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For you convenience, we are archiving the links that appear on our homepage under What's Happening so that you can check out those you missed, or find one that is no longer featured on the home page.  The latest ones appear at the top of the list.

Building the Domestic Church  Dot The Knights of Columbus is offering a free catechetical resource called, Building the Domestic Church: The Family Fully Alive.  Through this program, families can realize more fully their mission to be an authentic domestic church through daily prayer, catechesis and Scripture reading, as well as through monthly charitable and volunteer projects they can do as a family.
Dot The Catechetical Office has published a handbook which details the Formation for Parish Catechetical Leaders and Catechists.  It is a handy guide for pastors, catechetical leaders and catechists to explore ways to enrich their faith formation ministry. 
Formation Handbook
Stumbling Onward

Dot Jeffrey Essmann, a catechist at St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York City, shares his experience "learning from his third graders" in a recent article called Stumbling Onward in America Magazine.

DotThe “National Council for the laity” invites you to help gather 1,000,000 children in order to pray for Unity and Peace under the protection of Virgin Mary.  The Day of Prayer will be in schools, in the classrooms, at playgrounds or in the school’s chapel, at 9:00 o’clock in the morning, October 18th. The idea is to teach the need of praying for the internal peace of each human being, as well as for the unity and peace of the family, the country and the whole world.

Million Kids Praying

Pope App 2.0 

 Dot The Pope App 2.0 is now available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Available in five languages, the app is free and can be downloaded on Apple and Android devices. Powered by News.va, it features the latest papal news and information as produced by the Vatican’s own media services – including Vatican Radio.
 DotIn an effort to increase daily Bible readership, the American Bible Society has created daily themed Scripture Journeys, available for anyone to subscribe. Head over to American Bible Society's Community to receive daily scripture and commentary through email or text.
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Bishop-Elects Dot Congratulations to our three new bishops of the Archdiocese of New York.  They are Bishop John Jenik, pastor of Our Lady of Refuge Parish in the Bronx, Bishop John O’Hara, vicar for planning, and Bishop Peter Byrne, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church in New York City. They were ordained on Monday, August 4, 2014, at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Our prayers and support are with you!
Dot The Saint Francis Pledge is a great way to help celebrate God's gift of creation.  The pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic individuals, families, parishes, organizations and institutions to live our faith by protecting God’s Creation and advocating on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change. St. Francis Pledge Icon
Justice For Immigrants Dot The US Catholic Bishops are inviting you to join Catholics across the country for seven days of prayer, reflection, and action to heal our immigration system. Each day will be centered on one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It will be through this lens that seven aspects of our immigration system will be explored.  Resource provided.
Vocation Match Dot With so many vocation options, it's not easy to discern the best path to live out your Christian calling. Vocation Match was designed to narrow your search. It’s easy and fun! 

Dot Pope Francis canonized two popes on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Vatican. Resources about the lives and ministries of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are available. More resources are available from the Brooklyn Diocese.

John XXIII and John Paul II

Pope Francis Icon Dot In honor of the one year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican website has published a special online book, compiled of quotes from his speeches over the past year.
DotThe bishops of New York State recently published a pastoral letter regarding people who suffer mental illness, "For I am Lonely and Afflicted: Toward a Just Response to the Needs of Mentally Ill Persons." New York State Catholic Conference
Pope Francis Dot The Pope issued a letter to families asking for prayers for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Read his Letter to Families.

Dot The National Day of Unplugging will be celebrated March 7-8, 2014, as an attempt to slow down lives in an increasingly hectic world.   You can take the pledge to unplug from technology regularly as a way to experience Sabbath rest.

National Day of Unplugging
Mulitmedia Youth Contest

Dot The Multimedia Youth Contest offers ways to engage young people in the work of eradicating poverty in youth ministry and catechetical programs. They accept all kinds of media submission.  Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014.

Dot Lenten Film Series is a media way to observe Lent.  Sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, has a new series starting on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Each episode features a short film, or clip from a Sr Pacatte Lenten Video Series

Dot Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) is an opportunity to sharpen your tech skills and become more aware of how technology and catechesis complement each other.  The new schedule is now available for Winter and Summer 2014.

