Catechetical Resources

Overview

Here you will find information about official Archdiocesan guidelines related to the ministry of Catechesis, tools for effective catechesis, and recommended resources for faith formation.

Thank you for your patience as we continue the process of updating this area of our web site. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please contact the Office of Catechesis, since we may have access to resources that are not yet listed here.


Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

Pastoral Letter

Prayers

  • Visit the Archbishop's Prayer Page to find:
    • Prayer for Archbishop Thompson
    • Through the intercession of St. Theodora Guerin
    • Through the intercession of St. Francix Xavier
    • For Pope Francis and Archbishop Thompson
    • Novena on the Anniversary of the Installation of Archbishop Thompson

Archdiocesan Guidelines

Religion Curriculum, Chastity, and Child Protection:

Sacraments and RCIA:


Tools for Effective Catechesis

Basal Textbook Series

Curriculum Correlations

Assessment Tools

Methodology

Classroom Management

Professional Networking for Catechetical Leaders

  • The Association of Parish Catechetical Leaders (APCL) is a local professional organization of catechetical leaders who work closely with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and offer professional development opportunities as part of their membership. To learn more, visit their website: https://apclindy.org/
  • The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) is a professional organization of catechetical leaders from all over the United States who gather for an annual conference and participate in online networking throughout the year. Contac the Office of Catechesis for information on becoming a member, since our office holds a membership with NCCL and may be able to offer you some perks! Visit the NCCL website at https://www.nccl.org/.
  • The St. John Bosco Conference for Catechesis and Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville offers excellent formation for leaders in the areas of Catechesis and Evangelization. Our office takes a group from the Archdiocese every year. Contact us for more information on the trip. Visit https://steubenvilleconferences.com/adult/sjb/ for more information on the St. John Bosco conference.

Recommended Resources

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

  • Official Archdiocesan Guidelines for RCIA
  • Frequently Asked Questions about RCIA
  • List of resources for RCIA Coordinators
  • RCIA Events:
    • Morning of Formation for RCIA Coordinators, Team Members and Catechists
      August 5th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Our Lady of the Greenwood parish
    • Second Morning of Formation for RCIA is tentatively scheduled for the first Saturday of August, 2018; location to be determined. More details to come.
  • Please note: The Office of Catechesis collaborates closely with the Office of Worship in matters related to the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. We encourage you to visit the Office of Worship web page for helpful information regarding the RCIA.

Liturgical Year

Advent Resources

  • Catholic Lessons for Movie "The Star"
    • The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and the Federation for Catechesis with Hispanics have worked collaboratively to provide various faith sharing sessions inspired by the movie "The Star." This Catholic Curriculum is available at thestarmovie.com.
  • Classroom decor for Advent from Nippert and Co. Artworks
  • Prayer Resource for Catechetical Leaders
  • 10 Ways to Celebrate Advent video
  • More Advent videos available on our office YouTube channel

Lent

Catechetical Sunday

  • Catechetical Sunday was September 17, 2017. Resources are available here.

Lessons Based on Current Events

  • Resources for teaching the faith while addressing time-sensitive topics
    • Natural Disasters - "Why does God let bad things happen?"
      • Prayer Service - For Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricanes
    • Suicide - "The most important reasons why life is worth it"

National Migration Week (January)

Respect Life

Scripture Study

Chastity Education

  • "Love Ed" - This resource focuses on parents as the primary educators of their children and equips them to teach their children about God's plan for love and life. More information available here.

Evangelization Training

  • Evangelical Cahtolic exists to help "leaders in the local church, build thriving, fruitful, and self-sustaining evangelistic ministries." They offer Reach More evangelization coaching for parishioners and parish staff.
  • Visit them at https://www.evangelicalcatholic.org/

Men's Formation

NDC - National Directory for Catechesis

  • Living as Missionary Disciples: National Directory for Catechesis Worksheets

Parenting

  • Parenting Program from Office of Family Ministries
    • The Office of Family Ministries has released a new parenting program called "Parenting: Strengths and Love with an Emotional Focus." This 4-part video-based series brings together evidence-based practice and research to help you become the best parent you can be! For more information go to http://www.archindy.org/parenting/
  • Catholic Marriage & Family, Inc.
    • Catholic FAM is a non-profit organization founded by Chris & Linda Padgett and Bob & Lisa Perron that is committed to encourage, equip and empower people in their relationships with their spouse and fmaily members. They offer many good resources for parish leaders, married couples and even youth and young adults, including bulletin inserts, an on-line magazine, and live presentations. Find out more information on their website, http://www.catholicfam.org/.

Prayer

For Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

For Catechists, at the end of the year

  • This blessing for Catechists may be used at the end of the program year, preferrably at the end of Mass, or else as part of an appreciation celebration.

Prayer Service Ideas

Prayer Materials

  • Suffering Servant Scriptorum is a small but mighty apostolate that produces Catholic booklets, recordings, and bookmarks in English and Spanish. Visit them at http://www.sufferingservant.com/.

Scouts

Sign Language App for Religious Education

  • The App is called "Religious Signs for Families" and is availble for iOS and Android in English or Spanish
  • Check it out at http://deafcatholicphilly.org/
  • For more information about resources for the Deaf community, contact Erin Jeffries, Coordinator of Ministry to Persons with Special Needs at ejeffries@archindy.org

Streaming Service

  • FORMED on demand from the Augustine Institute offers many catechetical programs and materials online for a subscription fee. Visit their website for more information: http://formed.org/

TCE - Total Catholic Education Grants and Forgivable Loans

  • Packets are available here.
  • Deadlines to submit applications are March 1 and October 1.

USCCB - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Vacation Bible School

VCAT - Video Catechism Resource

Vocation Lessons

  • Created by Vianney Vocations, this resource for Grades K-12 has been purchased by the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese and is available to Archdiocesan parishes at no cost. For more information, contact the Vocations Office or go to http://www.heargodscall.com/vocation-lessons.

Local site Links:

St. Theodora Guerin
Circle of Grace

St. Theodora Guerin
St. Theodora Guérin, pray for us!