The beginning of May and the blossoming of the magnolia buds signal the fast approaching end to our academic year. I have curated a number of ideas and resources for you to use and share with classroom teachers to help continue faith formation through to the last day of school and beyond.
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) annual convention takes place every year the week immediately following Easter. The 2018 Convention in Cincinnati featured The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut as the Keynote Speaker. Consider watching his inspirational Keynote Address (20 minutes) with your faculty and spending some time discussing his remarks as an end of the year faculty faith formation session. To view the Keynote Address, click here.
NCEA also has a lovely Closing of the School Year Prayer Service, click here.
The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame has been publishing beautiful reflection booklets highlighting saints for each month of the year. If you are interested in downloading the May Saints & Reflection Guide, click here.
May – the Month of Our Lady
Here is a link to a beautiful May Crowning Prayer Service and here is a link to a lovely Marian Litany to incorporate into school prayer. A myriad of additional Marian Prayer Resources can be found at this link. Perhaps you are looking for a creative way to pray the Rosary as a school community during the Month of May. Consider inviting students to participate in a Living Rosary. For an excellent description of how to do this, click here.
The Easter Season concludes on Pentecost, Sunday, May 20, 2018. Here are several websites where you can find an abundance of ideas, activities, prayers and resources to celebrate Pentecost in your schools and classrooms:
- The Liturgical Catechist: Pentecost
- The Religion Teacher: Pentecost Activities
- Building Faith: Pentecost Activities
Renewing Your Faith this Summer
I invite you to reflect about ways to renew your faith during the slower days of summer: make a retreat, attend daily mass, do some spiritual reading, strengthen your daily prayer practice, keep a spiritual journal, volunteer at Vacation Bible School, chaperone a mission experience, turn off your devices and welcome silence are just some ideas to consider.
Lisa Orchen, M.Div.
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives
Office of Education, Evangelization & Catechesis
Archdiocese of Hartford