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Junior High Audio Prayer Experience and Handout


Each chapter of the We Live Our Faith program presents a “Big Question” that young people from around the country asked about their lives and faith journeys. Let some of these young people lead the junior high school students in your Religious Education program in prayer and reflection with a unique audio experience and a corresponding printable activity.

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Download the Prayer Experience Audio & Handout today. Students can reflect and pray along and then complete the handout exercise to reinforce learning and share their own thoughts.







Catechist Development Article: Helping Children and Families to Pray


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.

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Download the article in English or Spanish.








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.








Helping the Homeless: A Junior High Outreach Event


Catechism-Catholic-Parish-EventFor 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 the full event in English or Spanish!







A Summer Day Prayer Experience



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!


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Catechist Resource: Summer School for Junior High


Summer-SessionSadlier’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!


  Download sample summer school sessions!








Catechist Resource: Using Sadlier’s We Believe as a Summer Edition



We-Believe-SummerSadlier’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!


Download a sample planning guide and  access the full menu of Summer School Sessions!







Family Prayers for Summer Handout



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.


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Lives of the Saints: Saint Thomas More



Saint-Thomas-MoreOn 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.


Saint Thomas More Intermediate Activity







Catechist Resource: This Week’s Liturgy and Question of the Week


LiturgyInspire 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!


Download the Question of the Week readings for this and the next two weeks!






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