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 Courses beginning June 17, 2019
- Biblical Literary Forms
- Catholic Faith and Tradition for School Teachers
- Core Course: Introduction to the Catholic Faith
- Faith and Science: The Catholic Approach
- Introduction to the New Testament
- The Christian Conscience and Ethical Dilemmas: Guidance from the Catholic Tradition
- THE RCIA: Can We Get the Rite Right
- Women and Catholicism in the U.S.
- Youth Ministry 101
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 Catechetical Education
860-242-5573 ext. 2653