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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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Dominic of Silos: It’s not the founder of the Dominicans we honor today, but there’s a poignant story that connects both Dominics. 
<p>Our saint today, Dominic of Silos, was born in Spain around the year 1000 into a peasant family. As a young boy he spent time in the fields, where he welcomed the solitude. He became a Benedictine priest and served in numerous leadership positions. Following a dispute with the king over property, Dominic and two other monks were exiled. They established a new monastery in what at first seemed an unpromising location. Under Dominic’s leadership, however, it became one of the most famous houses in Spain. Many healings were reported there. </p><p>About 100 years after Dominic’s death, a young woman made a pilgrimage to his tomb. There Dominic of Silos appeared to her and assured her that she would bear another son. The woman was Joan of Aza, and the son she bore grew up to be the "other" Dominic—the one who founded the Dominicans. </p><p>For many years thereafter, the staff used by St. Dominic of Silos was brought to the royal palace whenever a queen of Spain was in labor. That practice ended in 1931.</p> American Catholic Blog In a short time we will celebrate the fact that God has come to us so that we can be with him now and forever. The birth of the Son fulfills God’s longing to speak to us as one friend speaks to another.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Sisterhood of Saints
Enjoy a daily dose of guidance and inspiration from widely known female saints such as Sts. Monica, Teresa of Avila, Thérèse of Lisieux, Joan, and Bernadette.
New from Richard Rohr
"This Franciscan message is sorely needed in the world...." —Publishers Weekly
Who Inspired Thomas Merton?
Learn new ways of living in harmony with God, creation, and others, courtesy of St. Francis and Thomas Merton.
A New Daily Devotional for 2015
"A practical and appealing daily guide to the Poor Man of Assisi." —Margaret Carney, O.S.F., president, St. Bonaventure University
Celebrate the Centenary of Thomas Merton's birth
One of Merton's most enduring and popular works, now in audio!

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Fourth Sunday of Advent - "O Antiphons"
“Come, O Key of David” Before dinner this evening gather your family around the Advent wreath and light all four candles.
Advent - "O Antiphons"
“Come, O Root of Jesse” Christmas is less than a week away! Take time now to schedule e-cards for a later delivery.
Advent - "O Antiphons"
“Come, O Lord” Send an e-card to celebrate the third week of Advent.
Advent - "O Antiphons"
“Come, O Wisdom” The liturgical countdown to Christmas begins today.
Caregiver
Thank those who give of their time and skill, especially at this time of year.



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