All catechists, catechetical leaders, Catholic school teachers, and everyone interested in deepening their faith are invited to take a an online course in theology or ministry through the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. The Archdiocese of Hartford has a partnership with the McGrath Institute for Church Life which provides a 50% discount so that the cost of the course per individual is $49.50. Course participants gain a rich overview of Catholic beliefs and faith practices and grow in their personal faith.
STEP Course beginning October 7
STEP Courses beginning October 14
- American Catholicism Since Vat II
- Book of Revelation
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Intro to the Catholic Faith
- The Early Middle Ages
- Liturgical Theology
- The Christian Conscience and Ethics
- The Doctrine of Salvation
- The Gospel of John
- Theology of the Body
- The Six Tasks of Catechesis
- The Theology of the Mass
The Theology of the Mass
The Mass is not just a service that Catholics attend on Sundays. Rather, the Mass offers a comprehensive theological and spiritual vision of the world that is the very foundation of Catholic life. In this new course, students will develop a theological understanding of the Mass and a deeper theology of the Church drawn from the Eucharist. This course is intended for catechists, liturgists, deacons, and all those seeking to contemplate the gift of the Mass for Catholic life in the world. To learn more, click here.
The following series of books are excellent resources to equip catechist with the skills to share the faith with those they serve. These books are full of practical ideas for growing practically and spiritually.
On Demand Webinars by Sadlier Publishing (click on “Ongoing Catechist/Teacher Formation)
Resources for Times of Tragedy
It is so very difficult to talk with children and youth about tragedies and violence in our world, especially violence against young people. Below are resources which will help you in having these conversations with those you minister to. It is during these tragic times that we are called to bring the light of Christ to those who are saddened and faced with hopelessness.
Confronting a Culture of Violence (USCCB)
Talking With Children About Violence (US Department of Justice)
How to Talk to Children about Difficult News by American Psychological Association
Tips for Talking to Youth After Traumatic Events
Tips for Talking with and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster
When Violence Strikes (Care.com)
Discussing Hate and Violence (ADL)
Discussion Difficult Situations With Your Children (NPTA)
Talking With Kids About News (PBS)
Building Catholic Character (CERC)
Exceptional Learner Resources (NCEA)
Here are some classroom resources for the “Go Forth” generation from the Maryknoll Society. https://www.discoveryourneighbor.org/
Motivated by love, inspired by the Gospel, and guided by our Catholic identity, the Maryknoll Society’s Discover Your Neighbor program empowers young people as agents of encounter to transform our world.
Creative Ideas on Teaching the Catholic Faith
Here are the links to some helpful websites and blogs filled with creative ideas on teaching the Catholic faith.
Faith Formation Learning Exchange http://www.faithformationlearningexchange.net/
Ascension Presents Videos by Father Mike Schmidt http://ascensionpresents.com/
Catechist’s Journey http://catechistsjourney.loyolapress.com/
The Religion Teacher http://www.thereligionteacher.com/
The Liturgical Catechist http://theliturgicalcatechist.weebly.com/
Amazing Catechists http://amazingcatechists.com/
21st Century Catholic Evangelization http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/
Catechist Community http://www.catechist.com/blog/
Relevant Catechesis http://www.relevantcatechesis.com/about/
If you have any questions or would like more information contact:
Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis
860-242-5573 ext. 2653