Thursday, September 30, 2010

Daily Bible Poster - Psalm 71.15

I will sing of your salvation. -- Psalm 71.15

View Poster: Ps 71.15

Liturgy Planning Sheet

The Web site of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita has a useful Liturgy Planning Sheet in PDF format. See also their page on the Liturgical Year. Even though this is for the 2009-2010 year, there is much information here and a series of activities for K-6 students that will be useful at any time.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Leading Prayer as a Catechist - Webinar

Joe Paprocki will be facilitating a free Webinar on "Leading Prayer as a Catechist". Some of the topics covered in this Webinar include:
  • The essence of prayer
  • Leading spontaneous prayer
  • Leading liturgical prayer
  • Leading reflective prayer
  • Helpful prayer resources
For more information visit the Loyola Press Web site at

Daily Bible Poster - John13.14

...if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. -- John13_14
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Feast Day Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

September 29 is the feast day of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels. You can find resources on angels and saints on the following Web sites:

Angels - Resources for Catholic Educators
    Types of AngelsSpecific Angels - Angels in Art - Catholic Teachings - Angels Crafts & Coloring Pages - Prayers to Angels - Angels Art Gallery (Allposters) - Other Resources on Angels - Angels Clipart

    The Wikimedia Web site has a large collection of images of art work depicting angels and archangels. The images in this blog post are from that collection. Click on them to see a larger version.

    See also he following posts on the  blog:
    Gabriel the Archangel
    Michael the Archangel
    Raphael the Archangel

    Tuesday, September 28, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - John 13.20

    "Very truly, I tell you, whoever receives one whom I send receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me.” -- John 13.20

    View poster: Jn 13.20

    God's Creation Part 2

    Song: Glory by Casting Crowns

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    God's Creation Video Part 1

    Song "Indescribable" by Chris Tomlin

    The Mystery of Faith by Tadeusz Dajczer - Book Review

    The Mystery of Faith by  Tadeusz Dajczer, published by Paraclete Press

    First appearing in its original Polish in late 2007, The Mystery of Faith quickly sold through six printings in Poland. It is now available in English, and will soon to be published in German, Russian, and Lithuanian.

    Fr. Dajczer invites us to reflect on the the great mystery of the eucharistic presence of Christ and on the obstacles that prevent us from being fully aware of this presence. This is not an abstract theological treatise, but a deeply personal invitation to live the Eucharist and to grow into the grace of faith that will open us to the love of God flowing from the altar.

    A little treasure to read and to re-read slowly, prayerfully.

    Resources for the October Gospel Readings

    Articles, Commentaries, Homilies, Clipart, Coloring pages, Puzzles, Children's Stories for the upcoming Sunday Gospel readings:

    October 3: Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 17:5-10
    October 10: Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 17:11-19
    October 17: Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 18.1-8
    October 24: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 18:9-14
    October 31: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 19:1-10

    A Bit of Humor - Young Artist

    A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
    The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."
    The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."
    Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing the girl replied, "They will in a minute."

    September Issue - Catholic Faith Education News

    The latest edition of the The Catholic Faith Education Newsletter is now online at .

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - John 14.27

    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.. -- John 14.27
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    The Bible - Clip Art by Phillip Martin

    Philip Martin's Website, The Bible Clip Art by Phillip Martin offers an extensive collection of colorful clipart images on Bible themes. Here is a small sampling of the many clipart images you can find here - click on these to see the full-size versions:

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - John 14.15-16

    If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. -- John 14.15-16

    View Poster: Jn 14.15-16

    How Catholics Evangelize

    Here is the third posting of a video on evangelization produced by The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

    How Catholics Evangelize

    Our Daily Bread - Recipe for Unleavened Bread

    Our Daily Bread by Richard S. Calhoun - Article on bread-making in the Bible with a recipe for unleavened bread based on a passage from Ezekiel.

    Also interesting and describing bread-making in ancient Israel is this article on the Catholic Culture Web site : Daily Life in Ancient Israel

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Virtual Rosary with Fr. John Corapi

    Virtual Rosary with Fr. John Corapi: As the title suggest, this page allows you to pray a virtual rosary. Choose the mysteries, and click on the crucifix of the rosary to start. Audio files with the voice of Fr Corapi help you pray along. Click on each bead of the rosary to pray at your own rate.

    Daily Bible Poster - Psalm 65.11-12

    You crown the year with your bounty;
    your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
    The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
    the hills gird themselves with joy... --Psalm 65.11-12

    View Poster: Ps 65.11-12

    Why Should Catholics Evangelize?

    Here is the second in a series of videos on evangelization produced by the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

    Why Should Catholics Evangelize?

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - Psalm 63.1

    O God, you are my God, I seek you,
    my soul thirsts for you;
    my flesh faints for you,
    as in a dry and weary land
    where there is no water. -- Psalm 63.1

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    Feast Day of Padre Pio

    September 23 is the feast day of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio). Sources of information on Padre Pio include the following sites:
    The image on the right above is from

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - Genesis 1.25

    Genesis 1.25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good. -- Genesis 1.25

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    The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer

    The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer is a painting by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904). This image of the painting is in the public domain. For a lesson plan on martyrdom see To Die for: Martyrdom on the Resources for Catholic Educators Web site.

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Saints Stories for Kids- Loyola Press

    Loyola Press has a series of 40 stories of saints for children on its Web site.
    "Saint stories for kids are a great way to introduce children to positive role models. From St. Valentine to St. Patrick, St. Michael to St. Nicholas, kids will love learning more about these heroes."

