This Week's Current Mass Warm-UpTo the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit!
Our Mass Warm-Up for this week is previewed below. Sometimes there is more than one if there is a feast day celebration during the current week. You can click on the preview to get to the entire lesson, including downloads, activities, and further reading and resources for you and your loved ones. Also, on this page you will find general resources as a tip of the iceberg for the thousands of opportunities for learning about the wonderful Gift of the Catholic Faith that Jesus gave to us.
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“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:
Sophia 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 resources 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.
Visit our constantly expanding page of resources about our Blessed Mother.
Videos, prayers, games…everything you can think of to get to know her better as she points you to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
The Sacrament known as Reconciliation, Confession, or Penance is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. The penitent (person seeking forgiveness) is given absolution of their sins and restores him or her to a state of grace. The Church instructs the faithful to confess our sins at least once a year:
Examinations of Conscience and "How To Guide"
Learning about the Church and her teachings is one thing. Living the way of Jesus as entrusted to the Church is another.
Here are several resources to help you along your journey to holiness. This is the primary shared vocation of all Christians. How we become holy is unique to each individual, but there are some common practices that help all of us.
Knowing how to talk with God and how to listen to Him is pretty difficult sometimes. He is the creator of the…well, everything, so that can get a little intimidating, frustrating, or embarrassing.
No worries! We’ve got the solutions right here with Prayer Basics and some free downloadables of how to pray and some old reliable Catholic practices and devotions.