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A Valentine for God

Valentine’s Day may be two weeks away, but I don’t think it’s too soon to start reflecting on its lovely themes and associations. My affection for the...

Kathy Hendricks

A Prayer for Ordinary Time Activity

During the season of Ordinary Time, we celebrate the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Ordinary Time is a time to learn and follow the teachings of...

Allie Johnston

Printable Mary Scripture Quest Bible Worksheet for Catholic Youth

Also referred to as Sacred Scripture or Scripture, the Bible is God’s Word, written by human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Bible...

Allie Johnston

The Ministry and Vocation of Teaching

During a “gap year” in which I was discerning the direction to go with my studies, I served as a volunteer with Head Start. It’s there that I met Mrs....

Kathy Hendricks

Epiphany Resources

On the second Sunday after Christmas, the Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. The traditional date of Epiphany is January 6,...

Allie Johnston

Virtue Series: Wellness and the New Year

Long before the term “holistic medicine” came into use, Hildegard of Bingen was putting it into practice. This twelfth century figure had a resume that...

Kathy Hendricks

January Religious Education Planner and Resources for 2017

Happy New Year! Kick off your religion education plans for 2017 with the January Religious Education planner. This monthly printable resource is designed...

Allie Johnston

8 Printable Catholic Christmas Prayers

The Catholic Christmas season begins on December 25th and ends in January on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we celebrate the...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating Families on the Feast of the Holy Family

On December 30th, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. One of the many important feasts the Church celebrates...

Allie Johnston

Advent Joy; Lighting the Pink Candle on the Advent Wreath

This Sunday we light the odd candle on the Advent wreath. Long before pink became a symbol of breast cancer awareness, it took prominence in the third...

Kathy Hendricks

Season of Advent Calendar Activities and Prayer Bundle

As the Church prepares to celebrate the birth of Christ and anticipates his coming, you can involve students in the joy of the season with an Advent...

Allie Johnston

The Season of Advent

My favorite season of the year is approaching. Setting out familiar symbols puts me in the mood for a time of joyous expectation. Advent is about to...

Kathy Hendricks

Advent Prayers for Families

The liturgical year begins with Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas. It is a season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation. Download and print...

Kathy Hendricks

December Religious Education Planner and Resources

The December Religious Education planner, designed to help catechists organize and prepare their religious education curriculum for the month, is now...

Allie Johnston

Juan Diego Activity and Our Lady of Guadalupe Lesson

On December 9, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Juan Diego, and on December 12, we honor Mary as Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the...

Allie Johnston

Closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog about the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It included an explanation of the opening of the Holy Door in the Vatican and in...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating National Bible Week; A Scripture Quest for Catholic Students

This year, from November 13-19 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops encourages participation in National Bible Week. This year's theme is,...

Allie Johnston

Printable Activity for The Season of Advent

This month, the season of Advent will begin. This year, the season of Advent starts on Sunday, November 27. It will last four weeks. 

Allie Johnston

Catholic Virtues Series: Prayer for Integrity

My fascination with Abraham Lincoln started at a young age. I pulled a hefty tome about his assassination off my parent’s bookshelf while in fourth grade...

Kathy Hendricks

Religious Education Curriculum Planner for November

Get ready to organize your November Religious Education plans with Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource. The November curriculum planner, designed...

Allie Johnston

Prayer for All Saints

All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day celebrated annually on November 1st. On All Saints' Day, we honor those saints, known and unknown, who inspire us...

Kathy Hendricks

Living as Faithful Citizens: Download a Prayer for the Election

I wish I knew how to contact Mrs. Andrews. I would love to send her a much-belated thank-you the Civics class she taught when I was a junior in high...

Kathy Hendricks

A Halloween Prayer for Families

The neighborhood is starting to light up. Orange lights are strung across porch railings and pumpkins, scarecrows, and witches are perched along...

Kathy Hendricks

Teaching About the Liturgical Year

For Catholics, the Church year is the Liturgical Year, a sequence of seasons and feasts that are celebrated in the liturgy—the official public prayer of...

Allie Johnston

Closing the Jubilee Year of Mercy

With the start of a new liturgical year, Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy will come to an end. The official end of the Holy Year of Mercy is November...

Allie Johnston

Teresa of Avila and the Interior Castle

It sounds like something out of a fairy tale – a crystal castle with a spiraling set of rooms leading to a center point of beauty and mystery. This is the

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Religious Education Lesson Plans for October

It’s time to organize next month’s Religious Education plans with Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource. The October curriculum planner, designed...

