On February 3, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Blaise. Download an intermediate activity to share with students on the Feast Day of Saint Blaise.
Blaise was imprisoned by Roman soldiers during his life because he refused to give up his faith and worship Roman gods. In prison, he is said to have performed a miraculous healing. A woman had a son who was choking on a fish bone. She brought the boy to Blaise and asked him to help her son. Blaise prayed that God would heal the child, and suddenly, the bone became dislodged and the boy could breathe again. Blaise reminded the people who had witnessed the miracle to thank God for this sign of his love. As a result of this story, people pray to Saint Blaise for healing of all illnesses of the throat. On the Feast Day of Saint Blaise, a special blessing of the throat is offered in many parishes: "Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil."
Engage students as they learn about virtues and values! A special Virtues and Values Concentration Game invites students to illustrate what virtue or value look like in their own lives, and becomes a matching game that they can play in the classroom or at home.
Download the game template and directions and variations for play and share it with your students.
Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic Education that takes place each year. This year, Catholic Schools Week begins January 25 and ends January 31. Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic Education to the Church and the world.
The 2015 theme of Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Download a primary and intermediate activity that will allow students to explore and celebrate their own Catholic schools as communities of faith, knowledge, and service.
On January 26, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Timothy. Timothy was a loyal friend to Saint Paul. He left his home to join Paul’s work of sharing the Gospel. They worked to build up and encourage the first Christian communities. Timothy reminds us of powerful influence that community and friends can have on our faith. We are thankful for our true friends and strive to be a good and faithful friend to others.
Download a printable activity to share with intermediate students on the Feast Day of Saint Timothy.
One of the feasts we celebrate during the Christmas season is the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany is celebrated on the Second Sunday after Christmas. During this feast, we recall the magi who were led by a star to the infant Jesus. Download an Epiphany prayer service to share with young children.
On January 1, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Mary, Mother of God. Mary is the greatest of all the saints. We pray special prayers to honor Mary.
Download a Praying with Mary Prayer Card containing some of these special prayers. Pray the prayers together as a class to honor Mary, and send copies home with students so they can pray with their families.
Download this helpful, printable calendar to help you organize your Religious Education course for the month of January. 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 January to download your February calendar!
On Sunday, December 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Take the opportunity to reflect with children about the love the Holy Family shared with one another. Download a prayer service designed for primary aged children.
Ring in the New Year with resources from the Sadlier We Believe Blog. Within a special New Year’s Kit, administrators, catechists, and parents can find resources to help prepare for and celebrate the new calendar year.
The kit includes a Religious Education Resolutions eBook with tips for Parish Catechetical Leaders and catechists, a New Year’s Blessings Prayer Service, a printable New Year’s Activity, and a handy printable 2015 Holy Days of Obligation Calendar for reference throughout the year.
The coming of Jesus at Christmas brings light, love, and peace into our lives. Share with students a Celebration of Peace Christmas Prayer Service, including Scripture reflection and a meditation to help students consider the changes Jesus has brought into their lives.
Download your Celebration of Peace Christmas Prayer Service now.