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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

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Resources from OBD Films

March 23, 2020

Personal Pro-Life Actions

January 20, 2020

Marian Assignments

December 06, 2019

Nine Days for Life

January 14, 2019

Seven New Saints

October 15, 2018

Share the Journey

October 06, 2017

Scholarship Opportunity for Catholic Students Entering College

April 03, 2017

The Catholic Door online bookstore is offering three scholarships for Catholics entering college in the fall.

Catholic Colleges in March Madness 2017!

March 13, 2017

It’s time for our regular feature on Catholic colleges that qualify for the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. Here are this year’s men’s qualifiers, ranked by overall seeding in the tournament.

Reflections on Christian Patriotism

February 03, 2017

Ask students to say aloud words or phrases that come immediately to them when you say the word “patriotism.” List the words on the board.

Distribute a handout with the following quotations and questions.  Read the first quotation and have the students write their reflections on the questions that follow. Repeat the format for sections 2 and 3.

Finally, ask the students to answer in writing the two “Final Items.” To conclude, ask the students to share their reflections either in small groups or with the whole class.

Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 25, 2017

The annual Catholic Schools Week, sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association, begins on Monday January 29 and runs until Saturday, Feburary 4. This year's theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Catholic New Years' Resolutions

December 28, 2016

As a welcome back to class exercise after Christmas vacation, ask the students to create a list of ten Catholic New Years’ Resolutions.

Get In the Game!

October 14, 2016

With the World Series near, football in full swing, and basketball and hockey seasons just kicking off, sports certainly is in the forefront.

Use the reference of sports to remind your students to “get in the game” of life, to always do their best, and of the lesson that hard work pays off in whatever life course they chose for themselves.

St. Robert Bellarmine and Celebrating Catechists

September 07, 2016

Sunday, September 18 is the annual celebration of Catechetical Sunday. The theme this year is Prayer: The Faith Prayed. Catechetical Sunday celebrates the baptismal call of all Catholics to pass on the faith while especially recognizing parish catechists, youth ministers, Catholic and public school teachers, and school administrators.

Canonization of Mother Teresa

August 26, 2016

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is to be canonized a saint in the Catholic Church on Monday, September 4, 2016, in Rome.

Catholic Olympians 2016

August 10, 2016

Several current Olympians on the 2016 United States of America team have publicly witnessed to their Catholic faith while in Rio de Janeiro. Three of the most prominent are gymnast Simon Boles, swimmer Katie Ledecky, and fencer Katharine Holmes.

St. Mary Magdalene

June 24, 2016

Pope Francis has raised the liturgical memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, the woman from the Gospels who, according to the pope, "so loved Christ and was so greatly loved by Christ, to a feast day.

Kentucky Derby Winner Featured in Ave Maria Press Textbook

May 18, 2016

It’s not often that a Kentucky Derby champion trainer and his wife make it into an Ave Maria Press high school theology textbook. But that’s the case with Doug O’Neill, trainer of 2016 champion Nyquist (and 2012 Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another) and his wife Linette Galvan O’Neill.

Annual Fortnight for Religious Freedom Announced

April 29, 2016

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the dates for the annual Fornight for Freedom, an occasion to pray, promote, and work for religious liberty. The year, the Fornight for Freedom will be held from June 21--the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More--to July 4, Independence Day.

New Testament Connection: Passover and Eucharist

April 22, 2016

The Jewish Pasch (Passover) is celebrated this year from April 22-30. You may wish to share this information on the Passover as it compares with the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. The material is taken from The Old Testament: Our Call to Faith and Justice (Ave Maria Press, 2013).

Kraków in the Capital: A US Experience of World Youth Day 2016

April 11, 2016

Several Washington DC groups, including the Archdioceses of Washington and Baltimore and neighboring dioceses, are sponsoring a way for young adults (ages 18-39) to experience the 31st World Youth Day from Kraków, Poland, while remaining right here in the United States.

Tenth Annual Catholic Colleges in March Madness

March 15, 2016

Here we are again with our tenth annual look at Catholic colleges who have qualified for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments, also known as “March Madness.”

The exercise is an interesting one because many of your students are familiar with filling out brackets for an NCAA pool and you can use the current nature and popularity of the event to teach something about the traditions of the Catholic colleges participating, their founding religious community, a namesake saint, and much more.

