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Resources for Parish Religious Education Programs and Catholic Schools

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11

linkCelebrate the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

linkYES, You Can Lead VBS This Summer: A Free Guide from The Pastoral Center

linkMinister to Your Unemployed Parishioners

Millions of people are now unemployed as a result of the coronavirus shutdown. Help unemployed workers in your parish see that God is working in their lives with this free resource.

linkCatholilc Brain: Free 30-day trial access

Looking for something to do with the kids? Catholic Brain, the No. 1 Catholic faith formation platform for students, parents, catechists and teachers is offering a free 30-day trial, with access to more than 5000 video lessons, e-books, interactive games and quizzes.

linkColoring pages from the Vatican

During the last decade, the Vatican Museums have been working diligently to digitize their vast collection of over 82,000 manuscripts so that the world may share in the universal history of humanity. These digital manuscripts, of which there are already nearly 20,000 available for view, are an invaluable resource to historians and amateurs alike, because they can be examined again and again, with no danger to the original document. Find free coloring pages here.

linkFashioning Faith

Fashioning Faith is a website designed especially for parish catechetical leaders that provides access to hundreds of program, strategies, and resources for promoting faith formation with people of all ages. Free samples of from this subscription website are available.

linkFORMED: Excellent Catholic Content to watch, read, and listen to FREE for 40 days

You, your family, and Catholics around the world are invited to join us in embracing our faith at home. Right now, our Augustine Institute FORMED team is offering a complimentary 40-day subscription so millions of Catholics can watch, read, and listen to Catholic content.

linkFamily Bible Challenge

The Leadership Institute of the Diocese of Bridgeport provides this challenge for families to encounter Scripture and encounter Christ.

linkSENDING FAITH HOME: A Free Guide for Pastoral Leaders amidst the Coronavirus Shutdown

linkA Faith Response to the Coronavirus: Free Handouts and Tools

linkReligious Education a time of Coronavirus - A Timely Article from National Catholic Reporter

linkCatechesis of the Good Shepherd: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response & Praying with Children

In this time of global pandemic, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd take their mission very seriously, continuing to support catechists, parents, and others in the Church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children.

linkSacramental Preparation Lessons for At Home Catechesis from the Sophia Institute

Easy-to-use, downloadable lessons to help parents at home confidently prepare their children to receive the sacraments and live the Faith.

linkParish Support for At-Home Learning for COVID-19 Response from the Sophia Institute (Webinars)

linkSchool Support for At-Home Learning for COVID-19 Response from the Sophia Institute (Webinars)

linkCatechist Magazine: A treasure house of free of resources for children and families

linkPflaum Gospel Weeklies

The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies are a liturgically-based catechetical program that helps parents participate in their important role as the first educators of your children.

Resources for the Month of May from

linkThe Blessed Virgin Mary: Monthly devotion for May

linkHelp your kids encounter God in nature

downloadJoyful Mysteries coloring page

linkMay Gospels: Questions to ask Your Kids

Resources from Loyola Press

downloadAvailable Loyola Press programs and e-books

This chart shows how to access various programs available through Loyola Press online. Free e-books for the rest of the academic year 2019-2020 are available to those parishes/schools that ordered hardback student books from Loyola Press this year only.

Resources from Our Sunday Visitor

linkEasy ways to get kids praying the Rosary from Our Sunday Visitor

Sometimes the thought of getting kids to sit down and sit still for a Rosary is overwhelming. And that's okay. We've gathered some ideas that we hope will help. And remember, it doesn't have to be perfect!

linkTouching base: A simple way to pray through the day

Short prayer sessions throughout the day can improve your mood, your interactions and bring you closer to God. The best thing is that it's not one size fits all. Pray as little or as much as you'd like. Whatever you can do, check in with God throughout the day.

linkCaring for your family’s spiritual needs during the COVID-19 outbreak

Much of the U.S. is still dealing with COVID-19. Check out these suggestions for caring for your family's spiritual needs during this time.

linkTake Out: Family Faith on the Go

Free digital access to the May issue of Take Out: Family Faith on the Go. This issue features a poster all about the Holy Spirit, why Mom's need Mary, and a kids page about JPII.

downloadVirtual First Communion Retreat from Our Sunday Visitor

linkSeven Ways to Manage COVID-19 Stress Syndrome from Our Sunday Visitor

downloadAvailable Our Sunday Visitor flipbooks and at-home lessons

These flipbooks and at-home lessons have always been free for Our Sunday Visitor customers, but given these times, OSV has decided to offer these same digital resources to any parish or school in need of at-home support for the next six weeks. These credentials are temporary, and will be changed out in 6 weeks.

Resources from Sadlier

downloadWe Live Our Faith: Online Retreats for Confirmation Programs

downloadWe Are the Light of the World: An Online Confirmation Retreat

downloadFirst Eucharist Retreat Resources

downloadAvailable Sadlier e-books

If your school or parish is shifting to an online learning approach, Sadlier is providing, free of charge, e-books for their print programs for use for the remainder of the school year.

Resources from RCL Benzinger Publishing

linkVarious Catholic Resources

linkOur Faith Family

The family is where children first experience love, and the home is the first school of discipleship. Supported by Christian communities, families have an essential role in the faith formation of children. RCL Benziger provides resources that recognize the diverse needs of families and Catholic communities, and are adaptable to faith formation models based in homes, schools, or parishes.

linkStories of God's Love

Stories of God's Love teaches Scripture stories and connects them to children's lives through an easy to understand, real-life story. This website is designed as a dynamic resource for teachers, catechists and parents.

linkBe My Disciples

Using a balanced approach, Be My Disciples is an innovative religious education program for Catholic parishes and schools.

linkSaints Resources

linkLectionary Resources