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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).

Our Desire for God

April 04, 2016

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.

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.

Scripture Reading: Jesus Is Tempted

March 06, 2014

There were no eyewitness to Jesus' temptation in the desert. The Gospel of Mark simply records that Satan tempted Jesus. Luke and Matthew report on the nature of Jesus' three tests, though they disagree on the order. These readings will encourage discussion about Jesus' temptation, as well as the temptations we face in our own lives.

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.

Introducing a Course with a Plot Structure Diagram

August 29, 2011

During an introduction of the topic of Salvation History, review the plot structure diagram with students. Connect this story diagram with salvation history. Invite students to fill in as much as they know of the story of salvation history.

Teaching about the Book of Revelation in Catholic Schools

April 16, 2010

Here are some tips and activities for teaching about the Book of Revelation and its symbols and meaning.

Dying and Rising

April 13, 2010

Here's a short exercise that can help teenagers better understand the practical and joyful experience of the Resurrection that is the result of the work of Christian discipleship.

Easter/Resurrection Lesson Plan: Compare and Contrast the Gospel Accounts of the Resurrection

April 01, 2010

What can we know about Jesus’ resurrection based on the Gospel similarities and differences?

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.

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.

Easter (Continued)

April 11, 2007

Easter is not a one-day holiday. In fact it last for fifty days, beginning with the Easter Vigil and lasting until the feast of Pentecost.

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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