Classroom Management for Catechists

Classroom Management for Catechists

by Jennifer Fitz, Liguori Publications, 2013

For catechists, sometimes learning to manage the class can be as critical as the lessons themselves. Classroom Management for Catechists provides detailed, step-by-step methods for catechists on how to manage classroom behavior with love and grace. Catechists learn the time-tested methods for classroom discipline used by professional educators, but applied specifically to the particular challenges of the parish religious education setting.

As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

Lisa Hendey, Editor, 2014

A reflection on the daily Gospel reading for every day of 2015.  This is from the team at, bringing you a brand new set of reflections for the new year. You can preview the first month, which lets you get a taste of each contributor’s style and the kinds of ideas that will be coming your way each day.  

If you just want to see my name in print, scroll down to the 16th.  All the proceeds from the sale of the book go to help underwrite the cost of keeping up and running.


Free Downloads

I wouldn’t be much of a blogger if I didn’t like to write free stuff.  Here are links to a few things I’ve done that you can download at no charge, share and enjoy.

Free Study Guide for Forming Intentional Disciples

If you’ve read Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell, you probably agree it’s a must-read for any Catholic who cares about evangelization. This is the link to the discussion guide published by for the 2013 Lawn Chair Catechism.  The guide includes a chapter-by-chapter summary and questions for reflection and discussion.

Group Discussion Guide from for Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples


10 Essentials for Classroom Behavior Management

Need to give a talk on classroom management to the catechists in your parish?  I put together this pamphlet  to serve as a set of talking points for just such a short course.  You can print both sides (instructions here) or print just the front side and put whatever you like on the back.

10 Essentials for Classroom Behavior Management 1-Page Handout


Lord You Know I Love You: A Retreat for Personal, Ministry, or Catechetical Discernment

If I my spiritual life were evaluated on an elementary school report card, I’d get an N for “Needs Improvement.”  I originally wrote the Lord You Know I Love You retreat for use by a local chapter of the Catholic Council of Women in February, 2013.  I’ve since revised the original workbook to make it suitable for general use and to clean up a few typos.  The retreat walks you through the Great Commandment using the four ways of loving God — heart, soul, mind, and strength — as the basis for self-examination.

If you wish to discern on behalf of a ministry or apostolate, or evaluate your work as a catechist or faith-formation leader, there are sections in each chapter tailored to those contexts.

Lord You Know I Love You: A Discernment Retreat

Beta-editors needed!  I’ve found most of the typos, but there may still be a few hiding.  Please contact me so I can revise accordingly.  Thanks!

Making Friends: A Handout for Parish Mixers 

People frequently ask, “How do I make friends at my parish?”  The following document is based on a retreat I wrote for a Catholic organization.  I’ve adapted it to make it suitable for any Catholic parish or group to use.  What you’ll need to do:

1. Plan a social event, or a fellowship time during a scheduled activity.

2. Let everyone know that making a friend is one of the assigned activities for today.  Catholics are shy.  You have to kick them a little to get them to socialize.

3. Distribute the handout.

4. Mingle and actively introduce shy persons to one another.  Get them warmed up, then back away and let them make friends.

Catholic Friendship – A Handout for Parish and Group Mixers

Have fun with it.  You can use this activity as many times as you like, or until everyone in your parish or organization knows every other person.  So: As many times as you like.