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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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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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Monica: The circumstances of St. Monica’s life could have made her a nagging wife, a bitter daughter-in-law and a despairing parent, yet she did not give way to any of these temptations. Although she was a Christian, her parents gave her in marriage to a pagan, Patricius, who lived in her hometown of Tagaste in North Africa. Patricius had some redeeming features, but he had a violent temper and was licentious. Monica also had to bear with a cantankerous mother-in-law who lived in her home. Patricius criticized his wife because of her charity and piety, but always respected her. Monica’s prayers and example finally won her husband and mother-in-law to Christianity. Her husband died in 371, one year after his baptism. 
<p>Monica had at least three children who survived infancy. The oldest, Augustine (August 28) , is the most famous. At the time of his father’s death, Augustine was 17 and a rhetoric student in Carthage. Monica was distressed to learn that her son had accepted the Manichean heresy (all flesh is evil)  and was living an immoral life. For a while, she refused to let him eat or sleep in her house. Then one night she had a vision that assured her Augustine would return to the faith. From that time on, she stayed close to her son, praying and fasting for him. In fact, she often stayed much closer than Augustine wanted. </p><p>When he was 29, Augustine decided to go to Rome to teach rhetoric. Monica was determined to go along. One night he told his mother that he was going to the dock to say goodbye to a friend. Instead, he set sail for Rome. Monica was heartbroken when she learned of Augustine’s trick, but she still followed him. She arrived in Rome only to find that he had left for Milan. Although travel was difficult, Monica pursued him to Milan. </p><p>In Milan, Augustine came under the influence of the bishop, St. Ambrose, who also became Monica’s spiritual director. She accepted his advice in everything and had the humility to give up some practices that had become second nature to her (see Quote, below). Monica became a leader of the devout women in Milan as she had been in Tagaste. </p><p>She continued her prayers for Augustine during his years of instruction. At Easter, 387, St. Ambrose baptized Augustine and several of his friends. Soon after, his party left for Africa. Although no one else was aware of it, Monica knew her life was near the end. She told Augustine, “Son, nothing in this world now affords me delight. I do not know what there is now left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled.” She became ill shortly after and suffered severely for nine days before her death. </p><p>Almost all we know about St. Monica is in the writings of St. Augustine, especially his <i>Confessions</i>.</p> American Catholic Blog The Church really is my mother, too. She isn’t a vague maternal force for a generic collection of anonymous people. This Mother truly nurtures us—each one of us. And for those of us who are baptized Christians, the Church has actually given birth to us on a spiritual level.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Monica
The tears of this fourth-century mother contributed to her son's conversion to Christ.

Religious Profession
Lord of the harvest, thank you for all those Men and Women Religious who have answered your call to service.

Marriage
The love of husband and wife is the wellspring of love for the entire family.

Back to School
Students and staff will appreciate receiving an e-card from you to begin the new school year.

Happy Birthday
Best wishes for a joyous and peaceful birthday!




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