Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Maronite Saints Coloring Pages


These coloring pages are designed for grades K-2 to teach the life of saints in the Maronite calendar. 
Parents and catechists are encourage to print them and use them on the feast of each particular saint or 
throughout the catechetical year.  

Maronite Formation Workshops


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The NEW Directory for Catechesis - Webinar


Loyola Press: A Jesuit Ministry
An afternoon with Joe & Julianne
Join Joe Paprocki and Julianne Stanz as they review and discuss the updated and revised Directory for Catechesis. Joe and Julianne will provide an overview of the revised Directory for Catechesis (2020) and explore the revised edition’s implications for how we think about, talk about, and go about doing the work of catechesis. 
The NEW Directory for Catechesis 
How it Will Change the Way We Think About, Talk About, and Go About Doing Catechesis 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 
1:30-3:00 PM (CDT) 
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As the Catholic Church embarks on the mission of teaching the Christian faith, the new Directory for Catechesis (2020) lays the how-to guidelines for catechesis and presents universal norms to guide pastors and catechists in the work of evangelization. The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization presents the Directory to guide the proclamation of the Gospel by the Christian faithful to people of all ages and in all seasons of life.

The Directory places catechetical instruction and formation of catechetical teachers clearly within the realm of evangelization. It offers guidelines to assist in the creation of local directories and catechisms and clarifies the importance of catechetical renewal in Christian communities. The Directory affirms the presentation of the Catholic faith articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a sound point of reference for instruction while drawing deeply from Scripture and the writings of recent popes, especially Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium.

These guidelines are important for bishops, who are the primary catechists in their local diocese. The Directory will also be indispensable for all those responsible for formal religious instruction, including pastors and parish priests, deacons, lay and religious catechists, and religious education teachers in dioceses, parishes, and schools. The Directory will furthermore aid directors of formation who train the faithful in the forms and means of catechesis, including seminary rectors, directors of formation for the permanent diaconate, and lay ecclesial minster formation program directors.  Order Your Copy Here 


Sunday, August 16, 2020

Catechetical Sunday Preparations - from Msgr. El-Khalli

Catechetical Sunday Resources click here

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2020. The theme is: “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” What is new this year is the Leadership In- stitute which was formed to assist the bishops in their responsibility for promoting Catholic mis- sions in the United States. Also new is more Catechetical Sunday Resources, such as articles, vide- os and podcasts, which will be available on an on-going basis throughout the academic year.

Each one of us, by virtue of our baptism, is called to live our faith and to bear witness to the Gos- pel in our families, among our friends, and in our parish communities and society. To share in the Church's mission of Evangelization and Catechesis is to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ and to hand on our precious faith to our youngsters. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportuni- ty to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. It is also an opportunity for us to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith.

It is in the family that the children are first catechized. Parents are the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, not only do we highlight the work of catechists in our parish, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their home a place where faith is handed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes a blessing of parents and guardians.

This year, Catechetical Sunday Resources such as articles, videos and podcasts, will be available on an on-going basis throughout the academic year. We all, pastors, parents and catechists, should benefit from this availability. All you need to do is visit, go to Leadership Institute and Catechetical Sunday 2020, then click on “Download Resources” and choose the article, the video or the podcasts of your choice. 

Since the packet is in a pdf format, Adobe Acrobat is necessary to have in order to open these files. Should you need any help with respect to this electronic Catechetical Sunday packet, do not hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you a healthy, blessed and fruitful catechetical year, I am Sincerely yours in Christ,

Msgr. Georges Y. El-Khalli, Ph.D.

Eparchial Director of Religious Education

Our Lady of the Cedars of Lebanon Church

61 Rockwood Street | Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Catechetical Sunday Resources click here