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GROWING IN FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
GROWING IN FAITH Curiosity caught my eye as a seven-year-old child when my parents and I walked by our neighborhood church and saw dozens of kids singing, clapping, and getting ready for the Sunday children's Mass. They looked very excited! I told my mom that I wanted to join them. Every week, Fr. Carlos and a group of catechists gathered an hour before Mass outside the church with children from the parish to share faith stories, play games, and learn songs. This was not part of the regular catechetical meetings. It was a preparation for the liturgy and an opportunity to spend time with a great priest, some generous catechists, and other children. I truly enjoyed the combination of learning and fun. Church definitely took on a whole new meaning, something that pleased my parents very much. On Sundays, they did not have to tell me to get ready for church; I already was! I am not sure what exactly made the trick, whether being with other children or knowing that some people walked the...
The Faith of a Child [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
The Faith of a Child BY ANN GARRIDO The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an important expression of the best in catechesis for children—rooted in the tradition, attentive to the learner.; embodied in ritual. How might this approach to catechesis give us all insights into the way in which children, youth, and adults grow in faith ? Few catechists in this country could have predicted the popularity of a religious education movement called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. "In 1985, I sent a personal Christmas card to everyone in the United States who was involved in CGS," Tina Lillig, director of the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, told me. "I think I needed 23 stamps. Last month we sent out our annual mailing to 1,400 association members, and we estimate that there are an additional 900 or so people who are actively working in CGS." As national director for 13 years, Lillig has seen interest steadily grow and spread, but nothing prepared her for the ...
Fertile Ground [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Fertile Ground BY KATHY HENDRICKS Growing Faith in the Family Nurturing faith within the family is about attending to the rituals and stories that give expression to the family's faith and tradition. Being conscious of connecting those with the rituals and stories of the Catholic tradition contributes significantly to the growing faith of the whole family. I was in fifth grade when I wrote my autobiography. Needless to say, it was brief. I described my home, my parents and five siblings, our family gatherings, and the summer vacations we took together. Decades later, I wrote a "life-line" and a spiritual autobiography for courses in graduate school and spiritual direction certification. In both, I referred to my fifth-grade experience as a starting point in the process. It affirmed and acknowledged the stories that were seeded in my childhood. As a young mother, I spent hours reading to my two children about places like Narnia and Oz. Sometimes, however, they wanted a story closer t...
RESOURCES ABOUT PARENTING AND FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
RESOURCES ABOUT PARENTING AND FAITH Jim Campbell, 52 Simple Ways to Talk to Your Children about Faith: Opportunities for Families to Share God's Love (Loyola Press, 2007). Campbell addresses 52 different faith themes, e.g., going to Mass, being a friend, making moral decisions, which come up in daily life. He suggests ways to used teachable moments to engage children and offers some resources to help frame the conversation. Kathy Hendricks,/! Parent's Guide to Prayer (Twenty-Third Publications, 2004). A delightful account of how to pray with your children and create family rituals. There is a good chapter on how one's prayer changes when one is a parent. The author, Kathy Hendricks, writes a family-centered column on timely topics on Sadlier's "We Believe" Website. Mary Margaret Keaton and Thomas Roberts, Imagining Faith with Kids: Unearthing Seeds of the Gospel in Children's Stories (Pauline Books and Media, 2005). A companion to consult for book and media choices for children. Tom...
Experiential Religion [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Experiential Religion BY SUSAN SWANSON, MA, CCC-SIP A Faith Formation Process for Children with Autism As Susan Swanson makes clear in this essay, the parish is called to serve as a setting where all its members can grow in faith. In this article, Swanson attends specifically to the challenges of faith formation for children with autism. How can her experience and her concluding recommendations provide insight for the process of creating more inclusive and faith-formative parishes for those with disabilities? As an autism consultant for a public school system, I began working with Justin just as he turned three years old. For nine years, I consulted to Justin's classroom monthly until this past year when he transferred to a private school specializing in autism. Justin communicates through single words, short phrases, and gestures. It is not always clear how much Justin understands although time and again he surprises me. Justin would often greet me by bringing his face within inche...
