The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers

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By Janet Claussen, Jerry Shepherd, Chris Wardwell, Diana Macalintal, Susan Stark and Pat Finan


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Whether middle schoolers encounter this book as part of the Catholic Connections program in faith formation or pick it up out of curiosity, The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers offers great guidance and aims to help young teens learn about all the central aspects of the Catholic faith, including God, Revelation, faith, Jesus the Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, liturgy and Sacraments, Christian morality and justice, and prayer.

The book contains many special features and sidebars, including:

  • Live It!: suggestions for putting faith into action.
  • Pray It!: short, inspiring prayers.
  • Did You Know?: additional information about selected topics.
  • Fun Facts: brief notes designed to inform and amuse.
  • Illustrations: 22 four-color illustrations of people of faith.
  • People of Faith: profiles of inspiring, faith-filled people.
  • Think About It!: questions to ponder or discuss with friends and family.
  • Liturgy Connections: articles that show the relationship between Catholic beliefs and worship.
  • Looking Back: insights from history.
Product Details

Publisher: Saint Mary's Press

Copyright: Feb. 2, 2009

Format: Paperback

Size: 6.375 x 9.188

Length: 552 pages

Item number: 2150

ISBN: 978-0-88489-994-5

ISBN-10: 0-88489-994-2

  • A collection of prayers.
  • A glossary of key words.
  • A handy, brief summary of Catholic beliefs and practices.

The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers is a great tool for study, but it is more than that. It offers excellent guidance for praying and living the Catholic faith.

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The Subcommittee on the Catechism (formerly the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism), United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found this catechetical text, copyright 2009, to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Customer Reviews

By Mary Lee Becker, speaker and middle school consultant, Troy, Michigan

The content and format of The Catholic Connections Handbook is clearly designed for middle school youth! It engages their curiosity and equips them to learn and live the Catholic faith . . . no matter what curriculum is being used in their parish or school! The Catholic Connections Handbook is a great resource for parents and Catechists. It explains the faith in terms that middle schoolers can understand and provides wonderful fun facts that bring faith to life!

By Michael Theisen, director of membership services, National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry

This book is a vital addition to helping develop the Catholic identity of our young people and a critical tool in reclaiming Catholic identity among young teens today. Now young teens have their own user-friendly guide to the Catholic faith—written to and for them without loss of content or message. The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers is a necessary resource for faith-formation programs and families everywhere.
Editorial Reviews

Today's Catholic Teacher, March, 2009

The Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers from Saint Mary's Press helps kids ages 10-14 understand what it means to be Catholic in a changing world. Packed with resources that aid in study, reflection, prayer, and action, the handbook is a comprehensive guide to belief and practice. It addresses complex issues such as why evil exists, what the church teaches about evolution, discrepancies in Scripture, and much more, sensitively handling issues that might worry young people.

Religion Teacher's Journal, March, 2009

What an invaluable resource for middle schoolers and young teens—not to mention their catechists! This is a comprehensive look at all things Catholic but designed to make the "burden of study" light. It's colorful, beautifully laid out, and fully alive with interesting (and fun) bites about prayer, saints and holy people, and Catholic teaching.
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