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Understanding Facets of “White Privilege”

July 08, 2016

Conduct a discussion as a way to allow white students in your class to be aware of some preferential treatments they experience because they are white. Likewise, allow students of color to discuss their perspectives of some of these experiences.

Considering Serious Sin

April 18, 2016

The Poor Box: Prayer for the Poor

March 07, 2016

A sweet and simple way to encourage your students to think of the poor of the world.

Word of Mouth: An Outside da Box video

February 19, 2016

Outside da Box has produced a video that deals with issues of bullying, meanness, kindness, and proper Christian living as commonly presented around a Catholic high school.

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? 

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.

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.

Dying a Holy Death

October 13, 2014

Expecting Shane

September 26, 2014

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.

Resolve to Avoid Gossip

January 06, 2014

Pro-Life Flash Mob

October 14, 2013

Infatuation vs. Love

July 22, 2013

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.

Social Justice Lessons and the 7th Commandment

November 12, 2010

“Thou shall not steal” is an important commandment that has broad implications in both one’s personal life as well as society at large.

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.

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.

A Lesson on Sin

January 26, 2010

Present to the class several reasons for why people sin.

What the Bible Says about Friends

October 23, 2009

Assign the following activity on friendship.

Catholics and Conscience

September 22, 2009

Read the moral dilemma to the students and ask them to rate how strongly they would respond based on either end of the spectrum.

St. Maria Goretti and Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha

July 28, 2009

In a society and culture obsessed with outward bodily appearance and sex outside of marriage, Maria Goretti and Kateri Tekawitha represent the importance of inner beauty and moral decision-making.

Catechesis with Persons with Special Needs

June 18, 2009

Soeren Palumbo, now a junior at the University of Notre Dame, delivered a powerful testimony of love for his sister, Olivia, speaking out against the use of "retard" as a word that both teens and adults use disrespectfully toward people with disabilities.

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.

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.

Case Studies on the Marks of the Church

February 13, 2009

Have your students discus ways in which each case study response underscores or ignores the four marks of the Church.

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.

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.

Live More Simply, So Others Can Simply Live

September 09, 2008

Share with your students a lesson on consumerism from Activities for Catholic Social Teaching by James McGinnis.

St. Ignatius Loyola and Making Good Decisions

July 29, 2008

There are several discernment processes you can share with your students for when they are about to make an important decision. All of these should involve prayer.

A Scandal of "Great Suffering"

April 15, 2008

There are good reasons for teaching adolescents about sexual abuse.

The Morality of Human Acts

April 11, 2008

Have the students work on their own or in small groups to develop moral dilemmas.

Freedom Simulation Lesson Plan

February 15, 2008

As Catholic Christians we are called to choose the most loving thing in a given situation.

Gossip and Its Effect on the School Community

November 02, 2007

One of the most difficult realties about high school life is the devastating effect of gossip upon students and staff.

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.

Prom Season

May 14, 2007

Random Acts of Kindness

December 05, 2006

Religious educators and catechists are always looking for good ideas on how their students might translate faith into action. Christmas is an especially good time to remind us of why and how to love

Teen (and Teacher) Motivation

November 28, 2006

Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Lou Holtz speaks to Beliefnet about how his "dream job" at Notre Dame made him a better Catholic, the role of prayer in pre-game rituals, and the four things everyone needs in life.

Body Image: Discussion Starter

November 15, 2006

Teen Culture

November 14, 2006

Moral Dilemmas

November 13, 2006

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