Category: Children’s Catechesis

He who sings prays twice

He who sings prays twice

Up until this year, I never seriously thought about including singing in catechesis. I noticed in some of the resources we use that they recommended hymns or songs for the catechetical session, but I...

October

October

Dear readers, it’s that busy Autumn term again and I’ve been out of the blogging loop. This past month I have been… Launching a formation course for new catechists in our deanery/area Teaching some...

The Catholic Parish

The Catholic Parish

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet for the first time William O’Leary, Director of Religious Education at Ascension Parish in Kansas City. I have known William through Catechesis in the Third...

“Full Sweep” Youth Catechesis

“Full Sweep” Youth Catechesis

It was refreshing to read Archbishop Vincent Nichols’ words about catechesis for young people. He said we need to transmit to them the “full sweep” of the Catholic Faith. Thank you Archbishop 🙂 I...

Ten Top Tips for Managing Your Class

Ten Top Tips for Managing Your Class

OK, readers. These come from someone who has zero training as a teacher. But they are what I have picked up and learned (often the hard way) from giving catechesis myself. It is hard...

This Week’s Top Five… Catechetical Highlights

This Week’s Top Five… Catechetical Highlights

1. Giving catechesis on the Our Father to the catechumens. In the Fifth Week of Lent, they are presented with the Lord’s Prayer as a ‘foretaste’ and reminder of the Father who will be...

The Ecclesial Method, Part 4

The Ecclesial Method, Part 4

Here we are, after a very long gap, for which I apologise… The fourth step of the ecclesial method. The first three steps of the ecclesial method for catechesis (Mgr Francis D Kelly, The...

Revolutionary Children’s Catechesis

Revolutionary Children’s Catechesis

Now is the time to completely snap out of the mentality of catechesis being something we ‘have to get done’, like a sacramental programme. This incredible new programme of children’s catechesis shows how it’s...

Discipline in catechesis

Discipline in catechesis

Throughout the year, and depending on the children you catechise, this can very quickly become a talking point. One year, a particularly difficult Confirmation group meant that Tuesday afternoons were generally filled with anticipatory...

Getting catechesis right

Getting catechesis right

One of the suggestions for the Year of Faith is for dioceses to review the catechetical resources they currently use: It is hoped that local catechisms and various catechetical supplements in use in the...

Children in church

Children in church

This is a notorious and perennially discussed talking point in many parishes, and indeed a question that the Church seems to have as many policies on as there are parishes. Our family Mass is...

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

“There ain’t no party like a Catholic party…cause the Catholic party don’t stop!” Oh yeah – Christian Christmas beats secular Christmas – ours goes on a full twelve days 🙂 Unlike those families who...

Little Sparks

Little Sparks

I popped into one of the catechesis groups yesterday evening. This is a great little group which wasn’t going to continue when our youth coordinator left, until some fantastic mums stepped in! Yesterday they...

What makes a good catechist?

What makes a good catechist?

As spiritual reading at the moment I’m reading Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard’s Inner Strength for Active Apostles, which was originally published in 1918 and is a classic on the spiritual life. Dom Chautard was a...

Dumbing down the Mass is not Liturgical Catechesis

Dumbing down the Mass is not Liturgical Catechesis

I recently read an article on parish practice which discussed the importance of liturgical catechesis in First Communion preparation. I am all in favour of liturgical catechesis, as I have written about here. However,...

Sticking to my day job…

Sticking to my day job…

OK, so I discovered that children’s party planner is not a part of my vocation… We decided it would be fun to throw our delightful little First Communion darlings a party. Sweets were hidden...

Initiation into a Sacramental Life

Initiation into a Sacramental Life

Sometimes it can seem like we are just preparing children for the sacraments of initiation when we should be preparing them for a sacramental life. John Paul II wrote very strongly about this: “sacramental...

“The Avoiding of the Sick”

“The Avoiding of the Sick”

A lovely, funny First Communion moment today… We have a super-bright bunch of seven-year-olds who, when asked what is in the Tabernacle, immediately told us, “The Eucharist!” and when asked what the Eucharist is,...

Notre Dame de Vie catechesis

Notre Dame de Vie catechesis

Yesterday I received The Sower through the post – a MUST for all catechists 😮 One of the articles features children’s catechesis from Notre Dame de Vie. I was at Notre Dame de Vie...