Digital Boot Camp
Mary of Nazareth A full-length feature film about Our Lady, shot in English and High Definition, Mary of Nazareth, was filmed in Europe in very authentic locales with outstanding cinematography, a strong cast, and a majestic music score.  For more information click to http://www.maryfilm.com/

Dot Pope Francis has been named,"Man of the Year," by Time Magazine citing that "he has captured the imaginations of millions."  Read more here.

Pope Francis Time's Man of the Year
Pope Francis

 Dot The apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") of Pope Francis was recently published.  The pope encourages the Church to be an evangelizing presence in the world.

 Dot 10 Things We Want You to Know About the Catholic Faith is the result of a year of reflection by the people of the Diocese of  Indianapolis on the Vatican II document, Lumen Gentium.  It addresses ten areas about the Catholic faith that are prone to misunderstanding.  En español también. Ten Things We Want You to Know about the Catholic Faith
Catholic Relief Services Dot Typhoon Haiyan: help the Philippines and Vietnam survive and recover by praying for our brothers and sisters in their hour of need, lighting a candle in the CRS virtual chapel and donating to Catholic Relief Services to help the recovery.
New Evangelization Toolkit Dot The USCCB New Evangelization Toolkit (NET) is a web-based resource for implementing the New Evangelization, focusing on resources and activities designed to assist the Church in the United States on its journey towards the New Evangelization
Dot The theme of this year's collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is: "Defend Human Dignity. Take Poverty Off the Map."  The collection is taken up in parishes and dioceses nationwide. Campaign for Human Development
Parish Religious Education Week 2013 DotParish Religious Education Week, November 3 – 9, 2013, highlights the important role played by parish-based religious education and faith-formation programs across the country.  This year’s theme is “Encountering Christ Every Day/Encuentro con Cristo cada dia.”  Download the celebration guide in English or Spanish.
 Dot Sister Joan Curtin, CND, Director of the Archdiocesan Catechetical Office, inaugurated the 30th Anniversary year of the founding of the Catechetical Office at a liturgy at St. Joseph Seminary, on Saturday, September 14, 2013.  Read her welcoming remarks. Catechetical Office 30th Anniversary
2013 Parish Website Winners DotLiturgical Publications has announced this year's winners of the Parish Website Contest which recognizes the hard work that all church website administrators, developers, and designers do. Notice each of the winners has a faith formation/religious education section.

Dot Cardinal Dolan recently appeared on The Colbert Report where he discussed his e-book, Praying in Rome: Reflections on the Conclave and Electing Pope Francis.

The Colbert Report
2013 Parish Website Winners Liturgical Publications has announced this year's winners of the Parish Website Contest which recognizes the hard work that all church website administrators, developers, and designers do. Notice each of the winners has a faith formation/religious education section.
Dot Do you ever wish that people could be kinder to one another?  You can join in a three-week Kindness Challenge. Grow and learn through your own experience by inviting kindness into your life. Watch as the ripples spread around you, to friends, family, and even strangers ultimately creating a better world one kind act at a time. Kind Spring
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website Dot Saint Joseph has been added to Eucharistic Prayers II, III and IV, expressing his role in the plan of God's salvation.  The texts are available from the USCCB website.  
DotPope Francis issued his first encyclical, The Light of Faith, on June 29, 2013.  This encyclical on faith was proposed as the last volume in Pope Benedict's trilogy on the three "theological virtues."  Papal Coat of Arms
We Parent More DotWe Parent More is a (bilingual) app for new parents with parenting information, inspirational content, connecting with others, (re)connecting with their parish and engaging little ones.

DotThe U.S. Catholic bishops have published a new document on preaching, Preaching the Mystery of Faith: the Sunday Homily. The heart of Sunday preaching is to foster an encounter with God.

Preaching the Mystery of Faith

Virtual Memorial Day Retreat 

Busted Halo’s Virtual Memorial Day Retreat guides you through moments of reflection and thanksgiving for those who have given their own lives in the service of others.

