A Thanksgiving Lesson Plan: It Is Right and Just

A few years ago, I developed a lesson plan on the theme of thanksgiving titled “It Is Right and Just.” It is packed with ideas, so you will probably have to pick and choose how much of it you actually hope to/think you can accomplish in the time you have during your sessions between now and Thanksgiving. This lesson is most appropriate for intermediate and junior high kids but can easily be adapted for younger […]

Happy Thanksgiving

On this U.S. Thanksgiving Day, we pause with family and friends to share gratitude for all good gifts from God. This video is by my colleague Vinita Hampton Wright and includes her poem, “What Everyone Ought to Know about Being Grateful.” Find a PDF of the poem here and more from Vinita at the dotMagis blog.

Year of Faith Retreat – Week 4, Day 3: In the Mood (Forms of Prayer, Part II)

WEEK FOUR: Prayer DAY 3: In the Mood (Forms of Prayer, Part II) During the “Big Band” era of the 1940s, bandleader Glenn Miller topped the charts with his #1 hit “In the Mood.” While appearing well before the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the title of the song is, of course, highly suggestive. In the mood for WHAT? Intimacy, of course. That should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the history of the […]

It is Right to Give Him Thanks and Praise

As we pause to give thanks on this Thanksgiving holiday, I give thanks for all of you who have allowed me to walk with you on the catechetical journey! May God grace each of us with hearts filled with gratitude and praise! Happy Thanksgiving!

Singing Grace Before Meals

At the Being, Knowing, and Doing workshop I did in Newark, NJ, last week, we prepared to eat lunch. We were invited to pick up a little prayer card on our tables and to sing the following, using the melody of the Old One Hundreth (Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow). I love it! Perfect for Thanksgiving! Be present at our table, Lord Be here and everywhere adored. Thy creatures bless and grant that […]

A Catechist's Litany of Thanks

As we approach Thanksgiving, I thought it would be a good time to pause and give thanks for those blessings that are specifically related to my (our) role as a catechist. To the following, I/we pray, “Thank you, Lord!” What would you add? For my vocation as a catechist… For the many people who formed me in faith… For those I am privileged to teach… For those I have taught in the past… For my […]

Now Thank We All Our God!

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for allowing me to walk the catechist’s journey with you! I hope you have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! My prayer takes the form of one of the most cherished Christian hymns, “Now Thank We All Our God!” Now thank we all our God, With heart, and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, In whom his world rejoices. Who from our mother’s […]

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