Parents as Catechists

Even if your parish is doing a good job, it’s still mainly your job!  And no, I am not above offering cash prizes to kids who memorize things.

Here are some of the books I recommended in my post.  As always, if you want to buy any of these books through Amazon, I would be most grateful if you would do it through these links!  I get a small percentage of each sale, which makes a huge difference in keeping our family afloat, especially during Birthday $ea$on.  (If you get to Amazon through one of these links and buy something else besides what I recommended, I still get credit for that purchase.)  Thank you!

St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism No. 1.  There are many editions of the Baltimore Catechism, but I have found that the St. Joseph ones are the most solid without being dry and pedantic.

Faith and Life series by Ignatius Press.  Our Heavenly Father is Book One; there are several in the series.

The Picture Bible - a cartoon version – by Iva Hoth

several by Tomie de Paola:  St. Benedict and Scholastica, St. Francis, St. Christopher, The Miracles of Jesus, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Bible Stories, etc.

57 Saints for Boys and Girls

  • priest’s wife (@byzcathwife)

    one thing my mom did when we were kids- put catholic comic books and catholic Digest in the bathroom….say nothing- we read them!

    • Anna

      Yes! Marvel Comics had Mother Teresa, John Paul II, and Maximilian Kolbe. I don’t know if there were others, but those three were really good. Out of print, I think, but not too hard to find.

  • mercy

    Just read this article in Patheos and sent it to my DRE and pastors. Time for a comeback I say!!

    ” Repenting of the Failure of Parish-Based Catechesis: Time for An Old Idea

    Nice doesn’t mean good teaching and we urgently need some good teaching.”

    By Barbara R. Nicolosi, May 29, 2013

  • fromlittlehands

    Good resources all. I’m thinking about ordering the comic-style Bible, and I will use your link…it DOES go to the version in Spanish, but if you are sure you get the %, I’ll just click through to English. Just wanted to give you a heads up.

    • Simcha Fisher

      Oops! Thanks for the heads up – I will fix that. It was a “let’s paint the downstairs with yogurt” kind of morning, so I’ll be glad if that was the worst error.

  • Julie @ CT Catholic Corner

    The St. Joseph picture books were a great hit with my kids when they were young and I found them to be a great jumping off point to sparking an interest in saints I didn’t know about either. :)

  • KML

    Simcha, I was just going to get on researching this after reading Barbara’s piece yesterday. Thanks for posting this!

  • Boring Blog

    IT is so true, it’s all about the parents! I went to a very secular public school and all 7 kids came out with our faith. It wasn’t some stellar CCD program, it was the prayer and example of my parents!