The Chastity Education Program of the Archdiocese of New York released The Parent Guides to Human Sexuality, a set of three resources for parents of children from ages 5 to 19 to educate themselves in the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding human sexuality.  More information and ordering information.

 Parent Guides to Human Sexuality

Vatican Player

The Vatican player allows you to watch live footage of all Papal celebrations filmed by Vatican Television Centre, with audio and commentary in various language provided by Vatican Radio.
The Bible is a 10-hour mini-series that is televised by the History Channel, featuring breathtaking beauty and the use of dramatic live action and cutting-edge CGI technology. The Bible
Pope Benedict XVI The Archdiocese of New York prays as Pope Benedict XVI retires on February 28, 2013 and the conclave begins.
The Catechetical Office rejoices with the Archdiocese on the occasion of the installation of Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan as Bishop of Camden, NJ Bishop Dennis J Sullivan
Franciscan Media Franciscan Media is hosting a series of Lenten webinars each week of Lent that promise to help you make the most of the season by explaining not only the “rules” but the deeper call to conversion.

One of the pioneers of the Catechetical Office, 
Sr. Miriam Eugene Fenton, SC, 
went home to God
on January 5, 2013.  Read more.

Sister Miriam Eugene Fenton
St. Teresa Eden Communion  Four Eden II residents made their first Holy Communion at Saint Teresa’s Church in Staten Island.  Find out more

 DotFor the Year of Faith, Pope Benedict has encouraged us to study and reflect on the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchSign up and you'll start getting a little bit of the Catechism emailed to you every morning. Read that little bit every day and you'll read the whole catechism in a year. 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

New York State Catholic Conference 


Dot The Bishops of New York State recently issued the document, The Catechetical Leader in the Third Millennium, supporting quality catechetical leadership in our changing parishes and world.

 DotKateri Tekakwitha and Sister Maryann Cope, two women with New Yorker roots, are being canonized Sunday, October 21, 2012, in Rome by Pope Benedict XVI.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai

Sacramental Catechesis An Online Guide

Dot For the Year of Faith, the USCCB has published Sacramental Catechesis: An Online Resource for Dioceses and Eparchies, which discusses challenges to catechesis and offers principles for doctrinally and pastorally sound catechesis for each of the seven sacraments.

Dot How much do you know about poverty in the USA?  Find out by taking this quiz.



Poverty USA Quiz
Pilliars of Catholicism Dot Interested in online faith formation? A new course called Pillars of Catholicism is an overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with videos, study guides and quizzes. You can take it at your own pace.

Dot Want help making sense of Christian art? art/y/fact.Xn helps you delve into the riches of Christian art wherever you encounter it. The app is available on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android platforms.

Pastoral on Priestly Ministry

Dot In an effort to respond to a need for priests, the Vatican released Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry to help promote, recruit and educate a new generation of men for the priesthood.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a new online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with a simple layout and search capability. Book: Catechism of the Catholic Church

Dot The Vatican applied to control the new Internet address extension  ".catholic" and decide who will be able to use this new domain extension.

Dot Goodness Reigns: Share the Story calls upon teens and young adults to produce short films depicting the history, teachings, sacramental life and present-day missionary spirit of the Catholic Church.

Goodness Reigns

The Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb

Dot The Church welcomes with joy and compassion the mothers who, recognizing that all life is a gift from God, come to the Church seeking a blessing for their unborn child. The Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb is now available online from the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 Dot The Hunger Games was a box office success.  Father Robert Barron calls it "dangerously prophetic." He comments in this video.

Hunger Games

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website

 Dot The online Diocesan Educational / Catechetical Leadership Institute is offered free of charge to all interested individuals and is of special interest to parish catechetical leaders and catechists. Sponsored by the NCCB, NCCL and NCEA.

DotThe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released a statement, Our First, Most Cherished Liberty, urging Catholics to stand up for religious freedom.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Website 

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai
 DotTwo women with New York roots, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha and Blessed Marianne Cope of Molokai, will be canonized in October 2012.

