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Divine Mercy Lesson Plan and Activities

Give your students a great spiritual gift this year. Introduce them to the devotion to Divine Mercy with this lesson and activities. The Divine Mercy devotion originated with a polish nun, St. Faustian Kowalski, who had visits from Christ in the 1930s. She wrote down her conversations with Jesus in a diary, which included a number of suggestions for devotion to Divine Mercy. These revelations had a particular impact on Pope St. John Paul II, … [Continue Reading]

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Stations of the Cross Activities, Worksheets, and Coloring Pages

The Stations of the Cross is a wonderful devotion for you to practice with your class during Lent. If possible, devote some of your class time to the preparation for or participation in the Stations of the Cross. Use these Stations of the Cross activities and printables to help teach about Christ's Passion and Death or prepare your students to go through the Stations with the rest of the parish or school. Stations of the Cross Activities 3 Ways … [Continue Reading]

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Divine Mercy Lesson Plan and Activities

Give your students a great spiritual gift this year. Introduce them to the devotion to Divine Mercy with this lesson and activities. The Divine Mercy devotion originated with a polish nun, St. Faustian Kowalski, who had visits from Christ in the 1930s. She wrote down her conversations with Jesus in a diary, which included a number of suggestions for devotion to Divine Mercy. These revelations had a particular impact on Pope St. John Paul II, … [Continue Reading]

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How Parents Pass on the Faith (and What We Can Do To Help)

I’m preparing for the workshop I’m giving at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and I wanted to share one small piece of the message I plan to present. The workshop is focused on empowering parents as the primary religious educators of their children, or more specifically, as disciples and teachers. So this begs the question: How, exactly, do parents best educate (or better: evangelize and catechize) their kids? Here is what I … [Continue Reading]

A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education

A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education

If we were to evaluate the impact of our religious education programs in the Catholic Church today based solely on the number of students whose lives were transformed, do you think we would score well? What if our religious education programs and children's ministries were measured by the number of disciples (what Sherry Weddell calls "intentional disciples" and Matthew Kelly calls "dynamic Catholics.")? How well do you think we would do … [Continue Reading]

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The Religion Teacher: Membership Benefits

Since The Religion Teacher membership website opened in 2014, dozens of new resources and teaching ideas have been posted for the hundreds of premium members who have registered so far. More resources are added to the membership website every week. Here are a few reasons why I think you will love the member resources and … [Learn More]

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Video: Easter Meaning (Why Is Easter Called Easter?)

Why is Easter Called Easter? In this short video you will come to a better understanding of the origin and meaning of the word “Easter.” First, it is important to understand that in most languages other … [Continue Reading]

Divine Mercy Lesson Plan and Activities

Give your students a great spiritual gift this year. Introduce them to the devotion to Divine Mercy with this lesson and activities. The Divine Mercy devotion originated with a polish nun, St. Faustian … [Continue Reading]

Stations of the Cross Activities, Worksheets, and Coloring Pages

The Stations of the Cross is a wonderful devotion for you to practice with your class during Lent. If possible, devote some of your class time to the preparation for or participation in the Stations of the … [Continue Reading]

Video: What is Laetare Sunday?

Show this video in class to help students understand and prepare for Laetare Sunday, the name for the Fourth Sunday of Lent when priests wear rose vestments. As you shows the video, use the graphic organizer, … [Continue Reading]

School-wide Prayer: Tips for Making an Impact

Every Catholic school I know gathers together to pray in some way beyond the celebration of Mass. In grade schools especially, there are many times throughout the day that students and faculty stop and pray in … [Continue Reading]

How Parents Pass on the Faith (and What We Can Do To Help)

I’m preparing for the workshop I’m giving at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and I wanted to share one small piece of the message I plan to present. The workshop is focused on empowering parents as … [Continue Reading]

From Lecturer to Leader (Part 2): 3 Ways to Keep Students Actively Engaged

If you watched the last video in this series, then you know some of the biggest mistakes we make as religious educators. We spend more time than we should lecturing in front of the class. We spend time reading … [Continue Reading]

From Lecturer to Leader (Part 1): 3 Big Mistakes to Avoid This Year

Like a lot of people who are first starting out in education, I made a lot of mistakes early on. I think you will find that these mistakes are quite similar to what you and a lot of people do today. And it’s … [Continue Reading]