Four Ways to Meet Them Where They Are
The holidays can bring such energy and focus for our learners and for us as catechists. Now it's time to make the shift back to Ordinary Time and re-engage for the New Year. As our Fall sessions are behind us, we all get a fresh start. It is a good time to get re-acquainted and share faith in a deeper way as our sessions resume. The following post from Catechist's Journey has some good suggestions to assist you in helping those relationships grow.
Four Ways to Meet Them Where They Are
Marianne Cope's Feast Day is January 23rd--A great time to visit the museum in her name
She was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
Parents are their child’s primary catechist. Catholic Brain is a website to support parents and catechists teaching and sharing the Catholic faith for children that looks fun and engaging. It engages learners with videos, games and quizzes at home so that their faith continues to grow. There is a subscription fee to use this site and it can be seen at: https://www.catholicbrain.com/
Vibrant Faith @ Home
One of the ways to engage parents in sharing faith with their family is to find ways from the happenings of an ordinary day to create meaningful experiences and a connection to faith. This website will assist catechists and parents in finding creative activities that will encourage: talking about faith, praying together in ways that are comfortable and comforting, ritualizing daily life moments, and reaching out in service to others beyond the family unit.
From the website, Look to Him and Be Radiant are these activity plans.
Wandering Wise Men, a replacement for Elf on the Shelf
Seeking Our Savior, a concept is that the kids are looking for clues during Advent, leading them up to the real meaning of the season, which is to prepare our hearts for Jesus, not to celebrate Christmas starting the day after Thanksgiving
Sure your sessions are shorter that a school session--but one of the things we are trying to accomplish is engaging our youth with a positive learning environment. Read over the tips you find in this article and see if you can improve your teaching skills for the next part of the year.
5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices
How will you use this activity in your faith formation sessions?
The Three Cs of Creative Curriculum Development Webinar
We look through our lesson for the week. We make choices from what the text has to offer. But do we understand how the pieces of the
Welcome to the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation Blog! Each month we hope to encourage you in catechetical ministry by posting some articles, tips, and effective practices to support catechists in the parish. Since this is a blog page you will be able to comment and interact with other catechists. If you have a new lesson or program, this will be a place to share it with others. RCFQuest other pages will continue to be updated to assist you in finding good resources for lessons in Faith Formation sessions.
The theme for this year is “Living as Missionary Disciples”. Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated September 17, 2017. Loyola Press has a three minute retreat made just for catechists. We invite you to click the image below and
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