When the news is filled with stories of war and violence, children and adults alike may feel overwhelmed and helpless. Download and share a prayer card with this peace prayer of Saint Francis.
Liturgical Colors Mini Lesson & Activity
The Ten Commandments Handout
Download this helpful, printable calendar to help you organize your Religious Education course for the month of October. Simply download, print, and customize to your unique needs.
To further help with lesson planning, busy catechists can rely on the Catechist Quick Prep—a two-page resource that provides background, an overview, and a step-by-step planning guide for each lesson of We Believe and Creemos.
Check back at the end of October to download your November calendar!
Enrich the catechesis of children by encouraging family prayer. A helpful Catechist Development article entitled Prayer: Helping Children and Families to Pray includes strategies and suggestions for implementation both in class and at home.
Download the article in English or Spanish.
Download an exclusive eBook, written from the perspective of a Parish Catechetical Leader, offering seven suggestions to prepare other Parish Catechetical Leaders for a new year of Religious Education.
Each year in September, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday. On this special day, the men and women who pass on the faith are recognized for their service to the Church. This year, Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on September 21, and will focus on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness." Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all Catholics to renew their personal commitment to sharing the faith and evangelizing.
Download a special Catechetical Sunday 2014 toolkit in English or Spanish.
Learn how a simple country carpenter became one of the greatest teachers in the world, and how we can use Jesus’ powerful teaching method in our classrooms and faith formation processes in five easy steps. The webinar is co-sponsored by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and Sadlier’s Professional and Spiritual Development series.
Set the tone with students and teachers for a new year of Religious Education. Use this prayer service with one class, or an entire program to place yourselves and your year in the presence of God!
Download an exclusive prayer service for beginning the school year.
Download an exclusive eBook offering nine helpful tips to first time catechists as they embark on their first year of teaching Religion Education classes.
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With the back-to-school season quickly approaching, families and children are preparing to reenter the autumn routine of school and Religious Education classes.
Download and share with parents a beautiful From My Home to Yours article. Written by Sadlier contributing writer Kathy Hendricks, it reflects upon the hope that each new school year brings.
Visit Kathy’s blog for more inspiration.
On September 9, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver. Peter Claver was a Jesuit priest who journeyed to modern day Colombia. He dedicated his life to helping the slaves arriving here, both physically and spiritually. He taught them about Christ and gave them the sacraments. He traveled to various plantations to urge the owners to be kind to these slaves and to treat them with dignity and respect. He cared for the sick and dying.
Just as Peter Claver treated each slave as his brother in Christ, we are called to overcome all prejudices and treat each other as our brother or sister in Christ. We are also called to work for the rights of all people.
Download an intermediate Saint Peter Claver activity in English or Spanish.