Resources for Catechists

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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