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In order to keep catechetical lessons faithful, relevant and effective, catechists need to explore their own faith and understanding of Scripture.and Catholic teaching  Catechists of children and teens can find good quality background material for personal as well as ministerial application, activities to do with Scripture, and other lesson helps.  Material on this site will be periodically updated.

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Publisher Websites

Loyola Press

"Catholic Resources" offer catechists  help with lesson plans and personal spiritual development

Our Sunday Visitor

Free resources from the Alive in Christ program 

Updates monthly on Teaching Catholic Kids

RCL Benziger

Free resources from the Faith First program including ideas for each month of the year

Free resources from the Blest Are We program with background reading and learning activities.


Free reflections and discussion questions on reading for each Sunday and holy day liturgy including activites for young people, families, and adults.

Liturgy Training Publications

Excellent resources for breaking open the word with groups of any age. Celebrating the Lectionary is a series that uses Sunday reading as the springboard for weekly faith formation sessions.  See the program website

Resources to support Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


Children's catechesis - Resources that enrich scripture stories for children, including crafts, maps, skits, etc. 
ordering information:

Twenty-Third Publications

Numerous resources for catechetical leaders and catechists working with preschoolers to adults. 

Other Websites

Storykeepers Resource Kit

Available for purchase.  A DVD based Christian education kit that allows catechists/teachers direct access to all 46 parables and jesus stories , in both English and Spanish.




USCCB website reference of Conformity Listing of Catechetical texts and series: