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Ongoing Ministerial Development & Resources: Children

OLFF staff curated examples of webinars, articles, and books that may be helpful to those serving as catechetical or youth ministry leaders in parishes. Click on another topic to access the page of related resources:


Forming Children

Title Summary Source Shortened Url (if available)
10 First-Week Mistakes to Avoid This Year article Jared Dees offers a list of no-no’s will help guide you away from the pitfalls so many of us fall into during the first weeks of school to start off this new year well. The Religion Teacher blog
The Adaptive Teacher: Faith-based Strategies to Reach and Teacher Learners with Disabilities book John E. Barone and Charleen Katra show teachers/catechists how to maximize the lesson effectiveness with concrete strategies that will benefit all learners while also addressing the specific needs of learners with disabilities. Loyola Press
Guide to Adapting the RCIA for Children book Rita Burns Senseman uses the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults as the backbone for practical, realitstic suggestions on how to adapt the rite for children and help children and families through the catechumenal process Liturgy Training Publications
Helping Children Deal with Grief & Tragedy Using Our Catholic Faith article Downloadable suggestions for faith resources that children deal with loss and trauma Sadlier Religion
How to Welcome, Include and Catechize Children with Autism and Other Special Needs book Deacon Larry Sutton offers a guide for creating a program that addresses the needs of children with physical, developmental, and cognitive disabilities and welcomes them into the life of the parish. Loyola Press
Prayer Posters for Faith Formation Spaces Colorful printable signs with the words for the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Guadrian Angel Prayer, Act of Contrition, and Sign of the Cross Annie Iacono, POTHE/ Holy Martyrs Church Click to download

Think Diversity, Not Disability

Charleen Katra offers strategies to successfully include diverse learners in faith formation, especially individuals who have intellectual and/or developmental delays. Sadlier Religion