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Columban Resources for Advent 2016
Columban Resources for Advent 2016

The Columban Mission Institute's Centre for Peace, Ecology and Justice in Australia has produced this Catholic Advent resource called "Lead Kindly Light" for the four Sundays in November and December 2016, commencing 27 November. This Columban Advent Resource is a free download, offered as an aid to Catholic teaching and preaching during the liturgical season of Advent. It is suitable for priests, parish and school liturgy coordinators, and interested community groups and networks.

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Prayers for children to learn and treasure
Prayers for children to learn and treasure

On the first Monday of the month, Ten Ten theatre send a newsletter to parents who have attended a parent session in a school. The newsletter includes a chapter from the booklet "Being a Parent Today: Children, Faith and Family Life", published by the CTS. Ten Ten director Martin O'Brien writes in Jericho Tree: In my diocese (Westminster), the Archbishop has asked that the prayer 'Hail Holy Queen' is said at all Masses as a dedication throughout the Year of Mercy When I was a child, my Nan used to get us all to say the Hail Holy Queen. Admittedly, it's quite a

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Lenten Resources 2016 - for parishes and schools
Lenten Resources 2016 - for parishes and schools

From prayers and reflections, study guides and actions, to films and weekly podcasts - there is a huge range of Lenten resources on-line this year for use in parishes and schools or by families and individuals. A selection follows below.

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Sycamore Film 6:  'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?'
Sycamore Film 6: 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?'

The sixth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download: 'Can we trust the Bible and the Christian Tradition?' Sycamore is a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings. It consists of ten films that explore some of the core questions often put to Christian believers: How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? It deals with topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible, the Christian Tradition, faith, prayer, love, vocation, and the purpose of life.

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The Holy Spirit in our lives
The Holy Spirit in our lives

The fourth film in the Sycamore programme is now available to view and download, on the topic 'The Holy Spirit in our lives'. Sycamore is a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings. It consists of ten films that explore some of the core questions often put to Christian believers: How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? It deals with topics such as

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   Sycamore: a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies and schools
Sycamore: a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies and schools

Sycamore is a new programme of evangelisation and catechesis for use in parishes, chaplaincies, schools and other settings. It consists of ten films that explore some of the core questions often put to Christian believers: How can I find true happiness? What is the meaning of life? Does God exist? Who is Jesus Christ? It deals with topics such as the Holy Spirit, the Church, the Bible, the Christian Tradition, faith, prayer, love, vocation, and the purpose of life. People are invited to learn about the Christian faith, and to share their own ideas and questions without fear of being

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Ireland:  Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent Calendar
Ireland: Archbishop Eamon Martin launches online Advent Calendar

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched a specially commissioned 2014 Advent calendar on the homepage of the Irish Catholic bishops' website to coincide with the beginning of Advent on Sunday 30 November. Archbishop Eamon said: "I am delighted to launch this year's Advent calendar which each day will reveal Advent information and prayer resources by clicking on a virtual numerical door in our online calendar.

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Ireland: Lighthouse Catholic Media Project
Ireland: Lighthouse Catholic Media Project

According to one Catholic charity helping Catholics know, live and share their faith now couldn't be easier! Through its innovative parish program now active in over 200 parishes, The Lighthouse Catholic Media Project is providing parishioners across Ireland and the UK with a huge range of talks on CD at very low cost from the best Catholic speakers in the English speaking world. Visitors can now browse the titles online as well as find information on the Parish program, uplifting testimonies and more. The Lighthouse topics are wide-ranging and relevant, engaging the listener wherever they are at on their faith journey.

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Life in Christ - major new teaching resource launched
Life in Christ - major new teaching resource launched

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Fr Stephen Wang,  Dr Philomena Cullen, Bishop John Arnold, Suzy Brouard and Professor Gavin D'Costa.Many leading contemporary Catholic theologians and Scripture scholars in the UK, have contributed to Life in Christ, a major new study resource, for use in parishes, colleges and schools, youth and young adult groups launched at Amigo Hall in Southwark on Saturday. Produced by Southwark Youth Services, Life in Christ consists of three DVDs of short talks by 26 speakers - among them Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ, Fr Stephen Wang,  Dr Philomena Cullen, Bishop John Arnold, Suzy Brouard and Professor Gavin D'Costa.

