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  • Three Books Every Catechist Should Have

    by Sarah Reinhard

    For catechists, there’s no shortage of good material—there are enough resources to drown a good swimmer. Here’s a look at the three books I find non-negotiable in my own teaching and advising. It’s a back-to-basics sort of approach: the Bible… read more

  • Partnering with Teens in the New Evangelization

    by Eric Groth

    Teenage life is filled with countless and continuous conversations: talking, texting, tweeting, posting; online, in person, on the phone. Teens chat about everything: the weather, movies, classes, work, people, relationships, concerts, trends, their … read more

  • It's Really About the Parents

    by Sarah Reinhard

    You sign up to teach fifth grade, only to find out that you're having as many conversations and answering as many questions with parents as you are with kids. It can be intimidating, to say the least.   The assumptions by many parents, it seems, … read more

  • How Can I Keep My Kid Catholic in College?

    by Marybeth Hicks

    Cross-posted from our sister publication, Catholic Digest --ed. Q. My eldest daughter is heading off to college this fall. She has been in Catholic schools since kindergarten but is going to a secular university. I’m worried she may not attend… read more

  • May I Have Your Attention, Please?

    by Lee Danesco

    It happens with frustrating frequency. You come to class packing a solid, well-prepared teaching plan only to be met by disappointing student indifference. You are fully centered on the lesson for the day, but your students decidedly are not. Your immediate teaching… read more

  • How do I celebrate a great year with the kids?

    by Susan Kay

    I want my students to understand the Easter season and Pentecost. There's so little time to do justice to these feasts. Any suggestions?During the liturgies of Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost, we hear and experience the central story of our faith. Awe… read more

  • Teaching our Catholic beliefs

    by Janaan Manternach

    As catechists, the best tools we have to guide and assist us in passing on the doctrines of our Catholic tradition are religion textbooks for the students and a teacher’s guide or manual. In most of the contempo­rary programs the dynamic of… read more

  • Real ways to share the faith

    by Susan Kay

    Q. My students know all about popular cultural icons and amazing professional athletes. They want to be like them. How can I help them know the saints in the same way? A. One of the best ways to help children learn about the rich history of our Church… read more

  • The 6 Building Blocks of Catechesis

    by Janet Schaeffler, OP

    On the first day of school, a teacher was glancing over the list of children when she noticed a number after each name, such as 154, 136, or 142. “Wow! Look at these IQs,” she said. “What a terrific class.” Right away the teacher was determined… read more

  • 3 secrets for starting off right

    by Amy L. Chapman

    Thank you for answering the call to hand on the faith to the children in your parish. It’s no small job, but it can be very rewarding and uplifting. The beginning of your year sets the tone for the entire year, so what can you do to start off with your … read more

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