Educators News - October, 2004
|Other Resources for the Advent and the Christmas Season: There are several pages of resources available on the Resources for Catholic Educators Website: web site reviews - Advent & Christmas II: web site reviews - Baptism of Jesus: Resources - Christmas : Reviews of web sites - Magnificat: online resources - Advent Links Directory - Christmas Links Directory.|
CyberFaith- Liturgical Year Calendar - A beautifully done graphical presentation of the liturgical year on the Sadlier web site.
Find Holy Days and Learn About the Calendar - Information about the Julian, the Gregorian and the Revised Julian Calendars. You can also use this page to generate a list of the holy days in the year you specify and make and print a wall-style calendar.
The Catholic Calendar Page - A good liturgical calendar with links to daily Mass readings.
Catholic Saints Calendar and Index - Open on current month,
but the full year is available through this page. Click on a saint
name to access the biography of the saint in text and in audio
file. This is an excellent resource on the AmericanCatholic.org
Web Site from the Franciscans and
Catholic Liturgical Calendar - With links to biographies of saints each day of the year.
CatholicMom.com provides a nice colorful and illustrated printable calendar for the current month: Printable Family Calendar for this month
General Roman Calendar - A listing by month. Includes celebrations proper to dioceses of the United States of America
Easter Dating Method by Ronald W. Mallen - This Document Explains:
Romcal is a software package that generates the General Roman Calendar of the Catholic Church. The program uses the revised liturgical calendar for the Western Church as approved by Paul VI in Mysterii Paschalis dated 14 February 1969, and implemented in the United States in 1972. You can download the program to create your own version of the calendar, but the web site also offers online samples of the calendar for several years including those for 2004 and 2005. These can be downloaded from the web site and printed out.
Calculation of the Ecclesiastical Calendar - An online program that calculates:
Domestic-Church.Com: Fridge Art - Activities ideas for the various liturgical seasons.
Simply enter a year and click for the result!
Catholic Calendars by Mail:
Divine Word Missionaries Calendar - Fill an online form to receive a calendar.
Catholic Extension Calendars -" Funds from our calendars are used to support missionary priests, religious and lay ministers, build and repair chapels, educate seminarians, fund religious education and outreach programs and other missionary work in 81 Catholic mission dioceses across America."
Other Resources on the Liturgical Year: see our listing of links on Liturgical Seasons
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A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does
anyone know what we mean by sins of omission?"
A woman went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas
cards. "What denomination?" Asked the clerk.
A little boy, excited about his part in the Christmas play at school, came home and shouted, "I got a part in the Christmas play! I got a part in the Christmas play!"
"What part did you get?" asked his mother excitedly.
"I'm one of the three wise guys!"
Little Johnny was spending the weekend with his
His grandmother remarked..."doesn't it look like an artist
Johnny said, "Yes, God did it and he did it left handed."
This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him "What
"Well," said Johnny, "we learned at Sunday School
Storyteller and Early Childhood Consultant Rob Neves now has a web site (no longer online) with free samples of his some of his stories. We have features some of Rob's stories in previous issues of the Catholic Educators Newsletter. Rob offers a number of fascinating "Storytelling Events" for children and adults:
Story Telling Events for Children
Story Telling Visits
These interactive and entertaining presentations allow children to experience the story in a whole new way. Using a mixture of mime, drama and sound effects the stories come alive in a style that has been described as “guaranteed to make kids laugh”.
Kidspeak: Effective Communication Strategies Through Story Telling
A series of confidence building and communication development, group activities developed to initiate, promote and maintain a practical communication strategy within a group of young children.
The Story Teller's Writing Style
Often children who struggle to write, lose their story in a sea of grammar and spelling. Using a story teller's approach to content development can be a liberating catalyst for creation.
Telling the Story and Public Speaking
This practical workshop focuses on strategies helping children tell the story. We experiment with voice, sound, expression, body language and the development of a story telling style. These are then used to explore presentation skills and the use of story in Public Speaking.
Story Telling Events for Adults
Story Telling in Early Literacy
The promotion of early literacy through story telling allows children the freedom to develop ideas, concepts and discover the value of their own voice. Learning how we can introduce reading and writing as natural complements to their communication strategies allows us to promote emergent literacy through the child centered framework of story telling.
Telling the Story
This practical workshop focuses on strategies for telling the story to young children. We experiment with voice, sound, expression, body language and the development of a story telling style.