Faith Formation Update

Faith Formation Update continues to offer free monthly encouragement and direction for catechetical ministry within the classroom and beyond. I’m Jeanne Hunt. In each issue I offer a brief starter and my “Every Family” column. My co-worker and fellow religious educator Joan McKamey offers media resources and ideas in her “Seen and Heard” column. Our co-worker Angela Glassmeyer suggests other faith formation resources for adults in her column, “Sowing Sampler.”

 

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May 04, 2011

 

Looking Back at Successes and Failures

 

 

Faith Formation Update continues to offer free monthly encouragement and direction for catechetical ministry within the classroom and beyond. I’m Jeanne Hunt. In each issue I offer a brief starter and my “Every Family” column. My co-worker and fellow religious educator Joan McKamey offers media resources and ideas in her “Seen and Heard” column. Our co-worker Angela Glassmeyer suggests other faith formation resources for adults in her column, “Sowing Sampler.”

IN THIS EDITION:
As we close out another catechetical year, it’s good to evaluate what worked and what didn’t. In the words of Jesus, “…the truth will set you free.”
 
FOR SHARING AND DISCUSSION: Share your ideas and questions on our Faith Formation Forum.
As you look back on this passing program year, what is one new thing you did that turned out well?
What is one new thing you did that didn’t turn out so well? What can you do next year to make it better?
Where is new energy needed in your programs? What will you do over the summer months to find the personal energy, personnel or resources to meet this need?

 

 

 

 

 

Ready, Set…Plan!

 

 

As you evaluate this program year and look ahead to the next, consider introducing some of the fresh and fun ideas presented in Celebrating Saints and Seasons. There are prayers, projects and even recipes for families and schools. It will provide great ideas with which to start off the year, as well as lots of ideas for keeping up the energy and excitement throughout the year.

I’d like to echo Jeanne’s recommendation of Catholic Update Guide to the Mass and add a couple more suggestions that may help before, during and after the transition to the new translation of the Roman Missal. Understanding the Mass: 100 Questions, 100 Answers is a great resource about the Mass and reflects the changes in the Roman Missal. There is also the Catholic Update Guide to Changes in the Mass, which offers a video, handouts and a leader’s guide—perfect for faith formation before and after the changes take effect.