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Table of Contents

Methods

Echoes of Faith: Methods for the Grades

Methods for Grades 1 & 2

Methods for Grades 3 & 4

Methods for Grades 5 & 6

Methods for Grades 7 & 8

Echoes of Faith: The Person of the Catechist

Getting Started as a Catechist

Roles of the Catechist

The Person of the Catechist

Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Learner

Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Scriptures

Echoes of Faith: The Person of the Catechist

The ABCs of Discipline

Pathways of Faith: The Story of Today’s DREs

Empowering the Catechist: Skills and Techniques for Effective Teaching

Session 1: Meeting the Challenge of Catechetical Ministry

Session 2: Planning and Preparing the Lesson

Session 3: Creating a Positive Faith Environment

Session 4: Motivating and Engaging the Students

Session 5: Maintaining and Handing Discipline

Session 6: Leading Meaningful Prayer Experiences

Parent Letters Promotional Video

Personal Spiritual Formation

Doorway People: Spirituality of the Catechist

We Welcome

We Companion

We Send

Doorways to Holiness: Prayer and the Catechist

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times: Trust and Learn on God

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times: Wait, Watch, Work and Don’t Give Up

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times”: Find a Reason to Hope

Stories of the Human Spirit: Among Us! Living the Christian Scriptures Crossroads

Peaceful Journeys

Caring

Praying

Nurturing

 

Echoes of Faith: Methods for the Grades

Echoes for the Grades is a basic-level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It was developed by the National conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) and produced by RCL Resources for Christian Living. Respected theologians and catechetical theorists and practitioners served as advisors.

Echoes of Faith is composed of a series of videos, each with a related companion booklet. Each of these highly flexible learning modules acquaints the learner with the area of catholic doctrine or catechetical methodology. A catechist who completes all the video and print modules will gain an overview of the major doctrinal themes contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the foundations of good contemporary catechesis.

The four modules are:

· Methods for Grades 1 & 2Time: 36 min.

· Methods for Grades 3 & 4Time: 34 min.

· Methods for Grades 5 & 6Time: 36 min.

· Methods for Grades 7 & 8Time: 36 min.

 

Echoes of Faith: The Person of the Catechist

Echoes for the Grades is a basic-level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It was developed by the National conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) and produced by RCL Resources for Christian Living. Respected theologians and catechetical theorists and practitioners served as advisors.

The goal of Echoes of Faith is to acquaint catechists with the foundations of Catholic doctrine and tradition, and introduce them to the principles and practice of sound catechesis. The intended outcome of the learning design is more competent and confident catechists with an expanded ability to integrate Catholic teaching and principles of good catechesis with their life and ministry.

Echoes of Faith is composed of a series of videos, each with a related companion booklet. Each of these highly flexible learning modules acquaints the learner with the area of catholic doctrine or catechetical methodology. A catechist who completes all the video and print modules will gain an overview of the major doctrinal themes contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the foundations of good contemporary catechesis.

The tree parts are:

· Getting Started as a CatechistTime: 49 min.

· Roles of the Catechist Time: 44 min.

· The Person of the Catechist Time: 38 min.

 

Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Learner

Echoes for the Grades is a basic-level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It was developed by the National conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) and produced by RCL Resources for Christian Living. Respected theologians and catechetical theorists and practitioners served as advisors.

Echoes of Faith is composed of a series of videos, each with a related companion booklet. Each of these highly flexible learning modules acquaints the learner with the area of catholic doctrine or catechetical methodology. A catechist who completes all the video and print modules will gain an overview of the major doctrinal themes contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the foundations of good contemporary catechesis.

Time: 43 min.

 

Echoes of Faith: Introduction to the Scriptures

Echoes for the Grades is a basic-level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It was developed by the National conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) and produced by RCL Resources for Christian Living. Respected theologians and catechetical theorists and practitioners served as advisors.

Echoes of Faith is composed of a series of videos, each with a related companion booklet. Each of these highly flexible learning modules acquaints the learner with the area of catholic doctrine or catechetical methodology. A catechist who completes all the video and print modules will gain an overview of the major doctrinal themes contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the foundations of good contemporary catechesis.