New Book for Catholic High School Theology Teachers

March 01, 2016

Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist chronicles the story of a freshman theology teacher at a Catholic high school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Brimming with good humor and constant hope, the book demonstrates the practical side of evangelization, with all its ups and downs, joys and frustrations.

Black History Month: Fr. Augustus Tolton

February 05, 2016

The child of slaves, Fr. Augustus Tolton (1854-1897) was the first African American priest ordained to serve the Church in the United States.

Considering Catholics in the News

January 22, 2016

This exercise gives students an opportunity to research and reflect on contemporary celebrities who identify as Catholic.

New Year's Personal Inventory

January 08, 2016

The start of a new year or a new semester is a great time for your students to take inventory on their lives, looking back to the past, critiquing their present, and anticipating their future. You might use the following exercise to supplement a lesson in the early part of the semester.

The House Awakens

December 18, 2015


Student Prayers for the End of the Semester

December 01, 2015

As the semester winds down, share these prayers for student life with your own students. All are taken from Day by Day: The Notre Dame Prayerbook for Students (Ave Maria Press).

The Congregation of Holy Cross Celebrates Two Anniversaries in 2015

November 23, 2015

As the days and weeks of 2015 near the end, you might consider joining with the city of South Bend, Indiana, the nearby home of Ave Maria Press, on the celebration of the city's 150 year anniversary. Similarly, 2015 is the 150 year anniversary of Ave Maria Press as well.

Canonization of Sts. Louis and Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin

October 19, 2015

On Sunday, October 18, Pope Francis canonized Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St. Thèrése of Lisieux. Here is information about St. Louis Martin and St. Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin, reprinted from Ten Christians by Bonface Hanley, OFM.

How Catholic Schools Can Address the Sinful Nature of Bullying

October 12, 2015

Over the last few decades, there has fortunately arisen a greater awareness of the scourge of bullying within school settings throughout the United States. To be clear, the awareness is the fortunate aspect, while the prevalence is the obviously deleterious one.

Ideas for Curricular Supplements on the World Meeting of Families

September 21, 2015

The World Meeting of Families will occur from Tuesday, September 22 to Friday, September 25, while the Holy Father’s presence in Philadelphia will be Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27. It is important to recall that the World Meeting of Families is not merely an event to capture the attention of parents with families –after all, it is likewise a chance for even the youth to be drawn to reflect on the importance of the family within society.

Encouraging an Actively Pro-Life Generation of High School Students

September 11, 2015

Below are various ways that teachers in Catholic high schools, particularly (but not exclusively) theology teachers, can encourage their students to become engaged in the pro-life movement, along with methods of leading students to better learn and understand the vital theological basis by which we celebrate human life in all its multi-faceted stages.

Annulments of Catholic Marriages

September 08, 2015

In two motu proprios, that is formal documents, signed by Pope Francis on Tuesday, September 08, 2015, the pope has expedited the process for Catholics to get annulments from their marriages in the Church.

Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra

September 02, 2015

This post contains resources about Blessed Junipero Serra, the Spanish Franciscan missionary who evangelized Indians and established twenty-one missions in California. Serra will be canonized by Pope Francis on his trip to the United States later this month. 

Praying for the Care of Creation

August 31, 2015

Pope Francis has invited all of us to join in the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Tuesday, Septmber 1.

Fortnight for Freedom

June 29, 2015

Independence Day, July 4, marks the end of the 2015 commemoration and remembrance of religious freedom in the United States along with current threats to religious freedom.

CRS Resources for Pope Francis's Encyclical "Laudato Si"

June 15, 2015

In anticipation of the June 18 release of Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si ("Be Praised" or "Praised Be") which focuses on environmental issues, please note information on several ways Catholic Relief Services is reaching out to address climate change issues around the world.

Rest, Renewal, and Revitalization for the Catholic School Educator

June 01, 2015

During the upcoming break in the academic year, plan to use part of the time to refresh yourself in the life-giving words and teachings of Christ!

Unit on the Life of Blessed Óscar Romero

May 26, 2015

Ave Maria Press offers an excellent resource to help your students learn more about the life of Óscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador, who was beatified on May 23.

Lessons on Religious Liberty for the Theology Classroom

April 06, 2015

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the watershed Vatican II declaration on religious freedom Dignitatis Humanae: On the Right of the Person and of Communities to Social and Civil Freedom in Matters Religious, promulgated by Blessed Pope Paul VI on December 7, 1965. Within these last fifty years, there has been some notable progress, yet likewise significant setbacks, in terms of religious liberty both in the United States and throughout the world.

