Helpful Websites for Catechists and Catechetical Leaders

 

Blogs and Discussion Groups

21st Century Catholic Evangelization

Blogs are written by the members of the NCCL Evangelization Committee and invited guest authors exploring approaches, practices, resources, and programs.

 

Be My Disciples:

join as we talk and teach about true discipleship, as we find ways to help teachers, parents, catechists and students articulate the gospel message so that others will better understand it. A ministry of RCL Benziger.

 

Relevant Catechesis

A blog designed to share insights and ideas for carrying out the work of catechesis in a Catholic Parish.

 

Catechists Journey

Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press gives idea and tips, solace and encouragement to catechists. You may subscribe to email delivery.

 

Catholic Mom

Although the goal of this site is to celebrate Catholic motherhood and to learn and share about topics related to faith and family, you may find a lot of ideas here. 

Sadlier's We Believe and Share

Inspiration and resources for Catholics.


Tools for Catechists

 

10 Ways That Technology Can Improve Your Religious Education

A webinar by Victor Valenzuela, Sadlier National Consultant.

 

Finding Copyright-Free Images for Catechetical Use 

Understanding copyright issues for catechists and leaders, and where to find copyright-free images.

Joe Paprocki: Catechist Webinars

Helps to become a better catechist.

Lesson Plan Template:

A blank lesson plan that catechists can use to create a catechetical session.

Make Beliefs Comix 

Have fun by creating your own comic strips. Great homework assignment.

 

Motivator 

Create, share, and buy your own customized motivational posters.

 

Prezi 

Create presentations that you can present from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Puzzlemaker 

A free puzzle generation tool for teachers, students, and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.

 

Word Search Creator 

Create word search games for the classroom or home.


Websites for Catechists

Amazing Catechists 

Serves and supports catechists as you bring the light of our Catholic Faith to others.

C21 -- The Church in the 21st Century 

Boston College provides solid theological resources on the Catholic faith in magazine, video, web and podcast formats.

Catechist Magazine:

Official magazine of the National Catholic Catechists Society.

Catholic Apostolate Center

Assisting pastoral leaders in deepening collaboration with one another and providing formation and apostolic opportunities.

Catholic Relief Services Education 

A gateway to activities, lesson plans, simulations, prayer services and other resources that explore global issues through the lens of Catholic Social teaching.

eCatechist 

Ideas, inspiration, and resources are the focus of this online resource for catechists.

Loyola Press's Presentations 

PowerPoint presentations that catechists can use in the classroom; you can show them on the Internet or download.

Magis Center of Reason and Faith 

Explores and shares the close connection between reason and faith as revealed by new discoveries in physics and philosophy.

Praying the Rosary 

A PowerPoint presentation for the classroom on praying the rosary in English and Spanish.

Resources for Catholic Educators 

Seeks to assist Catholic teachers and catechists by providing them with information and easy access to resources. links, handouts, lesson plans and other resources.

St. Mary's Press Resource Center 

a variety of online resources for catechists in a variety of formats.

Sister Rose Goes to the Movies 

Daughter of St. Paul, Sister Rose Pacatte offers video reviews of current movies along with discussion questions for class.

The Liturgical Catechist

promotes liturgical catechesis.

The Religion Teacher 

offers practical resources and teaching strategies to help religious educators transform the lives of the young people they teach.


References

Catechism of the Catholic Church 

the teachings of the Catholic Church in an authoritative form.

Catholic Information Service 

the Knights of Columbus provide resources on many topics of Catholic belief and doctrine.

Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series 

The most current listing of religious education texts and series that have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church; published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 

Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church

the Catechism of the Catholic Church in question and answer format.

Guide for Catechists 

the identity of the catechist, his/her selection, formation and spirituality; basic apostolic tasks and finally, the economic situation, from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

In Support of Catechetical Ministry 

Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommitting to the development and support of the catechetical ministry. (Issued June 16, 2000)

Social Media Guidelines 

USCCB's "best practices" for Church personnel using social media in ministry.

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