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]

yearofmercy-activities

Jubilee Year of Mercy Activities and Worksheets

From Advent 2015 to the end of the liturgical year in 2016, the Catholic Church is celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is encouraging the entire Church to meditate on God's mercy in their lives and to share that mercy with others. The following resources may help you in planning your Year of Mercy activities in your classroom this year. Activities about the Year of Mercy The Year of Mercy Website (Vatican) USCCB Year of Mercy … [Continue Reading]

A Blessing of Catechists

A Catechist Blessing

What our Church needs most today is men and women who are willing to touch the heart and not just the head. As Pope Paul VI once wrote, we need to be more like witnesses than teachers. We need people who will not only catechize, but evangelize our Church's youth. The following blessing for catechists is meant to inspire you and all volunteer catechists and teachers to become Christ's witnesses. It is based on the principles in the book To … [Continue Reading]

Holy Spirit Lesson Plan: Wind

Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult person of the Trinity to explain to young people. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. They are at least able to wrap their minds around God the Father, even if their concept of him is as an old man with a white beard. Teaching about the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, is a little bit more challenging. My co-catechist, Tim Will from the Alliance for Catholic Education, came up … [Continue Reading]

Evangelizing Parents

A Five-step Process for Evangelizing Parents

This post is a part of a series of teaching strategies that get beyond catechesis and into the realm of evangelization. To get a 10,000 foot view of where we are going, read this: A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education. This article and the others in this series are inspired by the book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach: The Essential Guide to Ministry in Today's Catholic Church. If I had to pick one issue that gets the most passionate … [Continue Reading]

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A Five-step Process for Evangelizing Parents

This post is a part of a series of teaching strategies that get beyond catechesis and into the realm of evangelization. To get a 10,000 foot view of where we are going, read this: A New Vision for Catholic … [Continue Reading]

What is your vision for the future of religious education?

Last week I outlined a new vision for religious education that is inspired by the spirit of the New Evangelization and written about in my book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach. I was overwhelmed by the … [Continue Reading]

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 … [Continue Reading]

A Catechist Blessing

What our Church needs most today is men and women who are willing to touch the heart and not just the head. As Pope Paul VI once wrote, we need to be more like witnesses than teachers. We need people who will … [Continue Reading]

What’s in Store for 2016?

"Practical resources for religious educators." That has always been the focus of The Religion Teacher. When a catechist or religion teacher shows up at this website, they are going to find something practical, … [Continue Reading]

Jubilee Year of Mercy Activities and Worksheets

From Advent 2015 to the end of the liturgical year in 2016, the Catholic Church is celebrating a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is encouraging the entire Church to meditate on God's mercy in their lives … [Continue Reading]

Holy Spirit Lesson Plan

The Holy Spirit is often the most difficult person of the Trinity to explain to young people. They have seen plenty of art work depicting God the Son. They are at least able to wrap their minds around God the … [Continue Reading]

All Saints Day Activities for Children

The resources found within this collection of All Saints Day activities can be used to celebrate the November 1st Solemnity, but many of these saints resources can be used all year round. Explore each of the … [Continue Reading]