    Daily Bible Poster - Genesis 1.24

    Genesis 1.24God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. -- Genesis 1.24 

    View Poster: Gn 1.24

    Saints Coloring Pages

    Saints Coloring Pages - Free Roman Catholic Saints Coloring Pages to print your own custom coloring book. (Scroll down the page to see the coloring pages.)

    Monday, September 20, 2010

    New Catholic Edition of the Bible for Youth

    Harper Catholic Bible, in partnership with Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division, has recently published a new Catholic edition of the Bible for youth: LIVE - NRSV Catholic Edition: Youth Bible, Catholic Edition

    The aim of this edition is to offer an interactive space for teens so that they can not only read the Bible, but also respond to what they read in a personalized way. In addition to the text, each book features content (poems, art, photography) created by teens for teens, as well as space to doodle, interact with the scripture and study notes to understand better and dig deeper into the readings or to encourage teens to live out Catholic teachings.

    The study notes are age sensitive and often contain bits of humor that teens will appreciate. The book is also interspersed with "Profiles of Faith" - short biographical notes on witnesses of the faith, sections called "Real Questions" with tough questions that teens face and straight answers in a language they would understand. Short, meaningful and pertinent quotations from saints or well known personalities abound. Brief features called "Reality Check" are found in each book of the Bible. These are meant to help teens see how the Bible is connected to their everyday life. There are also a number of short articles called "Jesus Sighting" showing how the Old Testament connects to the New Testament.

    Each book of the Bible is introduced by brief answers to the questions who? What? Where? When? These are followed by a few paragraphs highlighting how this book invites us to discipleship.

    In the appendices there are thematic Bible reading plans - readings are suggested to reflect on biblical prayer, social justice, journeying with Jesus, or as meditations for Advent, Lent or Easter.Also included in the appendices is a NRSV Concordance.

    In thumbing through this Bible, I was impressed by the large number and the creativity and talent evidenced in the poems, art works and photos of the teens who contributed to the project.

    There are, in my opinion, a few minor weaknesses in the presentation of this edition of the Bible. Some of the featured articles are highlighted with a light blue background. When the font color used is white, the text is a bit harder to read. The paper is quite thin and the illustrations or text are occasionally (rarely) slightly visible on the flip page. All of the photographs are in black and white. I could not help but wonder how much more appealing color photographs would have been. Most of these shortcomings were no doubt the result of wanting to keep the cost of the Bible down and to offer a book that was not overly bulky.   

    When considering all that this edition of the Bible has to offer to teens, these shortcomings are small indeed and I would not hesitate to recommend it wholeheartedly. I am in fact a bit jealous that there is not a comparable edition of the Bible for adults. I would certainly enjoy using such a well conceived tool!

    Daily Bible Poster - Genesis 1.2

    Genesis 1.2The earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. -- Genesis 1.2

    View Poster Gn 1.2

    Free printable Bible coloring pages

    This Web page contains over 50 coloring pages on Old and New Testament themes.

    For additional Bible coloring pages:

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    The Little Ones Cartoon

    Daily Bible Poster - Isaiah 51.15

    Isaiah 51.15I am the Lord your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar - the Lord of hosts is his name -- Isaiah 51.15

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    Jesus the Christ eConference

    Jesus the Christ eConference - the fourth National eConference hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Broken Bay Institute. "The Broken Bay Institute (BBI) provides the largest offering of distance programs in Spirituality and Theology in Australia, as well as a varied range of optional seminars throughout the academic year. " All seven sessions of this eConference are now available online.

    Children's Sunday School Teacher's Online Resources

    Children's Sunday School Teacher's Online Resources provides hundreds of links to useful crafts, pictures, coloring pages and so on Bible stories or topics.

    Blessed John Henry Newman

    Pope Benedict celebrates the beatification Mass in Birmingham, England, today (Sept. 19), the final day of his four-day visit to Great Britain. The new blessed's feast day will be  Oct. 9

    For resources on Cardinal Newman: Resources for Catholic Educators - Famous Christians - John Henry Newman

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - Isaiah 51.4

    Isaiah 51.4Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.-- Isaiah 51.4

    View Poster: Is 51.4

    Kiddie Korner Bible Coloring Pages

    Kiddie Korner Bible Coloring Pages (no longer available)

    This web pages offers close to 200 Bible related coloring pages on the following themes: Abraham - Angel - Brother - Caine & Abel - Creation - David - Easter - Eden - Esther - Jesus - Jonah - Luke - Kings - Moses-Nativity - Noah - Other - Peter -Prayers -Solomon - Sampson - Shepard

    For additional Bible coloring pages:

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Posters - The Lord's Prayer

    Three posters with the Lord's Prayer @ You may print these and use them for non-profit educational purposes. Click on the link above to see the 8 X 11 (letter size) posters.

    Daily Bible Poster - Isaiah 50.5

    Isaiah 50.5The Lord God has opened my ear,
    and I was not rebellious,
    I did not turn backwards. -- Isaiah 50.5

    View Poster: Is 50.5


    Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection. There is a section specifically for photos related to religion on this site: Religion.

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Daily Bible Poster - Isaiah 49.16

    I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. -- Isaiah 49.16

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    Franciscan Clipart - revisited

    In a previous posting I had reviewed a Website of of the Secular Franciscan Order that offered a large collection of clipart. This Website has since moved location (it is now at ) and has been greatly expanded. No copyright is reserved for any of the images created by Br. Philippus. The images illustrating this posting are a sampling of the clipart images you will find in the collection. Click on any of these images to see a full-sized version.