Within the last week one can find an incredible
number of new Internet resources on John Paul II and the Conclave
of cardinals. Here are a few of the ones I have come across.
Pauline Books and Media
- Offer a number of features:
Paul II - Celebrating and Remembering: Multi-media remembrance
of John Paul II
Choosing a New Pope - Conclave
A printable handout biography
of John Paul II (pdf)
Prayer services for Primary, Intermediate and Junior/Senior
High - For each level directions for the prayer leaders and
handouts for the students are available in pdf format.
A number of activities are suggested for Primary, Intermediate
and Junior/Senior High. Handouts for students are provided for
these. Among these are Color
the Pope Crest (primary); Spreading
the Word - a map of North America with a list of some of
the cities the Pope has visited.(Intermediate); Teach
All Nations, a map of the World with a list of countries
the pope has visited with answer
A section on electing a new pope with a handout explaining
the process of
electing a new pope in the past and today; a printable handout
explaining who are the people involved in this process.
Visit the Pflaum
Publications Web site for more excellent resources!
Web site has a time line with all of Pope John Paul II's
writings, speeches, travels, and events in his pontificate.
What the cardinals
believe - "This homepage wants to make accessible that
information about a Cardinal which gives an insight into his
mind. It helps you to track down his key pronouncements, decisions
and actions in order to understand who he is and what can be
expected from him."
a composer and musician offers a six-minute meditation on the
life and words of our Holy Father, With These Hands.
Beautifully made and suitable for teens and young adults.
For more resources on John Paul II and the Conclave visit our
John Paul II page in the Resources
for Catholic Educators Web site.
Web Sites Worth Exploring
- The Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty
- Brochures, facts, statements.
Games & Icebreakers for Youth Ministry - The table of
contents reads as follows:
Turns Youth Ministry Support - "a Catholic nonprofit
corporation Fuses Faith with Fun, for middle and high school youth
groups and Confirmation preparation. The program emphasizes Scripture,
Catechism of the Catholic Church and historically pivotal lives
of saints in a format that evangelizes and teaches.
Participating parishes give it high marks for increasing attendance
and giving youth a firm foundation in the faith.
Also available are the YAK Camp three-year curriculum, the Power
Trip board game and tapes/CDs on Scripturally Based Parenting.
Resources for the youth minister, include links to Catholic/Christian
music, community building games, movie reviews, Bible and Church
research, and links just for youth."
Holy Spirit Interactive
- Catholic Information Resource - This Web site incredibly
rich in resources and offers hundreds of solid articles and features
on all aspects of the Catholic Faith. Excellent for teachers looking
for background information and for reading to deepening both their
understanding and faith. The site also offers resources for youths
Former TV executive uses 'power of film' on behalf of poor The-Tidings.com
by By Paula Doyle, and Becoming
'a catechizing community of faith' Mike Nelson. Both of these
articles were published in Tidings
official fears nations will ignore UN on cloning, in CathNews
Brain-Compatible Teaching and Learning Equation
by Rod Haenke in Today's Catholic Teacher
Sanctum - a Catholic Praise and Worship band that has been
accepted to perform at World Youth Day this Summer in Germany.
Their web site makes available 11 sample songs in mp3 format.
Worship Songs in mp3 - 16 traditional- instrumental songs
and 13 contemporary worship songs available for download or for
When one priest telephones another, does he make
a parson to parson call?
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused his
dentist's Novocain during root canal work?
He wanted to transcend dental medication.
Father Murphy walked into a pub and said to the
first man he met, "Do you want to go to heaven?"
The man said, "I do Father."
The priest said,"Leave this pub right now!" He then
approached a second man. "Do you want to get to heaven?"
"Certainly, Father," was the man's reply. "Then
leave this den of Satan!" said the priest.
Father Murphy then walked up to O'Toole and asked, "Do you
want to go to heaven?"
O'Toole replied: "No, I don't Father."
The priest looked him right in the eye and said, "You mean
to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?"
O'Toole smiled, "Oh, when I die. Yes Father. I thought you
were getting a group together to go right now."
Teacher: Did you know that protons have mass?
Student: I didn't even know they were Catholic.
Priest: Fred, why aren't you singing in the choir
Fred: Well, Father, I missed a Mass last month and everyone thought
that the organ had been tuned.
A little girl was showing her bathroom scale to
her friend. “All I know is that when you step on it, it
makes you angry."
An elderly woman had just returned to her home from
an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder.
As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables,
she yelled, "Stop - Acts 2:38!" (..turn from your sin...).
The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called
the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed
the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you
just stand there? All she did was yell a scripture to you."
"Scripture?" replied the burglar, "She said she
had an AXE and two 38's."
Contrary to a common misconception, "denial"
really IS a river in Egypt – if you came in last in the
National Spelling Bee.