The journey in faith for children encompasses many Catholic prayers that children come to know and use on a regular basis. As religious educators, we are tasked with teaching these prayers to our children and students – and sometimes the families we serve. Incorporating song into faith formation to teach and join in traditional prayer has a positive impact on learning and makes the role of the cat..
Pope Francis said, “Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a person: Jesus, in our midst.” Join WLP artists James Wahl (from North Carolina) and Andrew Chinn (from Australia), as they share songs, stories and strategies for the early childhood classroom that bring the joy of knowing Jesus to young children. See how music can be used to teach Scripture, lead pr..
In terminal illness, there is an urgent invitation to cross the sacred threshold into both meaning and loving connection. This workshop is for patients, caregivers, clergy, pastoral ministers, family members, friends and health-care advocates. Together, we will explore end-of-life issues from medical and spiritual perspectives. Dr. Jaena Wisniewski provides clinical experience and health-care advo..
Witnessing the awakening of the mind gives us great joy and a spring in our step. Witnessing the awakening of the soul takes our breath away and even changes us. We are more than teachers: We are evangelizers. Explore the difference between those who teach knowledge and those who transform lives.Rich CurranRich Curran is founder and Executive Director of the Parish Success Group. Having served as ..
This might be the most frequently asked question today. Sad to say, it might be the most seldom answered question, too. This workshop will answer that question with a simple, declarative sentence. And then we will explore how the many dimensions of Catholic Mass help us appreciate why we should go to Mass.Rev. John C. CusickFr. John Cusick, a priest of the Chicago Archdiocese, was creator, coordin..
This workshop unwraps the gift of the sacrament of reconciliation for teens. It addresses the questions: Who am I? How does God relate to me? What is forgiveness? Is forgiveness possible? The sacrament of reconciliation is introduced in the context of God’s relationship with the young person. The sacrament is a powerful expression of God’s love for and trust in the one who cele..
There is one thing every human being, no matter age, race or creed, has in common: love of music. Music can impart powerful social messages and capture the attention of teenagers. Society “gets” the influence of music from the marketing standpoint. It’s time for us to “get” it from the perspective of our call to evangelize!Noelle GarciaNoelle Garcia is a Catholic recording artist with World Librar..
In Laudato Si', Pope Francis calls us to care for all creation. In the Roman Missal, we find that the bees have returned to the Exsultet. Learn about the meaning of the Exsultet, the music you can use and the candle that it praises. Illumine your appreciation of Easter and deepen your respect for bees! Human survival is dependent on the work of the bee. Life on Earth depends on bees. Albert Einste..
What difference does all this make? Whatever our life calling, sometimes there is just so much to discourage us. We try so hard. We have some successes. We are set back by many failures. Sometimes we wonder why we do what we do. Yet, could the question “So what?” actually rekindle for us, and for those we serve, joy and meaning in our daily living? Fr. Joe Kempf offers several key perspectives and..
You probably have a carefully crafted mission statement for your community, organization or ministry, but what difference does it really make in how your ministry is practiced? Do we really need a mission separate from the one given to us by Jesus? Being mission-centered is one of the qualities of truly transformational parishes and ministries. We’ll share practical advice on what a good mission l..
Advent, Christmas and Epiphany celebrate God’s coming into the world as flesh and blood. This is a season for delighting in and engaging all of the senses – smell, taste, sight, hearing and touch. Learn simple, sensory ways to experience this rich season each day at home – whether you are 5 or 85. We will sing, move, pray in color, engage Scripture and celebrate the season of the Incarnation with ..
Fr. James Martin, Editor at Large for America Media, hosts a panel of writers and editors from The Jesuit Post (TJP). Staffed by Jesuits in formation, TJP regularly publishes articles, spiritual reflections and essays that share the Gospel in light of trends and issues in popular culture. The panel will share what this ministry has taught them about how to engage young Catholics and seekers: by sp..
Using the colorful images and stories from his trilogy of art books on Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Bro. Mickey McGrath will offer unique and inspirational glimpses into the life of the Holy Family and their relevance for us in our 21st-century, multicultural church. The themes of respect for women and a thirst for social justice will be highlighted alongside the simple details of ordinary family life...
Among the 99 names for God in Islam is God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. Jesus tells us we must be as merciful and as compassionate as our Father/God is toward all. Names reveal truth, but they also call us not only to preach and proclaim, but to practice as witness to our belief in God. What does it mean to be merciful and/or compassionate today in our personal relationships, in Chu..
Pope Francis tells us, “The Church must look more closely and sympathetically at others whenever necessary. In our world, [we] can make present the fragrance of Christ’s closeness and his personal gaze” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 169). God invites us to accompany others, so they may know the companionship of God – and so we may know it more deeply with them. Using prayer, music, photographs and story..