Rest in Peace Catechist Len Astrowski

For a number of years, I served as a catechist at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in Evergreen Park under the direction of Arlene Astrowski, the Director of Religious Education (now retired). It is with great sadness that I pass along the news that her husband, Len, passed away recently. I had the pleasure and privilege of being a catechist alongside Len for several years and even enjoyed videotaping him for our Catechists in Action series. […]

An Oldie But Goodie: Resources to Make Your Religion Class More Catholic

A catechist recently asked me for a resource that I had forgotten about! A few years back, I offered a Webinar based on my book Practice Makes Catholic and I offered a PDF with links to a number of resources that can make your religion class “more Catholic.” In looking it up, I realized that there was some pretty good stuff here so I thought I’d make it available once again. A handful of links […]

Rest in Peace, Linda Escamilla

Please remember in your prayers our dear friend and co-worker here at Loyola Press, Linda Escamilla, who passed away today after a long illness. Linda served Loyola Press for 15 years in a number of capacities, all of which enabled her to tirelessly give of herself to others, making sure that everyone on staff had what they needed, from hot coffee to office supplies, to catered meals for important gatherings, to AA batteries that only […]

48-hour Special: Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius with $5 Books!

  From the moment he exchanged his sword and fortune for a life devoted to Jesus, St. Ignatius has long been an example of forging one’s own path to God. St. Ignatius’s legacy continues to bring people in closer relationship to God and to their spiritual selves. In celebration of our patron saint’s feast day, for the next 48 hours, five of our most popular and best-selling books are only $5 each! . Discovering Your […]

Summer Chuckles #6

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor decided to make the rounds of religious education classes to talk about the Sacrament of Holy Orders. As he began to chat with a 2nd grade class, he asked, “Why do you think I wear this collar?” After a brief pause, a little boy […]

Summer Chuckles #5

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A catechist was seeing her students off after class when one of them said, “That was a really good class Mrs. Martinez, to which she replied, “Oh, I have to give all the credit to the Holy Spirit!” The student then replied, “It wasn’t THAT good!”

Summer Chuckles #4

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor and the music director were always at odds with one another over the selection of hymns at Mass. Eventually, the pastor announced that he was moving on and told the music director that, in a gesture of good will, she could choose all the […]

Summer Chuckles #3

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A Director of Religious Education was new in the small town and she needed to get directions to the post office to mail a package. She bumped into a family she had met at Mass that Sunday and, after the parents gave directions to the post […]

Summer Chuckles #2

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A catechist was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch thinking about preparing a lesson on the Corporal Works of Mercy. He opened a letter from his mother he just got that morning. As he opened it, a twenty dollar bill fell out. He thought: “Thanks, mom, […]

Summer Chuckles #1

While I’m on vacation, I thought I’d provide you with some “summer chuckles”: church-related humor to remind ourselves to take ourselves and our ministry a bit less seriously!   A pastor announced from the pulpit, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is we have enough money to retire the mortgage on the church building.” A loud cheer went through the congregation. The pastor continued: “The bad news is: the money is […]

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