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Catechesis at Home.

At this time of pandemic, many Dioceses have ceased offering Faith Formation of any sort – from Pre-K to and through Adult. This series will continue to guide you in this wilderness as The Church seeks new ways to reach and form the faithful.

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Latest Letters to You, The Church: The Body of Christ.

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.

After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.

Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.

Yeah, that one.

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord proclaims that He makes all things new.

New life in Christ is the promise He makes to us and is fulfilled in the love He bears for us through the Cross and Resurrection.

And He calls us to love one another as He loves us.

New life through love – the basics of the Christian life.

Read on to find out how we can embrace and imitate this love and new life!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

What is the difference between Religious Education, Faith Formation, Catechism Class, and CCD?

On the surface, it can appear that they are one and the same;, but there are, in fact, many important differences,

Mom and Dad answer the question and talk about what each of these are and entail – and they have a lot of experience with each of them!

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

Christ is the Good Shepherd. We are his people, the flock He shepherds.

What does it mean to be a sheep?

How can we be better sheep to the best Shepherd?

We reflect on the meaning of the love of God for us in our relationship with Him. This relationship is a gift for us to be active participants.

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

In last week’s episode, Mom and Dad covered the Corporal Works of Mercy.

In this episode, they talk about the Spiritual Works of Mercy: instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinners, bear patiently those who wrong us, forgive offenses, comfort the sorrowful, and pray for the living and the dead.

And they tell us how to do that in our busy lives.

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

“Do you love me?” Jesus asks. We reply with Peter, “Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus gives us a job to do – feed the sheep. We are addressed in this week’s Gospel as much as Peter is. How do we feed the sheep? What are we to do with this mandate?

Read on and get some insights into how we are shepherds and what we can do to learn how to be a better one!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

The seven Corporal works of Mercy – feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead – are very important parts of outwardly showing our Christian love to the world.

But how do we do them right?

Who are “the least of these?”

In this episode, Mom and Dad answer these questions and explain what the Corporal Works of Mercy are.

And then sum it up with three words that are easy to remember.

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

And He comes to offer His Divine Mercy!

The work of Jesus, through His Apostles down to us is mercy. The unconditional love He has for each of us is a gift of mercy.

We are not worthy that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should come to us, to heal and forgive us, yet He does! In His Church, His ministers, His people – you and me.

Learn more about how we can allow Jesus to work His Divine Mercy through us. Read on and be ready to be changed!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Our life in Christ, through His Resurrection is what we celebrate at Easter. This gift of salvation is something we are commanded to share!

The readings for Easter this year include several eyewitness accounts of what happened that day. The first reading is Peter’s testimony in Acts; the Gospel is Mary Magdalene’s witness to the Apostles; and the Psalmist declares his own witness.

And if the Psalmist is true, then we will declare the gift of salvation because we are excited about it! Our witness to Christ’s work in our lives is part of being a member of Christ’s Church.

When Mary, Peter, John, and all the other disciples shared their eyewitness accounts, they invited their listeners into relationship with Jesus, so everyone who hears has the opportunity to the new life in Christ. It is too good to keep to ourselves…it is too good not to share with others.

Our Discussion section invites us to remember those who witnessed to us, and our activity rises to the occasion!

The Triduum – Episode 91

The Triduum – Episode 91

Mom and Dad talk about the three days before Easter, the Triduum, and their importance in our faith.

What happens on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday?

Why do certain things happen on these days that don’t happen at any other time of the year?

This podcast will help you learn just what we do during the Triduum.

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday is an important day in the liturgical year, but what is it?

Mom and Dad explain the historical context for Palm Sunday; they explain why the Pharisees and the high priests of Jerusalem got mad at Jesus.

They tell us why the people would go from laying palm branches before Jesus to screaming “Crucify him! Crucify him!” over the course of a mere 5 days.

And they share how we can all better prepare for Easter by making this a truly Holy Week.

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday Mass is pretty long, just getting out of the gate! The Gospel reading gives all of us an opportunity to participate, and being ready for that is what this week’s TWMWU is all about.

