It is May, the month of Mary. We have probably noticed songs, prayers, and homilies at Mass this month honoring our Blessed Mother. Many of our parishes have added Marian devotions, such as increased public recitation of the Rosary, processions, and a May Crowning.
Integrating Catholic Identity with Language Arts Author: Catholic Brain | Date: 02 Apr 2019
"For a Catholic school teacher, there are some terms that come up repeatedly. Two are “integration” and “Catholic identity.” Integration refers to when there is cross-over between subjects in a lesson. For, example, if a class is studying a piece of literature about a period they are learning about in history, that is integration."
Celebrating Lent Daily with Catholic Brain Author: Catholic Brain Date: 01 Mar 2019
The Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar is one of the treasures of our Faith. Through the Church’s liturgical year, we experience the ebbs and flows of life, seasons of feasting celebration, and seasons of fasting penitence.
Make Ordinary Time Extraordinary Author:Catholic Brain Date: 21 Jan 2019
We now find ourselves in between two major events on the Liturgical Calendar, Advent and Lent. This time which began on the Sunday after the Lord’s Baptism is known as Ordinary Time. During these weeks leading up to Lent, there is no call for us to be vigil or more prayerful.
Practicing devotion The Holy Name of Jesus Author: Catholic Brain | Date: 10 Jan 2019
"Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
7 Reasons to use the Catholic Brain Advent Program Author: Catholic Brain Date: 05 Nov 2018
It's only November but believe it or not Advent is less than a month away! We all know that hustle and bustle that comes during the weeks leading up top Christmas. Most of us are also painfully aware how society today has shifted the focus away from the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Technology is an effective tool for Catechists, Religion teachers and students Author:Catholic Brain Date: 29 Oct 2018
The key to successful faith formation with young people is to meet them where they are. That can have a number of meanings, but in the case of education it means using the resources which students are familiar with. Living in the digital age that means utilizing the technology available to them, and us, to grow their love of the faith in an engaging manner.
15 Reasons to Pray the Rosary Author: Catholic Brain | Date: 15 Oct 2018
They are PLENTY of reasons to pray the rosary but perhaps the most compelling are those given us to by the Blessed Mother herself. Our Lady revealed the following fifteen promises to St. Dominic when she first gave this saint and us the rosary in the year 1208.
Teaching kids to pray the Rosary Author: Catholic Brain | Date: 09 Oct 2018
As the Month of the Rosary, October is a great month to introduce and encourage children to pray the Rosary. Children may feel that the rosary can be a complex and overwhelming prayer. Through the eyes of a child they have to remember several prayers, learn what order to pray them in,
Seven Reasons to Make Catholic Brain a Part of Your Classroom Author:Catholic Brain Date: 21 Aug 2018
Catholic Brain is a reliable resource to find supplemental materials on nearly every topic.
Searching the Internet for good Catholic resources can be time consuming, and you can never be sure of what you’ll find. And even the best firewalls do not make it safe for children to search without supervision..
The Liturgy of the Word Author: John Jimenez | Date: 11 July 2018
The holy Mass is the greatest prayer. It was given to us by our Lord Himself. The Mass is an intimate exchange – we give ourselves to God, and He gives Himself to us. In fact, it is the most intimate exchange we can have this side of Heaven.
Catholic Patriotism this Fourth of July Author: John Jimenez | Date: 04 July 2018
This week is the Fourth of July, Independence Day in the United States. For our children, that can mean a lot of things – fireworks, picnics, parades, flag waving. All of these are wonderful, but as Catholics, we can make the celebration much more spiritual, and profound.
Not Letting Kids “Go Dark” from Faith during the Summer Author:John Jimenez Date: 13 June 2018
All around the country, the end of the school year is here. And to most children, that means only one thing: summer vacation. The normal routine is broken up for two and a half glorious months of sleeping in, summer camps, family trips, play dates with friends, or whatever unique joys summer vacation brings to a child’s life.
Two Hearts: The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Immaculate Heart of Mary Author: John Jimenez | Date: 04 Jun 2018
Friday, June 8 is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, followed the next day by the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The commemoration of these two hearts occurs every year shortly after Pentecost, with a series of other important feasts, such as Corpus Christi and the Most Holy Trinity, that help transition us to Ordinary Time. What is the history of these feasts, and what can we learn from them?...
Catholic Brain Review Author: Laura Socks - homeschooling mom | Date: 30 May 2018
One of our favorite Catholic resources that my children and I have really enjoyed using this past school year is Catholic Brain. It is unlike anything that I’ve come across while educating my five children from home. Although many aspects of it are geared toward teachers such as the lesson plans and printables found with many of the lesson videos, it also appeals to parents and kids because students can navigate about the website and explore at their leisure the many videos, songs, games, and quizzes. Catholic Brain is also a wonderful one-stop Catholic reference for everyone that includes the entire Bible, Catholic Encyclopedia of terms, and alphabetized mini biographies of the saints.
Making Memorization Fun 2days ago in Relationship. | Author:John Jimenez Date: 24 May 2018
When it comes to Catholic religious education and faith formation, there is a lot to remember. There is also a lot to experience. Authentic faith formation means forming our children’s minds to know the doctrines of the Faith; it means forming their spirits by helping them develop a powerful prayer life, and it means forming their hearts by inspiring them to “love one another as Christ has loved us.”
May: Mary’s Month 2days ago in Relationship. | Author: John Jimenez | Date: 17 May 2018
We are well into the month of May, and for us Catholics, that usually means one thing – Mary. May is celebrated throughout the Church, both privately and publicly, as Mary’s month, but why? Why is the month of May dedicated to Mary in a special way, and how can we celebrate it well?
Connecting Children to the Life of the Church 2days ago in Relationship. | Author: John Jimenez | Date: 16 May 2018
Engaging Catholic youth is an ongoing challenge. Catechists, Catholic school teachers, and youth ministers are constantly researching “best practices,” and are on a perpetual search for the perfect lesson or resource to engage their students. Parents face a similar struggle. How can we get our children to understand the Bible better, to recognize what is happening during the Mass, or to participate in the life of the Church?
How to Raise Catholic Kids 2days ago in Relationship. | Author: Anthony D'Ambrosio | Date: 27 April 2018
Hahahaha. Ha. Ha. If only this topic was as easy as a blog post. Really, if I had the answer to this I’d be making millions thousands as a Catholic speaker. I’d be the rockstar of Catholic mom bloggers with baby’s on their hips and disheveled dad’s bouncing their kids between baseball practice and karate recitals. “Chris, Chris, Chris.” They’d whisper chant my name so as to not wake up the baby, but I’d take it.
How Your Family Can Get the Most Out of Lent 2days ago in Relationship. | Author: Anthony D'Ambrosio | Date: 20 April 2018
Lent seems like a lonely endeavor sometimes. Everyone has their own sins to fight and their own sacrifices to keep up with. Even Christ was in the desert alone for forty days. So can Lent be a family activity?
It’s much easier for the second-biggest Catholic feast – Christmas – to involve the whole family. There’s making gifts, setting up the tree, and many other activities where everyone pitches in and everyone can see that Christmas is coming.
6 Reasons Why Catholics Need A Catholic Tablet 2days ago in Relationship. | Author: John Jimenez | Date: 18 April 2018
During this exciting age of technology and of faith, there is a spiritual revival that is sweeping through the entire world. People are rediscovering their faith, or discovering it for the first time, and they are becoming thirsty for ways of connecting to God. Here at BibleZon, we are committed to helping people connect to their faith in new ways that remove distraction and provide convenient access to prayer. The following are several of the reasons that people love our Catholic Tablet.