Catechist Resources

Some great summer reads:


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 (
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)

Prayer After a Tragedy



Here are some classroom resources for the “Go Forth” generation from the Maryknoll Society.
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.


Here are the links to some helpful websites and blogs filled with creative ideas on teaching the Catholic faith.

Faith Formation Learning Exchange
Ascension Presents Videos by Father Mike Schmidt
Catechist’s Journey
The Religion Teacher
The Liturgical Catechist
Amazing Catechists
21st Century Catholic Evangelization
Catechist Community
Relevant Catechesis


Below are links for some useful articles on working with children with special needs.

ADHD Do's and Don'ts

Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities and to create more responsive and engaging schooling experiences for all learners. Paula is a former special educator who has served as a classroom teacher and inclusion facilitator. Her professional interests include differentiating instruction and inclusive schooling. These articles are from the website of Dr. Paula Kluth. It, along with many others on inclusive schooling, differentiated instruction, and literacy can be found at Visit now to read her Tip of the Day, read dozens of free articles, and learn more about supporting diverse learners in K-12 classrooms.

Below are some of her articles that you may find helpful:

If you have any questions or would like more information contact:

Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Education
860-242-5573 ext. 2653