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Catholic Faith Education Newsletter
December 7, 2009 - Volume 2, Number 15


Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog

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§ Advent Family Activities on the Web site of the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Read more...

§ Advent Calendar with a daily "Thought" , Scripture passage, Prayers, and poetry extract. Read more...

§ USCCB Advent and Christmas 2009 Resources.

§ The Knots Prayer

§ A collection of thousands of images on biblical themes from Bible cards and books. Read more...



§ Video: Church History in 4 minutes

§ sermons4kids.com offers a fairly large selection of coloring pages. Read more...

§ One Pair of Hands - Music Video

§ Michael Falk Art Gallery - Stories from the Bible. Read more...

§ BibleMap.org allows you to select a book and chapter in the Bible, read the text and see geographical locations mentioned in that chapter. Read more...

Listen to more music by the group Anonymous 4


Technology and Religious Education

§ Christmas Banners Graphic

§ Photo Peach – This online application allows you to create sideshows with captions for each image and add background music. You can even insert multiple choice questions on the images. You can then also embed the slide show in your own blog or Web site. See below for an example.

Bible Posters - Isaiah on PhotoPeach - The images in the slide shows below are from our collection of
free Bible posters downloadable here: http://www.4catholiceducators.com/bible_posters_archive.htm


Useful Resources on Saints and Feast Days

Resources for feast days in November:


Saint Gregory the Great

Advent Resources

Advent: General | Advent: General 2 | Advent: Meaning | Advent Coloring Pages | Advent Calendars | Advent Wreaths & Crafts | Jesse Tree | Prayers of Advent | Advent & Christmas Clipart | Advent: Justice and Peace | Advent Site Reviews

Christmas Resources


Resources on the Sunday Readings

Background articles and commentaries, homilies, children's stories, art, clipart, videos and other resources on the Mass readings for upcoming Sundays:

Third Sunday of Advent Year CFourth Sunday of Advent Year C


Words of Wisdom Posters

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"Attribute to God every good that you have received. If you take credit for something that does not belong to you, you will be guilty of theft." --St Anthony of Padua


Pray always and don't doubt that God keeps you in His divine arms and that the time will come when He will teach you His most holy Will. -- St. Paul of the Cross


Scripture Posters

Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. -- Isaiah 7.14

Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. -- Isaiah 7.14

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. --Isaiah 9.2

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. --Isaiah 9.2

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -- Isaiah 9.6
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us... -- Isaiah 9.6

Also see Bible Verses Cards, Scripture Clipart Cards and Wisdom of Saints Posters


Articles Online


§ The Holy Family by James Martin, Catholic Update

JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH! Who could be more familiar to us? Yet there is actually little that we know of the activities of the Holy Family in the years before Jesus’ public ministry. The stories of this famous family, though, appear in the Bible for a reason. So what can the distinctive lives, experiences and spiritualities of the members of the Holy Family teach us?

§ The Changing Face of the Church, Every Day Catholic

What does it take to live as an adult Catholic in our changing and challenging world? Every Day Catholic uses an engaging and practical approach to help readers confidently apply Christian values to their everyday decisions. An online small group process is an added bonus.

§ Teach our faith with the Advent wreath by Michael John, Religion Teacher's Journal

§ Rediscover the Word made flesh in the Christmas gospels: Use the readings of the season to explore the mystery of Jesus’ birth by Janet Schaeffler, OP

Articles in the December 2009 edition of the CATECHIST Magazine - Online edition:

§ The Value of Humor in the Catholic Middle-School Classroom by Patricia Anne Columbus

Make learning more fun—and teach students some valuable life lessons—by making humor a part of your daily classroom life.

§ Global Awareness: Opening the Eyes of Children to the World Around Them by Emily Kracht

Starting as a basic language program, the Global Awareness program at Loyola Catholic School has grown to include year-long experiences of the arts, language, and cultures of people in all parts of the world.

§ Stations of the crib: Discover a new Christmas tradition for your family by Dolores Curran, Catholic Digest

§ Prayer with an Infallible Guarantee by Ron Rolheiser, OMI

"There are several places in the gospels where Jesus assures us that if we ask for something in his name we are guaranteed to receive it."

§ Christmas: A Season of Love by Reverend Mark Connolly, Spirituality for Today December 2009

§ The Stranger Child A Legend by Count Franz Pocci Spirituality for Today December 2009

§ Joseph, A Saint for the Perplexed by Louise Perrota - The Word Among Us, Advent 2009


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