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All Souls’ Day and Why Catholics Pray for the Dead: A November Exercise

November 02, 2015

November 1 and November 2 are two very special days in the liturgical life of the Church. On the one hand, we prayerfully ask the saints to intercede to God for us in a special way on All Saints’ Day (November 1), while on the other hand, we commemorate and pray for the souls of all of our faithful departed on All Souls’ Day (November 2).

The theology teacher has the ability to rely on All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as key opportunities to explain to students why (and how) the Catholic Church advocates for both asking for the intercession of the saints and praying for the dead (whose souls could be in Purgatory)

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

July 01, 2013

O God our Creator,

from your provident hand we have received

our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Religious and Spiritual

June 24, 2013

If you've encountered teens (and adults) who repeat the mantra "I am spiritual, not religious" consider the response from Cardinal Francis George of Chicago from his Easter 2013 homily.

Teacher Resource: Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships

June 10, 2013

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois recently gave a presentation on the Catholic Church's teaching on the hot-button topic of marriage and same-sex relationships.

Why Be a Catholic?

January 28, 2013

Catholic Schools Week is a great chance to point out the reasons teens and adults alike are Catholic. Share or adapt the following assignment from Sr. Kieran Sawyer, SSND, to help teens answer the question "Why be a Catholic?"

The Latest "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus" Video

January 12, 2012

The video "Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus", posted yesterday on YouTube had about one million views after 24 hours and thousands of Facebook shares. The poem, spoken by an older teen, pokes at the hypocrisy of religion while maintaining that Jesus had no use for religion during his time on earth and would not feel at home in organized religion today.

Moral Case Study: Fourth Commandment and Divorce

October 20, 2010

Shared below is a case study connected with the Fourth Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother." This case study has to do with the topic of divorce.

Blessed John Henry Newman Lesson Plan

September 20, 2010

On Sunday September 19, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman, Catholic convert and exceptional apologist.

In Praise and Prayer for Mary

May 05, 2010

Share this reading of praise and prayer of the Blessed Mother with your students. Use the questions that follow to facilitate understanding and discussion.

Win a Free Trip to WYD 2011 in Madrid, Spain, Share the Story!

May 03, 2010

Win a free trip to World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain!

Begin the Year with "Who Is God?"

September 08, 2009

Brad Rothrock, a theology teacher, at St. Mary's High School in Lynn, Massachusetts reminds us to gauge what teens know and what they don't know and why it never hurts to begin any course with a discussion that starts with "Who is God?"

Pray the Creed—Live the Creed

August 26, 2009

The beginning of the school year is a good chance to pray and reflect on the statements of the Catholic creeds.

Assumption of Mary

August 13, 2009

The Feast of the Assumption, August 15, is a good chance to remind everyone to take care of their bodies and respect them as Temples of the Holy Spirit, for our bodies are the seed from which our heavenly body will some day blossom.

Holy Trinity Activity

June 01, 2009

Read each of the following quotes about the Blessed Trinity. Then write at least two of our own quotations that describe the Trinity.

Catholic and Jewish Dialogue

April 02, 2009

This is the time of year when Christians and Jews share two important holy days and seasons: Easter and Passover.

Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas

January 27, 2009

January 28 is the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the Church's great theologians and history's true geniuses.

Transubstantiation Exercise

November 20, 2008

At Mass we eat the Body of Christ to become the Body of Christ; to be Christ's presence in the world today. Is this belief supported by Scripture?

Being Human through the Lens of Bruce Almighty

October 21, 2008

This lesson connects the content of Chapter 1 of Your Life in Christ to various themes found within the film Bruce Almighty.

Catholic Perspectives on the Political Debate

September 15, 2008

In light of the recent announcement that the United States Catholic Bishops will take up the issue of politics and abortion at the meeting of the full body of bishops in November, take some time to visit the Faithful Citizenship site sponsored by the USCCB.

Islam and Catholic Dialogue

May 21, 2008

Since the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic church has promoted dialogue with Muslims as logical and desirable.

Fielding Questions About the Pope

April 07, 2008

Why is the pope’s visit such big news?

Laetare Sunday

February 25, 2008

The Church can hardly contain its joy on Laetare Sunday.

The Last Tolerated Form of Prejudice?

January 23, 2008

Today, prejudice against Catholics has been called “the last tolerated form of prejudice.”

The Church In America Icebreaker

January 11, 2008

With presidential politics and primaries in full swing and the feast day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American born saint recently celebrated, consider the following lesson icebreaker on the theme of the Catholic Church in America.

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