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Breaking Open the Scriptures

Breaking Open the Scriptures

Breaking open Scripture, the word of God, is the foundation of every catechist’s vocation. Topics include defining the Word of God, the role of Mary, studying and interpreting Scripture, interreligious dialogue, and applying Scripture to everyday life. 64 pages.

 

Celebrating the Sacraments

Celebrating the Sacraments

In this book we explore our understanding of the sacraments and reaffirm the significance of the sacraments in our lives and in the communities in which we worship and minister. The seven chapters provide a springboard for incorporating insights from the book into classrooms in practical ways. Since the sacraments are so central to our lives as Catholics, there is no way we can “over teach” them. The list of contributors is a who’s who of the finest of sacramental theologians. 64 pages.

 

Communicating the Faith

Communicating the Faith

This helpful booklet offers the wisdom and expertise of leading catechetical experts to stimulate and enrich your ability to make the faith come alive for those you teach. Topics include methodology and pedagogy, the role of human experience and discipleship, the Christian community, commitment and apprenticeship, among others. 64 pages.

 

Engaging the “Parking Lot Parent”

Engaging the “Parking Lot Parent”

10 Sessions on Developing and Thriving as a Catechist

You’ve volunteered to be a catechist! If you’re wondering what to do next, this workbook is the perfect guide. Here you’ll find teaching and organization methods for any class setting or grade level. You’ll get an understanding of how faith can develop among your learners, and how you can best share your faith using the skills, knowledge, and experience you already have.

 

Fostering Spirituality

Fostering Spirituality

One of the first questions any new catechist asks is, “What’s my role?” The Church answers that question by outlining six important tasks for every catechist. This helpful booklet highlights those tasks and explores essential practices that make faith formation a life-giving vocation. Written by a leader or practitioner in the catechetical field, each chapter ends with encouragement to reflect on a task and to dialogue with other catechists about the wisdom received. Both new and experienced catechists will find inspiration and ideas for their very next session! 64 pages.

 

Pondering the Parables

Pondering the Parables

This concise booklet highlights many of the ways catechists, both new and seasoned, can deepen their own experience of studying and appreciating the parables. Topics include rediscovering the parables, how to respond to parables creatively, reading and praying the parables, the parables in Mark and Matthew, and more. 64 pages. 

 

The Catechist’s Formation Workbook

The Catechist’s Formation Workbook

10 Sessions on Developing and Thriving as a Catechist

You’ve volunteered to be a catechist! If you’re wondering what to do next, this workbook is the perfect guide. Here you’ll find teaching and organization methods for any class setting or grade level. You’ll get an understanding of how faith can develop among your learners, and how you can best share your faith using the skills, knowledge, and experience you already have.

 

The Role of the Catechist

The Role of the Catechist

NEW One of the first questions any new catechist asks is, “What’s my role?” In 2005 the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published the National Directory for Catecheses to help answer that question by outlining six important tasks for the catechists. So in this helpful book about the catechist’s role, the chapters highlight those tasks. The reader is encouraged to reflect on each task and to dialogue with other catechists about the contents of the book. Each chapter is written by a leader or practitioner in the catechetical field who is or has been engaged in catechist formation.

 

The Vocation of the Catechist

The Vocation of the Catechist

From learning what a catechist is expected to do, through how to keep students engaged and enthusiastic, from deepening one’s own faith to imparting a sense of mission to those you teach, there is a wealth of information here that every catechist will find invaluable. There is also a handy glossary of useful terms. 64 pages.

 

Our Catholic Family

Our Catholic Family

Activities, Conversations and Prayer for Sharing Faith at Home

Every catechist and DRE knows just how important and necessary it is for faith formation to extend into the home and to become part of Catholic family life. This attractive new book can be a powerful help for families to share in faith-filled conversation, to engage in enjoyable religious activities, and to pray together. 

 

Catechetical Crafts for the Liturgical Year

Catechetical Crafts for the Liturgical Year
Enhance your catechetical lessons with beautiful imagery of the Church's liturgical seasons by having your students create these delightful, age-appropriate crafts! Arranged by month and liturgical season to help you plan, each craft includes an objective, prayer, list of simple supplies, and detailed instructions. 
 

Prayers for Catechists

Prayers for Catechists

Inspiration and Professional Growth

Find the catechist's search for inspiration and spiritual growth reflected in these twenty-one prayer poems.

Pause to be nurtured and sustained by the genuine "catechist moments" that these prayers capture. Celebrate the class that went well. Pray for a troubled student. Talk to God about being tired. Trust in God's love.