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Scripture Spiral: After Easter Exercise

April 10, 2017

Here’s an activity for your students when they return to school after Easter.

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).

Easter Story Retelling

March 21, 2016

Your students have heard the details of some of the key incidents that are included in the Easter Gospel stories. Have them work in small groups and try to recreate the details of the key incidents of these accounts.

Guided Meditation: The Prayer in the Garden

March 30, 2015

We struggle to remain “awake” and alert at the time of Jesus’ agony. In that agony we discover our ability, because of God’s gift, to minister to the disciples and to Jesus. We then become empowered to minister to others in our lives

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.

Prayer Reflection: The Seven Last Words of Christ

April 14, 2014

Seven Gospel passages of Jesus' words on the Cross are known as the "seven last words of Christ." You may wish to use these passages for prayer and reflection during Holy Week. Have the students write both the passage and a response to the question that follows in their journals.

Recalling the Events of Jesus' Passion

April 07, 2014

This exercise for students will help encourage discussion and rememberance surrounding the Passion events of Christ's death.

The Institution of the Eucharist

March 25, 2013

Read the words of the institution of the Eucharist from Luke 22:14-20. Take some time to explain more about some of the key words in the passage.

Five Opportunities for Evangelization During Lent

February 08, 2013

During the season of Lent, Catholics visibly practice their faith in unique ways that can catch the attention of non-Catholics. These practices then become opportunities for evangelization. Students should be ready to explain why they do what they do during Lent for their own sakes and for the sakes of those who want to learn about Catholicism.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

April 03, 2012

This difficult question is often asked, especially during Holy Week. The answer can be looked at from three perspectives with three different questions. Share these with your students in a brief presentation.

Stations of the Cross PowerPoint Prayer Reflection

April 15, 2011

PowerPoint can be a powerful tool for creating prayer reflections. Below you will find a sample Stations of the Cross PowerPoint prayer reflection and template that you can use to create your own Stations of the Cross PowerPoint. This could be something you create as a teacher or something you have your students use to create their own prayer services.

Guided Meditation: Peter Denies Jesus

April 12, 2011

Use this reflection to bring your students near to the fire—figuratively and literally—listening to accusations and denials. Allow them to enter into the dialogue. Pause longer on the italic lines. Say:_

Guided Meditation: Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

March 29, 2010

Witness and participate in Jesus' ultimate example of service for his deciples with your students by sharing this guided meditation.

Scriptural Way of the Cross for Teens

March 30, 2009

Have the students work in pairs to pray this Scriptural Way of the Cross.

Why Do They Call it Good Friday?

March 19, 2008

This day that is outwardly dark and dismal actually commemorates Christ's greatest gift to us.

Stations of the Cross: Student Meditations

March 17, 2008

Although the Stations of the Cross has diminished as a devotion in recent decades, it remains a Lenten practice that many people still find very meaningful and powerful.

Our Ancestors of Faith

March 11, 2008

Consider this activity to help the students recall their own Baptism and their own faith ancestors.

The Holy Cross

September 11, 2007

It is believed that the Feast of the Holy Cross has its origins to the year 355 when the Emperor Constantine dedicated the Church of the Holy Sepulcher over the site at Golgotha where Jesus died.

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.

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