For students in grades 7 and 8, Sadlier’s online Project Disciple feature is a combination retreat and outreach event that actively involves young people in living and celebrating their faith. Homelessness is a life condition that can arise from many different circumstances. This Project Disciple event invites young people to plan and implement an outreach to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. In the process, they will come to better understand the causes of homelessness so that they can help to provide assistance to those who are homeless, as well as advocate on their behalf. The entire event requires two ninety-minute planning sessions, the activity itself, and a ninety-minute reflection session.
Download a special combination retreat and outreach event for junior high school students in English or Spanish.
Download this prayer experience for catechists or parents to use with children on a summer day. If possible, have umbrellas on hand to use as props!
Sadlier’s We Live Our Faith program for 7th and 8th graders can be taught in a summer session format ideal for a youth ministry setting. Using the Student and Catechist program materials, each volume can be taught over the course of two weeks with the addition of digital planning guides. (Note that two sessions would most likely need to be scheduled at other time in the year.)
Download sample planning guides for Volume I and Volume II, and access a full menu of Summer School Sessions to plan your summer catechesis!
Sadlier’s We Believe Program can be taught during a two-week summer session using a special summer guide. Printable Summer School Sessions allow parents and catechists to navigate through the program’s Catechist Guide in a condensed, summer-friendly timeframe.
Download a sample guide and access a full menu of Summer School Sessions to plan your summer catechesis!
Embrace everyday opportunities to pray with children. Download this bilingual prayer handout, a perfect resource for making time for family prayer during the summer months. This prayer handout is most appropriate for primary age children and their families.
On June 22nd, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Thomas More, a close advisor to King Henry VIII. When the king declared himself head of the Church in England, Thomas was called in to take an oath to follow Henry’s authority instead of the pope. When he refused, he was arrested and charged with treason. Saint Thomas More followed his conscience even though it meant that he had to give up a successful career, close friendships, and his own life.
Download an intermediate activity in English or Spanish to celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Thomas More.
Inspire faith sharing for students, families, and adults alike with Sadlier’s This Week’s Liturgy and Question of the Week. Using the catechumenate as your model, proclaim the Question of the Week, (based on the weekly Gospel reading) and invite responses. Further the connection between the Sunday liturgy and any community gathering by offering the This Week’s Liturgy material.
Download this and the next two week’s readings and suggestions for reflection and discussion. Available in English or Spanish!
As Catholics, we pray before the Blessed Sacrament. Our prayers show Jesus our love and devotion for him. Share this printable Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament prayer card with children and their families.
You can also listen to the prayer here.
It can sometimes be difficult for sponsors of candidates preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation to know where to begin in guiding a young person through the process. You can help guide sponsors in this process by providing some talking points. Share some suggestions for conversation topics for sponsors to discuss with candidates.
On April 29th, the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Saint Catherine of Siena. Catherine was born in the late Middle Ages into a large family in Northern Italy. Catherine never attended school or had a formal education, but is known for writing letters to all kinds of people, from the poorest in the land to the richest and most famous. She is even credited in convincing the pope to move the papacy back to Rome from France. In her letters, Catherine encouraged people to live in peace. The advice and wisdom contained in her writings can still be applied to our lives today.
Download an intermediate activity for Catherine of Siena in English or Spanish.