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Teach Peace - new school resources for Peace Education
Teach Peace - new school resources for Peace Education
Teach Peace, a new resource from the Peace Education Network, is a set of eight assemblies, follow-up activities, resources, prayers and reflections on peace for primary schools. From the UN peace day, 21 September, to the International Day for Children as Victims of War, 4 June, the school year is filled with opportunities to use the assemblies and activities in Teach Peace. This resource will help to ensure peace is a key theme in our children’s education and help you
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Schools and youth resources for justice & peace
Those who work with schools and youth will be interested to see Justice and Peace resources produced by the Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility in Shrewsbury Diocese. Many of the materials have been written by Anne O’Connor of the Commission. Despite the controversial decision of the diocese to dispense with its Justice and Peace Fieldworker in May 2012 – after 22 years of service – the Commission is continuing its mission.
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2013 Lenten, J&P resources for young people from Shrewsbury Diocese
2013 Lenten, J&P resources for young people from Shrewsbury Diocese
A Stations of the Cross for Young People in A4 three-fold format is just one of the Lenten Resources produced by Shrewsbury Diocese's Commission for the Promotion of Justice, Peace and Social Responsibility this year. You can download this sheet from the Youth page... The Justice and Peace Resources for Young People have also been updated - nine pages of stimulating ideas: games, films, facts and questions for
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The Sacraments: new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechesis
The Sacraments: new DVD resource for parishes, schools, catechesis
CaFE have just published a new DVD resource called The Sacraments: Transforming Everyday Life, Fr Stephen Wang writes. Take a look at the promotional video on the link below. Stay with it (it's only seven minutes): as well as the teaching input at the beginning, there are some wonderful short interviews with lay people about how their lives have been transformed by their faith, and a brief introduction to your hosts Paschal and Pippa as they wander around Rome. They should be given their own TV series.
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Advent and Christmas resources for catechists
Advent and Christmas resources for catechists

The Institute for Christian Formation (ICF) in Cincinnati, Ohio, has once again created an online Advent/Christmas Calendar for each day of the Advent and Christmas Seasons for the 2015 Liturgical Year: November 30, 2014-January 11, 2015. This calendar is a go-to source for information and resources about Seasons and Saints, Scripture, Church Teaching, Prayer, Traditional Activities and Recipes, and much more! Geared to a wide-based audience, there is something for everyone: families, parishes, individuals, children, teens, adults, catechists and school teachers, colleges and youth ministry.

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Exciting new resources for Baptism and Confirmation
Exciting new resources for Baptism and Confirmation
Two priests from the Diocese of Middlesbrough have joined forces with established catechetical author Rosemary Gallagher to produce a brand new programme to help parishes prepare people for the baptism of their children. An easy-to-use book 'My Baby’s Baptism' is easily accessible, clear and practical. It is comprehensive enough for new catechists to utilise, but flexible enough to be adapted by more experienced catechists and includes focus points that keep preparation faithful to the teaching of the Church and grounded in Sacred Scripture.
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Helping children  learn about Lent
Helping children learn about Lent
Mission Together, the Catholic Church’s official mission charity for children, has produced materials to enable children to find out more about Lent in 2012 & 2013. Mission Together is part of the Missio network of charities and works to help children pray for and share with children all over the world.  Included in the materials for Lent 2012 is the popular Lenten Activity Calendar
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Our Lady’s Catechists offer resources and guidance
Our Lady’s Catechists offer resources and guidance
Our Lady’s Catechists is a special committee of the Catholic Women’s League and we have been working with children and adults since 1923.  We train catechists to work in their own parish with the recommendation of their parish priest.
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Note from editor about ICN Catechists Pages
Note from editor about ICN Catechists Pages
Dear Readers -  We've just just started up this section on Independent Catholic News, and hope it will become a useful resource Catechists everywhere.  If you are doing something interesting in your parish or group; if you have tried something new,
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USEFUL SITES FOR CATECHISTS

Most diocesan offices offer resources and advice for catechists. For more resources check the links below. If you know a good link for catechetical resources please share it with ICN readers by e-mailing the information to:

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