Popular Catholicism and Faith Formation [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Popular Catholicism and Faith Formation BY HOSFFMAN OSPINO The role of practices of popular Catholicism in fostering the faith of each generation of believers is significant. By examining the nature of these practices, we can become more aware of the role they play in our lives. Few experiences compare to the profound impact that practices of popular Catholicism have in the lives of many Christians. When I was growing up I loved processions —and still love them very much. There were all kinds of processions in my parish: Corpus Christi, Christmas, Marian feasts, patron saints' feasts, and especially Holy Week. These were unique opportunities for me and my family to meet with other Catholics and to better understand certain aspects of our faith. For instance, in catechism classes we heard about Jesus dying for us; yet, regardless of how much we talked or read about it, Jesus' suffering and death made better sense on Good Friday when we participated in the viacrucis (the Way of the Cr...
GROWING IN FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
GROWING IN FAITH With the help of a friend who was an architect, my parents designed and built our family home. Early in the process, my mother corrected the plans in order to enlarge the dining room. It was a prophetic decision. At the time my parents had two children. Four more would follow, along with a succession of inlaws and grandchildren. The dining room was a central site for holiday celebrations and family events, a place made sacred by our stories, meals, and rituals. The impressions they made at a young age have stayed with me throughout my life, and formed a basis for understanding what it means to be part of a community woven together in faith, love, and commitment. Kathy Hendricks
Studying Teens and Religion [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
Studying Teens and Religion BY THERESA o'KEEFE The "Take Away" for Catholic Congregations During my years of work in the area of religious education and youth and young adult faith, I've consistently met with both the anxiety and the hope of parents, catechists, and ministerial leaders that there would be some "magic bullet" that would answer their concerns about growing faith in adolescents. Many are looking for that program or that trick that will work to catch and keep the attention of the youth in their care. They hope that if there was only some key that we could use to unlock the mysteries that make up adolescence, then we could compel them to remain faithful members of our congregations. That is why it is not surprising to see the popularity of Christian Smith's 2005 publication Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teens. Among those working with youth—whether in parish, diocesan, or school settings—the research and writing of Christian Smith and his ...
CROWING IN FAITH [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
CROWING IN FAITH The only granny I ever knew was not a very nice one; in fact, she had a biting tongue —especially for my grandfather. I'd love to portray her as the "anything goes —you're in your granny's" stereotype, but that would be a white-wash. Yet, she convinced me, more than anyone else, of the importance of Sunday Mass. For "hard-wiring" something into my faith identity, the prize goes to Gran. You see, Granny was both blind and crippled when I knew her; and that was long before my Irish village had wheelchairs and an accessible church. Yet, every Sunday she insisted on being carried out of her seat by the fire in the living room, bundled into the back of a small Model T Ford, and taken off to Mass. She would sometimes shriek with pain when being lifted in and out; yet, the last thing she thought of doing was to miss Mass on a Sunday. To this day, I cannot either. Thomas H. Groome
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER UPDATE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER UPDATE BOSTON COLLEGE SEPTEMBER FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 200g PERFORMANCE Two Jesuit Choreographers: East Meets West m Presenters: Robert VerEecke, S.J. and Saju George, S.J. ■ Location/Time: Robsham Theater, 7:30 pm ■ Sponsors: The Jesuit Institute, Office of the Provost, and the C2l Center ■ Information: 617-552-4002 or www.bc.edu/ church2i ■ Webcast available: October 2, 2009, C2l Center's "The Art of Believing" Series FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009 SYMPOSIUM Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue Understanding the Religious Other: Western Hermeneutics and Interreligious Dialogues m Presenter: David Tracy, Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions, Divinity School, University of Chicago ■ Location/Time: Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, 4:00 pm ■ Sponsors: Theology Department, STM, and the C2l Center ■ Information: 617-552-0794 orwww.bc.edu/interreligiousdialogue ■ Webcast available: October 9, 2009 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2009 PANEL Latino...
