Mini-Units on Contemporary Issues

Ave Maria Press offers free  5-day mini-units that fit within several different theology courses schedules. They are also perfect for a short catechetical lesson in a parish youth ministry setting.Four of the mini-units are particularly…

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Pope Francis and the Call to Holiness in Today’s World

Pope Francis released a new apostolic exhortation, Gaudete et Esultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) with details on how to follow the Beatitudes by being of service to the marginalized, poor, and migrants. The pope equates defense of people on the fringes…

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March Madness 2018: A Salute to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers

We depart from our usual salute to all the Catholic colleges qualifying for the NCAA basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, to focus on one particular school and team: the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers who will be making their…

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Share the Journey

In coordination with Respect Life month, the United States Catholic bishops are asking Catholics to participate in a week of prayer and action for migrants and refugees from October 7 to 13 sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. Several resources to…

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A Mini-Unit on Adoption for High School Students

Adoption: A Choice worth Making is a five-day mini-unit to support any course in a Catholic high school theology curriculum. It is also appropriate for parish youth ministry. The purpose of the mini-course is to acknowledge the value of human life…

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Save the Date: Global Campaign in Support of Refugees

 Pope Francis is being joined by bishops across the U.S. and around the world in launching a global campaign to support our brothers and sisters who have fled their homes seeking a decent and safe life for their families. This historic…

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Current Event: Teenage Protestors Confronted by School Official

You may have seen the video of a teenage brother and sister protesting against abortion on the sidewalk near a Philadelphia area public high school.They were confronted verbally by the school's assistant principal. The incident brings up several…

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Entertaining Angels: A Film on the Life of Dorothy Day

Entertaining Angels, a 1996 film on the life of Dorothy Day, is available online free of charge. The film runs 1:51:31. The film traces Dorothy’s spiritual and religious development as she leaves her career in journalism to live a bohemian…

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Reflections on Christian Patriotism

Ask students to say aloud words or phrases that come immediately to them when you say the word “patriotism.” List the words on the board.Distribute a handout with the following quotations and questions.  Read the first quotation…

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Catholic Social Teaching and the Saints

There are many quotations from the saints and blessed on issues that speak to current justice issues. Make a copy of the following quotations for each student. Tell them 1) read the quotation; 2) write what they think it means; and 3) write about…

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