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A Reflection on the Threefold Purpose of Catholic Education

March 27, 2017

In 1972, the United States Bishops released a popular and often-cited pastoral letter on catechesis: To Teach as Jesus Did. One of the main purposes of the letter was to give form to the vision of Catholic education, reeling in many ways at the time in the post Second Vatican Council years.

Christ Portrayed

November 15, 2016

Ask the students to do an Internet search to find links for the following paintings. Each selection presents a different dimension of Christ.

How Do You "Love One Another"?

January 18, 2016

In dying on the Cross, Jesus gave the greatest gift of love to all people and for all times. How can your students emulate this gift of love in their everyday lives? 

Prayer Experience: "The Light of the World"

January 02, 2015

For this prayer experience you will need tapers, slips of paper, and something to write with. Gather the students in an open space. Have them sit in a circle. Give each person an unlit taper candle. Follow these directions.

“The Bethlehem Explosion”

December 15, 2014

The following lesson centers around the poem "The Bethlhem Explosion" by acclaimed author Madeline L'Engle. The accompanying background material and lesson is taken from The Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith Through Literature, Art, Film, and Music by Michel Bettgole, OSF, and James D. Childs.

Jesus Teaches about Prayer

November 04, 2013

Jesus taught several things about prayer and how to pray. Have the students read each of the following examples. Have them write a summary for each example and explain the teaching on prayer. 

Talking About Jesus!

May 24, 2011

As an icebreaker or a way to introduce lessons on a variety of theology topics, allow the chance for your students to share some of their ideas about Jesus.

Comparing Accounts of Jesus' Baptism

December 29, 2010

Assign the following comparison of the accounts of Jesus' Baptism from the four Gospels. Have the students note similarities and differences.

Introducing the Miracles of Jesus

June 17, 2010

The miracles of Jesus were meant to bring about reaction. Play this fun mental math game with your students to solicit the same kinds of responses that Jesus often received whenever he performed a miracle.

Jesus Christ: God's Revelation to the World!

December 18, 2009

We are pleased to announce the publication of Jesus Christ: God's Revelation to the World, an introduction to understanding Divine Revelation, especially through Sacred Scripture.

Clues to Jesus' Personality

November 30, 2009

Ask the students to look up clues into Jesus' personality in Scripture references.

How Do You Respond to Jesus?

October 07, 2009

Call on students, one at a time, to be "on the spot" and come before the class to hear a scenario about Jesus and to respond to the challenge that he presents.

Distinctive Gospel Passages

April 27, 2009

Have the students work either on their own or with a partner to read through the Gospels and identify the Gospel, chapter, and verse for each of these stories.

Getting to Know Jesus

April 19, 2009

The Easter Season is a time for students to deepen their relationship with Jesus.

Guided Meditation: Anointing at Bethany

March 25, 2009

Share this guided meditation from Mark 14:3-9 of Jesus' anointing by a woman at Bethany (from Encountering Jesus ) by Patty McCulloch.

Quick Jesus Quiz

March 23, 2009

Assign the short fill-in-the blank quiz. See how many the students can complete in 15 minutes.

Teens Want to Know Jesus

March 19, 2009

The new handbook Catholic Essentials: An Overview of the Faith helps teenagers to really come to know Jesus.

Meeting and Knowing Jesus

January 08, 2009

Have your students write a essay or journal entry detailing what they would say to Jesus if they met him face to face.

Knowing the Boy Jesus

December 29, 2008

Though the Gospels do not provide complete biographical information about Jesus' life, they do offer several clues.

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