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Advent Buddies

Advent Buddies: An Intergenerational Relationship-building Activity OVERVIEW This activity helps young people learn from an older person in the parish and establish a faith relationship with that person. Suggested Time: About 15 minutes for each meeting during Advent Group Size: …

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First Sunday of Advent

Join Catholic Digest as we journey through the Advent season. Catholic Digest has put together five meditative videos beginning with the first Sunday of Advent and culminating with Christmas. Each video is short enough to fit in any day—your lunch break, prayer time or any opportunity you have for personal reflection. These brief videos serve to provide you with an opportunity for reflection; self examination and spiritual direction to guide you through the Advent season.

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Advent Prayer

Prepare the way of the Lord! (Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3) Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of the Savior. How can we prepare? A few ideas: Set aside more time each day to pray Spend some time with …

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Reason for the Season- Advent

This is the first episode of the new series Reason for the Season. This episode, narrated by an Irish Dominican, will look at the season of Advent and explain, for example, the symbolism of the Advent wreath and the color of the vestments used.

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Advent in 2 Minutes

A quick, two-minute video from Busted Halo that explains why we celebrate Advent and wait to celebrate Christmas.

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Advent: Let God be God . . .

Being in the wilderness reminds me to let God be God. When I'm at home In the day to day I forget Sometimes I try to make God mine To make God do things the way I think they should …

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Advent: Saint Joseph and Jesus

1. Gather the group in a circle for a moment of silence. Light the candle and read these passages about Joseph in the Gospel of Matthew (1:18-21 and 2:13-15). Ask the group to sit quietly for a moment and ponder …

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Isaiah: The Peaceable Kingdom Is Coming!

This handout offers a brief look at the use of Isaiah’s visions of the kingdom during Advent.

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Chapter 8 Activities

Activities for Chapter 8 Jesus Christ: True God and True Man, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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The Liturgical Year

Learning Experience: The Liturgical Year (20 minutes) On a chalkboard or sheet of newsprint, draw six horizontal lines. Tell the group members that each line represents one of the Church seasons. Invite them to name the major seasons of the …

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Project Overview

This assignment is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for reflection papers regarding three different liturgical celebrations.

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The Liturgical Year

A research assignment on the Liturgical Year: unfolding the Paschal Mystery.

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2016 Advent Prayer Calendar for The Catholic Youth Prayer Book, Second Edition

A prayer calendar for the season of Advent, 2016.

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Teaching the Rite Way

Mix a little ancient Chinese with some fifth century Latin and you have "the rite thing" for teaching sacraments. Let me explain. I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand. --Ancient Chinese proverb …

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Sacred Time: The Liturgical Calendar

A worksheet where students are asked to fill in information on the liturgical calendar.

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

Vocabulary terms for Unit 1 of "The Sacraments: Encounters with Christ."

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Inspire! Advent Bonus Digital Edition

(To download or print this special, digital-only issue of Inspire!, click the >> symbol at the top right corner of the window) Add inspiration to those who you serve with all year long. Subscribe to Inspire! and get 3 issues (Winter, …

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Using the Lectionary to Understand How God’s Ancient Promises Are Fulfilled in Jesus

An activity that uses the Lectionary to understand how God’s ancient promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

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Where is now thy God? Reflections on Psalm 42:7-10

Where do we find God today? How are we to understand such happenings? Some might respond by saying that everything happens for a reason. I don't buy that. Some might respond by saying that it is all part of God's …

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Handout: Liturgical Year Match

Column 1 lists the holy days of obligation and several other feast days of the Liturgical Year. Column 2 lists the dates on which those feasts are celebrated. The task of each group is to match the holy day or …

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Sunday Lectionary Readings: God’s Ongoing Story of Love for Humanity

A group assignment on several sets of Sunday Lectionary readings.

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Preparing the Way for the Romal Missal

"Where the New Translation meets the New Evangelization." World class, eminently faithful liturgical instruction from Salve Regina Publications; available to the members of your parishioners - 24 hours a day / 7 days a week -- at MissalPrep.com. This video discusses what has changed as of Advent 2011.

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Discover Grade 4 Handouts

Printable handouts for use with grade 4 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Discover Grade 1 Handouts

Printable handouts for use with grade 1 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Signs of the Domestic Church

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can identify various items that might be found in the "Domestic Church" - that is, the Christian home and family.