Witness of Christian Martrys

March 24, 2015

As Holy Week approaches for 2015, the Passion of Christ is more present in our midst than ever. Around the world, Christians have been martyred in recent months, weeks, and days. Share several articles that detail news coverage of the events, prayers offered on the martyrs' behalf, and prayers for all persecuted Christians.

Christianity in China?

February 06, 2015

There are quite a few question marks about Catholicism and Christianity in China today. Have your students research the answers to these questions

Pope Francis to Canonize Bl. Junipero Serra

January 15, 2015

Pope Francis announced today that he will canonize Bl. Junipero Serra (1713-1784), the Franciscan priest who carried on extensive missionary work in California in the eighteenth century. This post contains some methods to help your student learn about the life and work of thie soon-to-be saint.

Meeting the New Cardinals

January 08, 2015

Pope Francis announced his intention to create twenty new cardinals at the upcoming consistory (an assembly of cardinals called together by the pope) on February 14, 2015.

Dying a Holy Death

October 13, 2014

Expecting Shane

September 26, 2014

Christians in the Middle East: A Crucial Issue to Keep in the Forefront

July 30, 2014

Christians in the Middle East and North Africa are facing a crisis. Forced to leave their ancestral homes and abandon their churches or face death, the situation is truly harrowing.

The Crucial Issue of Religious Freedom

June 30, 2014

With issues around the First Amendment to the United States Constitution swirling in the news, including around the recent Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby Lobby case, and worldwide in the brutal persecution and decimation of Christians in the Middle East, please note the following articles and resources.

Reflection on Driving While Drunk

June 24, 2014

With summer here, teens run the risk of many dangerous situations including the possibility they will drive or be in a car with someone who is impaired by alcohol. Use the occasion of summer to share with them the very meaningul poem below.

Tips to Share with Your Graduates about College Orientation

June 10, 2014

The following is an exerpt from Ready for College: Everything You Need to Know by Michael Pennock. Share the information with your graduating seniors (and juniors too as a preview). You may wish to adapt the presentation to fit with particular colleges in your area and others your students have applied to and been accepted at.

Summary of Pope Francis' Visit to the Holy Land

May 27, 2014

Pope Francis historic visit to the Holy Land is over. The Catholic bishops of the region have prepared and maintained a webpage with images, articles, and video of the trip. Included in this detailed reference is an article of other papal visists to the Holy Land.

St. John Paul II: A Five-Day Mini Unit

April 21, 2014

Interested in teaching your students about Pope John Paul II? As part of the celebration of the canonizations of the pope, Ave Maria Press is offering St. John Paul II: A Five-Day Mini Unit, a supplementary resource designed to celebrate the life of Karol Wotyla, the beloved pope whose nearly twenty-seven year papacy that transitioned the world from the twentieth to twenty-first century.

March Madness: Catholic Colleges in the 2014 NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2014

Here are the rankings of Catholic colleges in this year's tournament based on their tournament seedings.

National Marriage Week February 7 – 14, 2014

February 10, 2014

Teaching about Marriage can be a challenge sometimes because you want to give the students an understanding of the Sacrament while not offending those whose loved ones are divorced, live together, or are remarried outside of the Church. How can you teach the students why it is important to prepare for strong marriages without seeming to condemn students’ families?

Don't Let Go of Christmas Just Yet!

January 14, 2014

As you settle back into a new semester, don't let Christmas go without sharing and reflecting on the Christmas message of Pope Francis.

In Expectation of the Canonization of Blessed Peter Faber

December 16, 2013

Some time within the next week, Pope Francis is expected to announce the canonization of one of his favorite Jesuits, Blessed Peter Faber. In anticipation of the event, share some information on the life of Peter Faber. Have your students monitor the news stories from the Vatican on what might take place around this issue.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy: First Catholic President

November 15, 2013

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the first and only Roman Catholic President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This might be a good time to remind your students of the prejudice faced by Kennedy when he ran for President in 1960. Kennedy had to directly confront anti-Catholic sentiment during the campaign.

Pro-Life Flash Mob

October 14, 2013

Canonizations of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II

September 30, 2013

The Vatican has announced the canonization dates for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II: Sunday April, 27, 2014, the Sunday after Easter. This date is also the worldwide celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast instituted by Pope John Paul II. This post contains brief biographies of these two extraordinary men.

