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Resources (Catechetical)

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Director/Coordinator of Religious Education Resources

This section contains numerous resources for download as a support to catechetical leaders and pastors by the Department of Youth Faith Formation, including these frequently searched resources.


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 Grades 1 through 6: the official guide to religious education in the Archdiocese of New York details the religious education content taught at each grade level. Copyright 1996, 2016, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Youth Faith Formation.

In English

En espanól

Revised Guidelines for Catechesis /Directrices Catequéticas Grades 7 and 8: the official guide to religious education in the Archdiocese of New York details the religious education content taught at each grade level. Copyright 2021, Archdiocese of New York, Department of Youth Faith Formation. Grades 7 and 8: Download Entire Guide

Grade 7

Grade 8

Lesson Plans to accompany Guidelines for Catechesis

Administration Forms and Support

Catechist Forms

Program Resources

  • Crisis Management Plan Report: each year directors and coordinators are responsible for developing an emergency plan.
  • Models for Parish Religious Education: helping our parishes effectively form young people and their families for discipleship as part of the Catholic church using diverse models of program organization.
  • Whatever Happened to CCD?: a brief history of the catechetical ministry.

Program Forms

  • Attendance Register: best if printed on 11″ x 17″ paper.
  • Bus Companies: please check with the Archdiocesan insurance office for an updated list. 646-794-3024. 
  • Child Information Record: Registration Form in English and in Spanish for use when registering children into the Parish Religious Education program. In MS Word format, so the Director/Coordinator can make the changes necessary for the individual parish program, always with the permission of the Pastor.
  • Family File (The Pink Card): prints on 5″x8″ file cards; they will be off-center on 8.5″x11″ paper.
  • Media Authorization Form: form used to obtain the permission of parents/guardians so that images (e.g. pictures, videotape) of the children in their programs may be taken/used.  En espanól: Permiso de Medios de Communicación
  • Order form for Supplies: order Attendance Registers, Family File Cards, Permanent Record Cards, Released Time Cards, Progress Reports and Catechetical Personnel Application.
  • Permanent Record Cards (The Yellow Card):  prints on 5″x8″ file cards; they will be off-center on 8.5″x11″ paper.
  • Progress Reports: printable report for use in the religious education program.
  • Safe Environment Forms: all forms are available from the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office.

Compensation and Benefits


  • 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.
  • 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.

Pastor’s Resources

Catechetical Leadership Resources
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.
Biblical Resources

Online Bibles

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 Adult Faith Formation 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.
  • How to Start and Sustain Parish Bible Study: a guide for parishes.

Church Documents on Scripture

Biblical Associations

Catechist Help and Resources

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.
  • Catechists Journey: Joe Paprocki of Loyola Press gives idea and tips, solace and encouragement to catechists. You may subscribe to email delivery.
  • 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

  • 10 Ways That Technology Can Improve Your Religious Education: a webinar by Victor Valenzuela, Sadlier National Consultant.
  • Finding Copyright-Free Images for Catechetical Use: understanding copyright issues for catechists and leaders, and where to find copyright-free images.
  • Lesson Plan Template: a blank lesson plan that catechists can use to create a catechetical session.
  • Motivator: Create, share, and buy your own customized motivational posters.
  • Prezi: create presentations that you can present from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Teaching Catholic Kids: from Our Sunday Visitor, is an online tool for parents, teachers and catechists. Free downloadable activities and teacher resources are updated each month.
  • YouCat: based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church YouCat (Youth Catechism) is written for and by young people who want to know what they believe.

Websites for Catechists

  • Amazing Catechists: serves and supports catechists as you bring the light of our Catholic Faith to others.
  • Catechist Café: the diocese of Youngstown diocesan library website.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living: Guidelines for Curriculum and Publication — guidelines for teaching human sexuality in Catholic schools and religious education programs; approved by the NCCB in November 2007.
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church: the teachings of the Catholic Church in an authoritative form.
  • Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church: the Catechism of the Catholic Church in question and answer format.
  • Guide for Catechists: the identity of the catechist, his/her selection, formation and spirituality; basic apostolic tasks and finally, the economic situation, from the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
  • In Support of Catechetical Ministry: Statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recommitting to the development and support of catechetical ministry. (Issued June 16, 2000)
  • Social Media Guidelines: USCCB’s “best practices” for Church personnel using social media in ministry.
  • The Catechist in the Third Millennium: addresses the new urgency and concern for both the quality of catechesis and those who are called to this ministry; published by the New York State Roman Catholic Bishops in 1998.
Church and Church Documents
Computer and Online Resources


  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Copyright and Fair Use in the Internet Age


General Resources

  • New Evangelization: calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. Resources from the USCCB.

Church Documents


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


Lectionary Resources

Eucharist / Mass
Mary and the Saints


Collections of Saints

  • Catholic Toolbox: a comprehensive collection of links especially appropriate for All Saints Day.
  • Saints Resource: saints index, saints maps, and terminology from RCL.

Canonization Process

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

Morality/Social Justice

Catholic Social Teaching

  • 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.


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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Missionary Childhood Association (formerly Holy Childhood Association): offers resources for teachers and parish staff in mission education.
  • Open Wide Our Hearts: A Pastoral Letter on Racism – breaking open the letter and exploring how to apply it in a ministry context.
News and References



  • 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.
  • The Vatican on YouTube: offers news coverage and live activities of the Holy Father and of relevant Vatican events.
Prayer and Spirituality


  • 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

Prayer Resources

  • CRS Catholic Prayer Resources: a variety of free, downloadable resources helping the poor overseas.
  • 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.
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.

National Organizations


  • 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.


  • 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.


Safe Environment/Tech Safety

Safe Environment Resources

  • Archdiocesan Safe Environment Office: consult their website for the most up-to-date forms, program information, Safer Spaces, and program resources for creating and maintaining a safe environment or call them 646-794-2810.

Computer Safety Sites

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and 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?”

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?

  • 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.
  • 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





Holy Week/Easter/Pentecost

Other Feasts/Seasons



Mary and the Saints

Scripture Related



  • Confession: Matt Weber describes his feelings about going to Confession.
  • Sacraments and Sacramentals: insight into what sacramentality means in the Catholic Church.
  • The Seven Sacraments:  a brief overview of the seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church and the purpose each serves.
  • This Sacred Council: looks at the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, promulgated on December 4, 1963, was the first document of the Second Vatican Council.



Holy Eucharist/Mass


Sacraments of Vocation





  • 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.
  • 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.

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 as 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.
  • 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.

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.