Catechist-Network

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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Exploring the Church Building

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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An engaging look at the Church building, its contents and meaning. Show your students and challenge them to make their own version of your parish church.

From Parking Lot to Participation

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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But why don’t they come to Mass? Catechists from more than 25 parishes came together over the last few weeks to consider the question of the participation of families in parish life.  While this is high during the periods of Sacramental Preparation and our Catholic schools are popular for a variety of reasons families often choose to be Catholic in ways other than Sunday worship.   We really desire to have them join us at the table and so we chatted about how we might encourage engagement. The underpinning theme was welcome.  How do we welcome those who arrive, maybe a little tentative, maybe returning after years absent? And how do we encourage even this tentative engagement?  After much discussion, there was no simple solution.  Actually, there wasn’t even a complex solution.  We did, however, break open some of the reasons, some of the barriers and share a passion to …
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Lenten Practices

By Karen / May 9, 2018
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A Note on Abstinence In many of the resources available from the United States, you will hear/read that one of the practices of Lent is abstinence – refraining from the eating of meat. In New Zealand the days of abstinence are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday ONLY. As are all Fridays, the Fridays of Lent are days of penance. The faithful are committed to doing some penitential act to remind themselves that they sometimes get things wrong and that God is merciful. Some conferences of Bishops make a requirement that this act of penance during Lent to be Abstinence. The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have however left the choice of penance to the individual. Many individuals choose to make this penance abstinence but it is not mandatory.