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Catechist Resources

GRADE LEVEL RESOURCES

CATECHESIS OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (PRESCHOOL- GRADE 3)
cgsusa.org: Catechesis of the Good Shepherd website.  Contact Julie for username and password.

 

CHRIST OUR LIFE TEXTBOOKS (GRADES 4 - 5)
www.christourlife.com :  Website for the Christ Our Life textbooks. Program access code is COL-2016.

 

CATHOLIC CONNECTIONS HANDBOOK FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL (GRADES 6 - 7):
Old Testament, Trinity, and Mission of Christ: 

https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/books/33/: Includes activity sheets and additional activities.

 

The New Testament, the Church, and the Sacraments:

https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/books/34/

 

Christian Morality and Prayer:

https://www.smp.org/resourcecenter/books/35/

 

CHOSEN (GRADE 8 - 10)
Chosen (Ascension Press): Videos and links to additional resources.

 

TEACHING RESOURCES

FORMED: A website to Catholic movies, books, and audio. Your FORMED subscription gives you access to dozens of movies about the saints, and it’s EASY and FREE to register.  Content is available on the website or on the mobile app. Just go to blessedsacrament.formed.org, click on “Register,” and enter your name, email, and desired password. 

Loyola Press - Our Catholic Faith:  Excellent activities for catechists to use with children, as well as a 3-minute daily retreat if you’d like to sign up!

 

St. Mary's Press Catechist Resource Center: Great articles and resources for catechists.

 

Catechist's Journey:  Catechist Joe Paprocki, author of The Catechist’s Toolbox, writes on his experience as a catechist and answers questions on a variety of topics.  This website is well worth a look!

 

Catechist.com: Lots of resources and articles for catechists.  Contact Julie for password.

 

CatholicCatechist.org:  Teaching resources for catechists.

 

4catholiceducators.com:  A portal to resources for catechists.

 

 

PUZZLES & GAMES

Puzzle Maker:  A website where you can create your own crosswords, word searches, etc.

Catholic I-Spy: A Catholic version of I-Spy that you can print out to use with your students.

 

Catechist Journey Classroom Games: Links to games and activities based on themes.

The Religious Teacher: Catholic Icebreaker Games

Bible Minute-to-Win-It Games: A blog with some great ideas for Minute-to-Win-It games with your students.

SAINTS

Loyola Press Saints: Saint stories, activities, and lesson plans.

Catholic.org Saints:  Biographies of saints.

 

Saints.sqpn.com: Biographies of saints.

Oscar Romero Animation: animated video about St. Oscar Romero.

 

BIBLE

Bible Gateway:  Do you want to find that Gospel passage about the mustard seed?  This is a great web site to help you do it, and you can even compare passages from different Bible versions.

 

USCCB: Our Mass readings come from the New American Bible Revised Edition and most of the Bibles in our classrooms are this version.  Find the Mass readings for today or for the coming Sunday, or look for a specific scripture passage.

Learning How to Read the Bible: A video from St. Mary's Press for younger people.

 

Catholic Teen Bible Basics: A video on the Bible for teens.

THE MASS

Draw Near - A Video Guide to the Mass: A 23-minute-minute long video about the Mass.

Teaching the Mass video for children: From the Diocese of Wichita, a child's level walk-through the Mass.

 

Sacraments 101: The Eucharist: From Busted Halo, with an emphasis on "how" to receive the Eucharist.

Why Go to Mass?: A video for teens by teens.

 

PRAYER

The Lord's Prayer for children: A short musical video of the Our Father with illustrations.

 

I Know My Prayers - the Our Father: A longer more instructional video about the Lord's Prayer.

 

RECONCILIATION

Fr. Mike Schmitz on the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Short minute-and-a-half from the Chosen Confirmation curriculum.

Reconciliation 101: Busted Halo's short video on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: A short clip from the movie Jesus of Nazareth.

THE BEATITUDES

Blest Are They: The Beatitudes: Video about what the Beatitudes mean. 

Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes: Video of Jesus speaking the Beatitudes.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

What is Social Justice?: A video from St. Mary's Press.

Do Something: Video by Matthew West.

Mercy in the City: Video about the Corporal Works of Mercy

The Face of Christ: A video with black and white photos set to a song by Chris Rice.

THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON

Speak Life: Video by Toby Mac.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Loyola Press Ten Commandments Games

Moses and the Ten Commandments: Animated video on Moses and the Ten Commandments

Moses Receives the Ten Commandments: Scene from the classic Charlton Heston movie.

VIDEO RESOURCES

usccb.org/media/video: Videos on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Check out the Faithful Citizenship videos for young people!

 

Busted Halo: Aimed at young adults, it’s a good source for videos on topics like sacraments and feasts.

 

YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

Benedictine Center: The Benedictine Center at St. Paul’s Monastery has many workshops and retreats to help you deepen your own spirituality.

 

Rediscover Faith: The Archdiocesan website for the Rediscover inititiative contains some excellent videos answering common questions about our faith.

 

3 Minute Retreats: Sign up for a three-minute daily retreat on this website.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT WEBSITES 

ArchSPM:  The website of the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis.

USCCB: The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Vatican: The website of the Vatican