Las Posadas

In a very tiny way, I can relate to the journey of Joseph and Mary as they left Nazareth to travel to Bethlehem: it just so happens that I’m moving from one workspace to another! Although the distance of my journey will only be about 50 feet, it is a small reminder that we are all pilgrims on a much grander journey! I was thinking that I should add a dramatic flare to my move […]

A Day with the IHMs

On Friday, I had the privilege and pleasure of spending the day with about 30 IHM Sisters who are the DREs and CREs of IHM parishes in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It was a wonderful opportunity to interact with some ladies who have and continue to make a profound impact on the faith formation of so many people, young and old. The event took place at the Villa Maria House of Studies at Immaculata University. […]

Videos for Religious Education

Here is a resource that you’ll find very helpful: it is a correlation of catechetical video resources for grades 1-8. While it is specifically correlated for the Finding God program, I have no doubt that the resource list will prove handy for folks using any curriculum. The list provides publisher and ISBN information to assist you in tracking down resources through your diocesan media center or directly from publishers.

Swine Flu and the Communion Cup – Why Not Use Individual Communion Cups?

As always, current events lend themselves as catechetical opportunities. The current Swine Flu crisis is no exception. With fears about transmitting the virus, many questions have arisen about the safety of sharing the Precious Blood of Jesus from the cup at Mass. One question that you may encounter during this present crisis can present a catechetical moment: why don’t we just use individual disposable communion cups? On the surface, this seems like a logical solution. […]

Quote of the Week

Once a week, I plan to post a particularly significant quote from a particularly significant catechetical document, for inspiration and edification. I hope you enjoy this new feature! Catechesis acquires certain characteristics in virtue of being an “essential moment” in the process of evangelization, in the service of Christian initiation. It is [a] comprehensive and systematic formation in the faith. [T]his comprehensive formation includes more than instruction: it is an apprenticeship of the entire Christian […]

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