Pray for a Good School Year for All Children and Adults

 

 

Dear Friends,

Please pray for a good school year for all children and their teachers, parents, and grandparents.

Ask God to fill all children and adults with knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.

Ask God to help all of us to learn to communicate and settle misunderstandings peacefully.

Ask God to inspire people to create jobs and salaries for the unemployed.

Ask God to empower the homeless to find shelter and jobs for themselves and their families.

Ask God to empower lawmakers with wisdom, justice, and honesty.

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you wisdom to share with people who may need your help to make good choices in their lives during this school year.  Thank God for all that he has given you and for all he will give you.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”

Thank you for reading my blog.

God is on your side.
Joan Y. Edwards

Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

 

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter January-February Link

The January-February 2012 edition of the Catholic Faith Education Newsletter is now online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm.

You can subscribe to the Gilles Cote’s Catholic Faith Education Newsletter there.

You can find clip art, coloring pages, homilies, readings, and activities for Sundays in January and February. You can view technology and religion articles. These are all free resources.

Have fun finding just what you need for your Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, or Sunday School ministry.

Do three things to show God you love him today!

Joan Y. Edwards
http://www.joanyedwards.com
Copyright © 2012 Joan Y. Edwards

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter

Catholic Faith Education Newsletter is now published online at http://www.silk.net/RelEd/ezine1.htm. I believe you will find resources to help you there. 

  • Resources Featured on the Catholic Faith Education Blog
  • Resources for Feast Days, and Special Days
  • Resources on the Sunday and Daily Readings
  • Blog World Resources
  • Technology and Religious Education
  • Articles Online
  • Previous issues

Gilles Cote does a great job of gathering resources for Children’s Liturgy and Religious Education.

Thanks for reading my blog.

If you have ideas of what you would like to see written here, let me know by commenting below.

Joan Y. Edwards

Blind Horse

I found this in my files. Someone forwarded it to me in an email in April, 2006.

Blind Horse

Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a  distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are  walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.  Looking into the  eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for  the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.  As you stand and watch these two  friends, you’ll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn’t too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others see.

Good friends are like this…You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there.

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I hope you enjoyed that story.

Do something good for you today.

Joan Y. Edwards

http://www.joanyedwards.com/

Old Testament and New Testament Stories and Coloring Sheets on Children’s Chapel.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Children’s Liturgy Leaders,

Here is a good resource:

http://childrenschapel.org/bibstory2.html

It has free stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament.

They are listed by the names of the Bible Characters and also by the listing of the Scripture.

It has pictures for children to color.

It has bookmarks you can print out and color with a Bible verse on it.

It has puzzles to print out.

It also has links to coloring books you can purchase.

It think you might enjoy using them with your Children’s Liturgy or Sunday School Class.

Do something good for you.

 

Joan Y. Edwards

http://www.joanschildrensliturgy.wordpress.com

 

Materials for Children’s Liturgy

Dear Children’s Liturgy Leader,

The following Gather the Children books explain all of the readings for each Sunday of the liturgical year. I found that I didn’t have time to do all the readings and explain them in detail. So I just concentrated on the Gospel. Others do the responsorial psalm and the Gospel. After I greeted them, I explained what the Gospel was about. Then I read the Gospel and let them act it out. I related the Gospel to their own experiences, and sang a song. Wow! My time was up before I knew it.

The first few years I did the Children’s Liturgyat St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC,  I used the following books. I would suggest you order one of the current church Cycle copies to see if you like it.

Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle A  If it says it’s not available, click on Mary Berglund’s name or search title again.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0912405643/qid=1065402872/sr=1-7/ref=sr_1_7/102-0345724-2735301?v=glance&s=books

Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle B

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0912405309/qid=1065402951/sr=1-12/ref=sr_1_12/102-0345724-2735301?v=glance&s=books

Gather the Children by Mary Berglund Cycle C

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1569290377/qid=1065402951/sr=1-19/ref=sr_1_19/102-0345724-2735301?v=glance&s=books

We gave the children “Explaining God’s Word” as handouts. You can order as many copies as you think you’ll need each week. Children look forward to taking these home. Liguori Publications Phone Toll Free (800) 325-9521.  Liguori also has a handout for older children. You could call and ask for samples of both.

Our religious education classes sent home a publication called “Catholic Corner,” J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. 1-800-566-6150 http://www.wlp.jspaluch.com/3292.htm

Now they use “The Liturgy of the Word with Children” to teach Children’s Liturgy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/1585957003/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=283155&s=books

At St. Ann’s church when I did Children’s Liturgy, they used Pflaum materials: http://www.pflaum.com/catalog/liturgy/index2.htm called “Children Celebrate.” It has a teacher’s guide and activity sheets to give out to children each week. Toll free 866-532-2608.

I hope that this will help you. May God bless you.

The Holy Spirit will guide you, as He did me. I promise.

Sincerely,

Joan Y. Edwards

http://www.joanyedwards.com