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Amid the uncertainty of the 2020-2021 catechetical year, OSV is providing catechetical leaders with robust solutions for home-based and hybrid models of catechesis. Whether you are meeting in-person, virtually or a combination of both, we provide flexible solutions for family gathered sessions, early childhood, elementary and middle school catechesis, and sacrament preparation. To make it as easy as possible for you we developed step by step support and training resources for catechists and parents. See it all in one place by visiting osv.com/faithathome.

 

 

Resources for Applying the Directory of Catechesis

Catechist’s Guide to the Directory for Catechesis by Joseph D. White, Ph. D.

A joint publication of OSV and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL), the Catechist’s Guide to the Directory for Catechesis introduces catechists to the structure and content of this new and important document. Written in accessible language for anyone who teaches the Catholic Faith to others, this brief, magazine-style guide provides an overview of the organization of the directory, key quotes from the document, and discussion of the major themes and how they relate to catechesis today.

 

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Directory for Catechesis

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.

Directory for Catechesis, Spanish


A la vez que la Iglesia Católica continua con su misión de enseñar la fe cristiana, el Directorio para la Catequesis (2020) establece pautas prácticas para la catequesis y presenta normas universales para guiar la evangelización. El Pontificio Consejo para la Promoción de la Nueva Evangelización presenta el Directorio para avivar la proclamación del Evangelio a personas de todas las edades y en todas la etapas de la vida.

 

Teaching from Your Encounter with Christ by James. C. Pauley

Filled with powerful testimonies from catechists; the fundamentals of evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship; and even helpful connections for parents, An Evangelizing Catechesis will change your approach to teaching the Catholic Faith. It is perfect for parish catechists, Catholic school religion teachers, parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, youth ministers, RCIA coordinators, pastors, and parents.

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Encounter with Christ - Sacrament Preparation

TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENTS

Encounter with Christ: Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation for Restored Order evangelizes and calls families to a fuller understanding of the practice of the Sacraments through learning together, celebrating the Sacraments with the parish, and living out the Catholic faith at home and in the community. ­ The program features an age appropriate, lively, magazine-style format, and was developed to help Catholic families enter a deeper relationship with Christ through the Sacraments.

Learn more about our English product and Spanish product or download a copy of our Sales Sheet.

Faith Fusion Elementary and Jr. High - Fusion En la Fe

 

BRING CATHOLIC FAITH TO LIFE

Faith Fusion & Fusión en le Fe (Bilingual) gives children and teens a lifelong foundation of faith and relationship with Christ. Built on the framework of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, scripture and tradition are at the heart of every lesson and connects to students’ lives through prayer, reflections, activities, and stories of faith lived in the example of saints and other holy people. The program provides a complete immersion into the faith by also presenting the Church’s social teachings, beliefs and practices, traditional prayers, Church history highlights, and much more. Faith Fusion is perfect for Confirmation preparation, RCIA, and middle school or high school review programs. The elementary and teen editions are available in English and Spanish.

Download a copy of the Faith Fusion Elementary + Jr. High | Fusion en la Fe Sales Sheet.

 

Alive In Christ Parish - Vivos en Cristo Parish

EDUCATING STUDENTS, FORMING DISCIPLES

Our Parish edition for grades 1-8 invites children to hear God’s invitation to a personal relationship through his Word, helps them discover and learn the Church’s teaching in precise theological language, and teaches them how to live as Catholic disciples. Alive in Christ is easily adaptable and fits multiple faith formation models – from the traditional classroom model, to bilingual, home-based, family-gathered, and summer programs. All models are included with the adoption of Alive in Christ, along with robust online and lesson planning resources. ­ The program includes adaptations for special learning needs such as ADHD, learning disabilities or other cognitive differences, emotional or behavioral problems, and physical disabilities.

Download the Alive in Christ Parish | Vivos en Cristo Parish Sales Sheet.

 

Allelu! Early Childhood

DISCOVER THE ALLELU! DIFFERENCE

Allelu! & ¡Allelu! (Bilingual) engage and prepare children for a lifetime of faith with the most innovative and complete early childhood education program. Allelu! was created by a team of experienced Catholic educators and early childhood experts. ­ The program delivers a unique, multisensory experience that’s manageable for any catechist. Allelu! offers interactive lessons featuring Bible stories, music, crafts, prayer, games and more. ­ These components provide children the foundation for lifelong discipleship and give catechists the tools to ensure success. ­ The newly revised catchist guides include 30 new hands-on activities for each grade level. ­ Three age options are available in English and Spanish.

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Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of our Nation /  Inmigración y el futuro de Estados Unidos de América : Renovando el alma de nuestra nación

By: Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

A personal, passionate and practical contribution to the national debate about immigration.

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Hispanic Catholics in Catholic Schools 

By: Hosffman Ospino, PhD

“The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open.” – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel

As the Church in the United States becomes increasingly Hispanic, it is important to ask: how are Catholic educational structures, particularly our schools, serving the next generation of U.S. Catholics who are largely Hispanic?

In this groundbreaking study, Boston College embarked on an effort to name the realities, challenges and possibilities in Catholic schools as they adjust to cultural changes and new demographics. The National Survey of Catholic Schools Serving Hispanic Families provides reliable and actionable data that will help strengthen and prepare Catholics schools so that they can continue to serve as vibrant instruments of the Church’s evangelization mission.

Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes
A Summary Report of Findings from the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry

By: Hosffman Ospino, PhD


Groundbreaking nationwide study describes the reality of the Church in the United States today and the future of the Church.

Our Catholic Children, Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults

By: Hosffman Ospino

Our Catholic Children: Ministry with Hispanic Youth and Young Adults is a groundbreaking collection of essays, the result of several national conversations, bringing together the best research and analysis available to date on the most urgent realities that shape the lives of Hispanic Catholic young people.

A Year with the Catechism – 365 Day Reading Plan

By: Petroc Willey, Dominic Scotto, Donald Asci, & Elizabeth Siegel

This practical reading plan is perfect for Catholics seeking to discover the treasures of the Catechism. Each day, a brief reflection breaks open the selected text, explains unfamiliar terms, and unlocks the spiritual and pastoral meaning.

The Way God Teaches – Catechesis and the Divine Pedagogy 

By:Joseph D. White, PhD


Psychologist and master catechist Dr. Joseph provides a practical outline for structuring your own catechetical ministry based on the divine pedagogy.

Listening for God in Everyday Life

By: Joseph D. White, Ph.D.


In Listening for God in Everyday Life, author, speaker, and psychologist Joseph White shows us how to listen for God in this noisy, chaotic world. God is speaking to us all the time, but we have to learn to hear his voice. Drawing on his personal experience, Joseph reveals the means God uses to speak directly to our hearts. Some of these may even surprise you!

Early Childhood Religious Education A to Z


By: Joseph D. White, Ph.D.


Based on his series of popular talks, Dr. Joseph White has written this simple and effective resource for catechists and teachers. He brings together practical tips, relational advice and the Catholic view so that anyone who teaches can be confident and prepared.

Bored Again Catholic
How the Mass Could Save Your Life


By: Timothy P. O’Malley


A series of reflections on every part of the Mass that describes boredom—the “good” boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God—as a “sweet gift.” It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible.

Believe Celebrate Live Pray
A Weekly Walk with the Catechism

By: Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

Believe Celebrate Live Pray: A Weekly Walk with the Catechism is a unique way to grow in faith by meditating, over fifty-two weeks, on the four pillars of the Catechism. This highly accessible and personal guide will help you apply the teachings of the Catechism to your daily life.

Opening the Door of Faith
A Study Guide for Catechists and the New Evangelization

By: Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.

A practical and insightful guide to living the New Evangelization, sharing the Good News in every way we live, work, and play.

The Beauty of Faith
Using Christian Art to Spread the Good News 


By: Jem Sullivan, Ph.D.


Make visible the mysteries of Scripture and Tradition through paintings, sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, poetry, and sacred music. Discover art as a visual Gospel.

Unexpected Occasions of Grace

By: Mike Carotta

Here are occasions of grace experienced with a baseball coach, a hotel shuttle driver, during a retreat, at a winery, in a rectory kitchen, at a high school reunion, and many more everyday settings. Reading them will bring your own occasions of grace to the surface.

 

 

Teaching for Discipleship – The Call, the Challenge, the Difference


By:
Mike Carotta, EdD

This  book points out why now is the right time to emphasize the call of discipleship, the challenges involved in making “necessary adaptations”, catechetical dynamics that distinguish this from our past approaches, and practices that can help all of us keep heart.

 

Catholic Parent Know-How – Confirmation Sponsor, Revised


By: Janet Schaeffler, O.P.

Being a confirmation sponsor is not just a one-time thing: it is not just a ceremonial role. It is a significant, critical relationship in the life of this young person–for the rest of his or her life. This revised and redesigned resource will provide direction for your spiritual commitment.

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Catholic Parent Know-How – Confirmation, Revised


By: Janet Schaeffler, O.P.


This time of Confirmation, completing Baptism, now gives your whole family a chance to reflect with your son or daughter on the all-pervading importance of our Catholic life. Confirmation is a celebration of the ongoing power of the already-present Holy Spirit in our lives, the Spirit first received in Baptism. Confirmation deepens and intensifies the gifts of the Spirit. Parents of confirmands will appreciate knowing what to expect and how to help prepare their child for confirmation with aid of this revised and redesigned resource.

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Catholic Parent Know-How
Baptism, Revised  


By: Janet Schaeffler, O.P.

Catholic Parent Know-How: Preparing Your Child for Baptism is not just about the moment of Baptism, because Baptism is not just about one moment. Baptism is a lifetime sacrament. It happens only once (it cannot be repeated) — but it is about the rest of our lives. What we do and say in those few moments is lived each day for the rest of our lives.

For the first years of your child’s life, yours will be the most important influence in his/her understanding of life as a follower of Jesus and life as a member of the Catholic Church. At Baptism your child is a Christian, but your child becomes a Christian as the years unfold. What a challenge, but what a privileged responsibility you have in that!
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Working for a Better World

By: Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo

An engrossing account of the life of Catholic Relief Services CEO Dr. Carolyn Woo, as well as the amazing story of the critical work of CRS in meeting the needs of the poor, the traumatized, and the needy worldwide.

 

 

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