Air Strikes on Syria and the Just War Doctrine

September 06, 2013

The unfortunate civil war in Syria provides an opportunity for students, as Catholics, to research and evaluate the arguments they hear about the United States making air strikes against the country. Their thoughtful reflection may lead them to contact their senators or representatives in the US Congress.

Welcome to World Youth Day 2016!

August 05, 2013

World Youth Day 2013 has finished but it's not too soon to prepare teens to begin planning a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

St. Michael the Archangel Pray for the Church

July 08, 2013

In coming together last week to dedicate a beautiful new statue to honor St. Michael the Archangel. Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remind the Church of the importance of angels as those who aid our journey to God's Kingdom. Have your students reflect on St. Michael, the defender of the Church, with these prayers and readings.

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.

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.

Trinity Sunday

May 20, 2013

Prayer After the Boston Marathon 2013

April 16, 2013

Even in the wake of a terrible tragedy and in the face of panic, we did not crumble. Rather, people stood up and helped their neighbors selflessly, offering their time, prayers, and treasures to help rebuild. This prayer reflects on what it means to truly act as Jesus would, even in the grip of fear.

Emerging Youth Cultures

February 04, 2013

Super Bowl and the Mass

January 30, 2013

Reviewing Internet Safety

January 21, 2013

Catholic Asian Americans: A Mosaic of Faith

August 02, 2012

The Pew Forum of Religion& Public Life has released a new report about Asian-Americans and their religious affiliations and practices. In addition to helping you understand the religious composition of your own local or school community, you may find the information useful for student research or class activities, especially in a World Religions course.

Prayer for the Victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting

July 20, 2012

Grant unto them eternal rest, O Lord,
and let the perpetual light shine upon them;
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.


God Bless America!

July 02, 2012

Teaching with the Kony 2012 Video in Schools

March 19, 2012

Odds are good that your high school students have already seen the Kony 2012 video. It went viral in the first week of March being viewed roughly 80 million times in only five days. In fact it is now considered to be the most viral video in history defeating the likes of Susan Boyle, Lada Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus.

Three Different Feasts

October 31, 2011

Halloween, All Saints' Day, and All Souls' Day are often linked together as would make sense since they fall on consecutive days.

Respect Life Month Teaching Resources

September 27, 2011

The month of October is Respect Life Month. When we hear "respect life," most of us immediately think of the pro-life movement to end abortion. This is a key cause to support during October (and all year round!). But Respect Life Month is also meant to remind us of the issues of capital punishment, euthanasia, contraception, and respect for those with disabilities. September 28 begins the 40 Days for Life campaign that coincides with Respect Life month and ends on November 6.

Wisdom for High School Graduates

May 17, 2011

Sr. Cheryl Milner, SNJM, and Dennis B. Ryan of Bellarmine-Jefferson High School in Burbank, California, have spent the past few years asking some of the "most renowned and influential thinkers and doers in the English-speaking world" to write letters of advise and counsel to the school's graduating classes. In 2010 they assembled these letters to form an excellent book Wisdom from Giants: Contemporary Legends Give Students Advice. The letters are wonderful and difficult to summarize in limited space. Two of the best are from Los Angeles-area sports' legends: UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (who passed away in 2010) and Dodger baseball announcer Vin Scully, now in his sixty-second year with the team. Here is what they wrote:

Our Lady of Good Help, Pray for Us!

January 27, 2011

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay issued a decree that authenticated the nineteenth-century apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to a young woman, Adele Brise, in the farmlands near Champion, Wisconsin.

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.

Case Study: Illegal Immigration

May 23, 2010

The issue of immigration, especially due to the recent Arizona immigration law, is complex, as this case study reveals.

The Health Care Reform Law and Catholic Social Teaching

March 23, 2010

Below are some suggestions for teaching about the new Health Care Law in the context of Catholic Social Teaching.

Catholic Colleges in March Madness 2010!

March 15, 2010

Enjoy the time of March Madness with your students but also allow some opportunities to talk about the benefits of attending a Catholic college as well as some of the interesting facts and stories surrounding higher Catholic education in the United States and the religious communities that have founded these schools.

Catholic Schools Week 2010: Celebrating Innovative Leadership

February 01, 2010

The Church celebrates the lives of two founders of religious communities who have been dedicated to educating boys and girls in Catholic high schools that flourish to this day.

Youth March for Life - Live News Coverage

January 22, 2010

News coverage of the March for Life rally in Washington DC.

"When we let freedom ring . . .

January 18, 2010

"Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Responding to the Haitian Earthquake in Your Theology Class

January 13, 2010

Listed below are some opportunities for you and your students to get involved in the relief efforts in Haiti.

Almost Live from NCYC!

November 20, 2009

Some photos and updates from NCYC.

World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

November 19, 2009

Along with Pope Benedict XVI, commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the first World Day of Prayer and Action for Children with your class by praying with your class on behalf of suffering children worldwide.

WIN —-What's Important Now

September 04, 2009

You may wish to share some words of encouragement for the new school year from Lou Holtz, coach of the 1988 National Champion Fighting Irish from his book A Teen's Game Plan for Life

World Youth Day 2011 Logo Unveiled

August 03, 2009

The logo for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid, Spain was unveiled last week.

Islam through a Catholic Lens

May 11, 2009

The plan of salvation also includes those who acknowledge the Creator in the first place, amongst whom are the Muslims.

Avoiding Alcohol Abuse; Becoming A Better Me

May 05, 2009

Pray with your students for their commitment to live healthy and safe lives during these next few months and in the years ahead.

USCCB Movie Reviews

April 24, 2009

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has for many years operated an Office for Film and Broadcasting that serves “to provide the public with a Catholic evaluation of both entertainment features and documentaries from a moral and artistic perspective.”

Catholic College Bracketology

March 16, 2009

Here's an annual breakdown of the NCAA men's basketball tournament with a focus on Catholic colleges that have been selected.

Discussing the President's Embryonic Stem Cell Order

March 13, 2009

Help your students to understand this issue and the Church's position on the side of life.

Blessed Damien to be Canonized

February 23, 2009

The Vatican announced this weekend that Blessed Damien De Veuster, a priest of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart, who had ministered with lepers in Hawaii in the nineteenth century and later died of the disease, would be canonized a saint on October 11, 2009.

The Pope on Facebook

January 23, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI said that new technologies have an "extraordinary potential" to bring people together and that they can help people share the search for goodness, beauty, and truth.

Pray for the Unborn

January 22, 2009

Today, on the 36th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, take some time to pray with your students for the rights of the unborn, a change of laws, and a change of heart.

A New Day

January 16, 2009

In small groups have the students role-play peaceful resolutions to situations that are often marked by racial tensions.

Facebook and God's Kingdom

December 05, 2008

Today's Facebook generation is getting a little taste of what Purgatory and Heaven are like all wrapped into one.

A Papal Blog?

October 30, 2008

Agnes Kam Leng Lam, a Chinese laywoman and President of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, made the interesting suggestion that the Pope begin his own blog.

Parents of St. Thérèse One Step Closer to Sainthood

October 17, 2008

Mission Sunday, October 19, is the date of the beatification of the mother and father of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular saints of modern times.

Celebrating the Red Mass

October 10, 2008

A tradition that goes back to 13th-century Europe, Red Masses are celebrated in order to ask for the blessing of the Holy Spirit on those who administer justice, especially lawyers, judges, and lawmakers.

Marathon Bible Reading

October 06, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI began a "marathon of Bible reading" on live Italian television on Sunday, October 5, while encouraging people world-wide—Catholics, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all others—to spend some time with this sacred book.

Two Catholic High Schools Blue Ribbon Award Winners

September 22, 2008

This years only three private high schools achieved Blue Ribbon status; two of them or Catholic high schools: St. Viator of Arlington Heights, Illinois and Aquinas High School of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The Catholic Vote

September 18, 2008

Grassroots Films, an independent company, from Brooklyn, New York has released a powerful, thought-provoking film reminding and encouraging Catholics of the power to inform their conscience and to vote their conscience.

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.

Share Lesson Plans on the Year of St. Paul!

August 06, 2008

As you begin a new semester, the Church is celebrating a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul.

World Youth Day 2008 Preview

July 14, 2008

The twenty-third World Youth Day begins tomorrow in Sydney, Australia.

Positive Results for Catholic Education

June 04, 2008

A study tracking and comparing high school students who reveived special financial aid to attend Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles netted overwhelming and positive results.

The Pope's Message to Catholic Educators

April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI addressed Catholic educators on Thursday, April 17, at Catholic University in Washington D.C.

A Scandal of "Great Suffering"

April 15, 2008

There are good reasons for teaching adolescents about sexual abuse.

Fielding Questions About the Pope

April 07, 2008

Why is the pope’s visit such big news?

