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Catechetical Office Resources

This section contains numerous resources for download as a support to catechetical leaders and pastors by the Catechetical Office, including these frequently searched resources.

Handbooks

Administrative Handbook for Parish Directors and Coordinators of Religious Education (aka “the red book”)

Parent Handbook: Directors/Coordinators should use this template as the basis and model for the Parent Handbook of their Parish Religious Education program.   Contact your regional office for the Handbook in MS Word Format.

Catechist Handbook: Directors/Coordinators should use this template as the basis and model for the Catechist Handbook of their Parish Religious Education program.  Contact your regional office for the Handbook in MS Word Format.

Guidelines for Catechesis

Revised Guidelines for Catechesis /Directrices Catequéticas: the official guide to religious education in the Archdiocese of New York that details the religious education content to be taught at each grade level. Copyright, 1996, 2016, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Youth Faith Formation.

In English

En espanól

Administration Forms and Support

Catechist Forms

Program Resources

Program Forms

Compensation and Benefits

Links

  • Catechist Formation Review: this review of Catechist Level One course material provides the catechist with an opportunity to check her/his knowledge and clarify her/his understanding of the material.
  • Chastity Education: the Family Life Office website has Parent Guides to Human Sexuality, Chastity Speakers, and resources for teachers and parents.
  • Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series: a download of the most current listing of religious education texts and series that have been found in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church; published by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Safe Environment Resources: resources provided by the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program ensuring the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.
  • The Catechist in the Third Millennium: a download of the October 2012 statement of the Catholic Bishops of New York State supporting quality catechetical leadership in our changing parishes and world.
  • Opting out of Public School Mandated Sex Education: help for parents who desire that there children opt-out of sex education in public schools.

Pastor’s Resources

Biblical Resources

Online Bibles

  • BibleGateway.com: This website enables you to search various versions of the Bible by passage, keyword or phrase.
  • Biblia Clerus: This website program, which also can be downloaded to your computer, is provided by the Vatican Office of the Congregation of the Clergy and offers Sacred Scripture, its interpretation in light of Sacred Tradition and the teachings of the Magisterium, with appropriate theological commentary and exegesis.
  • Codex Sinaiticus: the oldest Bible manuscript is available online.
  • Douay-Rheims Bible: A 17th-century translation of the Bible in English. This online tool is searchable by word or phrase.
  • Faith Comes by Hearing: offers the world’s largest catalog of Audio Bibles in over 700+ language.  Mobile app available.
  • Gospel Parallels: A comparison of the four gospels. A great study tool when looking for similarities and differences in the Gospel accounts.
  • New American Bible Revised: An online version of the New American Bible, revised edition, from the USCCB.  This version is used for the readings at Mass.
  • The Truth and Life Bible App: A free dramatized audio Bible app includes the entire RSV-CE Bible and Gospel of Mark audio.

Bible Programs

  • Little Rock Scripture Study: Develops and distributes Bible study materials for adult Catholics in parishes and small faith communities who want to continue on their journey of faith.
  • New York Catholic Bible School: Offers adults the scriptural foundations of our Catholic faith. The Bible School, sponsored by the Catechetical Office, meets each year for three trimesters. A trimester is comprised of 10 sessions.
  • University of Dallas Catholic Biblical School: Rigorous, scholarly and in conformity with the best of Catholic biblical tradition. The program is split into 12 modules over 4 years, and designed to fit into various schedules, with both online and onsite options.

Biblical Resources

Church Documents on Scripture

 

Biblical Associations

  • American Bible Society: Society dedicated to ensuring that people who need Bibles receive them. ABS has many scripture-related materials.
  • Catholic Biblical Association: Society of biblical scholars who promote, within a context of faith, scholarly study in Scripture.

