Faith Formation

By Stephen Fraser / February 15, 2019
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There are always two – The Master and the Disciple   Being a disciple pre supposes that a personal experience or revelation has drawn us to want to be a disciple of Jesus our Master – Baptism establishes a covenant relationship between us and a lifelong journey begins……. We can be forgiven for understanding discipleship as a function of “who I am and what I do”, when it is rather a “who do I belong to and what is required of me” relationship. The first disciples of Jesus were disciple’s first of John the Baptist (Luke 5 1-11) and become disciples of Jesus who had then and has now a mission of drawing all into the Kingdom of His Father, our Father. This is outworked in two ways, firstly, over time our relationship should ensure that we become more like the Master, which culminates in a lifelong daily journey that …
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We Are All Called

By Karen / October 8, 2018
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Called by Baptism When people talk about vocations in the Church they are often referring to those who have taken religious or clerical vows; priests, brothers, sisters, nuns. Yet statistically the majority of the People of God do not fit such criteria. Yet all the Baptised are called. The very meaning of the word vocation comes from the Latin vocatio, a calling or summoning. Sometimes it also seems that laity are enabled to take on roles because there are a shortage of priests or religious, as gap fillers. Yet the place and work of the lay faithful in the Church is given directly to them by the Holy Spirit. Paul VI made this quite explicit when he wrote [The laity] are assigned to the apostolate by the Lord Himself. They are consecrated for the royal priesthood and the holy people not only that they may offer spiritual sacrifices in everything …
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The Season of Discipleship

By Karen / October 8, 2018
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‘Ordinary’ Faith? The term Ordinary Time used for the longest season of the Liturgical Calendar can be confusing. When we use the word ‘ordinary’ in everyday language we are usually referring to something normal, unexceptional, commonplace maybe something that’s not that important. Ordinary Time however is none of these things. The name for this season reflects the fact that the Sundays are numbered Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, for example. The word’s origin is in Latin, from ordo, which is also the root of the word order. In the liturgical seasons of Christmas and Easter the emphasis is on celebratory feasting. In Advent and Lent the emphasis is on penance/preparation. In Ordinary Time we are watchful and expectant of the Second Coming of Christ, we are neither feasting nor severely penitent. This is the ‘ordered’ time of the Liturgical Year. Not Just About Colour We know that during Ordinary Time …
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Pentecost

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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Can’t remember what or when Pentecost is? If you want a little more info on this celebration of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the Church, take a look at Busted Halo’s two-minute video.

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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The story of Pentecost which we find in Acts 2 for children. The Coming of the Holy Spirit. (2 mins).

Animated Story Telling

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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Animated Story Telling The Christian life is explained in narrative. We remember the richness of both Tradition and Scripture through telling stories. Plotagon provides the opportunity to tell animated stories and share them with others. You might use it yourself to tell an important story. A contemporary version of the Good Samaritan for example, or set your participants a home task. They might tell the story of their Confirmation hero or summarise the parts of the Rite of Reconciliation.

Easy Quiz Making

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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Children like to play games – they love quizzes. Quizizz is an easy to use site that allows you to create multi-choice games. A great way to find out what participants are familiar with and check that they have learnt the basics. Another plus is that you can search a term such as Eucharist and find a number of quizzes created by others. Note: Use quizzes you find on this site with discretion!

Social Media

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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Many of those in our sessions Spend the equivalent of a full-time job on three to five screens each day. Make friends through Tumblr and Instagram. Binge watch YouTube and Netflix. Don’t remember a world before social media. This challenges the way that we do Catechesis – it has to be different. This article explores how young people today gain knowledge and understanding. We strive to use technology not because its cool and we have to, we use it because it enables us to teach the Good News. If you are confused about social media usage as it relates to the teachings of the Church, this article on How to Integrate Technology provides some great pointers and ideas. Social media from cutout newspaper headlines pinned to a cork bulletin board. Often what we read about Social Media is targeting business or teachers in general. This article is all about Social …
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