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To the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit!

I am a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ – my Lord and Savior, only Son of God, who died for me and rose from the dead.

But believing is not enough, we are called to live this life. How do we do it? Who teaches us? It is the Teacher – Jesus, Himself who teaches us. It is the Church who faithfully passes on those teachings. Here is a collection of resources to help us all live this Christian Life and become who we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do.

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Light Shines in the Darkness

Have you ever been in the dark and turned on a small light?

Light shines in the darkness.

And it’s not a candle or flashlight – it is us, the believers and faithful of God:

Christians following our call to holiness.

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus is quite clear about who will go to heaven, so we explore what it means to be poor in spirit, and it has nothing to do with our bank accounts!

God provides through Scripture the exact meaning of what it is to be poor in spirit, and the encouragement we all need to have that attitude as we grow closer to Jesus and learn, from Him, who the Father is.

United

This week we think about how our families, parishes, communities, and world would be different if we all lived up to our baptismal vocation.

If all of us lived the Gospel and witnessed to Christ crucified, what would change?

Would the divisions among us be healed?

Would we be more understanding of one another?

Would we be able to live a life of virtue more easily?

Not Just a Servant

When we think of servants, we typically picture people who are oppressed or in positions that powerful people take advantage of.

God has a different idea of what a servant is, and He calls us to this way of life and shows us through His only Son, how being a servant is actually one of the most honorable positions one can take.

He uses His servants to bring His light and message of Salvation to all the nations.

Dive deeper into this idea of sharing God’s light and salvation as His servant…

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord is the celebration of the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (non-Jews).

Learn more about what this means to us Catholics and other Christians, and what we should do to evangelize the Good News to our neighbors – hint, it doesn’t require words!

It’s as simple as leaving the lights on for them…

Have an epiphany, and be an epiphany! And watch a really cool video with ALL of the verses of “We Three Kings.” We provide the lyrics, too!

Mother of God

Mary had a little lamb…

Though this rhyme refers to St. Mary, this does not mean she is a sheep.

Mary gave birth to the Lamb. This means she is the Mother of God.

As confusing as that is to our non-Catholic brethren, we as Catholics understand it and accept it.

Just as Mary and Joseph accepted this great honor and responsibility.

How do we share in Mary’s motherhood?

This week, we explore her example and how it blesses and encourages us to be Brothers and Sisters of and in Christ.

Christmas Day

Jesus came on Christmas Day as the fulfillment of the promises of God, to show His glory to all people, to be the light in the darkness, to redeem us from sin and death.

Do we realize the connections Christmas Day has with the prophesies of the Old Testament?

Or with our own personal journey of faith today?

It is the connection point between both!

Fourth Sunday of Advent – God is With Us

How often do we ignore or take for granted the signs that God places in our paths that show God is with us?

In this time of waiting for Christ to come at Christmas, there are signs everywhere! T

he sign of the coming of Christ was foretold hundreds of years before He came, in order for the Chosen People to know how to identify Him.

Are we looking? What do we see?

Third Sunday of Advent – He Comes to Save Us

How often do we truly think about how we are saved through the blood of Jesus Christ?

And how does the promise of the kingdom of heaven bear on our current lives and choices?

The Church calls us to contemplate how He comes to save us this week as we continue our Advent journey up the mountain and along the Way of Christ Jesus.

Second Sunday of Advent – Preparing the Way of the Lord

“Prepare the Way of The Lord” is an urgent call not unfamiliar to us. But how do we do that? What exactly is “the Way”? Is this something we do on our own?

We look into this familiar yet mysterious calling we all receive from John the Baptist in this week’s Mass readings, and we recognize the call in the first reading from Baruch, Psalm 126, and Paul’s letter to the Philippians – so it must be important!

And it is most appropriate to look into this as Advent gears up. The Lord is coming, and amidst the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, this is the time for a gut-check to learn how to prepare the way of The Lord all year, and to kickstart that renewed effort now.

Elementary Faith Formation Resources

Elementary Faith Formation resources are for children from Pre-K to 6th Grade and their parents and guardians, as well as the catechists who lead them in this stage of their journey of faith.

Click on the section below that best fits your needs

Young/School Age Children

Catholic Icing – Crafts for liturgical year and saints and more!

Look to Him and Be Radiant – Lessons, crafts, coloring pages, book recommendations, and more from a Catholic school religion teacher/Director of Religious Education

Teaching Catholic Kids – parent newsletter published by Our Sunday Visitor, Sunday Gospel reflections, crafts, liturgical season information and saint stories.

Parent-catechists and Parish catechists

Franciscan at Home – For a small subscription you can get in-depth training and mentoring from some of the world’s most respected and renowned Catechetical leaders. (And Beth happens to be one of those Mentors, and Kristofer will be soon!)

Catechist’s Journey – A Loyola Press sister site for Catechists to learn from and share with one another. Joe Paprocki is the website creator and lead catechist.

The Religion Teacher – Jared Dees’ site with weekly lesson plans, activities, and other useful information and resources for teaching your students.

If you or your parish use a curriculum

Most commonly used in parish catechesis, if your parish uses curriculum from one of these sources, ask your parish catechetical leader or pastor for access codes:

Ave Maria Press

Loyola Publishing

Our Sunday Visitor

Pflaum Publishing

RCL Benziger

St. Mary’s Press

Sophis Press Curriculum Site – Parents or catechists can use the free downloads for Sunday Gospel lessons, current event lessons (for High School), and using Sacred Art for teaching the faith. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for these resources and to sign up to have them delivered to your inbox.)

RCIA Adapted for Children Resources

The Rite of Christian Initiation Adapted for Children is a many-faceted process for children who have not received the Sacraments of Initiation during the normally prescribed times, for whatever reason. These respurces are particularly for them, their parents or guardians, and sponsors, as well as the catechists and parishes who help form them and journey with them as they enter the Church.

Click here to find tons of free resources as well as Holy Owned and Operated’s members-only material.