Other Resources

Catechetical Leadership

Professional Associations:

Blogs and Online Resources:

Resources for Leading Staff Prayer

Catechetical Documents:

Professional Periodicals

  • Catechist: written for catechists in parish religious education programs and for teachers of religion in Catholic schools. For nearly four decades, Catechist magazine has been the leading periodical that helps both the veteran and the first-year catechist/teacher be more successful.
  • The Catechetical Review: an international quarterly catechetical journal primarily written for Directors of Religious Education, catechetical leaders, religious educators, youth ministers, RCIA coordinators and anyone involved in faith formation. From the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Catechist Help and Resources

“At the origin of the catechist’s vocation, therefore, apart from the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, there is a specific call from the Holy Spirit, a “special charism recognized by the Church” and made explicit by the Bishop’s mandate. It is important for the catechist candidate to recognize the supernatural and ecclesial significance of this call.”  (Guide for Catechists, 2)

Prayer/Reflection for Catechists

Blogs and Discussion Groups

  • 21st Century Catholic Evangelization: blogs are written by the members of the NCCL Evangelization Committee and invited guest authors exploring approaches, practices, resources, and programs.
  • Be My Disciples: join as we talk and teach about true discipleship, as we find ways to help teachers, parents, catechists and students articulate the gospel message so that others will better understand it. A ministry of RCL Benziger.
  • Relevant Catechesis: a blog designed to share insights and ideas for carrying out the work of catechesis in a Catholic Parish.
  • Catechists Journey: Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press gives idea and tips, solace and encouragement to catechists. You may subscribe to email delivery.
  • Catholic Mom: Although the goal of this site is to celebrate Catholic motherhood and to learn and share about topics related to faith and family, you may find a lot of ideas here. 
  • Faith Formation Learning Exchange: news articles, blogs and great resources for faith formation for all ages and generations.
  • Sadlier’s We Believe and Share: inspiration and resources for Catholics.
  • Transforming Catechesis: helping catechists, the parish, and school catechetical leaders become more effective in their roles.

Tools for Catechists

Websites for Catechists

  • Amazing Catechists: serves and supports catechists as you bring the light of our Catholic Faith to others.
  • C21 — The Church in the 21st Century: Boston College provides solid theological resources on the Catholic faith in magazine, video, web and podcast formats.
  • CatechismClass.com: an online and interactive religious education program for Catholics of all ages.
  • Catechism in a Year: Get a little of the Catechism emailed to you each day, read and you’ll have covered the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year.
  • Catechist Café: the diocese of Youngstown diocesan library website.
  • Catechist Magazine: the official magazine of the National Catholic Catechists Society.
  • Catholic Apostolate Center: assisting pastoral leaders in deepening collaboration with one another and providing formation and apostolic opportunities.
  • Catholic Catechist: a source for comprehensive teaching resources including lesson plans, games, icebreakers, worksheets and many other useful ideas.  Note: some of this site is by paid subscription only.
  • Catholic Educators Resource Center: online source for information on Catholic faith and culture.
  • Catholic Relief Services Education: a gateway to activities, lesson plans, simulations, prayer services and other resources that explore global issues through the lens of Catholic Social teaching.
  • eCatechist: Ideas, inspiration, and resources are the focus of this online resource for catechists.
  • Domestic Church: promotes a Catholic culture of the home that will aid each family to become “what you are!”
  • Formed: a streaming video resource for Catholic content.
  • Institute for Christian Formation (ICF): assists Catholic Christians in celebrating and handing on faith in a manner authentic to our Roman Catholic tradition.
  • Loyal Press’s Presentations: powerpoint presentations that catechists can use in the classroom; you can show them on the Internet or download.
  • Magis Center of Reason and Faith: explores and shares the close connection between reason and faith as revealed by new discoveries in physics and philosophy.
  • Praying the Rosary: a PowerPoint presentation for the classroom on praying the rosary in English and Spanish.
  • RCL Benziger: downloadable resources, prayers, and activities.
  • Resources for Catholic Educators: seeks to assist Catholic teachers and catechists by providing them with information and easy access to resources. links, handouts, lesson plans and other resources.
  • St. Mary’s Press Resource Center: a variety of online resources for catechists in a variety of formats.
  • Sister Rose Goes to the Movies: Daughter of St. Paul, Sister Rose Pacatte offers video reviews of current movies along with discussion questions for class.
  • The Liturgical Catechist: promotes liturgical catechesis.
  • The Religion Teacher: offers practical resources and teaching strategies to help religious educators transform the lives of the young people they teach.
  • True Freedom:  Anti-Pornography initiative materials available from the Archdiocesan Family Life Office.

