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A Reflection on the Threefold Purpose of Catholic Education

March 27, 2017

In 1972, the United States Bishops released a popular and often-cited pastoral letter on catechesis: To Teach as Jesus Did. One of the main purposes of the letter was to give form to the vision of Catholic education, reeling in many ways at the time in the post Second Vatican Council years.

Seat Warming Activity on Marriage

February 10, 2017

Last week was National Marriage Week. As a seat warming activity, have your students write answers to the following questions about marriage. The first set of questions is objective questions with the answers to be summarized from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The second set of questions is personal reflections.

Sharing News about a Religious Vocation

January 16, 2017

The discernment of a religious vocation for a young man or young woman is accompanied by prayer, questioning, and finally a decision. At some point the person tells his or her family of the choice to further prepare for the priesthood or religious life. In most cases, the person’s close family members have a sense of what he or she is leaning towards. Sometimes the decision catches some family members by surprise.

A Discussion on the Sacrament of Penance

December 13, 2016

Here’s a short discussion activity you can lead prior to a fuller lesson on the Sacrament of Penance and, perhaps, participation by your students in the sacrament itself.

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.

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).

Considering Serious Sin

April 18, 2016

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.

Your Call to Holiness

August 26, 2015

Christians are called to be saints. A simple definition of a saint is one who has a mind through which Christ things, a voice through which Christ speaks, a heart through which Christ loves, and a hand through which Christ helps. This reflection will help students consider their own call to holiness.

How to Go to Confession

July 08, 2014

Guided Meditation on Our Baptisms

September 16, 2013

The purpose of this meditation is to help your students realize the effect that baptism has had within them. Our baptisms make no sense unless accompanied by the realization of the love that we unknowingly experienced as infants. Our parents and godparents love and care for us. They wanted what was best for us. More importantly, at Baptism we experienced for the first time a sacramental expression of God's infinite love for us as his children. Through Baptism we become God's adoptive sons and daughters. We become a part of the body of Christ, God's own Son.

Examination of Conscience for Teens

February 15, 2011

Preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is essential at the high school level. It is an excellent opportunity to catechize young people through an examination of conscience for teens.

Married Couple Panel Discussion

November 02, 2010

As part of a unit or lesson on the Sacrament of Matrimony, invite two or three married couples of various years of marriage to form a panel and speak with your class of their experiences, history of their marriages, and relationships with their spouses.

Teaching Theology Using Literature and Art Webinar

October 21, 2010

On Tuesday, Br. Michel Bettigole, editor of the book The Catholic Spirit: An Anthology for Discovering Faith Through Literature, Art, Film, and Music, presented a sample lesson on the Eucharist drawing from classic works of art and literature.

New Sacrament Text from Ave Maria Press!

November 10, 2009

Ave Maria Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a new high school textbook, Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments!

Scriptural Understanding of the Holy Spirit

May 01, 2009

Learn some more about the Holy Spirit from Scripture.

Getting to Know Jesus

April 19, 2009

The Easter Season is a time for students to deepen their relationship with Jesus.

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.

Transubstantiation Exercise

November 20, 2008

At Mass we eat the Body of Christ to become the Body of Christ; to be Christ's presence in the world today. Is this belief supported by Scripture?

Learning More about Marriage

October 24, 2008

How well do you and your students know the history of the Sacrament of Matrimony?

Journeying to Perfection

September 12, 2008

Your students are at an age when their planning for college, choosing a college major, and considering possible careers is also influenced by callings to specify a Christian vocation.

Helpful Link on Liturgy, Ecumenism, and More

August 04, 2008

Rev. Bosco Peters, an Anglican priest from New ZeaIand has forwarded a link to a blog focusing on ecumenical issues, especially in the area of liturgy with links to other blogs with many good articles on spirituality.

Student Panel Discussion on the Sacraments

March 28, 2008

Hold a panel discussion with your students to look into ways in which they have experienced or been touched by the sacraments of Healing and Sacraments at the Service of Communion.

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.

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