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Using the Lectionary to Understand How God’s Ancient Promises Are Fulfilled in Jesus

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can use this handout to explore some Old Testament prophecies that find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

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Lesson 16 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 16, Introduction to the Liturgy.

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Research Component - Liturgy Writing Assignment

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It outlines the guidelines for a research writing assignment in which students reflect on various liturgical seasons.

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Preparing a Prayer Service Sample

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It is a sample for how to use another LIC resource in order to successfully plan a prayer service.

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Discover Grade 5 Handouts

Printable handouts for use with grade 5 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Roman Missal Overview

This resource is intended to assist you in preparing young people for the implementation of the new missal.

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Go Out Into All the World!

What can I do to help my children become joyful disciples?  This article suggests five ways we can help create disciples that live and breathe their faith in everyday life. So let’s dive in! We're launching a brand new approach to …

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Discover Grade 1 Video and Music Resources

Optional videos and music for use with grade 1 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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December 12: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8–9) In December 1531 Mary appeared to …

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5 Action Steps to Teach and Reach Children (and their Parents)

What kind of effective pedagogy will help the children in your parish to learn and live their faith joyfully and lovingly? This article suggests five action steps of such an effective pedagogy in nurturing faith in your parish faith formation …

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Discover Grade 2 Video and Music Resources

Optional videos and music for use with grade 2 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Mercy Works: The Hands-on Gospel

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Parents As Members of the High School Faith Community

In 1977 when I began teaching and ministering in the high school apostolate, parents were not considered a part of the official work on student retreats. As the teachers, we had the answers for their sons and daughters; we had …

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Faith: Three Definitions

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses various definitions of faith, the relationships between faith and reason, and faith and religion.

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Introduction to Acts of Apostles

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It offers a great introduction to the New Testament book, The Acts of the Apostles including its structure, flow, and theological themes,

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The Lectionary

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discussese the lectionary and the liturgical year of the Catholic Church.

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The Acts of the Apostles

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as an introduction to the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, including its structure, writer, themes, and background.

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Roman Missal Activities

This resource provides activities to help you to prepare young people for the implementation of the Roman Missal, third edition.

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Discover! Finding Faith in Life: Scope and Sequence

Explore the full Scope and Sequence for Discover! Finding Faith in Life. In this booklet, you’ll be able to see the Scope and Sequence for each grade in our new faith formation program, Discover! Finding Faith in Life. See the ways …

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Building Faith Community in the High School

In a workshop entitled "The Catholic High School as Faith Community," religion teachers, campus ministers, and school administrators discussed, among many things, the obstacles they face in trying to build faith community in their school. One obstacle they addressed was …

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Epiphany: Following the Star

Scripture Isaiah 60:1-6. Camels bringing gold and frankincense will follow the light. Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6. The Gentiles are heirs with the Jews. Matthew 2:1-12. Astrologers followed the star, found Jesus, and brought him gifts. Theme Isaiah foretold that nations would gather …

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Discover Grade 1 Spanish Family Pages

Printable Family Pages in Spanish for use with grade 1 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life.

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Growing as a Faith Community

Over the past nine years as a campus minister and theology teacher at Saint John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, I have witnessed and been part of the growth of our school toward the ideal of being a Christian …

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Discover Grade 2 Spanish Family Pages

Printable family Pages in Spanish for use with grade 2 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Discover Grade 3 Spanish Family Pages

Printable Family Pages in Spanish for use with grade 3 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Discover Grade 4 Spanish Family Pages

Printable Family Pages in Spanish for use with grade 4 of Discover! Finding Faith in Life

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Top Ten Reasons to Be a Catholic

Many of us have been raised in the Church, but why do we remain Catholic? This author shares her favorite reasons and invites you to consider your own. “DO YOU ALSO WANT TO LEAVE?“ (JOHN 6:67). When Jesus first asked …

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Gospel Values Across the Curriculum

Given the current educational climate in our country, most schools are making a concerted effort to create a clear vision for education that will carry them into the twenty-first century. That forward-looking "visioning" and "refocusing" for the future includes an …

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Discover! Online Director's Manual

This is the Online Director's Manual for Discover! Finding Faith in Life.