References

Church and Church Documents
Computer and Online Resources

Apps

  • 30hands: a storytelling app that allows students, teachers and anyone with creativity to easily create narrated stories or presentations based on photos, images, drawings using an iPad, iPhone or iPod.
  • 3D Catholic: invites you to join others in your immediate area in practicing 3 Catholic devotions for 30 days; namely, the Angelus, Meatless Fridays, and the Works of Mercy.
  • Catholic Apptitude: doing all the work for you in locating quality Catholic apps and present them in a neat, orderly format for you to browse according to your needs and interests.
  • CatholicApps.com: advertised as “app advice for your Catholic faith.”
  • Catholic New York App: live links to our website pages, an ability to crop and share pages from CNY’s pages with friends, bookmarks for saving stories for reading later and a calendar button for reviewing past issues. For iPhone/iPad and Android.
  • Catholic Words & Games App: a great way kids of all ages can learn Catholic vocabulary words while visually identifying objects they see in church. It combines high-quality graphics and sound with video game-play to help make learning fun on iPad, iPhone or Android tablet/phone.
  • Decision Point: a confirmation program to help young people explore some of the most important questions in life, like considering what and who God is calling you to be. Play Store |  App Store
  • Evangelizo: contains daily readings, a list of saints along with a short biography of each and a selection of prayers. Play Store |  App Store
  • iPieta: includes all the books of the Bible, traditional prayers of the Church, the daily Mass readings, a special section with catechetical documents, papal encyclicals, and complete writings of many saints. Play Store |  App Store
  • Laudate: provides traditional prayers of the Church, such as the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross with images to assist your prayer of the Rosary.  Play Store |  App Store
  • The Mass Explained:  fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Roman Catholic Mass. For iPad.
  • PeaceQuest: helps you take a spiritual journey to places of prayer.
  • Plickers: a simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices.
  • The Vatican News:  features the latest papal news and information as produced by the Vatican’s own media services – including Vatican Radio. Play Store |  App Store
  • Roman Missal: this app will help you to learn the revised Mass.
  • Rosary App: helps you to pray the daily rosary and the chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
  • Sinner2Saint App: Personal Trainer for the Soul — helps Catholic sinners avoid temptations and sin by growing in virtue through a mix of prayer, penance, bible scripture, mental discipline, worship, sacraments, saints and religious quotes.
  • The Truth and Life Bible App: a free dramatized audio Bible app.
  • USA Catholic Church app: bringing you closer to the Church, and the Church closer to you. Featuring, daily scripture readings, live Catholic news, English/Spanish capability, news alerts, calls-to-action, events calendar and church finder by location, city, zip code. Play Store | App Store
  • Vatican App: information on the activities and writings of Pope Francis and a virtual tour of St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel. Play Store | App Store

Catechetical Leader and Technology

Online

Copyright and Fair Use in the Internet Age

Evangelization

General Resources

Church Documents

Other

Liturgy/Sacraments

Note: for the sacraments of Priesthood and Marriage see Vocations below.

Reconciliation

Lectionary Resources

 

Eucharist / Mass
General
Mary and the Saints

Mary

Collections of Saints

Canonization Process

If you are interested in learning more about the process of canonization:

Morality/Social Justice

Catholic Social Teaching

  • Catholic Social Teaching: the USCCB has a wide range of resources on Catholic teaching on economic life.
  • Catholic Social Teaching: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis provides most of the official social teaching documents of the Catholic Church and also a variety of resources to help you explore this rich body of moral teaching.
  • Catholic Social Teaching (CRS): videos, lesson plans, and discussion guides.