Dot Are you following "40"?  It's a web-based dramatic series that offers a unique Lenten experience to believers and seekers from Loyola Press.


"40" the Series

3 Minute Retreat
Dot3-Minute Retreats invite you to take a short prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.

 Dot The U.S. bishops have established an Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty to address growing concerns over the erosion of freedom of religion in America.

Religious Liberty

CL Podcast

DotThe latest Catechetical Leadership Podcast features a conversation about the Year of Faith announced by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dot Got the travel bug?  Take a virtual tour of Córdoba Cathedral, a beautiful Spanish church which dates back to the year 600 AD.

Cordoba Cathedral
Sr. Rose Goes to the Movies
DotRCL Benziger has launched a new website, Sister Rose Goes to the Movies which helps families and educators choose appropriate movies for young people.  Features media expert Sister Rose Pacatte.

 Dot Based on the game show, this game tests your knowledge of vocations to the single and religious life.  Don't forget to put your answer in the form of a question! 

 DotNeed some help with holiday party conversation? Reading Five Myths about Christmas by Father James Martin, SJ, may help you.

DotAs chief catechist of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Timothy Dolan affirms and supports catechists in the ministry of faith formation and the importance in handing on the faith in our times.

Archbishop Dolan's Coat of Arms
The New York Times
DotDoes Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?  A New York Times op-ed article argues against the government forcing parents to send their children in public schools to classes that may contradict their moral and religious values on matters of intimacy and personal conduct.

This five minute quiz challenges your knowledge of the changes in the liturgy with questions regarding the new translation of the Roman Missal.  See how well you do!

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Faith and Family
Family and Faith, a monthly series of articles featured in Catholic New York, invites Catholic families to engage in thoughtful and constructive dialogue about how we are called to live like Christ.  Written by catechist, Kelly Galimi.

 "If there are cars in heaven, the bumper sticker will read, 'If you are reading this, thank your catechist,'” writes Archbishop Timothy Dolan in his Catholic New York column.  Read the entire article about the importance and challenges of faith formation.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan
Respect Life
The USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities publishes a program packet each year to call attention to numerous human life issues. These materials are especially helpful for catechists.

 Ten things you need to know about the new English translation of the Roman Missal.  If you have been hearing the buzz but are not completely up to speed, this is for you!

USCCB Roman Missal Blog
Exercise your parental right to opt out and to remove your child/children from mandate sex education classes in public schools.  Such programs do not reflect the Catholic understanding of the gift, the moral dimensions of human sexuality and certainly do not respect the dignity of each human being. Read more.

 The Archdiocesan Catechetical Office joins with the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA in prayer and gratitude for the life of Sofia Cavalletti, who died peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, August 23 at the age of 94.

Sofia Cavaletti
SGSC Forgiveness
Forgiveness.  Feels great to receive, but sometimes hard to give.  How forgiving are you? When someone hurts you, are you likely to turn the other cheek?  Try this quiz...

 Looking for a prayer break? Try this three minute retreat courtesy of Loyola Press.

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Are you aThrillionaire?
Are you a Thrillionarie?  You are if you enjoy giving to others.

 Food Security & Economic Justice: a Truth Based Study Guide on Poverty and Hunger, is a resource made available by the the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, a faith-based membership organization focused on agriculture, food, and the land.

Lunchtime Examen
Think of it as an opportunity to find God in your day -- at lunch or whenever you have a few moments. Try the lunch time Examen.

 31 Days with Saint Ignatius Loyola is a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality.

31 Days with St. Ignatius Loyola
 What's your prayer personality?
Did you know you have a prayer personality?  Discover yours and discuss it over dinner!  Prayer personality quiz.

 First Fridays for Food Security is an invitation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to eat meals that cost only as much as is allotted for a family of your size by the USDA Modified Thrifty Food Plan.

 First Fridays for Food Security
 Gift of the Gospels
Gift of the Gospels is a free scripture study offered by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston available to all who wish to study the Gospels of Luke and Matthew and adaptable for use in parish, home, and individual settings.

