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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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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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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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January 20, 2018

Professional Development for Catechetical and Catholic School Leaders: A New Feature for We Believe and Share

A new year begins and, with it, a fresh aspect of We Believe and Share. In addition to the spirituality focus this blog has taken for the past five years, I will be including two articles each month aimed in a particular way at those who are involved with visioning, planning, implementing, and assessing catechetical ministry in parishes and Catholic schools. Having served in these roles myself, I know the scope of responsibility they carry and the challenges they involve. In providing these articles my hope is that they will provide inspiration, support, encouragement, and affirmation for the work of all of you involved in catechetical leadership.

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September 27, 2017

The Catechism of the Church Was My First Introduction to God

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Sister Maureen Sullivan, reflects on the meaning of the catechism in her own life.

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September 20, 2017

Catechetical Ministry: Claiming Our Roots

Sadlier Religion Consultant and guest blogger, Carole Eipers, reflects her personal history with catechesis and how it affected her work on a presentation called “The History of Catechesis: Seeking the Timeless.” Carole offered this presentation as a webinar, which is archived at Lifelong Learning Webinars.

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August 22, 2017

Catechetical Sunday 2017: Living As Missionary Disciples

“I dream of a ‘missionary option,’ that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything so that the Church's customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today's world rather than for her self-preservation.” (Evangelii Gaudium 27)

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June 8, 2016

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!

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November 24, 2013

Advent Lesson and Prayer Celebration

The season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. The meaning of Advent season is two-fold, reminding us both to remember the past and to look to the future. Advent is also a time to direct our hearts and minds to the joyful expectation of Christ's Second Coming. We invite you to download Voices of Advent, a 4 page lesson and reproducible activity to share with your class during the season of Advent.

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September 18, 2013

School Supplies for Teachers and Catechists

I love office supply stores. The sight of all those empty notepads and colorful pens represents a range of possibilities. Such associations not only have to do with my work as a writer; they extend back into childhood. Shopping for school supplies was a delight and helped mitigate the let-down I felt over the end of summer vacation. Opening a new box of crayons or unwrapping a sheaf of notebook paper generated excitement over what a new year might bring. When I moved to the other side of the desk as a teacher, I loved unpacking new textbooks and arranging my classroom. While considering how to welcome my students, there was similar excitement over who they would be and how we would move through the year together.

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