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Catechist Resources

This page is for the use of our dedicated, amazing catechists.  Here you will find information useful in your catechizing and evangelization.  You will also find information and websites that we, collectively, have found helpful in enriching our own faith and lives.  Please also check out the pages on the Religious Ed side of the website - especially info for parents.  Many of these resources can also be used with your various age groups!

 

 

 

Click here to go to the website (Catechist's Journey) dedicated to catechists.  Catechist's Journey has areas that help catechists in their unique role within the Church.  The site is run by Joe Paprocki, DMin.  Joe is a nationally recognized author, catechist, and trainer of catechists.  Joe Paprocki's  Master of Divinity degree is from St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois.

Preparing Hearts and Minds series, Summer 2020 - Catechist's Journey, Joe Paprocki, DMin.  9 Simple ways for Catechists to cultivate a Living Faith.

 

RESOURCES

Here you will find some resources you may find helpful with your groups.

There is a lot of information on the RESOURCES FOR PARENTS - MAKING FAITH ALIVE IN OUR HOME page of this website.

 

Formation Resources on The Archdiocese website - Discover free-of-charge resources to supplement or enhance your lessonsVideos, lesson plans and other resources have been vetted by our review team, and are listed by general topic and by age group.  Visit: https://www.archmil.org/Catechesis/Technology/Formation-Resources.htm

Catholicmom.com - Catholic Gospel Coloring Pages and Worksheets for Sunday Mass

Catholickidsbulletin.com - Resources to help teachers & parents educate their kids about the Catholic faith.  Free weekly Mass bulletins for kids, along with ideas and resources to teach kids, Some items are free, some have a nominal fee.

First day of School/Religious Ed worksheets & printables - The Religion Teacher.  The first day is a great day for you to get to know the kids and for them to get to know each other. You also want to introduce them to the group and the items in it as quickly as possible. There are so many printable templates available online to help you get to know your students. Here are a few that I liked the most as I did some searching.  Joe Dees also created two Catholic first day worksheets that you can download and print.

FREE Weekly Mass Activities from HolyHeros.com.  Sign up for Holy Heroes Sunday Mass Prep. If you're like most of us right now, going to Mass is not an option. With our Mass Prep, you can bring a bit of Mass home to your kids with a weekly Gospel video, coloring page and quiz. Sign up for FREE, and we'll send you a reminder email each week to access the new activities. GOOD FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN!

Bible Lessons and Sermons4Kids - With Sermons4Kids, you get tons of free children’s sermons with object lessons, children’s activities, Bible coloring pages, games, and crafts. Use these fun children’s sermons for kids in children’s church, Sunday school, children’s ministry, and family ministry! Available in English and Spanish!

Catholicmom.com - Stories, podcasts, prayers, resources for Catholic parents and working with children.

Resources for Catholic Educators - Religious clip art, Saints, Christology, Sacraments, Moral Issues, the Bible Church documents, Church history, Sacraments, Creeds, Theology, Beatitudes, and more!

THAT RESOURCE SITE - That Resource Site has been producing Catholic Activities for Children and Teachers since 2008.  Some items are free, some require payment.  "We teach the basics of the Catholic Faith with a variety of learning styles and resource layouts, which allows us to meet the educational needs of almost any student. Our goal is to help you deliver solid and enjoyable religious education lessons in your classroom or home. Because our printables and materials encourage creativity and fun learning, many teachers report better retention of lessons and materials."

TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS - Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where teachers and catechists buy and sell original educational materials.  THIS SITE IS NOT A CATHOLIC SITE.  YOU MUST BE CAREFUL.  RUN ANYTHING YOU WANT TO USE PAST THE DRE!!

LOOK TO HIM AND BE RADIANT - THIS IS A CATHOLIC SITE.  All content and documents copyright Katherine Bogner © 2011-2020.  "You are free to use these ideas and printables for personal use or in your classroom. Please do not distribute, transmit or sell them in any form. Posts and images may be pinned on Pinterest. If you would like to share posts, images, or printables, please link directly back to the posts on this blog, and be sure to leave comments! Thanks!"

The Pastoral Center - THIS IS A CATHOLIC SITE.  Pastoral ministers helping pastoral ministers.  Some items are free, many items have a small fee.

traci-smith.com - THIS SITE IS CHRISTIAN, NOT CATHOLIC.  YOU MUST BE CAREFUL.  RUN ANYTHING YOU WANT TO USE PAST THE DRE!!  Traci Smith is an ordained minister, mother of three, and author. Traci’s passion is helping families find times for connection and spiritual nourishment amid the hustle and bustle of daily life. What began as a quest to help her own family has provided valuable insight for thousands of others. Traci believes faith practices should be fun, easy to fit into daily life, and accessible to all. Site has reproducible items and many ideas.

Building FaithTHIS SITE IS CHRISTIAN, NOT CATHOLIC.  YOU MUST BE CAREFUL.  RUN ANYTHING YOU WANT TO USE PAST THE DRE!!  A ministry of Virginia Theological Seminary.  Equip. Teach. Form. Resources for disciples of all ages.  There are seasonal resources, articles, games, etc. available.

