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End-of-the-Year Review

June 02, 2016

While the following “50 Questions” are part of the Send Out Your Spirit high-school Confirmation program, they serve well as a general review for students enrolled in just about any Catholic high school theology course.

Memory Game: Names, Titles, and Symbols of the Holy Spirit

April 24, 2015

The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly outlines how the Holy Spirit is represented in names, titles, and symbols:

Bible Basics for Teens

November 19, 2012

Earlier this year we had the honor of publishing an excellent introduction to the Bible by Franciscan University professor John Bergsma called Bible Basics for Catholics: A New Picture of Salvation History. Dr. Bergsma, who is a colleague of Dr. Scott Hahn, is known for his fun and creative drawings that illustrate the deep meaning behind the Old Testament biblical texts. He has a unique approach to teaching the Old Testament that all religion teachers can learn from and teens will surely enjoy.

Catechism Scavenger Hunt

August 22, 2012

One of the main goals of the Catholic Year of Faith is to promote awareness and study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on its twentieth anniversary of publication. Reading and using the Catechism can be a challenge even for adults. Use this Catechism scavenger hunt as a class activity to help familiarize your high school students with the layout and format of the text.

Honoring Mary in the Month of May

May 01, 2012

Your students likely know that May is the month of Mary.

Do they also know that Mary also has her own day dedicated to her in each and every week throughout the year? The tradition of honoring Mary on Saturdays goes back to the very first Holy Saturday, the day that Jesus lay in the tomb.

Understanding the Lord’s Prayer

June 10, 2010

The following lesson is an adaptation of an activity that appears in Our Catholic Faith, a textbook for Introduction to Catholicism courses.

The Eye of God

November 03, 2009

How do the images of space taken by the Hubble make you think about God?

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?"

Getting to Know Jesus

December 03, 2008

I am pleased to announce the publication of Catholic Essentials: An Overview of the Faith a new handbook for Catholic teenagers written to provide a synthesis of Catholicism.

All Saints Day: Holy Humor!

October 28, 2008

You might consider offering a mini-lesson on the humor-and-holiness connection for November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints Day.

Celebrate the Feast of the Ascension

April 28, 2008

This coming Thursday marks the day the Church remembers Jesus' Ascension, though the coming Sunday liturgy will also recall the event.

Fielding Questions About the Pope

April 07, 2008

Why is the pope’s visit such big news?

A Lesson on the Evangelical Counsels

March 04, 2008

Students will spend time learning the meaning of the evangelical counsels and the impact they can have on society if lived or not lived.

The Last Tolerated Form of Prejudice?

January 23, 2008

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

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.

Patrick: The Terrified Teen Who Learned to Trust

March 14, 2007

A well documented portrait of a strong and courageous saint whose story should connect well with teens.

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