The Archdiocese of Brisbane has a number of learning objects on
the Religious Education section of its Web site (no longer available?)
- scroll down the page to see them.
The intro reads as follows:
"These learning objects are designed to provide rich, interactive
multimedia learning resources and tools that enable students to
develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to participate
within church and community contexts...
Students are encouraged to analyze and synthesize information,
think critically, solve problems and make decisions. Emphasis is
on the application and integration of new media while recognizing
that students have different needs and learn in many different ways."
The learning objects help young students distinguish between wants
and needs; learn the story of Zacchaeus (this one is particularly
well made!); learn the names of objects in a church, learn ways
to care for creation; explore the consequences of loving and unloving
EWTN has a online daily program featuring contemporary Catholic
singers and songwriters. Each program usually gives a sampling of
songs from 5-7 artists. This program's Web site provides an archive
of 10 shows transmitted in May 2005 as well as a Artist Information
section that gives either the url of the artists' web site or the
email at which one can contact them. The URL of the Catholic Jukebox
and the Artist Information section can be found at: http://www.ewtn.com/radio/profiles.asp
from Scratch - This is one of the features on americancatholic.org.
It is a parish handout series produced with the collaboration of
top-notched scholars and theologians. Each handout develops a specific
theme. The archive
provides access to over 80 of the handouts produced thus far.
for Sunday School Lessons - This Web page give access to a wealth
of resources that can be used with younger children: Bulletin board
ideas, art ideas, craft ideas, and even recipes - all presented
with specific scripture themes in mind. Well done and well worth
exploring even though the content is not specifically Catholic and
some resources may have to be adapted somewhat.
Jesus - Flash movie - A series of short (a few minutes each)
Flash slide shows with beautiful photography and gentle instrumental
music. Included are the following: Interviews with God; The Lord's
Prayer; Love Verses (1 Cor 13); The Beatitudes; Psalm 23 and more
- 16 meditations/prayers in all.
Bible study online - interactive
commentary for serious Bible study including over 1000 sound &
picture files. The Amos commentary is the trial prototype for a
series of commentaries covering the whole Bible text. Written by
established scholars - a new resource for online biblical studies.
Includes an extensive Hypertext
Doing As Jesus Commands (no longer available) - Resources on the
Commentaries on the readings for the Sundays & holy days of
the year of Matthew.
This is an excellent resource. In his introduction to the commentaries
Bill Fletcher, the owner of this Web site, writes:
Liturgy nurtures awareness of God's power-for-life. In our modern
world we are surrounded and dominated by a culture of death. The
individualism and materialism of the culture of death, need not
dominate our awareness or our actions. Participation in liturgy
offers an alternative awareness. Changed awareness can make changes
in practice possible. The issue for modern disciples of Jesus
is: "How does our awareness change?"
The heading of his home page also gives an idea of the focus of
the rich set of resources Bill has put together: "comments,
ideas, prayers, analysis, imagery, liturgy resources, reconciliation,
theology, justice issues, society & culture, economics, the
world, Aotearoa-New Zealand."
Books and Music in Review
Book Review: Recovering a Catholic
Philosophy of Elementary Education. Curtis L. Hancock, with
a foreword by Peter A. Redpath. Pennsylvania: Newman House Press,
2005. 142 pp. Reviewed by Tim Weldon, , Ph.D.
Manley Hopkins Poems In Musical Adaptations - 22 of Hopkins'
poems in contemporary musical adaptations by singer-songwriter Sean
O'Leary available on the 2CD album The Alchemist. Songs include
God's Grandeur, Pied Beauty, Spring, Felix Randal and the first
complete musical setting of The Wreck Of The Deutschland. The first
public performance of the songs was in July 2005 at The Gerard Manley
Hopkins Society 18th Annual Festival in Monasterevin, Ireland. A
demo page offers generous clips of 5 of the songs on the album.
Beautifully done! For more resources see our Gerard
Manley Hopkins page.
The Orchards of Perseverance: Conversations With
Trappist Monks About God, Their Lives and the World by David Perata.
This is an oral history of ten monks from the Abbey of Our Lady
of New Clairvaux in Northern California. The book bears the Imprimatur
of the Catholic Church. For more information see www.sainttheresepress.com
answers given by children...
Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large
pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.
Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.
Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.
Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water
tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the
moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in
Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.
Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.
Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery
Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.
Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized?
A: The body is consisted into three parts - the brainium, the borax
and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax
contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains
bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.
Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.
Q: What does 'varicose' mean?
Q: Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean Section'
A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome.
Q: What does the word 'benign' mean?
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.
A first grade teacher collected old, well known proverbs.
She gave each kid in her class the first half of a proverb, and
had them come up with the rest.
As you shall make your bed so shall you... mess it
Strike while the... bug is close.
It's always darkest before... daylight savings time.
Never underestimate the power of... termites.
Don't bite the hand that... looks dirty.
No news is... impossible
You can't teach an old dog new... math.
If you lie down with the dogs, you'll... stink in the morning.
Love all, trust... me.
An idle mind is... the best way to relax.
Where there's smoke, there's... pollution.
Happy the bride who... gets all the presents!
A penny saved is... not much.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and... you have to
blow your nose.
Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded.
If at first you don't succeed... get new batteries.
You get out of something what you... see pictured on the box.
There is no fool like... Aunt Eddie.
A Franciscan and Jesuit were debating which order
was the greatest. So, they decided to ask for a sign from God. This
is what they received falling down from heaven:
Please stop bickering about such trivial matters,
The Devil and the Pigs
One Sunday, the gospel was all about how the Lord cast out Satan
and sent him into a herd of pigs. During the sermon, the priest
asked some children, "And what lesson do we learn from this
Little Johnny raised his hand and jumped up. "We learn that
Jesus was the first person to make deviled ham."