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Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
March 3, 2008 - Volume 1, Number 5

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hungersitebullet "The Hunger Site was founded to focus the power of the Internet on a specific humanitarian need: the eradication of world hunger. Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism, helping to feed the world's hungry. On average, over 220,000 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the yellow "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button. To date, more than 300 million visitors have given more than 500 million cups of staple food.

The staple food funded by clicks at The Hunger Site is paid for by site sponsors and distributed to those in need by Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest. 100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to our charitable partners.Funds are split between these organizations and go to the aid of hungry people in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America."

This is a simple way to get our students to think about the hungry people of the world for a few minutes a day.

 

 
bullet Guided Meditations - There are a number of excellent guided meditations avaialble online on the way of the cross and on specific scripture passages. For a list of some of these meditations available on various Web sites, click here.

praying handsbullet Catholic Prayer Traditions for the Catechist is a PDF document available on the Web site of the diocese of Joliet. The Introduction to the document reads as follows:

"In a culture where New Age spirituality can be attractive to many people, including youth and young adults, it is important for Catholic students to receive the information that we have our own beautiful treasury of prayer – ways to draw closer to God that are perhaps less familiar, but not difficult. To make this happen, catechists should be aware of at least the following prayer traditions: Benedictine, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan and Ignatian.Each prayer tradition is then described succinctly and published and online resources on each tradition is provided.There are also suggestions of general resources on Catholic Spirituality and prayer."

bullet View a short documentary video relating the story of the conversion of Deacon Jones, who had been a Pentecostal minister. This video was produced in 2001, shortly after he and part of his congregation decided to join the Catholic Church. I found the documentary both fascinating and inspiring. This video and an article written by Deacon Jones about his conversion story could be useful in the context of the RCIA.

bullet Healing Resources - Fr Pat Umberge of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wisconsin maintains a Web site that contains a large array of resources. One section offers resources on healing. For a listing of some of the resources on this site that could be helpful in a catechetical context with either children or adults, click here.

bullet Israel Yesterday & Today - Don Schwager who designed this Web site and was the photographer who took the hundreds of excellent photos it contains aptly calls his site a pilgrimage in word & image. For more information on this resources, click here.

bullet View a video on the Benedictine Monks of Mount Angel Abbey in St. Benedict, Oregon. Wonderful to see and hear!

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Resources for Catholic Educators Store: Books on the Way of the Cross  and on Easter

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Lectionary Resource for Catholics: word-sunday.com - Holy Thursday - Good Friday - Easter Vigil

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Articles Online

bullet There are a number of excellent articles on the meaning of Easter and of the resurrection on the catholic.org Web site:

  • Catholic UpdateThe Resurrection: How We Know It's True by William H. Shannon - Catholic Update©2000
    “The Resurrection is central to the Christian's faith. Yet what does it mean? How are we to understand Catholic tradition and the evidence handed on to us in Scripture?”

  • We Believe in the Resurrection - Catholic Update March©2005
    The Resurrection is the crowning event in the historical life of Jesus. Learn what happened during the Resurrection and how the Resurrection launched the Christian faith and shaped our belief in Jesus’ identity.”

  • Scripture from ScratchThe Resurrection: Going Beyond Life by John Navone, S.J. - AmericanCatholic.org|Scripture From Scratch ©2002

  • The Resurrection: High Point of History by Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. - AmericanCatholic.org|Scripture From Scratch ©2006
    “At a time when so many different ideas about Jesus are being circulated, what more authentic source for learning about him than the Gospels? And what better way of studying the New Testament than with an expert who has spent his life pondering and teaching it?”

  • The Easter Season: The Resurrection Narratives  by Raymond E. Brown, S.S.
    “The Resurrection of Christ is at the center of our faith. The Church devotes eight days of worship to retelling the Resurrection narratives. From Easter to the following (Low) Sunday the readings at Masses present one by one the many New Testament accounts of the appearances of the risen Lord.”

  • Friar Jack's E-spirations - The Resurrection
    The Resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate this Easter season, is the center of our faith. But understanding the meaning of the Resurrection is not always easy. What does Catholic tradition tell us about it? What about the evidence handed on to us in Scripture? In today's Catechism Quiz we'll examine these issues and discuss how, through the eyes of faith, Christians know that the Resurrection is true.”

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