Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
For a selection of coloring pages on the Assumption and the Crowning of Mary, see this page: http://theclipartwizard.com/mary-assumption-coronation-coloring-pages.htm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Meditation of my Heart is a project undertaken by James Walton.
"I want to provide a database of 30* congregation-friendly Psalm settings in a dedicated easy-to-use space (like this one) so that anyone at all: a priest, church-musician, school-chaplain, cantor, music-student or anybody else can find and download the sheet music for the Psalm they need for whatever purpose they have (probably a Church service, but psalm-karaoke-parties are definitely gaining ground…). Once you’ve found the Psalm, you would then be able to email it to other musicians, embed it in a service-sheet or bulletin, print it off, photocopy it, read it straight from an iPad, put it in a lovely plastic wallet if you like. Donations would be very welcome, but everything here will be available for free. This will provide an opportunity for parishes and schools to experiment with new music without having to work around budgets and stuff."You can find out more about this project by visiting James' Website at http://meditationofmyheart.com/
Posted by Gilles Côté at 8:34 AM
Monday, March 18, 2013
Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox by Joe Paprocki
Reviewed by Gilles Côté
In a previous book published in 2005 (The Catholic Toolbox) Joe Paprocki provided tools and tips to help catechists in their teaching task. This new publication builds upon that foundation but focuses upon a deeper level of the catechetical experience by proposing a step-by-step demonstration of how to make a catechetical session not only informative, but one that helps students “encounter the risen Christ in their midst, transforming their minds and hearts so that they live as true disciples.” He suggests an approach founded on the principle that catechists are not simply teachers of a subject but facilitators of an encounter with a living God. He points out that while textbooks are important tools in a catechetical setting, what is more essential and vital is creating a prayerful setting in which this encounter can take place. This little book describes a five-step approach to creating a prayerful environment in a 75 minutes catechetical session.
As a catechist with over 20 years of experience, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Joe’s book. To illustrate his points he often describes real situations that he or other catechists have encountered while teaching. He is always very aware of what goes on in a real catechetical setting. The strategies and resources he suggests are always very concrete and practical. Joe obviously not only knows how to reach his students and help them see how God touches their lives; he also knows catechists and can definitely help them become better catechists.
You can order Beyond the Catechist’s Toolbox here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from its publisher, Loyola Press.
Posted by Gilles Côté at 3:14 PM
Monday, February 18, 2013
Saturday, February 09, 2013
Articles, Commentaries, Homilies, Clipart, Coloring pages, Puzzles, Children's Stories for the upcoming Sunday Gospel readings:
- February 17 - First Sunday of Lent - Luke 4:1-13
- February 24 - Second Sunday of Lent - Luke 9:28b-36
- March 3 - Third Sunday of Lent - Luke 13:1-9
- March 10 - Fourth Sunday of Lent - Luke 15.1-3, 11-32
Other Lenten Resources:
Posted by Gilles Côté at 1:45 PM
Monday, February 04, 2013
The Clipart and Coloring Pages Wizard Web site now has a selection of coloring pages on the Temptation of Jesus in the desert as a resources for Lent: http://theclipartwizard.com/jesus-tempted-coloring-pages.htm