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Catholic Educators News - October, 2004

bullet 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.

Liturgical Calendars

bullet Church Seasons: Mark Your (Liturgical) Calendar - article by Sandra DeGidio, O.S.M. - In this Youth Update, you will find an overview of the calendar year in liturgical terms.

bullet CyberFaith- Liturgical Year Calendar - A beautifully done graphical presentation of the liturgical year on the Sadlier web site.

bullet 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.

bullet The Catholic Calendar Page - A good liturgical calendar with links to daily Mass readings.

bullet Roman 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
St. Anthony Messenger Press.

bullet Catholic Liturgical Calendar - With links to biographies of saints each day of the year.

bullet CatholicMom.com provides a nice colorful and illustrated printable calendar for the current month: Printable Family Calendar for this month

bullet General Roman Calendar - A listing by month. Includes celebrations proper to dioceses of the United States of America

bullet Easter Dating Method by Ronald W. Mallen - This Document Explains:

  • The complete procedure for calculating Easter Sunday dates for all years 326 to 4099 A.D.
  • How to work out Easter Sunday dates quickly and easily for yourself.
  • The Easter Method Calculation.
  • The way in which Easter dating methods evolved, and provides
  • Lists of Easter Sunday dates for the last 300 and next 300 years.


bullet 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.

bullet Calculation of the Ecclesiastical Calendar - An online program that calculates:

  • Easter Sunday in both the Western (Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant) Christian, and in the Eastern (Orthodox) Christian traditions;
  • The movable Feasts associated with Easter in the Western and Eastern traditions;
  • Many Feasts in the Catholic calendar, usually celebrations of events in the lives of Jesus or Mary.

bullet Domestic-Church.Com: Fridge Art - Activities ideas for the various liturgical seasons.

Simply enter a year and click for the result!

bullet 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

Music in Review

Eternity Music has recently released a Catholic Children's CD with rote learning songs on Mary, and the Traditions such as 'The Rosary Rap' and St Michael the archangel. the music is up tempo/rock music and can be sampled at the web-site. The full version of some of the songs from this album and previously released albums can be downloaded for free.

Catholic Music Network: The Premier source for Catholic CDs & Tapes, audio interviews of catholic contemporary musicians, distribution and promotion of catholic artists and religious music, sale of international Catholic music. Click on the banner below to access their home page.

Catholic Music Network

A Bit of Humor

A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does anyone know what we mean by sins of omission?"
A small girl replied, "Aren't those the sins we should have committed, but didn't?


A woman went to the Post Office to buy stamps for her Christmas cards. "What denomination?" Asked the clerk.
"Oh, good heavens! Have we come to this?" said the woman. "Well, give me 50 Protestant and 50 Catholic ones."


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 grandmother
after a particularly trying week in kindergarten. His grand-
mother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning.
It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful.

His grandmother remarked..."doesn't it look like an artist
painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for

Johnny said, "Yes, God did it and he did it left handed."

This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him "What
makes you say God did this with his left hand?"

"Well," said Johnny, "we learned at Sunday School last week
that Jesus sits on God's right hand!"

Upcoming Conferences, Forums
and Workshops

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.

For more information download an information pamphlet in Word .doc or in Acrobat Reader .pdf formats.



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