Ethics/Morality

  • Catholic Coalition on Climate Change: What are the moral implications of climate change? Who is most impacted? What should the Catholic community do? The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change helps the Catholic community address these issues.
  • Torture is a Moral Issue: A Catholic Study Guide — this guide examines torture within the larger context of Catholic social teaching.
  • Courage and EnCourage Apostolates: supporting those with same-sex attractions and their families, in fidelity to Catholic teaching.
  • The Way of the Lord Jesus — a moral theology for today’s Catholic: Germain Grisez, the former Most Rev. Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, is behind this resource.
  • Same-Sex Marriage:
    • Gaudium et Spes: “Therefore, there must be made available to all men everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one’s own conscience, to protection of privacy and rightful freedom even in matters religious.” (#26)
    • Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination: “In keeping with this conviction, the Church teaches that persons with a homosexual inclination “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.” We recognize that these persons have been, and often continue to be, objects of scorn, hatred, and even violence in some sectors of our society. Sometimes this hatred is manifested clearly; other times, it is masked and gives rise to more disguised forms of hatred. “It is deplorable that homosexual persons have been and are the object of violent malice in speech or in action. Such treatment deserves condemnation from the Church’s pastors wherever it occurs.” (General Principles)
    • Always Our Children: “The purpose of this pastoral message is to reach out to parents trying to cope with the discovery of homosexuality in their adolescent or adult child. It urges families to draw upon the reservoirs of faith, hope, and love as they face uncharted futures. It asks them to recognize that the Church offers enormous spiritual resources to strengthen and support them at this moment in their family’s life and in the days to come.” (Preface)
    • U.S. Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Marriage: The letter presents the essential points of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural gift, as a sacrament, and as a public commitment between a man and a woman. It also discusses several contemporary challenges to marriage and how the Church addresses those challenges.
  • Natural Family Planning:

Life Issues

  • Archdiocesan Public Policy web pages: features resources on the care of creation, assisted suicide, marriage, human trafficking, religious freedom, immigration reform, opposing abortion, persecuted Christians, gender ideology, and more.
  • Archdiocesan Family Life + Respect Life Office: provides programs and resources on family and life issues.
  • Catholic Health Care Proxy: Downloadable guidance for Catholics with the health care proxy published by the New York State Catholic Conference.
  • Now and at the Hour of Our Death: offers Catholics moral clarity and guidance on the Church’s teachings regarding end-of-life decision making.
  • Forty Days for Life: a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program: Prayer and fasting, Constant vigil, and Community Outreach.
  • Gianna Center: committed to providing high quality, scientifically-based healthcare to all women, regardless of their faith tradition or personal beliefs.
  • New Yorkers for Life: a diverse coalition of New Yorkers united in protecting life from its beginning and respecting life until its natural end.
  • The National Catholic Bioethics Center: conducts research, consultation, publishing, and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, deriving its message from the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Pro-Life Blessings: the Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb was crafted to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for — and recognition of — the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society.
  • Respect Life Lesson Plans and Resources: an amazing tool available for you, DRE’s and Catechists!!  It is meant to help teach your youth a total appreciation for Life from conception to natural death. resources include lesson plans, handouts, and videos.
  • Respect Life Program: 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 priests, parish groups, and other organizations.
  • “Two Feet of Love in Action”: is a handout that describes how love is concretely expressed in action.  A work of the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development.  There is also a facilitator’s guide.
  • Assisted Suicide:

Public Policy

  • CatholicVote.com: A website that hopes to provide Catholics and all people of good will with the tools to both educate and inspire them as faithful citizens.
  • Faithful Citizenship: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship — A Call to Political Responsibility from the Bishops of the United States.
  • New York State Catholic Conference: the New York State Catholic Conference represents the Bishops of New York State in matters of Public Policy, seeking justice, fairness, and charity for all, with a particular emphasis on the poor and vulnerable.

