Next Up: Webinar for Catechists of Intermediate Age Children

This Wednesday, August 24, 2011, I will be hosting a Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar for those who teach children of Intermediate Grades (grades 4-6). There’s still time to register for this free opportunity! To register, click here. If you’re unable to participate at the scheduled time, there will be a recording of the webinar made available here on my blog within a week of the live event. The recording of the Getting Started as a […]

Last but Not Least…Advice for Catechists of Adults

Adult Catechesis is last on my list of webinars but certainly not least! In fact, the General Directory for Catechesis reminds us that Adult Catechesis is the primary form of catechesis!With that in mind, what advice would you offer to someone who is going to be a catechist of adults (e.g. RCIA, Bible study, adult faith sharing, Adult Confirmation prep, etc)? In particular, how is teaching adults different from teaching children? What learning needs to […]

Thanks for Participating in the Webinar!

A great big THANK YOU to all the folks who participated in tonight’s Webinar, Getting Started as a Catechist – Primary Grades!!! As always, it was wonderful to be able to spend time with you looking more closely at how we can grow in our effectiveness as catechists. Good luck to all you primary grade catechists! Next up is my Webinar for catechists of intermediate grade children (grades 4, 5, and 6) on Wednesday, August […]

Countdown to Webinar – Download a Note-Taking Handout

We’re into the final countdown for the free Getting Started Webinar for Catechists of Primary Grade Children (grades 1, 2, and 3). Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 7:00 pm (CDT)   There’s still time to register…just click here. In anticipation of the Webinar, here is a convenient Note Taking Handout that you can download! We cover so much information in these Webinars that some folks have told me they have trouble keeping up and taking notes…this should […]

Webinar this Wednesday! P.S. Thanks Atlanta!

This Wednesday, August 17, 2011, will be the first of a series of free Webinars I’m offering titled Getting Started as a Catechist. This first one focuses on catechists of Primary Grade children (grades 1-3). To register, click here. I’m really looking forward to spending time with you looking at some basic tools that can help us be effective catechists! P.S. I big shout out to the Archdiocese of Atlanta for hosting such a successful […]

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 Jr High & High School Youth – What’s Your Advice?

Here’s what Bernie has to say about teaching junior high and high school youth: I am starting my sixth year of teaching 7th graders and last year I was surprised to realize how much my students enjoyed a bit of quiet time to encounter God. With their heavy schedules of school, sports, choir, and other extra curriculars, some of these children are constantly on the run. Towards the end of class, I tried to incorporate […]

Next Up: Advice for Catechists of Jr High/High School Youth

Thanks to everyone for sharing such great advice for catechists of intermediate age children. Now, we move on to the next group which is catechists of junior high and high school youth (grades 7 through12). Let’s hear from the army of intrepid catechists out there who labor in the vineyard with these unique creatures we call pre-adolescents and adolescents! What advice, wisdom, and strategies do you have to offer? Just type in your comments below…I’ll […]

Getting Started as a Catechist – Free Webinars!

As the new catechetical year approaches, catechists are focusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. In the United States alone, roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year!  With that in mind, I will once again be hosting a series of free Webinars through Loyola Press called “Getting Started as a Catechist.” This year, I’m offering a new twist: I will be hosting four webinars in the series, each focused on […]

Final Installment of Q & A from 9/2/10 Webinar

Here’s the last of the Q & A from our Getting Started as a Catechist Webinar last Thursday, September 2, 2010. ‑­Rocio Q: ­how do you deal with parents who take the children to religious education out of tradition but themselves are not practicing catholics? ­ A: Rocio, there’s not much a catechist can do individually other than try to maintain some level of communication by sending home resources that encourage parents to be more […]

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