Who are you in this narrative? Who are the people you know? Who do we want to be?

As we enter into Holy Week, kids may be anticipating eggs and candy and a bunny – but making it through the passion-play we all re-enact can be distracting and even boring for the best of us if we aren’t focused. Getting children focused, and helping them understand what is going on as the congregation says “Crucify Him!” is a breeze with the aids and coloring book we have for free download.

And, yes, we encourage these to accompany little ones to Mass!

Not only will you be better prepared for Mass with this week’s Warm-Up, so will children you help, and this will make for a much more profound, meaningful, and convicting Holy Week.

Do we dare something different this year, or are we just glad Lent is over? Your choice is in This Week’s Mass Warm-Up…

The Woman Caught in Adultery- Episode 89

The Woman Caught in Adultery- Episode 89

Jesus tells parables, stumping the great thinkers of Judea, but wait!

They finally have a real-life chance to stump Him by bringing forth the woman caught in adultery.

His answer is profound, just, merciful, and totally his style.

Jesus’ answer to stoning the woman is something that we all need to think about, the answer written in the sand is profound, and an answer that follows the Golden Rule.

5th Week of Lent – The Adulteress

5th Week of Lent – The Adulteress

Most likely, you do not want to talk about adultery with your children.

Well, St. John talks about Jesus dealing with it in this week’s Mass Gospel reading, so we figure a little help in explaining things to children would be a good Warm-Up.

The story of Jesus, the Adulteress, and the Crowd lends itself to an inappropriate joke about Mary you have probably heard, and it gives us an opportunity for a hard look at our own sins, let alone the ones we condemn in others.

Jesus gives a matter-of-fact lesson in hating the sin, loving the sinner, and our activity gives you the opportunity for that.

Chances are, you won’t like it, though.

The Prodigal Son- Episode 88

The Prodigal Son- Episode 88

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ teachings, and Mama and Daddy take a different look at it this time.

What is the meaning of this Parable? What can we learn from it? And what is the sin of the older brother?

As Mom says, we commit this sin of ingratitude and pride.

We, as baptized Christians, are the older brother in this lesson.

How should we respond to the Prodigal Son’s Homecoming?

4th Week of Lent – The Prodigal Son

4th Week of Lent – The Prodigal Son

We know this parable forwards and backwards, so why is it every time we hear Jesus’ lesson about the Prodigal Son, it seems we hear something different?

Are we the Prodigal Son? Are we the Faithful Son?

Or are we the Forgiving Father?

This week in a short TWMWU (We are all sick so production is at a standstill!) we explore each of the characters in this story to discover who we are at this point in our lives and to prepare ourselves for who we will be tomorrow.

The Burning Bush- Episode 87

The Burning Bush- Episode 87

God appearing to Moses in the Burning Bush is a wonderful example of him calling us.

In this episode, Mama and Daddy explore this, with a lot of soul-searching.

Moses, who is one of the most detailed figures in the Bible, is being called by a burning bush to lead God’s people out of slavery and into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

This is all sorts of weird!

If we were approached by God while He was in the form of a Burning Bush, what would we do?

Well guess what? God is not just calling Moses.

Who are we to lead others out of slavery to sin – or even ourselves?

3rd Week of Lent – God’s Mercy Brings Life

3rd Week of Lent – God’s Mercy Brings Life

Who in the history of the world has ever asked for more work, except the Gardener, who knows that God’s mercy brings life to the world – to us.

We are the fig trees deserving to be uprooted because we steal nutrients from the paradise God has given us. In thought, word, what we have done or failed to do, we deserve to be removed and yet Jesus fertilized our life with His blood, and tends to us always.

This week we ask ourselves a hard question: Can we do this with an invisible Gardener – or is He really there, nurturing us and helping us bear fruit, fruit that we never get to see nourishing others? Are we okay with that?

You may be doing the activity already. If not, we give you reason and permission to, so that the family doesn’t look at you funny when you bring it home.