Faith that Works

Teaching middle schoolers how to live and practice their faith

I originally published this post before our school’s feast day (St. Joseph Day), but yesterday as my family celebrated my baptism day, I thought this might be a good resource for starting to celebrate baptism days and feast days in your classroom. My family has always celebrated our baptism days with all the special things …

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The links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you purchase a book using my link I make a small commission at no cost to you. I’m a little ashamed to admit that before last summer I had no idea who Hildegard of Bingen even was. I was organizing a saint peg doll …

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Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means that if you use my link to purchase a book I receive a small commission at no cost to you. It was the ultimate Goodwill find: in one trip, Praying with Therese of Lisieux, collected writings of Hildegard of Bingen, and a book …

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Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means that if you use my link to purchase a book, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. I first encountered the writings of Father Jacques Philippe a few summers ago, when I read a copy of Interior Freedom * that …

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Today is my last official day of the weirdest school year ever. More than ever I am feeling the need to recharge physically, emotionally and spiritually. As I have the past two summers, I am planning to do a series of blog posts designed to help you do that too. These are the spiritual books …

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It’s still one of my favorite teaching moments. I was staring at the student saint requests for our living saints project. Five different students had requested to perform as St. Faustina Kowalski for our living saints performance on All Saints Day. For a pretty obscure saint with a hard to pronounce name, she certainly had …

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As promised, I want to share some of my favorite online resources for middle school aged kids. Many of the amazing resources floating around on Facebook right now seemed aimed at younger children or for other academic subjects than religion. So here’s what I’m going to be sending to my students in the days ahead. …

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In planning Catholic Schools Week with my students, there’s a moment each year that warms my heart. Two years ago, when planning this day, one student suggested that the whole day be about saints, because they were the ultimate success story. I can’t really top that, so here are four ideas for the theme succeed. …

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It’s always bugged me a little that so many classrooms at our school have Halloween parties instead of All Saints parties, and while I am known to be the grumpy staff member about this, I have conceded that I am not going to win that battle at my school. But my hope is that this …

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Saints are an important part of any Catholic religion program, and it always makes me sad that my students know so few.  A few years ago our art teacher as school started incorporating writing icons into her curriculum, and it seemed like a great opportunity to work more saint research into religion class.  So now …

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