What is catechesis? The General Directory for Catechesis states “the definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch, but also in communion and intimacy, with Jesus Christ.” (80)Continue Reading
This month, we as a nation celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., who stands as a symbol of social justice, nonviolence, and mutual respect for all creation. Dr. King taught others to meet hate with love, and to show respect towards self, our fellow community members, and to our world, even in the face of differences, challenges, or darkness.Continue Reading
The Christmas season is a season of celebration. The Church celebrates many important feasts during this time. On the second Sunday after Christmas, the Church will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. At Epiphany, the Church celebrates the manifestation of the Son of God as the Savior and Messiah.Continue Reading
A new calendar year is quickly approaching. Each year, its arrival presents an opportunity for self-examination. Resolutions reflect those areas in our lives we want to improve. We can use this opportunity to consider ways we can be better disciples of Jesus, and help children to do the same.Continue Reading
The Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Nicholas of Myra on December 6. Saint Nicholas of Myra is one of the most popular saints in the world, and most famous as the patron saint of children.
As Catholics, we pray in many ways. We learn to pray from the example and words of Jesus. Urged by the Holy Spirit, we pray these basic forms of prayer: blessing, petition, intercession, praise, and thanksgiving. When we thank God in prayer, we call these prayers of thanksgiving.Continue Reading
Often, educators, parents and caregivers struggle with what they should say or share with young children when trauma or tragedy transpires. This can be especially difficult considering the world view that the child is likely to have, based on their own previous life experiences. This may be the first time that the child is finding that their interpretation of the world, and the world itself, are two very different things. Here are some suggestions of tools and techniques for helping children cope.Continue Reading