Online learning – Virtual Learning Community

Registration ends soon for cycle one courses.  Check them out at

A great way to enrich your faith and become formed as a catechist

The VLCFF is coordinated and sponsored by the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives (IPI) at the University of Dayton – a Catholic Marianist Institution.


An Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Benedict XVI on the Scriptures

Pope Benedict has written an apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord), that offers his reflections on the conclusions of the 2008 world Synod of Bishops whose theme was “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.”

He emphasizes the need to improve Catholic familiarity with the Bible and the need to read and understand the Bible in harmony with the church.   He asks for greater efforts “to teach Catholics about the Bible, to help them learn to read it and pray with it, to treat it with great dignity during the liturgy and emphasize the importance by making sure homilies are based on the day’s readings.” 

There is a section in the exhortation that reiterates the Church’s position on bibilcal interpretation.  There is a section on the fundamentalist interpretation of sacred scripture.  There is a section on the literal sense and spiritual sense of interpretation.  There is a section the biblical dimension of catechesis that draws on the guidelines in the General Directoryfor Catechesis.

For the full text,


Parish Guide to Implementing the Roman Missal from the Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a twelve-month, how-to, step-by-step strategic plan to implement the up-coming changes.  This plan for Parishes, Catholic Schools and Religious Education Programs gives practical ways to prepare for the changes as well as deepening, nurturing and celebrateing the meaning of the liturgy.  The guide includes the Action Plan, Prayers, a Novena, Homily Helps, Bulletin Inserts and Glossary of Terms.

Exciting FREE Spring 2011 Webinars from Ave Maria Press

January 11      Sr. Margaret Kelly, S.J., and Dr. Larry Boone of The Vincentian Center: Church Management–Communications and Meetings

January 25      Msgr. Peter Vaghi: Celebrating the Four Pillars of Our Catholic Faith

February 8      William L. Pickett: Pastoral Planning

February 15    Sr. Donna Ciangio, O.P., and Fr. Tom Iwanowski: Open Our Hearts: Exploring the Spiritual Riches of Lent

March 8          Lisa Hendey: Catholic Moms–Building and Sustaining Small Groups  to Support the Vocation of Motherhood

March 29        Br. Loughlan Sofield, S.T., and Sr. Carroll Juliano, S.H.C.J. Collaborative Ministry

April 12           TBA

April 26           Lisa Hendey: Digital Ministry and Social Media

May 10            Sr. Kieran Sawyer, S.S.N.D.: Teens and Chastity:  Implementing the USCCB’s New Document, Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living

May 24            Charles Wilber: Economic Stewardship: Catholics Spending and Acting Justly

 Mark your calendars!  Check out their web site for more details

Catholic Updates from St. Anthony Messenger Press

Catholic Updates are a great way to keep adults informed about what is relevant in the Church today.  The December 2010 issue, titled, Simple Facts, Deep Truths: The Liturgical Year, offers a wonderful comentary on the 3 cycles of the Church year and the reasons behind it.

The November 2010 offers reflections for advent.

The October 2010 issue, Father, Sisster, Brother, Deacon: Is God Calling Me? could be used with Vocations Week to introduce vocations to  high school students.

Check them out at  Click on the link,  Parish Newsletters/Services, in the left hand menu.


The Heart of Faith: A Field Guide for Catechumens & Candidates by Nick Wagner from Twenty-Third Publishers is an economical gift for catechumens and candidates preparing for initiation.  It is not a textbook of the faith, but rather a lifestyle book of the things Catholics do.  Topics include Catholic customs, symbols, the Mass, postures for prayer, gestures, the Bible, expectations of Catholics and the Easter Vigil.  This book provides answers to frequently-asked questions and can be read straight through or by chapters of interest.  It will be a book the reader will return to again and again as faith matures.  Go to  to order a copy or borrow a ours from the Sidney Media Center at


For a free 90-minute Catechetical Session Plan on Holiday Dinners, go to  The plan can be adapted for other times of the year also.