New Saints for All Saints Day
It's not too early to start planning for All Saints Day which will be celebrated on November 1st. It is timely to speak of this as this weekend Pope Francis will canonize some new Saints. Among the more well-known will be Bishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI. Of course, Popes have canonized Saints from all around the world so there is no limit to Saints that one can choose as one's patron.
New Saints Resources
St. Oscar Romero video
Give Us This Day & The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
Saint Pope Paul VI
St. Oscar Romero and St. Pope Paul VI overview video
Help learners choose a saint and learn about them. By engaging them in some questions about their own interests, they can be led to find a saint who can be a role model for them to follow Jesus. How have you celebrated All Saints Day with young learners at your parish?
Catholic Social Teaching and Saints
Ave Maria Press
I Want to Be a Saint
Amy Welborn, Catechist
All Saints Day Girl and Boy Costumes
Saintly Scavenger Hunt
Mary Haseltine blog
Saints for All the Smarts (Using Multiple Intelligences in Religious Education)
Beginning the Catechetical Year
How To Prepare a Witness Talk for Every Session
When developing your lessons plans for Faith Formation sessions, do you make it a point to include the living faith experience of yourself or someone else as a faith role model? We do not only teach content of the Catholic faith, but we are developing living witnesses of the faith-no matter their age. As Pope Francis states in The Joy of the Gospel,
The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to be actively
engaged in evangelization; indeed, anyone who has truly experienced
God’s saving love does not need much time or lengthy training to go out
and proclaim that love. Every Christian is a missionary to the extent that
he or she has encountered the love of God in Christ Jesus: we no longer say
that we are “disciples” and “missionaries”, but rather that we are always
Jared Dees on his blog, The Religion Teacher offers a way that a catechist can make a personal experience of one’s faith be worked into each Faith Formation session.
What is your experience when sharing your faith in Faith Formation sessions?
Teaching the Real Presence in the Eucharist
What is your approach in sharing about "Real Presence" with your learners?
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