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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.

Get In the Game!

October 14, 2016

With the World Series near, football in full swing, and basketball and hockey seasons just kicking off, sports certainly is in the forefront.

Use the reference of sports to remind your students to “get in the game” of life, to always do their best, and of the lesson that hard work pays off in whatever life course they chose for themselves.

Canonization of Mother Teresa

August 26, 2016

Mother Teresa of Calcutta is to be canonized a saint in the Catholic Church on Monday, September 4, 2016, in Rome.

Catholic Olympians 2016

August 10, 2016

Several current Olympians on the 2016 United States of America team have publicly witnessed to their Catholic faith while in Rio de Janeiro. Three of the most prominent are gymnast Simon Boles, swimmer Katie Ledecky, and fencer Katharine Holmes.

Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza Shares His Catholic Faith

August 05, 2016

In July 2016, former major league catcher Mike Piazza, was inducted to the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. In his induction speech, Piazza thanked many people who inspired him along the way, including both his father and his mother.

A Nice Story about Courtship and Marriage (featuring one of our authors)

June 17, 2016

Barbara Jane Sloan, currently a doctoral student in theology at Marquette University, and formerly a Catholic high school theology teacher AND former poster in the Engaging Faith blog was featured this week in the New York Times with her new husband Nathaniel Peters.

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.

Our Desire for God

April 04, 2016

The Congregation of Holy Cross Celebrates Two Anniversaries in 2015

November 23, 2015

As the days and weeks of 2015 near the end, you might consider joining with the city of South Bend, Indiana, the nearby home of Ave Maria Press, on the celebration of the city's 150 year anniversary. Similarly, 2015 is the 150 year anniversary of Ave Maria Press as well.

Canonization of Sts. Louis and Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin

October 19, 2015

On Sunday, October 18, Pope Francis canonized Louis Martin and Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St. Thèrése of Lisieux. Here is information about St. Louis Martin and St. Marie-Azelie Guerin Martin, reprinted from Ten Christians by Bonface Hanley, OFM.

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.

A Lesson on Work

July 20, 2015

Vocation Awareness

June 08, 2015

National Marriage Week February 7 – 14, 2014

February 10, 2014

Teaching about Marriage can be a challenge sometimes because you want to give the students an understanding of the Sacrament while not offending those whose loved ones are divorced, live together, or are remarried outside of the Church. How can you teach the students why it is important to prepare for strong marriages without seeming to condemn students’ families?

Prayer for the Vocation to Married Life

November 21, 2013

This prayer session encourages students to reflect on what they've learned about the vocation to marriage and also encourages them to contemplate their own call to the married life.

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.

What Is in a Name?

May 13, 2013

What is in a name? We all know that first names are meaningful and that parents choose them carefully. It is interesting to note how many parents choose biblical names or saints’ names whether they choose them for that reason or not.

Prayer for Seniors in High School

June 04, 2012

Share the following prayer service from Marriage and Holy Orders: Your Call to Love and Serve with your students. It is especially appropriate for juniors preparing to be seniors and seniors at the time of graduation.

The Goal Is Heaven!

January 24, 2012

Who Can Receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders?

April 28, 2010

A topical discussion for your class may be the Church's teaching on the call to priesthood and requirements for ordination, specifically the male-only priesthood and the gift of celibacy.

Helping to Increase Vocations

October 12, 2009

Share the following ideas to help increase priestly vocations with your students.

Uncovering Real Beauty

September 14, 2009

We have a need to recognize in ourselves, and have others recognize, that we are lovable. The greatest form of true recognition is to be loved and to love.

Thinking about God

August 07, 2009

No matter the subject of your theology course, a good place to begin is to remind your students of the natural and insatiable human desire for God.

The Parish Priest in the Year of the Priest

June 24, 2009

The life of a parish priest is not an easy one. But it is rewarding, with most of the tangible benefits coming from their proximity to the Eucharist and other sacraments, the emphasis on personal prayer, and their special connection with the parishioners.

Information on Catholic Colleges

April 22, 2009

Besides these basic facts, there are some other reasons for you to consider attending a Catholic college.

The Unity and Indissolubility of Marriage

March 04, 2009

Have your students comment on the lyrics of this song and discuss what they have to do with marriage.

A Lesson On Family

February 09, 2009

The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines family as "a man and woman united in marriage, together with their children" (2202).

A Papal Blog?

October 30, 2008

Agnes Kam Leng Lam, a Chinese laywoman and President of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, made the interesting suggestion that the Pope begin his own blog.

Learning More about Marriage

October 24, 2008

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

Celebrating the Red Mass

October 10, 2008

A tradition that goes back to 13th-century Europe, Red Masses are celebrated in order to ask for the blessing of the Holy Spirit on those who administer justice, especially lawyers, judges, and lawmakers.

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.

New Trends in Religious Vocations

March 06, 2008

The excellent website Vocation Match, a service that seeks to pair those discerning Catholic religious vocations with various religious communities and other opportunities recently completed a survey on current vocational trends.

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.

Keys to A Good Relationship

January 18, 2008

Life Athleteswebsite is a guide to having good, authentic relationships.

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.

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.

A Time for Nuns?

November 16, 2006

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