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Catechists

In order to keep catechetical lessons relevant, catechists need to explore their own faith and understanding of Scripture.  Catechists of children and teens can find good quality background material for personal as well as ministerial application, activities to do with Scripture, and other lesson helps.  Material on this site will be periodically updated.

Becoming a Catechist-  click here to download a copy of the Catechist Certification brochure.

Publisher Websites

Loyola Press

Finding God:  OUr response to God's gifts: free resources for catechists to help with lesson plans
www.FindingGod.org

Our Sunday Visitor

Free parish resources updates monthly by a variety of parish experts who contribute articles targeted at helping you in the areas you need the most:  http://www.osv.com   (On the OSV homepage click "parish resources" then "free parish resources" then "free monthly parish resources")

RCL Benziger

Free current and archives cycle Sunday readings (USCCB) with:  Catechist Background and Preparation:  Primary Session. Intermediate Session and Junior High School.   www.faithfirst.com/html/catechist/lectionary/lectionary.html

Blest Are We

Free resources with background reading and paryer activities that follow the liturgical year. 
www.blestarewe.com/parish/catechists/feastseasons/3main.html

Sadlier

Free reflections and discussion questions on reading for each Sunday and holy day liturgy including activites for young people.  www.webelieveweb.com/home_proclaiming_faith.cfm

Liturgy Training Publications

Excellent resources for breaking open the word with groups of any age. Celebrating the Lectionary is a series that uses Sunday reading as the springboard for weekly faith formation sessions.  See the website for Scope & Sequence:
www.ltp.org/s-7-CELEBRATING-LECTIONARY.aspx

Twenty-Third Publications

Numerous resources for catechetical leaders and catechists working with preschoolers to adults.  Be sure to visit their "Meet Our Authors" section and clearance items.

Other Websites

Storykeepers Resource Kit

Available for purchase.  A DVD based Christian education kit that allows catechists/teachers direct access to all 46 parables and jesus stories , in both English and Spanish.  www.storykeepers.com/usa.html

Books

Pflaum

Children's catechesis - Resources that enrich scripture stories for children, including crafts, maps, skits, etc. 
ordering information:  www.pflaum.com/catalog/childcat/biblearts.htm

People of the Bible: Life & Customs by Silvia Gastalki and Claire Musatti
published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.  Designed for children but enjoyed by adults
ordering information: www.amazon.com

Breaking Open the Word of God by Karen M. Hinman, Karen Powell and Joseph P. Sinwell
ordering information: www.amazon.com

The Bible Makes Sense by Walter Brueggemann. 
The editor, Mart Perkins Ryan says, "This is a 'how to' book . . .The Bible is our partner in an ongoing dialog about life here and now.  He explains how to enter into this dialog, how to listen, how to respond."  ordering information:  www.amazon.com.

Texts

USCCB website reference of Conformity Listing of Catechetical texts and series: 
http://www.usccb.org/about/evangelization-and-catechesis/subcommittee-on...

Other Resources

Scripture from Scratch -- These publications are in a newsletter format and very easy to read and understand.  Though no longer available as a monthly subscription, back issues are currently available from:  http://catalog.franciscanmedia.org.

Catechetical Resource Book #1 -- Prayers, Crafts and Activities for ages 3-11

Catechetical Resource Book #2 -- for Youth to Adult

These resource books for catechists and group leaders consists of crafts, group building activities, cooperation games, music, covering the season of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Ordinary time.  It can be use with Celebrating the Lectionary program or with any other catechetical program.  http://rpinet.com