Social Justice

  • Catholic Relief Services Education: a gateway to activities, lesson plans, simulations, prayer services and other resources that explore global issues through the lens of Catholic Social teaching. Catholic Relief Services Resources.
  • Discover your Neighbor: Motivated by love, inspired by the Gospel, and guided by our Catholic identity, the Maryknoll Society’s Discover Your Neighbor program empowers
    young people as agents of encounter to transform our world.
  • Education for Justice: created to help teachers, social action directors, parish members, campus ministers, and others in leadership roles to meet the challenge of sharing Catholic Social Teaching and bring greater awareness to social justice issues.
  • Justice, Peace and Human Development Committee of the USCCB: offers a variety of resources and tools to support catechists.
  • Missionary Childhood Association (formerly Holy Childhood Association): offers resources for teachers and parish staff in mission education.
News and References

References

News

  • Catholic News Service: has a mission “to spread the Gospel through contemporary means of communication.”
  • Catholic New York: the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York.
  • L’Osservatore Romano: provides information on international affairs and the cultural debates and events happening in the Church.
  • Vatican Radio: the broadcasting station of the Holy See, legally based in the Vatican City State. It is a mean of communication and evangelization created to serve the Pope’s Ministry.
  • The Vatican on YouTube: offers news coverage and live activities of the Holy Father and of relevant Vatican events.
  • Zenit: a news service with the goal of providing news “about the ‘world seen from Rome,’ with professionalism and faithfulness to the truth.” Available in six languages.
Prayer and Spirituality

How to’s

  • How to Pray: a resource published by the National Catholic Register suitable as a handout.
  • Loyola Press: What does it mean to pray? How can I pray? How can I help myself and others to deepen our prayer lives? What are traditional Catholic prayers? In this section you will find answers to these questions and other helpful resources to deepen your personal prayer life.
  • Daily Examen: how to practice a daily prayerful review of the day.

Liturgy of the Hours

  • iBreviary: a free Android app that brings the Catholic prayer of the Liturgy of the House and the readings of the Liturgy to phones and tablet.
  • Liturgy of the Hours Apostolate: offers the daily Liturgy of the Hours in various languages.

Lectio Divina

Online Prayer Experiences

  • A weekend retreat by Fr. Larry Gillick, SJ:  conferences centered around the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. As such they are not about answers, but inspiration to asking the right questions and praying for answers.
  • ComePraytheRosary: allows Catholics worldwide to join together while praying the Rosary or to pray the Rosary individually.
  • Labyrinth Online: take off your virtual shoes and prayerfully walk the labyrinth.
  • Creighton University Online Ministries:  prayer site with links to online retreats, daily reflections and other prayer supports.
  • Online Retreat in Everyday Life: An Online Retreat for 34 weeks sponsored by the Collaborative Ministry Office at Creighton University.
  • Sacred Space: Daily Online Prayer in numerous languages.
  • Sistine Chapel: a beautiful virtual tour; could be argued that it is better than being there. Use the artwork to inspire your prayer.
  • Virtual Rosary: the original free free multimedia rosary and prayer network.

Prayer Resources

  • CRS Catholic Prayer Resources: a variety of free, downloadable resources helping the poor overseas.
  • Click to Pray App: the app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). It offers you three brief moments of prayer each day. You are invited to join the Pope’s call to connect your heart with others seeking to serve the mission of Jesus.
  • Daily Prayer Page: provides a variety of different prayers online.
  • Pray as You Go: a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray while traveling to and from work, study, etc.
  • Spirituality for Today: an interactive monthly magazine dedicated to a variety of current themes and questions concerning the Christian faith in this postmodern age.
  • The Five Loaves: between Sundays, spiritual practice for everyday living.  Includes weekly videos and resources on five spiritual practices: Offer Radical Hospitality, Seek the Teachings, Pray All Ways, Tell the Stories of Grace and Blessing and Give Your Gifts.
  • Click to Pray App: the app of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). It offers you three brief moments of prayer each day. You are invited to join the Pope’s call to connect your heart with others seeking to serve the mission of Jesus.
Religious Organizations

For professional organizations, see the Catechetical Leadership section of this Resource area.