Allie Johnston

Celebrating the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi

On October 4, the Catholic Church will celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi. As the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi approaches, we...

Allie Johnston

Reflection on St Francis of Assisi

Is there any other saint who enjoys as much popularity as Francis of Assisi? Google his name and over 7 million results become accessible. Likenesses of...

Kathy Hendricks

Catechetical Sunday 2016 Toolkit

As part of a 1935 initiative to recognize and celebrate the gift that catechists give to their parish communities by volunteering their time for the...

Allie Johnston

Growing Gracefully

When I grow up, I want to be like Aunt Julia. After a brief visit with her in Orlando this past weekend, I feel warmed by her spirit, her easy laugh, and...

Kathy Hendricks

People of Faith Remember: September 11, 2001

I can’t say I gave much thought to flying on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. My mind was more focused on the talks I had just given in Tucson,...

Kathy Hendricks

The Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The canonization of Mother Teresa will occur on September 4, 2016. Teach students about the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta and review the canonization...

Allie Johnston

Making Time for Friendship

How are you making time for friendship in your life? Too many of us put off time with friends as the busyness of life enfolds us.

Kathy Hendricks

Catechists: On the Journey of Life with Prayer

Being an effective catechist requires constant prayer, and it is the responsibility of families and catechists to teach others to pray, through both...

Allie Johnston

Catholic Virtues Series: Uncovering Virtue

Much as I love the season of fall, I am going to miss my mornings on the front porch. I start most summer days there, reading from a book of reflections...

Kathy Hendricks

Catholic Religious Education Lesson Plans for September

It’s time to organize next month’s Religious Education plans with Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource. The September curriculum planner, designed...

Allie Johnston

Preparing for Summer Catechesis

As the school year comes to a close in early summer, vacation Bible schools, camps, and other parish summer programs are a wonderful opportunity to...

Allie Johnston

Holy Labor Day

It’s been a few years since I wrote the “Ripples” reflection for my online column, From My Home to Yours. Nevertheless, I remember the story well. I...

Kathy Hendricks

Forming New Catechists; A Printable Catechist Training Workshop for DREs

The start of a new year of Religious Education is an opportunity not only to form students in the faith but also to form catechists! Volunteer catechists...

Allie Johnston

Catechetical Sunday 2016: Learning to Pray

“I know how to say prayers but I’m not sure I know how to pray.” I have heard this from catechists, teachers, and parents over the years. Distinguishing...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrate the Assumption of Mary & Nativity of Mary

Mary is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church and we honor Mary as the greatest saint. Catholics honor Mary every day of the year through prayer....

Allie Johnston

Cultivating the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

“What if this year we were to let the Holy Spirit turn us into people of overflowing fullness?” Brother Roger of Taizé

Kathy Hendricks

August Lesson Preparation Planner for Religious Education

Organize the upcoming month (and perhaps the start of your religious education program!) with Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource. The August...

Allie Johnston

The Grace in Grief

As mid-July approaches I remember my daughter, Jenny, and my father, Albert. The anniversaries of their deaths fall two days apart and wrap me in a...

Kathy Hendricks

Hope for a Better World: Junior High Online Retreat

Download a special retreat designed to help young people understand the seven themes of Catholic social teaching and how to integrate these into their...

Allie Johnston

Celebrate the Feast Day of St Ignatius Loyola with Students

On July 31, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of St Ignatius Loyola. Sometimes referred to as a "soldier for Christ," Saint Ignatius Loyola worked to...

Allie Johnston

Gifts of the Holy Spirit– Understanding

Of all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding seems to be the most multi-leveled. It brings to mind a Russian nesting doll in which each one opens...

Kathy Hendricks

St Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga Intermediate Activity

On August 18, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga. Alberto was born in Viña del Mar, Chile on January 22, 1901. When...

Allie Johnston

Praying with a Happy Heart; A Prayer Service Inspired by the Beatitudes

When parents and catechists are asked what they want from their children, their response might include a desire for the children’s happiness. We often...

Allie Johnston

The Joy of Summer

“…The important thing is not to think much, but to love much…” Teresa of Avila

Kathy Hendricks

Catechists & DREs: 8 Steps to Successfully Catching Students Up

Parish Catechetical Leaders or Directors of Religious Education inevitably encounter a student who has missed a year, or a number of years, of Religious...

