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It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world. -- St. Aloysius Gonzaga
We must acknowledge that God is happiness itself or we will never know what true happiness is!
-- St. Servinus
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Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ --Mark 10.51
I will lead them to brooks of water, on a level road, so that none shall stumble.--Jeremiah 31.9
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. --Matthew 5.7
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. --Matthew 5.9
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§ Leadership Skills for Catechists by Wanda and Gerard Scheuermann, Ministry & Liturgy Magazine,
- All involved in catechesis have specific gifts that they bring to the task.
- By virtue of their baptism, lay catechists have a right and responsibility to catechize.
- All catechesis is evangelizing catechesis.
- When catechists develop various creative ways of bringing alive the message of Jesus, more people are able to connect that message with their lived experiences.
- Catechists who enable others to connect faith with their life experiences have a clearer understanding of the social context in which they live
§ Use liturgical catechesis to reinforce Catholic identity: The entire liturgy is our primary source of faith formation,
by Mary Birmingham - Today's Parish Minister, April/May 2009
"Parishes are experiencing a renewed interest in various models of faith formation of adults and children. One model of faith formation that receives a great deal of attention is liturgical catechesis."
§ Why Catholics don’t share their faith...and what to do about it: Help parishioners talk out loud about their belief in Jesus by Susan Wolf, SND, Today's Parish Minister, September 2009.
§ A new model for ministry: Involve the whole community in faith formation by Mary Birmingham, Today's Parish, Minister, April/May 2009
§ Catechetical Methodology - Teaching Prayerfully , Marianne Cuthbertson and Dr. Caroline Farey, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3
"How can we ensure a prayerful approach in our catechesis?"
§ Saints: Living Theology , Sr. Johanna M Paruch, FGSM, Ph.D, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3 Catechetical Saints, July-Sept 2009 Issue
"Saints offer us living theology. How do we draw on the saints for this living theology, both for our own lives and for our work as catechists?"
§ The Eucharist makes the Church , Amette Ley, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3, July-Sept 2009 Issue
"We know that providing authentic teaching on the Church and on the Eucharist is absolutely central to our catechesis. This is the case not least because of the intrinsic importance of these subjects but also because of the many misunderstandings and limited views people hold on both of these areas of the Faith. I would like to identify here some of the more common misunderstandings and limitations concerning the Church and the Eucharist. I also want to suggest that we catechise strongly on the two topics together in order to avoid falling into these difficulties. Catechesis on the Church and catechesis on the Eucharist in fact belong closely together for another, and deeper, reason - because, in the words of the Catechism, ‘the Eucharist makes the Church’ (CCC 1396)."
§ Catechesis on Marriage & Family - Celebrate Love: Living Marriage in Full Colour , Edmund Adamus. The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3., July-Sept 2009 Issue
"Celebrate Love is a remarkably effective way to help couples start afresh. The seminar offers couples the opportunity to get to core issues that are dividing them, deal with them and then start afresh. Feedback from these couples typically tells the same story: they had no sense of anything lacking in their marriage; they just didn’t realize how much more it could be. When people saw colour television for the first time they wondered how they could ever have been satisfied with black and white. Couples say that Celebrate Love is like seeing their marriage and their future together in full, living colour."
§ I Love to Tell the Story , Raymond Topley, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3, July-Sept 2009 Issue
"Telling the life and story of Jesus is central for the learning of our students"
§ Encountering Christ - Through the Same Spirit in Scripture ,Dr Andrew Minto, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3, July-Sept 2009 Issue
"Church teaching helps us to see how to personally appropriate the Scriptures as living sources for our lives and for our catechesis."
§ As I Have Loved You: A Programme for Catholic Education in Sexuality by Dr Gerard O'Shea, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3, July-Sept 2009 Issue
§ The Heresy of Efficiency - Part 1: The Idolatry of Achievement , Brian Pizzalato, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 2
§ The Heresy of Efficiency - Part 2: The Idolatry of Work, Brian Pizzalato, The Sower Vol. 30, No. 3, July-Sept 2009 Issue
§ How to celebrate name days in the classroom: Celebrate Catholic identity by connecting with patron saints by: Kathleen M. Basi, Religion Teacher's Journal
§ Catholic identity: Community is key to our faith - Apprentice your learners in the way of faith, Religion Teacher's Journal
§ In the Footsteps of the Saints by Jeanne Heiberg, Catechist Magazine, October 2009
"A sight that often entertains me at Mass appears on the feet of altar servers. They look angelic in their white albs, until one notices what's on their feet—contemporary and stylish shoes, usually tennis shoes. Their contemporary footwear stands in humorous contrast to the ancient-appearing robes."
§ The Promise of Immortality: Celebrating All Saints and All Souls by Jem Sullivan, Ph.D., Catechist Magazine, October 2009
"On the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of All Souls we are invited to ponder with the eyes of faith the mystery of time, eternity, and death itself. These liturgical celebrations remind us that the human desire for immortality is concerned with not only our physical bodies. Immortality is a spiritual reality made concrete in the lives of the saints and the souls who precede us in faith."
§ Thanksgiving by Jean Grant, Catechist Magazine, October 2009
"Celebrate Thanksgiving with your students with this prayer service."
§ Feeding the Hungry in a Land of Dieters: Hunger and Social Justice by: Jim and Susan Vogt, Every Day Catholic ©2009
§ Will My Grandbabies See Heaven? Adult Children and Church by: Gloria Hutchinson, Every Day Catholic ©2009