Aid Organizations

  • Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA): supports the pastoral mission and institutions of the Eastern Catholic churches through humanitarian assistance, education and promoting Christian unity. Reflective handout for students.
  • Catholic Charities: Catholic Charities helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike. The neglected child, the homeless family, and the hungry senior are among those for help is provide and hope restored.
  • Catholic Relief Services: the office international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.
  • Missionary Childhood Association: offers young Catholics and their families opportunities to be missionaries.

Educational Organizations

  • The Diocesan Educational/Catechetical Leadership: designed for those leaders who serve the Bishops in Diocesan level roles as Vicar, Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Schools, and Directors/Staffs of Diocesan Office of Religious Education or other office staffs with a catechetical responsibility.

National Organizations

Other

  • Catholic Celiac Society: the mission is to educate Catholic celiacs about their options for Holy Communion as provided for by Canon Law and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • The Christophers: encourages people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world.
  • International Catholic Foundation: supports and promotes the religious formation and pastoral care of, with and by deaf people within the Catholic Community.
  • Josephite Pastoral Center: a resource center for materials, programs and services for us in the African American Apostolate.

Vatican

  • The Vatican Website in English and in Spanish: the official website of the Holy See.
  • Vatican Library: the library of the Holy See and one of the preeminent sources of information on the evolution of the Western world.  The television program, 60 Minutes, has a segment on the Vatican Library.

Ecumenical

Safe Environment/Tech Safety

Safe Environment Resources

Computer Safety Sites

  • Commonsense Media: gives insight on the latest entertainment and tech so you can decide what’s right for your children. Claims to be an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.
  • Faith and Safety: a joint collaboration between the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, this website gives some simple, straightforward advice and tools on how families can navigate the digital world.
  • SafeKids.com: among the most established sites for Internet safety, it contains many resources for parents and educators in understanding and dealing with keeping kids safe online.
  • Family Safe Media: offers the latest products and services that can help parents control the media in their homes.
  • OnguardOnline.gov: helps you provide the people in your community with information about protecting kids online. Regardless of your experience as a speaker — or your expertise in online safety — this kit has the resources and information you need to convey key points about protecting kids online.
Textbook Correlations

Correlations help directors/coordinators and catechists make sure they cover the required material from the Archdiocesan Guidelines when using their textbook.  These correlations have been prepared by the publishers themselves.

Videos for Faith Formation

We are living in an information-driven society which bombards us indiscriminately with data – all treated as being of equal importance – and which leads to remarkable superficiality in the area of moral discernment. In response, we need to provide an education which teaches critical thinking and encourages the development of mature moral values.  (Evangelii Gaudium, 64)

Media Mindfulness helps adults, youth and children gain insight into Christian living by asking questions of the media to which children and adults are exposed. Questions are used to elicit the connection between faith and culture. Questions, such as:

  • “What would you have done in her place?”
  • “How would you feel if that happened to you?”
  • “What will you do next time you’re in that situation?” (See JClub Catholic for more.)

See Film Clips for Youth Faith Formation for an approach to using media mindfulness.

See Pauline Center for Media Studies who are focused on developing and encouraging media literacy/media mindfulness within the culture, education, and faith formation.

Copyright and Church Viewing:

Pre-recorded motion pictures and other audiovisual works (including DVDs, Blu-Rays, and online streaming and digital downloads) are authorized for personal, private use only.

Need help with finding the right film?

  • FilmClipsOnline.com: films suggestions for character building.
  • Formed: the Catholic Faith on demand, free to parishes and programs in the Archdiocese of New York. The “Catholic version of Netflix” can be streamed to your TV or mobile device and contains some of the best Catholic content there is – video series, movies, books and study programs
  • Saint Mary’s Press: provides a video library on numerous faith topics free for viewing online.
  • Pflaum Gospel Weeklies: provides videos that correspond to the gospel for Sunday mass each week.
  • Videos from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: offers videos on a variety of topics, such as faith life, marriage, faith formation.
  • YouTube Videos Correlated with the 4 Pillars of the Catechism: a download with links for Junior High/High School Faith Formation
  • WingClips: view inspirational movie clips from many of your favorite films.  You can download with a subscription.
  • Pureflix: strives to be the most trusted family-friendly video-streaming source on the web.
  • ODB Films: a Catholic ministry that fosters an encounter with Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films.
Video Archive

