D. Todd Williamson, Director of the Office for Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Chicago) a series of ten articles for Loyola Press on the new Roman Missal. These articles will provide you with what you need to know to better understand the changes when we implement them next year. I’ll point you to these articles weekly over the […]
Here are a couple of pics of the lovely crowd that gathered in Bucks County, PA, last week for the Catechist’s Night Out. Now, it’s off to Newark, NJ, for my last presentation of the year!
I’m on my way home from a very nice day and a half in Omaha, Nebraska (my first time in this lovely state) where I did a Being, Knowing, and Doing workshop for about 35 catechetical leaders. We enjoyed a very nice day together looking at ways we can take better care of our catechists and provide formation for them that includes all 3 dimensions: being, knowing, doing. Here’s a big SHOUT OUT to the […]
Our new catechetical year gets off to a start tonight with our first catechist meeting! This will be an opportunity for me to meet the other 4th grade catechists that I’ll be working with as well as my aide. There’s always a sense of excitement at this meeting, as we all look forward to the challenges and opportunities of the coming year. I’m honored to have been asked by Arlene, our DRE, to speak to […]
The folks at Loyola Press have put together a very nice list of resources (links to articles, tips, and activities) to help catechists, religion teachers, and parents get ready for the new learning year that is about to begin. You can download the PDF NOW!
I know we’re already 2 days into this month of July but I just found out about a nice resource for spending the 31 days of July focusing on St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose feast we celebrate on July 31. It is a calendar full of resources to celebrate all things Ignatian: St. Ignatius, Ignatian spirituality, reflections, prayers, videos, and activities. This makes for a very nice summer exercise for catechists to immerse themselves in […]
This past Saturday, I had the joy and privilege of conducting a Being, Knowing, and Doing professional development workshop for a wonderful group of catechetical leaders (and a few catechists as well) in New Orleans. It was my first trip to the Big Easy and it was SO enjoyable. Many, many thanks to the great folks who made me feel so at home there and contributed to a most productive day of looking at how […]
I enjoyed my first visit to Seattle and spent the day with about 100 catechetical leaders talking about how to care for our catechists. I had a wonderful time and I’d like to thank all the good folks in Seattle who welcomed me and made me feel so at home. Thanks also for all of the wonderful participation in this day of formation. You inspired me greatly! Here are the smiling faces that I got […]
Over the next week or so, I’ll be making a few minor changes to the look of Catechist’s Journey…just doing a little “spring cleaning” and trying to spruce things up for you! Most importantly, I’ve reorganized my categories (see the column on the right side, scroll down) to make it easier for you to find things. For a while, I’ve not been satisfied with the categories I had (which is no one’s fault but my […]