Allie Johnston

July Lesson Preparation Planner for Religious Education

It’s time to organize the upcoming month with Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource! The July curriculum planner, designed to help catechists...

Allie Johnston

Celebrating Freedom

The more media I am exposed to, the more I appreciate the Cardinal Virtues. While justice is always a timely pursuit, the other three virtues – prudence,...

Kathy Hendricks

A Summer Day Prayer Experience

Download this prayer experience for catechists or parents to use with children on a summer day. If possible, have umbrellas on hand to use as props!

Allie Johnston

Getting Ready for a Summer Catechetical Program

I once visited a church that was getting ready for a summer catechetical program. The air of excitement was palpable as volunteers bustled around getting...

Kathy Hendricks

Celebrating World Youth Day 2016 from Home

From July 25th to 31st, Kraków, Poland young Catholics from all over the world will join together with Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2016 to pray,...

Allie Johnston

School’s Out– This Summer Reconnect with God's Creation

Yesterday I set up an “anti-gravity” chair on our deck. It reminds me of patio furniture from my childhood that my parents referred to as “bar-wise...

Kathy Hendricks

Summertime Resources for Catholic Catechists & Families

The printable resources below can be used throughout the summer months to revitalize faith with an open and adventurous spirit!

Kathy Hendricks

Summertime Activities for Catholic Families

The summer season often provides a reprieve for families who have hectic schedules and more commitments during the other seasons. Provide an opportunity...

Allie Johnston

Celebrate Father's Day with a Reflection on the Our Father

For years I have been getting up early to accompany Ron to his races. When our children were small, this entailed bundling them into the car and driving...

Kathy Hendricks

Spiritual Practices: Keeping a Gratitude Journal

“What a grueling two days it’s been… Can I even give thanks for the pain and struggle?” Even now, almost twenty years after writing those words, the...

Kathy Hendricks

Jesus, the Center of Our Lives Sunflower Activity

When Jesus was asked "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?,” he replied "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with...

Allie Johnston

Spiritual Practices: Visio Divina

A few months ago, our children gave Ron and me a weekend at the beautiful Broadmoor hotel. Located at the base of the foothills in Colorado Springs, this...

Kathy Hendricks

Religious Education Curriculum Planner for June

Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource to help catechists and directors organize and prepare their religious education curriculum for the month of...

Allie Johnston

Lectio Divina Catholic Practice; The Spiritual Art of Sacred Listening

“For haphazard reading, constantly varied and as if lighted on by chance does not edify but makes the mind unstable; taken into the memory lightly, it...

Kathy Hendricks

Ideas for Making Catholic Ordinary Time Extraordinary

Ordinary Time is the longest season of the liturgical year. The season of Ordinary Time is divided into two periods, with the first falling between the...

Allie Johnston

Not just words: Life!

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the National...

Guest Blogger

Honoring Mary in May

In the month of May, as we prepare to celebrate mothers for their dedication and importance to our families, we remember Mary, the Mother of God and the...

Allie Johnston

The Ascension of the Lord

“When Jesus ascended into heaven, where, exactly, did he go?” This question, posed by a friend in a bible study group, took me off guard. Because we...

Kathy Hendricks

Religious Education Curriculum Planner for May

Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource to help catechists and directors organize and prepare their religious education curriculum for the month of...

Allie Johnston

The Story of Pentecost Activity

When the risen Jesus visited the disciples before he returned to his Father in Heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with the Church always....

Allie Johnston

Our Faith and Earth Sustainability Support Article

Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22. Earth Day is an annual event, begun in 1970, which is celebrated by countries across the globe and more than a...

Allie Johnston

The Importance of Catholic Signs and Symbols in the Home

Welcome to our guest blogger, John Collins. John is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier and a popular speaker at conferences and workshops around...

Guest Blogger

Earth Day for Catholic Kids: God’s Gifts Together Activity

Our call to care for God’s creation is unceasing, and we as disciples are especially reminded of this call in Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment,

Allie Johnston

Spirituality Practice: Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for a long time – since 5th grade, in fact. My best friend, Stephanie, and I were each given little diaries with those flimsy...

Kathy Hendricks

Keep the Easter Season Momentum with Calendar Cards

I re-discovered this year why Easter is a feast. There was such abundance in my celebration, starting with the rich symbols and rituals of the Vigil...