Introduction to the Scripture is the fifth of the five modules in a series on the Catholic faith.

Time: 83 min.

Echoes of Faith: The Person of the Catechist

Echoes for the Grades is a basic-level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It was developed by the National conference of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) and produced by RCL Resources for Christian Living. Respected theologians and catechetical theorists and practitioners served as advisors.

Echoes of Faith is composed of a series of videos, each with a related companion booklet. Each of these highly flexible learning modules acquaints the learner with the area of catholic doctrine or catechetical methodology. A catechist who completes all the video and print modules will gain an overview of the major doctrinal themes contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church as well as the foundations of good contemporary catechesis.

Catholic Morality is the third of five modules in a series on the Catholic faith.

Time: 73 min.

The ABCs of Discipline

Good discipline is a science and skill that can be learned and improved with practice. In this video, an experienced classroom teacher offers very practical, very specific advice on ten ways to promote good discipline.

1. Develop positive attitudes.

2. Identify potential problems.

3. Start off right.

4. Create your own techniques.

5. Instill mutual respect.

6. Present fascinating lessons.

7. Learn on others.

8. Involve the children.

9. Notice absolutely everything.

Em Emphasize what’s good.

Time: 25 min.

Pathways of Faith: The Story of Today’s DREs

Catechesis occupies a central and privileged place in the Church’s pastoral life. In recent decades there has been a great catechetical renewal which has made even more effective the perennial mission of the Church “to make disciples” of all men and women. This renewal must continue and the entire Church must give to catechesis the priority and resources needed.

This video is an excellent resource for pastors, parish councils, diocesan offices, and parishes interested in hiring a DRE.

Time: 14 min.

 

Empowering the Catechist

Skills and Techniques for Effective Teaching

This catechist training video series provides everything needed to become a more effective catechist. The emphasis is on development of practical skills and techniques, which allow catechists to achieve learning goals and enjoy doing it. Author Joe Paprocki is a long-time director of religion education, and a well-known author on catechetical training and practice. In this series, he offers DREs a total training course appropriate for first-time catechists and for veteran religion teachers who need a refresher or morale-booster.

Tape 1

Session 1: Meeting the Challenge of Catechetical Ministry

This introductory session identifies the challenges typically facing catechists, with the focus on classroom management. Catechists are shown the skills and techniques to improve their competency and comfort level – techniques needed to improve students performance.

Time: 23 min.

Session 2: Planning and Preparing the Lesson

This session emphasizes the importance of planning and organization in maintaining attention in the classroom. Teachers learn about setting goals, the pros and cons of various teaching methods, how to work with textbooks more effectively and how to evaluate student response as well as their own teaching.

Time: 23 min.

Tape 2

Session 3: Creating a Positive Faith Environment

This session presents “the tricks of the trade” from those who have been there – professional educators and experienced catechists. They deal with topics such as greeting students on the first day to setting and maintaining rules throughout the course of the class.

Time: 21 min.

Session 4: Motivating and Engaging the Students

Involving students in discussion will be the focus of the session. Viewers will learn how to lead a discussion, how to steer the content of discussions to include specific lesson points, and how to pace the discussion to allow enough time for students to reflect when appropriate.

Time: 25 min.

Tape 3

Session 5: Maintaining and Handing Discipline

The emphasis of this session is on preventing and handing discipline problems. Viewers are given specific strategies for avoiding problems and for dealing with them if they do arise. Suggestions include eliminating distractions, being business-like and establishing mutual respect.

Time: 25 min.

Session 6: Leading Meaningful Prayer Experiences

This final session focuses on the skills needed to incorporate prayer into religion classes. Methods for meaningful prayer are outlined and include using music, various prayer formats, the right mood for prayer, the use symbols and difference between spontaneous and formal prayer.

Time: 23 min.

