Here we go again, it's time for back to school and faith formation programs! How are you feeling about the year ahead? Whatever the mix of emotions, offer it to God. As you nourish the souls of young people this year don't forget to take time to pray for yourself too. Whether you are a veteran or a newbie, we wish you many blessings as you share the faith and inspire!
Here is a helpful resource: Ingredients for a Faith-Filled Classroom
September at a Glance (PDF)
Activity: Scrapbook Recording -- A Year of Great Events
Start these scrapbooks in the fall and add to them monthly throughout the year.
Grade 6 & Up
Activity: 'God' Times Roll
Keep kids on the lookout for God with this ongoing 'God' Times Roll. Choose an interval of time, such as once a week, to share the recordings out loud.
'God' Times Roll
Lifelong Catechesis Corner
What is one way that I can return God's great love?
Activities online at the Lifelong Catechesis page.
Saint for September
September 9 – St. Peter Claver (PDF)
Catholic Stewardship for Kids
Get kids thinking about how to reflect their call to stewardship while at school. Start with one area, such as school lunches. Could they use more reusable items rather than disposable? How can wasted food be limited? Schools and families have widely varying resources for approaching such matters, so cater your approach as appropriate. Perhaps in the past your school tried to use reusable utensils in the cafeteria but kids threw them away too often -- in such a case a student-led effort might yield a positive response.
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love
toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my
prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a
spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.
— (Ephesians 1: 15-17)
On behalf of your parish, especially the parents of the children you will help to form in our Faith, thank you for accepting the invitation to share your love of Christ and our Church with others through the ministry of catechesis. To be a catechist is to "echo God's word," or more precisely, to live, talk, act, and interact in such a manner that those whom you touch will know Christ through knowing you. Like most catechists, you may feel a deep sense of responsibility in accepting the call to be a catechist; you may feel humbled to be given the opportunity to share your faith in this way, partnering with parents who are their children's first teachers of faith in Christ; you may be a bit nervous about beginning this new endeavor or excited about returning after many years of faithful service. Many others share these and similar feelings! Catechesis is a blessing and privilege, and vital to our lives as individuals and as the people of God. Thank you for saying "yes" to the invitation to serve as a catechist.
Excerpt from Catechist Companion: Tips for New Catechists
Pour your blessings on us as
we embark on the journey of a
new school year.
Open our minds so that we might
Open our hearts so that we might
encourage all those around us.
Open our hands in friendship to
even the unlikable, so that they
might know your love.
Bless those who teach with sound
minds and strong character.
Protect us as we go out and come
in each day.
And let us pursue peace at every turn. Amen.