More About Receiving From the Cup

First, I’d like to thank the many people who engaged in such a healthy and respectful conversation about the issue of receiving the Precious Blood at Mass (in response to the actions taken by bishops in Phoenix and Madision to limit the reception of the Cup).  I read too many blogs where Catholics speak disrespectfully to one another and I’m happen that doesn’t happen here. The heartfelt comments that came in represent both sides of the […]

What’s Up with the Cup?

There seems to be what I consider to be a disturbing, albeit minor, trend of  dioceses  eliminating receiving from the Cup during Holy Communion. First, the Diocese of Phoenix and now the Diocese of Madison. This is an important issue for catechists to stay on top of. For the past quarter of a century or so, many of us have been working very hard to encourage people to receive Holy Communion under both species. Now, we’re […]

Teaching the Roman Missal Changes – How’s it Going So Far?

Now that many catechetical programs are under way for the Fall of 2011, I thought it would be good to check back in and see where you are all at with teaching the Roman Missal changes to children and adults? What have you done so far? What is your plan moving forward? If you’re still looking for an approach to teaching the Roman Missal changes to children, be sure to take a look at my […]

Weekend Update – Atlanta, Webinars, Roman Missal Resources, etc.

As we head into the weekend, I just thought I’d share a few updates and reminders: I’m headed to the Archdiocese of Atlanta (Marietta, GA, to be precise) to speak at their Catechist Faith Formation Day on Saturday (August 13) Next week Wednesday, August 17, 2011, is the first of my Getting Started as a Catechist Webinars, this one focusing on teaching kids of Primary grades (1, 2, and 3). For more info and to […]

Teaching the Roman Missal Changes to Children – Easy as 1, 2, 3!

We’ve talked alot about the Roman Missal changes set to begin in Advent and how we can best understand them and embrace them as catechists. I’ve offered a series of articles as well as a webinar to assist in making that happen. All along, people have been asking me, “What about actually teaching these changes to children? Will you have something available to help us?” I’m happy to say YES! Several months ago, I met […]

The New Generation of Catechetical Leaders – Update

Several weeks ago, I posted about what I call the “new generation” of catechetical leaders. Since then, I’ve received a few more names to add and some new information to include in some of their biographies. Here’s the latest version of my “directory” of the new generation of catechetical leaders! The New Generation of Catechetical Leaders

The Liturgical Catechist

Be sure to take a look at The Liturgical Catechist, a new Web site put together by my friend, Joyce Donahue, Catechetical Associate in the Religious Education Office in the Diocese of Joliet, IL. Joyce is one of the most talented people I know in the fields of catechesis and liturgy and she does such a wonderful job of bringing these 2 aspects of Catholic life together (where they belong!). She’s a great resource and now […]

Getting Ready for the Feast of St. Ignatius

July 31 is the Feast of St. Ignatius! This date has personal significance for me since I attended St. Ignatius College Prep and Loyola University of Chicago (undergrad and graduate degrees) and work for Loyola Press! That’s a lot of Ignatian influence! Of course, we are all blessed to have been influenced in some way, shape, or form by this great man. With that in mind, I’d like to share a couple of ways to […]

“People like that have poop for brains” – Pardon my “French”

Last evening’s class was a lot of fun and very productive. I told the kids that they were going to take a “final exam” and, of course, they all freaked out. I then proceeded to calm their fears and tell them that we were going to review first and that the test was just a way to see what “stuck” and what we might need to cover on our last class. I then did the […]

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