Kathy Hendricks

St. Teresa of the Andes Activity

On April 12, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Teresa de los Andes. Teresa was born in Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900. Teresa is the first...

Allie Johnston

Practicing Spirituality– Download a Spiritual Practices List to Get Started

“You haven’t practiced, have you?” I can still hear Mrs. Baumann’s stern voice, calling me to task for showing up unprepared for my weekly piano lesson....

Kathy Hendricks

Easter Meal Prayer Activity; To Be Used Before Meals During the Season of Easter

Though we celebrate Christ’s resurrection every Sunday, the Easter season is a special time to rejoice over the new life we have in Jesus Christ. Easter...

Allie Johnston

Religious Education Curriculum Planner for April

Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource to help catechists and directors organize and prepare their religious education curriculum for the month of...

Allie Johnston

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget...

Kathy Hendricks

Saint Patrick Timeline Activity

On March 17th, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Patrick. Patrick is a very popular saint. On March 17, people all over the world celebrate his...

Allie Johnston

Teach Children about the Easter Triduum

During the Easter Triduum, we celebrate the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Download a printable Triduum activity designed for early childhood and...

Allie Johnston

Reflections from the Road: Meeting with Catholic Catechists & Pastoral Ministers

I had six days at home this past month. Some were only a few hours in length – enough time to do a load of laundry, repack my bags, and then set off...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer of the Week: St Patrick's Day Prayer

On March 17, people all over the world celebrate Saint Patrick with parades, parties, and the wearing of green.

Kathy Hendricks

Hidden Word Puzzle Lent Activity

As children in your catechetical program learn that Lent is a season of preparing, share a Lenten “Hidden Word Puzzle.”

Allie Johnston

A Blossoming Celebration: Easter Prayer Service and Activity

The Easter season begins on Easter Sunday, which this year falls on March 27. Though we celebrate Christ’s resurrection every Sunday, the Easter season is...

Allie Johnston

Pope Francis in Mexico: Build Bridges of Compassion, Mercy, and Hope

It’s a shame that a single quote seems overshadow Pope Francis’ recent visit to Mexico. His comments about the folly of building walls versus bridges were...

Kathy Hendricks

Continuing the Jubilee Year of Mercy Momentum

Ten weeks into the Holy Year of Mercy, you may be looking for ways to continue the momentum begun in December with the start of the jubilee year.

Allie Johnston

Religious Education Curriculum Planner for March

Sadlier’s helpful monthly printable resource to help catechists and directors organize and prepare their religious education curriculum for the month of...

Allie Johnston

Lent and the Year of Mercy

Welcome to our guest blogger, Carole Eipers, National Catechetical Advisor for Sadlier. Carole will be speaking at the NCEA Convention and Expo in San...

Guest Blogger

Catholic Virtue Series: Wellness and Spirituality

There is nothing like a head cold to remind me of the blessing of good health. Each time I come down with one, I am once again taken by surprise at how...

Kathy Hendricks

A Printable Activity to Teach Children about Saint Louise de Marillac

On March 15, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Louise de Marillac. Louise was born in 1591, the daughter of Louis de Marillac, an important...

Allie Johnston

Soul-Nourishing Practices for Lent

As a child I learned to “give something up” for Lent. My meager efforts at abstaining from candy or from teasing my little brother pale in comparison to...

Kathy Hendricks

Stations of the Cross Meditations

The origins of the Stations of the Cross stretch back to the Crusades when, as a result of the conquering of the Holy Land, Christians began making...

Kathy Hendricks

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with the venerated image...

Allie Johnston

Celebrating Lent with Love eBook; 6 Tips for Merging Lent with the Holy Year of Mercy

This year, the Lenten season will begin on February 10 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. As we prepare for the season of Lent, we continue to...

Allie Johnston

A Printable Palm Sunday Activity for Children

The season of Lent prepares us for the great celebration of Easter. One of the celebrations during the season of Lent is Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday, the...

Allie Johnston

The Human Search for Meaning

Welcome to our guest blogger, Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP. The following article is an excerpt from a presentation she will be giving at the Los Angeles...

Kathy Hendricks

Holy Year of Mercy Resource: Open Heart Door Hanger Prayer Card

On December 8, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of Saint Peter to mark the official beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This...

Allie Johnston

Catholic Virtues Series: Unity in Christ

"So that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:21

Kathy Hendricks

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