Confirmation Saint Research Project

Confirmation Project: Summertime Saints Survey

To prepare for their Confirmation, young people are required to pick a saint's name similar to the name they were given at Baptism. Often parishes require the Confirmandi to do some research on their saints ahead of time so that they can pick a saint name that is meaningful to them. The problem is a lot of the students cram in that Confirmation saint research project at the very last minute. What if we had the students prepare for Confirmation … [Continue Reading]

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Video: Mortal Sin vs. Venial Sin

Members: Access and print the graphic organizer for this video and download your own copy of the video to play in class here. (Login or join.) Scripture and the Catholic Church make clear distinctions between two different kinds of sin based on the gravity of sin: mortal sin and venial sin. First, let’s define “sin.” Sin is an offense against God. It damages or breaks our relationship with him. Put simply: sin separates and grace … [Continue Reading]

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Divine Mercy Lesson Plan and Activities

Give your students a great spiritual gift this year. Introduce them to the devotion to Divine Mercy with this lesson and activities. The Divine Mercy devotion originated with a polish nun, St. Faustian Kowalski, who had visits from Christ in the 1930s. She wrote down her conversations with Jesus in a diary, which included a number of suggestions for devotion to Divine Mercy. These revelations had a particular impact on Pope St. John Paul II, … [Continue Reading]

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How Parents Pass on the Faith (and What We Can Do To Help)

I’m preparing for the workshop I’m giving at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and I wanted to share one small piece of the message I plan to present. The workshop is focused on empowering parents as the primary religious educators of their children, or more specifically, as disciples and teachers. So this begs the question: How, exactly, do parents best educate (or better: evangelize and catechize) their kids? Here is what I … [Continue Reading]

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Lesson Plan: Pope Francis TED Talk

Pope Francis surprised the conference guests (and the world) when he offered the first TED talk by a pope. TED stands for "Technology, Entertainment, Design." It is a conference that is popular among tech startups, science enthusiasts, and Silicon valley entrepreneurs. The talks given during these conferences are distributed online and often have viral messages that spread and inspire communities of people around the world. The Holy Father … [Continue Reading]

A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education

A New Vision for Catholic Religious Education

If we were to evaluate the impact of our religious education programs in the Catholic Church today based solely on the number of students whose lives were transformed, do you think we would score well? What if our religious education programs and children's ministries were measured by the number of disciples (what Sherry Weddell calls "intentional disciples" and Matthew Kelly calls "dynamic Catholics.")? How well do you think we would do … [Continue Reading]

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Confirmation Project: Summertime Saints Survey

To prepare for their Confirmation, young people are required to pick a saint's name similar to the name they were given at Baptism. Often parishes require the Confirmandi to do some research on their saints … [Continue Reading]

Video: Mortal Sin vs. Venial Sin

Members: Access and print the graphic organizer for this video and download your own copy of the video to play in class here. (Login or join.) Scripture and the Catholic Church make clear distinctions … [Continue Reading]

Pentecost Activities

Using this collection of Pentecost activities will help you bring this important feast day to life for students. With these activities, students will be able to explain the meaning of the word Pentecost, … [Continue Reading]

Catholic Social Justice Activities

While not a commonly taught course, learning about social justice or Catholic social teaching is a priority for the USCCB and many parishes and schools. In my experience, students love it too. Teaching about … [Continue Reading]

Catholic Social Teaching Crossword Puzzle and Word Search

It must not be supposed that the Church so concentrates her energies on caring for souls as to overlook things which pertain to mortal and earthly life. Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, 45 As catechists and … [Continue Reading]

Video: The Common Good | Catholic Social Teaching

This video is a part of The Religion Teacher's Catholic Social Teaching Activity Pack. To get the graphic organizer to accompany this video as well as more than a dozen other worksheets, login to The Religion … [Continue Reading]