Seasonal

Advent

Christmas

Lent

Holy Week/Easter/Pentecost

Other Feasts/Seasons

Church

Morality

Mary and the Saints

Scripture Related

Sacraments/Liturgy

General

Baptism

Confirmation

Holy Eucharist/Mass

Reconciliation/Penance

Sacraments of Vocation

Prayer/Reflection

Theology

Vocations

Resources

  • Catholics on Call: assists young adults reflect on God’s call in their lives, who may be considering the possibility of a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest.
  • Hearing the Call: Thinking about religious life? These may be a help.
  • Vocation Tree: each individual Christian is uniquely called by God, beginning at Baptism, to go into the world and to bear much fruit. The Vocation Tree artwork helps to illustrate that this unique, individual vocation given to each Christian embodies many components.  Interactive website.
  • What is a vocation? Answers to questions regarding the nature of a vocation, what a priest is, a sister is, a brother is, etc.

Universal Call to Holiness

Married Life as Vocation

  • For Your Marriage: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops marriage website that provides information, skills, inspiration and resources to help your marriage grow. Por Tu Matrimonio: Un espacio para inspirar, ayudar y exhortar a las parejas de habla hispana a vivir más plenamente su relación de pareja.
  • Couple Prayer: A program to help married or engaged couples learn how to pray together safely, closely, comfortably and consistently.
  • Institute for Marital Healing: Strengthens Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts
  • Marriage: Unique for a Reason: offers resources to assist with the education and catechesis of Catholics on why marriage is unique and why it should be promoted and protected as the union of one man and one woman.

Priesthood Vocation

Diaconate Vocation (Deacon)

Religious Life Vocation

  • A Nun’s Life: is about just that–LIFE–and how to live it fully in light of the Gospel! People from around the world gather to explore God’s calling in their lives.
  • Catholic News Publishing Company: Guide to Religious Ministries: a publication with information on men and women’s communities and volunteer opportunities.
  • ForYourVocation.org: vocation resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop.
  • Jeopardy Game on Single and Religious Life: based on the game show, it contains categories based on vocations to the single and religious life.

Secular Institutes

Single Life as Vocation

  • Jeopardy Game on Single and Religious Life: based on the game show, it contains categories based on vocations to the single and religious life.
  • Single Life: The Universal Call To Holiness: a video that explores the universal call to holiness in the context of the single life.

Volunteer Opportunities

Vocation Promotion Organizations/Websites

  • Catholics on Call: assists young adults to reflect on God’s call in their lives. We reach out to people like you—men and women of college and post-college age—who may be considering the possibility of a life of service in the Church as a lay minister, religious sister or brother, or priest.
  • National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors: promotes diocesan priesthood, providing resources for the formation, support, and advocacy of diocesan vocation directors as they work within the Catholic Church to foster a culture of vocations, raising up new priests for the Body of Christ.
  • National Religious Vocation Conference: is a professional organization of vocation ministers that presents religious life as a viable option in the Catholic Church. NRVC promotes vocation awareness, invitation, and discernment to life as a religious sister, brother, or priest. NRVC reflects all forms of religious life and provides educational opportunities, resources, and other supportive services for spiritual, professional, and personal growth.
  • Vocation Match (TrueQuest): 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!
  • Vocations and Prayer: Rogationist publications committed to promoting a culture of vocations in the Catholic Church through our magazine, Vocations and Prayer and various prayer resources specifically created to aid in vocation ministry.
  • Catholic Religious Vocation Network: Vision Vocation Guide, published annually by TrueQuest Communications on behalf of the National Religious Vocation Conference, is the best and most comprehensive resource available in print and online for those seeking information on Catholic religious vocations. En Espanol también.

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