Monday, August 29, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Catechetical Sunday is being celebrated across the country on September 18, 2011.
The theme this year is "Do This in Memory of Me".
Free downloadable resources (clipart, poster, commissioning ceremony, homily hints, bulletin notices, articles, in-services for catechists/teachers, prayers, intergenerational retreat, etc.) are available at http://www.usccb.org/ and look for "Catechetical Sunday" in the right column.
This is a wonderful opportunity to honor your catechists and better catechize the whole parish on The Eucharist.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
As the new catechetical year approaches, catechists are focusing their attention on how to best engage their students in faith formation. In the United States alone, roughly 150,000 catechists are new to the job each year! With that in mind, Joe Paprocki (remember him? - he was our keynoter at last year's Congress) will once again be hosting a series of free Webinars through Loyola Press called "Getting Started as a Catechist."
He will be hosting four webinars in the series, each focused on teaching a different age group. All will air from 8 pm to 9 pm, EST.
- August 17 (teaching primary age children, grades 1-3)
- August 24 (teaching intermediate age children, grades 4-7)
- August 30 (teaching junior high and high school)
- September 6 (teaching adult faith formation)
In these webinars, you will look at the basic skills of being a catechist, how to plan effective lessons, ways to lead compelling prayer, tips on how to organize a variety of activities, and how to maintain order and discipline in the learning environment, in addition to other topics, all tailored to the specific age group you are preparing to teach.
These webinars are free and give catechists, and those interested in becoming catechists, the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful vocation from the comfort of your own computer.
For more information or to register, or to see what else Joe has to offer, go to his blog - http://www.catechistsjourney.com/.