Page 24 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY C2l /CROSSROADS BOOK SERIES A collection of volumes emerging from C2l Center events published in conjunction with The Crossroad Publishing Company. Series editors: Patricia Deleeuw and James Keenan, S.J. Please visit the C2l website for more details at www.bc.edu/church2l. Forthcoming in 2010 LOVE ONE ANOTHER: CATHOLIC REFLECTIONS ON SUSTAINING MARRIAGES TODAY Edited by Timothy Muldoon and Cynthia Dobrzynski Previously Published Titles Two CENTURIES OF FAITH: THE INFLUENCE OF CATHOLICISM ON BOSTON, 1808-2008 Edited by Thomas O'Connor A volume to commemorate the bicentennial of the Boston Archdiocese PROPHETIC WITNESS: CATHOLIC WOMEN'S STRATEGIES FOR REFORM Edited by Colleen Griffith Women's hopes for the Church of the future from a rich variety of perspectives. TAKE HEART: CATHOLIC WRITERS ON HOPE IN OUR TIME Edited by Ben Birnbaum VOICES OF THE FAITHFUL: LOYAL CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR CHANGE Authored by William D'Antonio and Anthony Pogorelc Other C2i/C...
Page 24 Advertisements Column 2 [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2009
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IN THIS ISSUE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
IN THIS ISSUE Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church Evangelization in the Contemporary Catholic Church | Why Don V Catholics Share Their Faith? Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish Back to Where You Once Belonged Refracting the Light Seeking the Seekers: Parish Ministry to Young Adults Today Adult Faith Formation: A Catholic Vision Don V Miss the Second Half The Twilight Time C2l UPDATE CALENDAR C2l /CROSSROAD BOOK SERIES C2l ONLINE COURSE OFFERINGS
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER BOSTON COLLEGE [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER BOSTON COLLEGE Dear Friends, You hold in your hands something very familiar and yet something new. With this issue of C 27 Resources we shift formats in dramatic fashion. It is our hope at the C2l Center that you will find this new version of Resources handy to take along with you on the subway, to work, or to share with a friend over coffee. Like faith itself, it is meant to travel and it is meant to be shared. You told us in our recent online survey that an amazing preponderance of our readers, some 58%, read every article in each new issue. Further, 72% of you pass on your copy of C 27 Resources to a friend, co-worker, or family member. Behind each of these statistics is a heartening confirmation that this publication is worth reading and worthy of putting in front of the eyes and the hearts of others as well. Thank you for that good word! During the spring of 2003 the first issue of C 27 Resources was published and sent forth in the hope tha...
C21 Resources CONTENTS [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2010
C21 Resources CONTENTS SPRING 2010 GROWING IN FAITH: THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME Growing Faith for an Evangelizing Church page 3 Jane E. Regan Evangelization in the Contemporary page 5 Catholic Church Robert S. Rivers Why Don't Catholics Share Their Faith? page 9 Martin Pable Characteristics of an Evangelizing Parish page 11 Jane E. Regan Update Calendar pages 14-15 Back to Where You Once Belonged page 16 Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda Refracting the Light page 18 Mary Anne Reese Seeking the Seekers: Parish Ministry to page 21 Young Adults Today Tim Muldoon Adult Faith Formation: A Catholic Vision page 2 4 Edmund F. Cordon Don't Miss the Second Half page 26 Interview with Richard Rohr The Twilight Time page 28 Joan Chittister ON THE COVER... Cover image: Bob Gilroy, S.J., A Contemplation to Achieve Divine Love. Oil on canvas. ©2OOl. For additional works by this artist please visit his Website at www.prayerwindows.com I will ponder with deep affection how much God our The arms reach beyond bor...