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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.

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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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Pierre Toussaint: 
		<p>Born in modern-day Haiti and brought to New York City as a slave, Pierre died a free man, a renowned hairdresser and one of New York City’s most well-known Catholics. <br /><br />Pierre Bérard, a plantation owner, made Toussaint a house slave and allowed his grandmother to teach her grandson how to read and write. In his early 20s, Pierre, his younger sister, his aunt and two other house slaves accompanied their master’s son to New York City because of political unrest at home. Apprenticed to a local hairdresser, Pierre learned the trade quickly and eventually worked very successfully in the homes of rich women in New York City. <br /><br />When his master died, Pierre was determined to support his master’s widow, himself and the other house slaves. He was freed shortly before the widow’s death in 1807. </p>
		<p>Four years later he married Marie Rose Juliette, whose freedom he had purchased. They later adopted Euphémie, his orphaned niece. Both preceded him in death. He attended daily Mass at St. Peter’s Church on Barclay Street, the same parish that St. Elizabeth Seton attended. <br /><br />Pierre donated to various charities, generously assisting blacks and whites in need. He and his wife opened their home to orphans and educated them. The couple also nursed abandoned people who were suffering from yellow fever. Urged to retire and enjoy the wealth he had accumulated, Pierre responded, “I have enough for myself, but if I stop working I have not enough for others.” <br /><br />He was originally buried outside St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, where he was once refused entrance because of his race. His sanctity and the popular devotion to him caused his body to be moved to St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue. <br /><br />Pierre Toussaint was declared Venerable in 1996.</p>
American Catholic Blog We have a responsibility to balance the scales, to show love where there is hate, to provide food where there is hunger, and to protect what is vulnerable. If life has treated you well, then justice demands that you help balance the scales.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.

Sacrament of the Eucharist
When you are with the bread of life, you don't have to go out and look for food. You already have it in abundance.

Caregiver
Send an encouraging message to someone you know who cares for another, either professionally or at home.

Praying for You
Let your pastor know that you prayed for him today, or that you will pray for him tomorrow.




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