DotOn June 16, 2011 the US Bishops approved To Live Each Day with Dignity: A Statement on Assisted SuicideRead it here. 
DotThe Complete Catechist Guide to Using Skype brings you from setup to ideas for use in a catechetical setting. 
DotIn honor of his beatification, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a website to bring you the vast amount of information and photos in our archives about Pope John Paul II.
DotThe Vatican has set up a website, Facebook and YouTube webpages to promote the teachings and life of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II.
DotThe process for canonization continues for the first African-American priest, Father Augustus Tolton.
DotYOUCAT is short for Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, the official catechism for World Youth Day. It is written for high-school age people and young adults.
DotWho is my neighbor in the digital world?  Pope Benedict reflects on the opportunity and challenges of online evangelization.
DotA new iPhone app explains the coming changes in the New Roman Missal.  Check it out.
DotThe Revised Edition of New American Bible (NABRE) has been approved and will be available on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.  This will not replace the edition used for the mass readings (lectionary).
DotVerbum Domini is the post-synodal apostolic exhortation of the Holy Father, Benedict XVI, on the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.
DotThanksgiving is coming soon.  Check out these resources for parents and catechists.
DotCatechetical Leaders coach parents to take a stronger role in forming their own kids.  Check out this video.
DotCatechists, need help to start preparing for the coming year?  Check out these resources.
DotHow much do you know about religion?  Take this survey from the Pew Forum and compare your results with the national survey.
DotThe 2010 OSV Internet Guide is available online.  Check it out.
DotCatechetical Leader Podcasts on religious education, faith formation and evangelization sponsored by NCCL. Check it out.
DotSocial Media Guidelines is the USCCB's best practices for Church personnel using social media in ministry.
DotDeepen Faith, Nurture Hope, Celebrate Life: Catholic Bishops' Priority Plan.
DotHave the daily Mass readings sent to your e-mail or mobile device.  Subscribe at the Daily Gospel.
DotMovement 77 challenges you to help God change your world, 7 minutes a day, 7 days a week.  How is God calling you?
DotCheck out this video, Made for Each Other: A Catechetical and Educational Aid on Sexual Difference and Complementarity.
DotThe American Catholic History Classroom is a continuously-updated primary document site featuring a range of materials related to the American Catholic experience.  Check it out.
DotA free iPad app will contain the complete Roman missal -- the book containing everything that is said and sung during Catholic Mass throughout the liturgical year. More here.
DotYou've heard about the Apostolic Visitation of Women Religious in the U.S.  Find out more at its website.
DotParents concerns about the impact of media on their children: a survey conducted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
DotYou will see them if you go to the Vatican.  Who are the Swiss Guards? 
DotThe Vatican News Service now blogs.  Check it out.
DotAbuse of Minors: the Church's response.
DotThe Vatican is tweeting. Check it out.
DotConfessions of a Slipaholic: encouragement for Lent.
DotLearn about the life of St. Bernadette of Lourdes in this video.
DotNeed some encouragement to face Lent?  Check out this video.
DotThe USPS is honoring Mother Teresa in a commemorative stamp. Check out the press release.
DotThe Princess, the Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding.  Check out this Busted Halo video series.
DotSo where do we find God?  Check out this Busted Halo video.
DotThe National Prayer Vigil for Life takes place in Washington, DC.  Resources are available.
DotHow do you know you're a Catholic?  Check out this humorous list from Loyola Press.
DotGloria.tv presents The Nativity Story: the Names of God in this inspiring video.  See for yourself.
DotAre you ready for the new changes in the Mass?  Check out the USCCB website for catechetical materials to prepare yourself and your parish.
DotHow are the US Bishops encouraging married life?  You can find it in their new pastoral letter on marriage.
DotDid you know that November is Black Catholic History Month?  Find out more.
DotHave you read Cardinal Dolan's  blog? Check it out at archny.org.
DotInterested in on-line faith enrichment? Try a Catholic Faith Byte.