- Welcome to new members of Dre-talk. My name is Kathy and I manage this list
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Catechetical Leaders) . You are professional Religious Educators - consider
This October please share a prayer or activity you have used with youth
and/or their families about Halloween/All Saints. If the actual text is too large,
please cut and paste it into the files on the group web page. You need to
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Thanks to those of you who have already downloaded files to the web page.
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WHAT CAN BE OF PRACTICAL USE IN OUR MINISTRY. THOSE WHO WISH TO HAVE
DEEPER/ONGOING DEBATES CAN USE THE CHAT ROOM FORMAT.
Topics discussed over the past month include Lectionary for Children; a
discussion on the Shortage of Priests; comments on the Sept. topic -
Student/Disciple & Education/Formation; Reconciliation Resources; Confirmation Retreat
Ideas; thoughts on Youth Bibles; Degree/Grad program for "in the field" folk; Jesus
and the Gospels; Catechist Staffing and Class Size; Resources for Classes on
Racism; more about the Virtus Program and Background Checks.
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Fall Blessings to All!!
Kathy Viele, Dre-talk Moderator
Beatitudes of Our Lord Catholic Community
13013 So. Santa Gertrudes
La Mirada, CA 90638
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- We use a pre cut Jack - o - Lantern to illustrate a story about a little boy
who wants to do the work of Jesus but doesn't know how.
Before the children arrive, you prepare by cutting the pumpkin and placing
the cut pieces back into their places, then you place a light inside it (we
use one of the battery operated kind or a glow stick)
When the children arrive you tell the story of the little boy and how:
He begins to open his mind and heart to the will of Jesus (open top of
As he prays, the good news of Jesus takes up so much room that all the bad
ideas and thoughts are displaced (remove some gunk from inside - doesn't
have to be much)
(this is the point where you turn on the light or snap the glow stick then
place the lid back on the pumpkin)
Then as he prays he begins to listen to Jesus when he prays (remove pieces
and he begins to see ways he can help (remove eye pieces)
and he begins to speak the words of Jesus to others (remove the mouth piece)
(by now the light is shining out of all the holes)
now he shines from the inside right out into the world with the Love and
Good News of Jesus!
We also talk about All Saints and All Souls, throughout the year. We talk
about saints feasts throughout the year and what they are patron of. We
talk about praying for all the souls, and how important it is.