Happy New Year, everyone!
While I don’t make a big thing out of New Year’s resolutions, I think it is always good to set goals and to articulate them. As we begin 2024, I thought it would be fun for us to make and share some catechetical New Year’s resolutions! Mine is to cut down on the amount of talking I do during presentations so as to leave more time and space for discussion.
Here are some suggestions, along with links to resources that can help you achieve your resolution.
- Devote more attention to lesson planning.
- Keep Jesus at the center of my lessons.
- Improve at handling discipline.
- Deepen my own knowledge of the Catholic faith.
- Incorporate more prayer into my sessions.
- Learn how to lead guided reflections.
- Incorporate more Catholic practices.
- Connect faith with daily living better.
- Read and study the Catechism of the Catholic Church and/or the Directory for Catechesis.
- Read Pope Francis’s apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium or other Church documents.
- Pay more attention to my own spiritual journey.
- Share my faith more openly.
- Incorporate more crafts into my lessons.
- Deepen my own prayer life.
- Incorporate a wider variety of learning activities in my lessons.
- Deepen my understanding of the Mass.
- Learn more about teaching those with disabilities.
- Take time to thoroughly review a catechetical program like Finding God or Christ Our Life.
- Take to heart (memorize) some traditional Catholic prayers and/or formulas of our faith.
- Become better acquainted with the life of Jesus.
- Re-energize my faith.
- Deepen my knowledge of the Bible.
- Devote time in my lessons to explore and reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s Scripture readings.
- Incorporate more Catholic Social Teaching in my lessons.
- Deepen my understanding of the sacraments.
- Incorporate assessment into my lessons.
What else would you add?