Catechists Have Beautiful Feet!

As we enter into the Christmas season, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the beautiful feet of catechists around the world! The 1st Reading for Mass During the Day on Christmas proclaims:   How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news, Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, “Your God is King!” (Is 52:7) May God bless you abundantly for your effortst to be […]

A Nativity Play According to Luke

Click here for a Nativity Play that was sent to me by Karen from Elizabeth, Illinois, who writes: Hi Joe, If anyone needs a “bomb proof” script for the Nativity Play, a children’s production, for this year, please pass along the attached file. It’s based on the Gospel of St. Luke, this year’s cycle. It also starts right at the Prologue, a unique tool used by Luke. We’ve taken selected readings from Chapter 1, then continue […]

The Church Never Tires of Singing the Glory of this Night

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 […]

Christmas and Catholic Identity

I had the privilege of being on the Morning Air show hosted by Sean Herriott (Relevant Radio) this morning. BTW, I’ll post a link to a recording of it tomorrow when it becomes available. Anyway, I spent the time talking about how unabashedly Catholic the celebration of Christmas is! I describe Catholic identity as being characterized by the following 5 traits: a sense of sacramentality a commitment to community a deep respect for the dignity of human […]

A Christmas Message

The following message is from Cláudio Cardinal Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of São Paulo, and the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees the Church’s catechetical efforts. It is a heartfelt Christmas message to all of us catechists. I pass it along to you with wishes for a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with abundant graces. I’ll “see” you back here on the other side of Christmas/New Years Day! Christmas Message 2008 […]

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