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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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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Celebrating Advent with my family is a lot of fun. Although my son is still a little young to understand all the signs and symbols of Advent, he loves candles and he loves a good story, so both of those things play heavily into our family Advent traditions. It’s also super fun to have a …

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My personal prayer for Advent is usually pretty simple, as it has to be for a full-time working mom of a toddler. (An added complication is that my husband works nights, so we tend to parent in shifts.) Most years I use whatever devotional is given out at church to be my spiritual guide through …

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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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This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you use my link to purchase one of the books I am reviewing I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Last summer I wrote a post about My Badass Book of Saints by Maria Morera Johnson, which you can read here. Super Girls …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click through and purchase a book using my link, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. While most of my posts so far this summer have been about books that have been helpful to me in my own walk with God this …

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This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on and purchase a book using my link, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. When our former assistant pastor Father Peter was in the seminary, he was placed at our school for a semester to see what it would be …

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