I had a great time Monday afternoon with a wonderful group of DREs, catechists, and pastors at the Minnesota Catholic Education Association. I did a 3-hour stranded session (tiring!) on The Catechist’s Toolbox. One of the most interesting ideas that came out of our discussion was a catechist who was teaching the concept of Church to her class. She arranged to take them on a field trip of sorts. She pre-arranged with 5 families in the neighborhood to stop by with her class and ask the family to describe what Church means to them. The homes represented the diverse make-up of the parish: an elderly couple, a family with special needs, a family with lots of children, and so on. She told the kids to remember that on that night, they experienced the Church – the People of God! Nice idea!
Anyway, home today! Here’s a blurry pic of the Mass that ended the day with Bishop Sirba of the Diocese of Duluth, MN.