 

The Holy Habits Challenge - (Introductory Video) The Holy Habits Challenge is a means to teach those who attend weekend Masses at least once a month, and families with children in a Catholic school or religious education program, some of the basic Catholic habits that come to us from the traditions and piety of the Church.  The goal is to instill daily routines that revolve around prayer, the virtues, and the works of mercy so that the average Catholic can deepen his or her relationship with Christ and with the Church.  The materials are designed to be a challenge that participants agree to do and incorporate into their lives. 

Joe's Pop-Up Catechesis - Master Catechist and Author, Joe Paprocki, presents short videos on a variety of subjects.  This is a new series, borne out of the COVID-19 crisis, of one-minute videos with bite-size suggestions for how to make faith alive in the home. These will appear on Catechist’s Journey every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for the foreseeable future.  A partial list of videos are on: Meal time Prayers, May Crowning, Reading the Bible, The Liturgical Calendar, Saints, etc.

Washington County Crisis Intervention Team -  for confidential mental health assistance call 1-866-906-6565 Toll Free  - 24 hours a day/7 days a week - run by Washington County Human Services Department.

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE 1-800-TALK (8255)

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION WEBSITE

Positive Image Center of Washington County Website - Contains helpful information about teen and family support groups and activities in Washington County.  They have a teen support group that meets at Perc Place (Coffee Shop Side) in Hartford, every Wednesday from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.  For more information, or to register, please contact Rebekah at 262.338.1323 or 262.339.1235, or Rebekah.namiwashington@gmail.com.

Eight Kinds of Smart - from RCL - Resources for Christian Living

A list of various resources via websites.

Advent Resources - RCL Benziger (our textbook publisher)

Advent in the Classroom - Catechist's Journey

Advent Resouces - Catechist's Journey

Advent/Christmas RE Lesson - Children's Ministry Magazine

Christmas Resources - RCL Benziger (our textbook publisher)

Christmas Resources - Catechist's Journey

Lent Resources - Catechist's Journey

Easter Resources - Loyola Press

Easter Resources - Catechist's Journey

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers - USCCB

Lifelong Faith

Faith Formation Learning Exchange

The books that are used in our classes also have websites with an amazing amount of information available to you!

 

Grades 4K through 8 - Blest Are We: Faith in Action Edition from RCL Benziger.  RCL Benziger’s main website, https://www.rclbenziger.com/ offers an overview of our materials and a wide variety of resources. 

Free Catholic Resources, available at https://www.rclbenziger.com/catholic-resources include prayers and activities for use in the home.

OurFamilyFaith.com features downloadable faith formation models that guide parents, families, catechists, and directors of religious education programs in using our resources in the home.

As spring arrives and as the celebration of Earth Day nears, take time to revisit and reflect on Laudato Si’, in which Pope Francis calls us all to take responsibility for the care of our common home. Resources for children and families are available at https://www.rclbenziger.com/catholic-resources and at https://www.rclbenziger.com/laudato-si-on-care-for-our-common-home.

 

Reconciliation: Pardon and Peace has a number of resources that go along with the book.

  ~ There is an online family guide.  Click here for younger grades (Primary) in English, or here GUÍA FAMILIAR en línea.

  ~ There is also an online family guide for those in older grades (Intermediate).  Click here, unfortunately it is in English only.

  ~ There are also additional worksheets for the younger grades.  Click here.

  ~ Additional activities for families, click here.

  ~ Chapter-by-chapter guide for the younger grades (Primary), click here.

  ~ Chapter-by-chapter guide for the older grades (Intermediate), click here.

The 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes

 

Eucharist: We Give Thanks and Praise has a number of resourses that go along with the book.

  ~ One is an online family guide.  Click here for younger grades (Primary) in English, or here GUÍA FAMILIAR en línea

  ~ There is also an online family guide for those in older grades (Intermediate).  Click here, unfortunately it is in English only.

  ~ There are also additional work sheets available for both the younger and older grades.  Click here.

 

The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth Resources

 

Confirmation: Filled with the Holy Spirit, they proclaimed the Lord Jesus has a number of resources that go along with the book.

  ~ Faith-sharing ideas for Candidates and Sponsors.  Click here.

  ~ Activities and reflection for Confirmation: Filled with the Holy Spirit.  Click here.

  ~ Candidate/Sponsor Conversations.  Click here.

 

SAFEGUARDING INFORMATION

Safeguarding Grade Level Class Curriculum Sheets for Catechists from The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

 

EVALUATION FORMS

4K & 5K  Evaluation Form

Grades 1 – 8 Evaluation Form

Grades 9 - Confirmation Evaluation Form

 

MATERIALS ON WORKING WITH PARENTS

Whiteboard Wednesday: Partnering With Parents from youthministry.com

 

HELP WITH SOCIAL MEDIA

USCCB's Social Media Guidelines

Archdiocese of Milwaukee's Social Netwoking Policy and Guidelines

Digital Catechesis is a global network of faith-based ministries created by Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ.  It is a worldwide community for advancing the effective use of technology in all areas of faith formation.  Here you can find videos useful in faith formation.  You are also encouraged to upload videos that you have used in faith formation to share with others.

Movie clips that illustrate and inspire - Wingclips.  View ideas for inspirational movie clips from many of your favorite films.  Along the left side of the website, you can see a list of ideas of movie clips on a particular theme, genre, or scripture passage.

 

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