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July 3, 2018

The Common Catholic Evangelizer

Sadlier Religion Consultant, Carole Eipers, writes about the meaning and importance of evangelization. Carole’s newest book, Everyday Evangelization, will be published by Twenty-Third Publications in August 2018.

I grew up in a time when the word “evangelization” was not part of our Catholic vocabulary. It applied, it seemed, only to other faith communities. And this in spite of Jesus’ clear mandate to all Christians, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”

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June 12, 2018

Digital Technology in Catechetical Ministry – Guide for Catechetical and School Leaders

In this article, Steve Botsford, offers a look at the benefits and challenges of digital technology and its application to catechesis and religious formation.

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WBAS Cat Support Articles

May 23, 2018

Assessing Catechetical/Religious Education Programs – Ideas for Parish and School Leaders

In this article we'll explore ways parish catechetical and school leadership can plan for the future by evaluating the past year. Assessing catechetical and religious education programs as the faith formation year draws to a close will renew your vision and enthusiasm for what lies ahead!

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WBAS Cat Support Articles

May 8, 2018

Prayers & Activities for the Feast of Pentecost

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. The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on Pentecost. We celebrate the feast of Pentecost as the “capper” to the Easter season. Below are printable Pentecost resources that you can use at home or in your parish!

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter, WBAS Seasonal Feast Days & Holy Days

April 5, 2018

How Catechetical Leadership Can Make the Most of Learning Opportunities

A few years ago I was invited to write a small booklet called Pep Talks for Parish Ministers. It was part of a series that addressed some of the challenges faced by those in parish and school ministry and offered ideas and inspiration for dealing with them. As I pulled together the table of contents, I contacted several people in leadership and solicited their ideas. Several noted how they were becoming jaded. Pressing demands on their time and energy led to exhaustion and, in the worst cases, burnout.

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WBAS Cat Support Articles

March 23, 2018

How Parish Catechetical Leaders Can Engage Families with Rituals of Faith by Sharing Stories

If I had to name a single issue around catechesis that crops up again and again as I traverse the country, it’s how to equip catholic families to share and form faith in the home. I offer a number of presentations on this topic and all of them connect in some way to the importance of telling stories.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Whole Community Catechesis

March 21, 2018

A Prayer for Easter Eyes

Some of us are old enough to remember a song about the Boston subway system called the “M.T.A.” It bemoaned the fate of Charlie, who didn’t have the correct fare in order to exit the train. I knew the feeling as I ran into a series of travel glitches while trying to get home from a lengthy series of presentations this past weekend. “Will she ever return, oh will she ever return…?” was my own chorus of lament as I watched the airport monitors announce delays and missed connections. My husband sent a text that contained the secret to coping with my travel woes: “Go with the flow.” When life throws our plans out of whack, it’s the sanest way to travel.

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter, WBAS Topics Prayer

March 17, 2018

Holy Week Resources for Families

It’s almost Holy Week, a time-honored rite that celebrates life arising from death and the brilliance emerging from places of desolation and despair. Use these Holy Week resources to prepare for and celebrate the final week of Lent.

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WBB Lent, WBB Tridumm & Easter

February 5, 2018

15+ FREE Resources for Lent You Will Love

Lent is a season of simple living. As the entire Church prepares for the great celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery in the Easter Triduum, Catholics make special efforts to pray, do penance, and do good works. Every day of the forty-day Lenten season is an opportunity to live simply and prepare for Easter.

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WBAS Seasonal Lent

February 1, 2018

2018 Lenten Ideas for Parishes and Schools

Ash Wednesday for some is like a religious New Year’s. It’s the kick-off for Lenten resolutions that begin with great fervor and dim as the six weeks of the season drag on. I recall my own experience of giving something up for Lent. What seemed pretty courageous in the beginning – sacrificing chocolate, for example – turned into drudgery and then resentment by Holy Week. Binging on Easter candy took the meaning of the festival season that follows Lent a little too literally.

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WBAS Seasonal Lent

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