The Go-to Guide for New and Struggling Catechists Now Out in Kindle

Something fun: I was putting together my author bio for the 2015 CatholicMom.com Gospel Reflections e-book, and discovered my catechist book is now out in Kindle.  Woohoo! Pretty cool, huh?  That makes me high-tech and stuff, right?If you know a religious education teacher who's floundering big time, this book is your answer.  It's short, readable, and gives you step-by-step methods that anyone can use to put together a passable Sunday school class.Yes! Even at your cra … [Read more...]

If It Doesn’t Cost You Everything, You’re Not on the Little Way

I once made a mother cry by telling her it was the vigil of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.I thought I was doing her, and all the other 5th grade religious education parents, a favor.  We had failed to account for the feast in making our class schedule.  I knew that most of my students would not be able to slip out for a noon Mass on the day, and many had mandatory school activities in the evening.  But look! A vigil mass was scheduled during my class time, so please, parents, come gr … [Read more...]

The Mass is Not Your Evangelization Event

Over at Sherry Weddell's intentional disciples forum, Fr. Guarav Shroff (whose blog you should read) posted a link to an article from the Homiletic & Pastorial Review on The Liturgy and the New Evangelization.  It's worth reading the whole thing, which looks dense and intimidating but isn't actually that bad if you make yourself a cup of tea and relax while you read.  But here's the quote that is behind the story I'm about to tell you: Without an initial acceptance of the Gospel, and u … [Read more...]

Three Secret Spiritual Benefits (for You!) of Bringing Your Children to Mass

At ladies' Bible study this past week we were talking about our prayer lives, and one of the moms worried that with small children in tow, she just wasn't "getting much out of Mass."  This is a common worry, but it's unfounded.  Yesterday as I watched the mom in front of me do her best with a pair pew-scramblers, I was reminded of the three genuine spiritual benefits that can only be had by bringing wiggly, noisy, naughty children to Mass. 1. You learn the Mass. Want to learn something?  Teach … [Read more...]

Follow-up: Catechesis for Teens, Year-by-Year Benchmarks, and a Rant

In response to my post the other day, I had a few comments from friends in the catechetical world.On the topic of good resources for teens, Charity Horinek writes: When Mark and I taught high school for six years, we used these books, and *I* think they are awesome:We did the first three in three-year cycles, then repeated, but used the fourth as a framework for discussing issues of morality that arose quite frequently since the teens in our group (anywhere from 26 to 33 kids at a t … [Read more...]

What Religious Ed Textbook for Teens Who Want More than the Fluffy Stuff?

A friend asked for a high school textbook recommendation, and it came to my attention she might not be the only one with a such a need.My go-to textbook series for teens is the Midwest Theological Forum's Didache Parish Edition series.  I've looked through a handful of these, and am pleased to report they hit that perfect balance between approachable and readable, but scholarly and never, ever, dumbed-down.I like the Parish Edition because it's manageable for weekly one-hour ge … [Read more...]

Catholic Education: You Can’t Serve Two Masters

One of the reigning errors of our insecure, perpetually-offended culture is the Approval One is the Rejection of All Others fallacy.  So allow me to be perfectly clear: My love of homeschooling is in no way a rejection of our Catholic schools.Not for a moment.  Those who pay attention in real life know that I put quite a lot of effort into steering families towards their local Catholic schools whenever I can.*Thus in the busyness of getting the new school year going, I was dismayed to ha … [Read more...]


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