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7 Ways to Prepare for a New School Year eBook


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.












Sadlier Religion Webinar: Five Ways to Teach As Jesus Taught



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.






Beginning the School Year Prayer Service


School-Year-Prayer-ServiceSet 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.









Religious Education eBook: 9 Tips for First Time Catechists





Download an exclusive eBook offering nine helpful tips to first time catechists as they embark on their first year of teaching Religion Education classes.







“Crayons:” An Article for Parents




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.







Lives of the Saints: Saint Peter Claver


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.






A Catechist’s Calendar: September Lesson Preparation Planner



Catechist-CalendarDownload this helpful, printable calendar to help you organize your Religious Education course for the month of September. 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 September to download your October calendar!






Pope Francis and the New Evangelization: Beyond the Legacies of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI Webinar




Join presenter Reverend Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ, S.T.D. as he discusses Pope Francis’ approach to the New Evangelization. From Sadlier’s Professional and Spiritual Development series, the webinar is available in English and in Spanish.






A Summer Scripture Event: Gather In The Garden



Bring your parish community together during the summer for a special seasonal Scripture event: Gather In the Garden. Participants of all ages will explore Genesis 1–2:4, celebrate God's gifts of creation, and discover specific ways we can act as stewards of the gifts of creation.

Download a full set of Gather In the Garden handouts in English or Spanish to use as you implement your parish Scripture event.


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Explaining Liturgical Colors Lesson and Activity


Liturgical-ActivityLiturgies celebrated during the different seasons of the liturgical year have distinctive music and specific readings, prayers, and rituals. All of these work together to reflect the spirit of the particular season. The colors of the vestments that the priest wears during the liturgy also help express the character of the mysteries being celebrated.

Download a liturgical colors mini lesson and activity to share with students.


Download Liturgical Colors Mini Lesson & Activity








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