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Faith Formation Archive

2014
Announcement (May)
Savor Every Moment (May)
Saints for Spring (April)
Celebrating Family (March)
Gearing Up for a Good Lent (February)
Lent and Spring Sacraments (January)

2013
Out with the Old (December)
Welcoming a New Church Year (November)
Saints and Seasons (October)
Nurturing Faith (September)
Gearing Up for the New Evangelization (August)
Summer Reading (July)
Honoring Moms, Dads, and Grads! (May)
To Jesus, through Mary (April)
What Happens after Easter? (March)
Resources for Reconciliation (February)
Make the Most of the New Year ... and Lent (January)

2012
Celebrating the Incarnation (December)
Gratitude . . . for Things Past and Yet to Come (November)
'When the Saints Go Marching In' (October)
Year of Faith (September)
Gearing Up! What's New? (August)
Summertime Reading and Reflection (July)
Celebrating Spirit and Community (May)
Fresh Wineskins for New Wine (April)
Reconciliation (March)
Lenten Resources (February)
Catholic Identity (January)

2011
Advent, Christmas and Holy Family (December)
Teach Us to Pray—As a Family (November)
Saints Alive! (October)
Harvest Lessons (September)
What’s in Your Catechist Bag of Tricks? (August)
Summer Reading Assignments (July)
Looking Back Before Planning Ahead (May)
Special Edition on the Roman Missal (April)
Mystagogy and Postbaptismal Catechesis (April)
God's Reconciling Love (March)
Lenten Lessons (February)
Back to Basics (January)

2010
Incarnation Moments (December)
Inspiring an Attitude of Gratitude (November)
Saints and Spiritual Heroes (October)
Sacraments: Passing On the Rituals (September)
Back to School With Intergenerational Catechesis (August)
Summer Spiritual Reading (July)
Ecology and Faith (May)
Praying Always and All Ways (April)
Lenten Sacrifices (March)
St. Clare and the Franciscan Way (February)
Marriage and U.S. Bishops' Marriage Pastoral (January)

2009
A Gentler Christmas (December)
What Happened to Advent? (November)
A Few Heroes (October)
Angels All Around Us (September)
Finding Your Passion (August)
Using Summer as a Time to Re-create (July)
Following a Moral Compass (May)
Signs of the Season (April)
Prayer and Fasting (March)
Celebrating Love (February)
Living the Generous Life (January)

2008
Living the Generous Life (December)
Try to Remember (November)
Faith and Politics (October)
Things Going Bump in the Night (September)
Tool Time—Resources for the Catechist (August)
Up, Up and Away – Play Is Holy (July)
The Spirit’s Creative Motion (May)
Journeying From Easter With Mary (April)
Learning Through Liturgy (March)
Developing New Appetites (February)
Gathered Around the Table (January)

2007
The Lord Is Coming Soon! (December)
Sacred Seasons (November)
Hallowthanksmas (October)
The Pleasure of Her Company (September)
Gearing Up (August)
Summer R & R (July)
Evangelization: Now and (Just Before) Forever Amen (May)
Catechesis for the Easter Season (April)
New Life for Parish Staffs (March)
Liturgy of the Word for Children (February)
Lent Comes Early (January)

2006
Peace and Goodwill to All (December)
The Year of Luke (November)
Thy Kingdom Come (October)
Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Rosary (September)
Adult Learning in Small Groups (August)
Summer R & R (July)
The Trinity (May)
Ministry of the Sick (April)
Healing and Reconciliation (March)
Lenten Reflections (February)
Adult Faith Formation (January)

2005
The Incarnation (December)
Advent: Jesus Is Coming (November)
Confirmation and Service Hours (October)
Celebrating St. Francis (September)
What's New (August)
Time for Some R&R: Resources and Renewal (July)
Parish Book Clubs (May)
Bringing New Life Into Your Easter Season (April)
Forgiveness and Mercy (March)
Lenten Customs and Traditions (February)
We Are the Body of Christ (January)

2004
The Holy Family (December)
Welcoming in a New Liturgical Year (November)
All Saints Day (October)
Preparing for First Sacraments: First Communion (Sep.)
August: What's New (August)
July: Time for Some R & R (July)
Determining Ownership (May)
Mystagogy: Final Stage of the RCIA Process (April)
Adult Faith Formation: Our Primary Focus (March)
Lent, Rededication and Small Groups (February)
Catholic Identity (January)

2003
Incarnation and Inculturation (December)
Advent (November)
Fall Holidays (October)
Preparing for First Sacraments (September)
Gearing Up Again (August)
Summer R&R (July)
Pentecost: Catechesis and Evangelization (June)
Mary, Christ's First Witness (May)
Baptismal Catechumenate: A Model for All Catechesis (April)
Teaching Through Rituals (March)
Lenten Resources (February)
Believing in Jesus (January)

2002
Welcome to Faith Formation Update! (November)


John Francis Burté and Companions: These priests were victims of the French Revolution. Though their martyrdom spans a period of several years, they stand together in the Church’s memory because they all gave their lives for the same principle. The Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1791) required all priests to take an oath which amounted to a denial of the faith. Each of these men refused and was executed.
<p>John Francis Burté became a Franciscan at 16 and after ordination taught theology to the young friars. Later he was guardian of the large Conventual friary in Paris until he was arrested and held in the convent of the Carmelites.
</p><p>Appolinaris of Posat was born in 1739 in Switzerland. He joined the Capuchins and acquired a reputation as an excellent preacher, confessor and instructor of clerics. Sent to the East as a missionary, he was in Paris studying Oriental languages when the French Revolution began. Refusing the oath, he was swiftly arrested and detained in the Carmelite convent.
</p><p>Severin Girault, a member of the Third Order Regular, was a chaplain for a group of sisters in Paris. Imprisoned with the others, he was the first to die in the slaughter at the convent.
</p><p>These three plus 182 others—including several bishops and many religious and diocesan priests—were massacred at the Carmelite house in Paris on September 2, 1792. They were beatified in 1926.
</p><p>John Baptist Triquerie, born in 1737, entered the Conventual Franciscans. He was chaplain and confessor of Poor Clare monasteries in three cities before he was arrested for refusing to take the oath. He and 13 diocesan priests were guillotined in Laval on January 21, 1794. He was beatified in 1955.</p> American Catholic Blog The amazing friends I have: I didn’t “find” them; I certainly
don’t deserve them; but I do have them. And there is only one feasible reason: because my friends are God’s gift to me in proof of His love for me, His friendship.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Spiritual Questions, Catholic Advice

Fr. John's advice on Catholic spiritual questions will speak to your soul and touch your heart.

Four Women Who Shaped Christianity
Learn about four Doctors of the Church and their key teachings about Christian belief and practice.
Adventures in Assisi

“I highly recommend this charming book for every Christian family, school, and faith formation library.” – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN host

The Wisdom of Merton

This book distills wisdom from Merton's books and journals on enduring themes still relevant to readers today.

A Wild Ride

Enter the world of medieval England in this account of a rare and courageous woman, a saint of the Anglican church.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Happy Birthday
Every day is somebody’s birthday and a good reason to celebrate!
Labor Day (U.S.)
As we thank God for the blessing of work we also pray for those less fortunate than ourselves.
Ordination
Remember to pray for the Church, especially for those who have been ordained to the priesthood.
Friends
Reconnect with your BFF. Send an e-card to arrange a meal together.
Labor Day
As we thank God for the blessing of work we also pray for those less fortunate than ourselves.



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