Parent Letters Promotional Video

This video shows how to help young families in the parishes using those letters. It will be helpful for both, children and their parents to grow up in their faith.

Time: 15 min.

 

Doorway People: Spirituality of the Catechist

We Welcome

1. 1. What blessings would you place on the threshold of your door (home and class) for all comings and goings?

2. 2. Engaged in a doorway Spirituality consider how you greet and welcome others and provide a safe place, both physically and spiritually for gathering.

3. 3. Joseph Martos calls sacraments “Doors to the Sacred.” Are we able to think about doorways and classrooms as ways to enter the sacred?

Wh 4. What are difficult doorways through which your family or students must pass?

We Companion

1. Consider ways you walk with your students.

2. How can you assure your students that you are as concerned about them as persons as you are about what they learn?

3. Who has been the most important companion in your life? Why? Explain.

4. How can we assure our students that we want to be their companions in life and not just their teachers?

We Send

1. How do you send others into the world as good news?

2. What are your gestures of sending?

3. Reflect on the sending in the story of Emmaus and the Woman at the Well.

 

Time: 20 min.

Doorways to Holiness: Prayer and the Catechist

Prayer is essential for all Christians. Jesus tells us to “pray always,” and to ask for anything in his name and God will grant it. This is especially true for catechists and others doing ministry in the Church.

Doorways to Holiness focuses on:

· Getting started at prayer.

· Listening with the heart.

· Responding with compassion.

Walking with all creation.

Father Jack Rathschmidt asks catechists and parish ministers to reflect on their prayer life: the how and when and why we pray. He discusses practical ways to engage in prayer alone and with others. This is an excellent resource for catechist training and retreat.

Study guide is includes directions for use, activities, prayer celebrations and prayers.

Time: 15 min.

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times: Trust and Learn on God

Houston Smith, the great student of world religions, was once asked if there were ever time when he did not believe in God. He said, “Of course, just as our body gets a flu, so does our spirit.” In this video, Sr. Joyce explores what happens when our “spirit gets the flu.” She offers practical ideas and inspirational stories to help us “trust and learn on God” even when God seems far away and life appears to be without hope. This video will both sooth and challenge the soul.

Time: 25 min.

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times: Wait, Watch, Work and Don’t Give Up

“Hope begins in the dark.” Past solutions do not work, when life seems to be at a dead end. But how can one summon up hope at a time like this? Sr. Joyce will point to the sources of hope and the way out of the dark and into the light. Here are profound stories about waiting, watching and working through problems in the journey of transformation.

Time: 25 min.

Spiritual Growth in Touch Times”: Find a Reason to Hope

If you are going through a transition (career change, the ending of a relationship, a geographical move, the death of a loved one, or just a shift in your life perspective) this video is for you. Sister Joyce explores transitions and the “journey” nature of life. She compares the great cycles of life and nature to our own “inner” cycles. Using stories and metaphors, she reflects on the price we must pay for wisdom, peace and compassion.

Time: 25 min.

Stories of the Human Spirit: Among Us! Living the Christian Scriptures Crossroads

This eighteen classic tales from theologian and master storyteller John Shea and performed by professionals offer thought-provoking discussion starters that will enrich your programs.

Time: 45 min.

Peaceful Journeys

Caring

Peaceful Journey includes three videos. In Peaceful Journeys: Caring you will meet Dr. Robert Wicks, professor and chairperson of Graduate Programs in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. Also, the discussion guide is included to each videocassette.

Time: 24:30 min.

Praying - Time: 25 min.

Nurturing - Time: 25 min.

 

Yo Trabajo la Tierra

Yo Trabajo la Tierra (I work the Land) is a visual meditation about the dignity of work and the serenity of faith. With almost no dialogue, this intimate portrait of a farm-working family reveals the toils and pleasures of summer work in the American Midwest. Beautifully filmed and simply told, this 13-minute visual experience reaffirms the spiritual worth of all human toil. A contemplation of America’s least visible that enriches us all.

Compete with bilingual, reproducible study guide.

Time: 13 min.

 

 
 
 
   


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