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Get ready for back-to-school time with resources for students, teachers and parents at AmericanCatholic.org. Find articles and books with back-to-school ideas, send e-cards from Catholic Greetings to friends, students and teachers or read inspirational stories about Catholic educators.

Seasonal Features
Back to School
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Resources for Students, Teachers and Parents

Father Basile Moreau: France's Blessed Teacher
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Basile Moreau, C.S.C., founded a worldwide congregation devoted to schools such as the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College.
 
Elizabeth Ann Seton: A Profoundly Human Saint
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
Daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend—all of these describe this first American-born saint.
 
St. Elizabeth Seton: Mother to Many
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
This year, Sisters and Daughters of Charity throughout the United States are celebrating 200 years of living the vision of their foundress.

 
Resources for Students

8 Spiritual Heroes: Their Search for God
From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
In this compelling and inspiring book, author Brennan Hill uses lived theology that comes out of experiences and events to explore Mohandas Gandhi, Dorothy Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Oscar Romero, Edith Stein, Daniel Berrigan and Mother Teresa.

 
8 Freedom Heroes: Changing the World With Faith
From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
From the theological insights of Bernard Häring, the humble leadership of Cesar Chavez to the life-risking heroics of Harriet Tubman and the lifelong bravery of Susan B. Anthony, the work of these heroes has established the freedoms we enjoy today and inspire the heroes of tomorrow.

  
Youth Update
This newsletter explores subjects important to teens and young adults and are perfect for individual or group study. Topics include Church seasons, sacramentals, Scripture, World Youth Day, violence, poverty and the Eucharist. See the archive of newsletters available on our site. 
  
Resources for Teachers and Catechetical Leaders

When You Teach in a Catholic School: Handing on the Faith series

From St. Anthony Messenger Press Books
Inspiration and practical tips for teachers who want to share their faith in the classroom and school environment. This valuable resource offers fresh insight into the ministry of teaching—for teachers, school staff and administration, and parent-teacher organizations.

 
Prayer With Young People
From St. Anthony Messenger Press
This DVD series encourages young people to discover the different ways of praying, greatly facilitating the teaching and practice of prayer. Set includes study guide and prayer classroom activity book.

 
Faith Formation Update
A free monthly e-newsletter for catechetical leaders with a focus on parish catechesis beyond textbooks and classrooms. Each issue suggests seasonal products and provides free product samples (book chapters, video clips, audio clips). See the archive of past articles available on our site.

Scripture From Scratch Mini-Courses
In order to encourage Bible study groups to use Scripture from Scratch, we have created ten mini-courses that suggest ways to organize sessions around a particular theme. These mini-courses can be used for a variety of purposes: adult education, Christian initiation (RCIA), catechist formation or enrichment, Bible study groups and more. 
 
Resources for Parents

Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime
From St. Anthony Messenger Press
This audiobook focuses directly on discipline, answering more than 100 common, frustrating discipline questions parents ask, offering parents practical advice to form their children's character and to teach the basics of living, moral responsibility, and respect.

 
School Days: Learning Our Faith
From St. Anthony Messenger magazine
 
Catholic Schools: Six Secrets of Success
From Catholic Update, St. Anthony Messenger Press



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All Saints: The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is an early fourth-century commemoration of "all the martyrs." In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagonloads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods. The pope rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. According to Venerable Bede, the pope intended "that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of gods but of demons" (<i>On the Calculation of Time</i>). 
<p>But the rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. </p><p>How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast, now recognized as a solemnity, in November is a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1 in 800, as did his friend Arno, Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century.</p> American Catholic Blog Touch can be an act of kindness when someone is dying. If you visit a sick person and find that you are at a loss for words, reach out and touch her hand.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Peace and Good
"A practical and appealing guide to the Poor Man of Assisi." —Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president, St. Bonaventure University
New from Jon Sweeney!
What changed to make a rebellious, reveling young man become the most popular saint in history?
New from Servant!
"Valuable and inspiring wisdom for everyone." —Ralph Martin, S.T.D., author, The Legacy of the New Evangelization
Thomas Merton
"Padovano's presentation of Thomas Merton is second to none." —Paul M. Pearson, director, Thomas Merton Center
When the Church Was Young
Be inspired and challenged by the lives and insights of the Church's early, important teachers.

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
All Saints Day
The Church rejoices today in gratitude for all the faithful in heaven and on earth!
All Hallows' Eve
Christians can celebrate Halloween because we believe that good will always triumph over evil.
Congratulations
Share the joy of a special occasion by sending a Catholic Greetings e-card!
Halloween
Welcome Friday evening's goblins with treats and blessings!
St. Jude
Countless generations of Catholics have brought their prayers and their tears to this patron of hopeless causes.



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