As we begin the new catechetical year it's a good time to review and renew some of our planning approaches. We know our objective for our learners is to help them meet and encounter Jesus while giving them a good experience of the principles of the Catholic faith. With catechist guide in hand and the help of our Catechetical Leader who provides support, we turn to Jesus in prayer and know that we will be provided with the creativity to engage learners and discernment in choosing activities when putting our lessons together. Here are some links with resources to assist with review and renew.
Proclaiming a Person (Catechist)
How Do You Approach Lesson Planning (catechistsjourney)
11 Tips for Catechists (catechistsjourney)
Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning (thereligionteacher)
It's Time to Talk About Lesson Planning
Meeting, Greeting and Building Community
Stations of the Cross
We are about midway though Lent so you may be thinking about lesson plans for teaching about the Stations of the Cross. Check out this Pinterest board that has been curated by age group for some new ideas.
Stations of the Cross on RC Faithquest Pinterest board
Do you have a lesson plan on Stations of the Cross that works for you?
The Call to Moral Living
Questions to consider:
How do you approach moral development with your learners?
What new insights will affect your approach to this subject in your faith formation sessions?
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.
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