United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
This page offers many resources from prayers to the books of the Bible (NAB version of course!).
The calendar on the home page also links to the daily readings and is color coordinated to the liturgical calendar. Great Mass Reflection resource so the readings can be referenced outside of mass.
The Diocese's official Faith Formation site.
The homepage for Loyola Press, one of the publishers for our curriculum materials. From the homepage, families can access not only classroom resources through the faith formation tab, but also Sunday Connections that can help with Mass Reflections and many other helpful faith resources for families. I also recommend teh Daily Inspirations and 3 Minute Retreats for parents and catechists.
The homepage for Faith First by RCL Benzinger the series used in our Confirmation Levels
The homepage for RCL Benzinger's Sacrament series, which we use in Communion years and the final year of Confirmation prep
A really excellent site for all things Catholic. They also have an impressive listing of saints that is great for Confirmation students looking to do saint research or for families and catechists who are looking to brush up on their hagiography.
Here is a good family resource link for Religious Education. It includes helpful posts, articles, and practical material for incorporating Catholic values into your homes. These resources can help families enhance what they already do to exercise their faith meaningfully. If a good motto to adopt in this hectic world is not to necessarily do more, just do better, this site can help with the "better."
Your one stop for everything that is both media and (authentically) Catholic. Check out news, blogs, video, podcasts, etc for Catholic content that covers the globe. They also have an app for your mobile device so you can stay connected on the go.
This is the homepage for the Alive in Christ curriculum from Our Sunday Visitor (OSV). Catechists can creat logins and use the "Parish" option. Parents and students can access additional resources through the "Student and Family" button.
Our Sunday Visitor's lectionary website. In addition to the lectionary information found on the "Student & Family" homepage of the Alive in Christ site, this resource has bullet-point summaries for all of the readings for Sunday, multi-generational questions, activities based on the message of the readings, saint information and more.
Download the songs that accompany the Alive in Christ curriculum through LicenSing online!
The songs downlad as mp3 files, are $1.29 each, and arranged by grade level.
You can also download the theme song "Alive is Christ" for FREE.
RCL Benzinger, the publisher of our Faith First & Sacrament Series (Confirmation Prep) and of the My Catholic Heritage book (Sacrament I & II) has this lectionary resource with summary and family tie-ins. It is a good online resource for striking up a conversation about the Sunday readings.
Note that you must know which numbered Sunday you are in and in which lectionary year as the site does not list the date for correllation purposes. The heading of the USCCB's page for the readings, among other locations, will tell you which Sunday/year for the date.
Loyola Press's lectionary resource. Loyola Press published our old curriculum "Finding God" and is still used for some supplements, such as the purple "Prayer for Catholic Families." Their "Sunday Connection" does not provide the text of the readings, but does cite their location in scripture as well as give a sentence summary of the reading's message. There is background information as well that is helpful in placing the readings in their larger biblical context. Further, there are options for family engagement as well as learning activities broken down by grade levels 1-3, 4-6, and 7-8.
This is the link to the Diocese of Rockville Centre's Respect Life Contest. From here is the information regarding the contest, for which entries from 7th-12th graders are accepted. For those in Confirmation Preparation, participation in the contest is cumpulsory, though the projects created need not be submitted if the youth or family does not wish it.
On this site are the guidelines for all types of entries, the registration form to be submitted with all entries that will go to the diocese, entry forms that must be submitted with all entries that requrie one whether or not they are submitted to the diocese, and thre release forms for certain types of entries.
The deadline for submissions to Blessed Sacrament is Nov. 24, 2015.
Another site, like catholic.org filled with many resources, Cathjolic teachings and traditions, and current event information for Catholics.
This is a website created and maintained by a young Catholic mother of four that is a free resource for low or no cost crafts to do in the home (or classroom) and also many other great tips and ideas for raising a Catholic household in today's hectic world. The author reminds us of the saying that "God does not call the equipt; he equips the called." So whether you are extrememly creative or you don't know which end of the paintbrush to hold, this site is defintely worth visiting for smoe great ideas for faith-filled fun in the home.
Allelu! is the early childhood curriculum from Our Sunday Visitor, the publishers of Alive in Christ. On this website parents can access the tools they need to work with their Kindergarteners in the home and reinforce the message they receive in their catechetical sessions.
On the website of Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis is a section devoted to Catholic Social Teachings with a great deal of information and resources. This is a great place for anyone to go to to brush up on an area of Catholic doctrine that has been [unfortunately] hailed (among many others) as the "Church's best kept secret." Confirmation Prep youth will find this a helpful resource in writing up ther service reflections.
One of the most fundamental principles the United States was founded on was the freedom by all within its borders to practice their own religion free from fear, judgement, or persecution. Today this principle is more and more at risk and its application in the public sector grossly misinterpreted. It is up to proponents of the free expression of religion to stand up against the opponents of it.
This is the homepage of an organization whose mission it is to do just that. Please explore and learn what you can do to ensure our hard-won right to of religious freedom remains. Students participating in the religious liberties art contest may find this website helpful in their efforts as well.
Taken from the CFR mission statement:
Catholics for Freedom of Religion offers resources to parish members who work to support Religious Freedom by initiating parish laity groups with these suggested goals:
- To educate and advocate for Freedom of Religion
- To remain non-partisan, advocating for no candidate or party
- To invite and include other faith communities
- To become a permanent group within each parish to educate every generation of Catholics about our Freedom of Religion…how rare it is, how dearly it was purchased for us and how certainly it is being lost.
- To recognize and oppose attacks on Freedom of Religion from any source