May/June – Holy Orders
Sacrament Series from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a deeper understanding of the sacraments of the Church. Pages can be reproduced for parish use.
Holy Orders | Orden Sagrado
Visit the vocations website to find more videos highlighting different priests from the Archdiocese of Chicago and the outstanding work they're doing: www.chicagopriest.com/meet-chicago-priests
Here is a resource that will help explain how a man becomes a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Show this video in Jr. high and High School religion classes as well as in parish youth ministries.
Books on Holy Orders:
To Save a Thousand Souls by Fr. Brett Brannen
A guide for men considering the priesthood
Priests for the Third Millenium by Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Cardinal Dolan’s book is both pastoral and practical as he writes of what it takes to be a Catholic priest.
April – Confirmation
Confirmation Interview Questions
The Confirmation Interview is an opportunity to get to know candidates, allow them to articulate their faith, and welcome into the parish.
Memories of Confirmation: Beginning a period of Mystagogy
Lead your Confirmandi into the mystery of god’s presence by using this question-and-answer activity.
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How to be a Confirmation Sponsor
“Being a confirmation sponsor is not just a one-time thing: it is not just a ceremonial role. It is a significant, critical relationship in the life of this young person--for the rest of his or her life.” This pamphlet by Our Sunday Visitor offers 5 ways that Sponsors can continue to support their candidate for a lifetime.
Purchase through the OSV website.
Confirmation Preparation-Holy Spirit Lesson
These activities may be helpful as candidates prepare to receive the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Fr. Barron Explains the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
What precisely are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and what difference do they make in our lives? Listen to a homily by Fr. Robert Barron on the Word on Fire website in order to find out.
March – Marriage
Help your parish come up with a plan to support married couples by completing and discussion the “How Marriage-Sensitive is Your Parish Survey”
A complete manual for developing a Parish Marriage Ministry is available for download off the Marriage and Family Ministries website
Susan Vogt offers short and thoughtful messages about marriage that can be reprinted these in Sunday bulletins or on your parish website by adding a simple credit line. Find Marriage Moments at
John and Teri Bosio offer resources like 6 Dates for Catholic Couples and the Beatitudes: A Couple;s Path to Greater Joy. Find these and more at www.happy-together.net
Busted Halo offers another helpful video with Sacraments 101: Why Make it Catholic on youtube, that answers questions about the Sacrament of Matrimony.
First Years and Forever E-Newsletter
Take a look at the most current issue and all back-issues of the e-newsletter through Marriage and Family Ministries.
How can the Office of Marriage Family Ministries help?
Take a look at all that is available through the Office for Marriage and Family Ministries by downloading their flyer or visiting their website www.FamilyMinistries.org
November – Dying, Grieving, Celebrating Funerals
Exploring the Funeral Liturgy
The Funeral Mass is explained in this article by Fr. Bill Vollmer so that we can better understand and appreciate the words and rituals.
I Am So Lost... Finding Your Way Through Grief After the Death of A Loved One
These blogposts may be a help to those dealing with grief and loss.
The Last Word - The Catholic case for advance directives
There is one “tool” that will help Catholics make good decisions for patients that cannot speak for themselves. Fr. Daniel Sulmasy explains the natural law principles that can guide a patient’s advance directives.
October – Anointing of the Sick
Liturgy for the Sick and Those who Care for Them
This liturgy may be used in parishes in multiple ways: after daily Mass, in a parish some evening, coupled with a presentation on caring for the sick or in nursing homes and hospitals with some regularity. Parishes may also want to integrate this liturgy into a gathering of Ministers of Care.
Blessing at Mass for Ministers of Care
Use this blessing within a Mass to honor Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick, and those involved in any Health Care
Articles on spiritual care for the sick in our families for preachers and teachers:
Resources for a parish planning to include anointing of the Sick in a Sunday Mass:
September – Eucharist
The following resources would fit well into the month of September and are provided in Word-format so that they can be customize them to the needs of the parish.
Additional Resources on Eucharist developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Strategic Pastoral Plan:
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