Birthday Blessings for the Pope

April 03, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his 81st birthday next week, on April 16, when he visits the United States.

Baseball and Catholic Schools Juxtaposed

April 01, 2008

With the opening of another baseball season, consider ways the some of the folks that make up a Catholic school compare with those associated with a Major League baseball team.

Catholic Colleges in March Madness: Part 2

March 18, 2008

Here's a re-do of a post we published last year during the all-encompassing NCAA Basketball tournament.

The Words of Abraham Lincoln

February 11, 2008

February 12 marks the 199th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.

Catholic Schools Light the Way

January 31, 2008

Pause and read the story of one Catholic High School Student from Cretin-Derham Hall High School in Minneapolis.

The Last Tolerated Form of Prejudice?

January 23, 2008

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

Discussing Racism

January 18, 2008

Jesus understood the pain of racism. He preached and gathered to himself the outcasts of society.

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.

Recalling God's Plan for Our Lives

January 07, 2008

The end of Christmas also celebrates the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry with his baptism by John the Baptist in the Jordan River.

Hard as Nails/Life Is Worth Living Juxtaposition

January 02, 2008

The current HBO special has brought nationwide attention to the unique ministry of Justin Fatica.

News Report on National Framework

December 20, 2007

More information on the November 14 unanimous vote of approval of a national curriculum framework was reported in a recent article in My Catholic Standard, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

Countering Consumerism

December 10, 2007

Some Practical Ways to Counter Consumerism.

Saved By Hope

November 30, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Spe Salvi (“Saved by Hope") says, "the Gospel is not merely a communication of things that can be known—it is one that makes things happen and is life-changing."

The Challenges of Teaching Theology

November 27, 2007

Some reader responses on the greatest challenges that Catholic theology teachers face.

50 Top Catholic High Schools!

November 26, 2007

The Catholic High School Honor Roll, an independent project of the Acton Institute, an international research and educational organization, recently announced its best 50 secondary schools.

Sharing The Faith

November 21, 2007

A preface from a final draft of the National Curriculum Framework for high school religion envisioned "a Christ-centered catechetical initiative that is intended to have the student encounter the living Lord as he is found in the Church, in the Word of God and in the sacramental life of the Church, most particularly, the Eucharist."

National Framework Approved

November 20, 2007

The new National Curriculum Framework has a strong Christological focus and roots each course in the life of Christ and the saving actions of the Paschal Mystery.

What Can We Do About the Teen Code of Silence?

October 19, 2007

Young people are terrified by the social ostracism that could come with being identified as a “snitch” or a “tattle tale.”

What Makes American Youth Happy?

September 18, 2007

Over the summer, the Associated Press and MTV released findings of an in-depth study of young people and happiness.

A Saint of Darkness?

September 07, 2007

Mother Theresa's spiritual struggles may raise some difficult but worthwhile questions to discuss with your students.

Remembering Mother Teresa

September 06, 2007

No one, not even in the secular media, can ever doubt Mother Teresa’s service to the “least brothers and sisters” of this world. She spent a majority of her life caring for the “poorest of the poor.” She spoke many times of the importance of love and family, of accepting the gift of life, and of learning many lessons from the poor.

Prom Season

May 14, 2007

One in Four Read Diocesan Newspapers

May 06, 2007

An item in this month’s issue of St. Anthony Messenger reports that, according to a survey conducted by the Center for Applied Research (CARA), only a quarter of American Catholics have read their diocesan newspaper at least once in the past six months! And almost a quarter reported that they had read one or more national Catholic publications during that time.

Litany of Remembering

April 17, 2007

The Passion of the Christ

March 29, 2007

As Holy Week approaches you may be considering showing or assigning some of Mel Gibson’sThe Passion of the Christ. The movie initially sparked charges of anti-Semitism against Gibson and the producers. A suggestion as part of any viewing of The Passion of the Christ is to address the larger issue of anti-Semitism. The USCCB collection of documents on “The Bible, The Jews, and The Death of Jesus” offers an overview of the issue.

Religion Lessons and March Madness

March 14, 2007

Once again the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is upon us.

Social Justice: The Other Side

December 04, 2006

A Time for Nuns?

November 16, 2006

Body Image: Discussion Starter

November 15, 2006

Teen Culture

November 14, 2006

The View From Here

November 10, 2006

In times like those you can feel some tangible glimpse of that everlasting kingdom we all long to be a part of and experience while we journey along on Planet Earth.

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