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Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Free resources for use in light of the coronavirus pandemic

Catechetical Resources During the Catholic Comeback

These resources, provided during the Safer-at-Home period, will be updated or replaced as we move into the "Catholic Comeback"

 

Archdiocesan Pages


Official Archdiocesan Updates

Daily Reflection Videos by our Bishops

Courageous Communion - Daily Living for Quarantined Catholics

Virtual Youth Ministry

 


For Catechetical Leaders


Guidance for Resuming Confirmation Masses

irst Communion Instruction for Parish Leaders with sample letter 

Video "Waiting for First Communion" to help children discuss postponed First Communion

Safe Environment and Virtual Learning Guidelines - Archdiocese of Milwaukee 

Sample Letter Encouraging Parents in their Formation Role during this time - Melinda Diels, St Mary of the Hill

Sending Faith Home: A Guide for Catechetical Leaders amidst Coronavirus - Paul Canavese 

Coronavirus Response Lesson for relieving anxiety with children– Loyola Press

Moving Faith Formation Online - John Roberto - free sign-up for guide

 


For Parents

Talking Points for Parents Talking with Children about Delayed First Communion

Video "Waiting for First Communion" to help children discuss postponed First Communion

“Helping Kids Cope with the coronavirus outbreak” by Dr. Joseph White - TeachingCatholicKids.com

Faithfully Navigating Coronavirus with Your Kids – English and Spanish versions

10 Tips for Teaching Religion Lessons to Your Children at Home - Joe Paprocki

Homeschool Tips For Non-Homeschoolers During Coronavirus School Closings

Coronavirus Response Lesson for relieving anxiety with children– Loyola Press

Seven ways to manage ‘COVID Stress Syndrome’ by Greg Popcak - OSV

Lord, Bless me on this Day – Music Video – Pflaum

 

 


First Communion 

First Communion Celebrations Postponed

First Communion Instruction for Parish Leaders with sample letter 

Talking Points for Parents Talking with Children about Delayed First Communion

Video "Waiting for First Communion" to help children discuss postponed First Communion

 

Supplemental Resources (see also the handouts and videos below under Praying at Home)

The Making of Communion Bread for Holy Communion - video of Passionist sisters

Free Videos from Blessed First Communion Program - Dynamic Catholic (scroll to 1st Communion Access)

The Weight of a Mass - video narration of a children's book 

Weekly Videos for Kids and Families – Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

 

For Adults preparing Children

Sacraments 101: Eucharist (how we receive) - Busted Halo

Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe) - Busted Halo

The Lord’s Supper – Quizzes for adults and for kids – Catechist magazine

 


Easter Activities for Families

 

Easter Season

Easter activities, prayers and lessons - Loyola Press

Easter – Strong Catholic Family Faith

Free Easter Resources for the Family – RCL Benziger

Lent and Easter Trivia Quiz from Catechist magazine  and  Answer key
 

Holy Week

Holy Week in the Domestic Church - Archdiocese of Milwaukee 

 

 


Praying at Home in Absence of Mass 


Watch Mass Online

Sunday Mass at St Francis Seminary - Heart of the Nation

Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee


Handouts, Videos, Worksheets for Kids and Families

Worship@Home – Liturgy of the Word for the Family – The Pastoral Center
All prayers, readings and even videos you need; with orientation video for parent.
Archdiocese has license, so use freely

The Gospel at Home handouts - Pflaum

Weekly Videos for Kids and Families – Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

Children Celebrate – Liturgy of the Word – Free printable leaflets for Spring  – Pflaum

Order of Mass and an Act of Spiritual Communion - RCL Benziger

Weekly Mass Resources For Kids (When Attending Mass Isn’t Possible) – Catholic Icing


Mass and Prayer for Adults

Magnificat - free access to online Morning & Evening Prayer, daily Mass readings - computer or mobile

Magnificat en español - gratis 

Living with Christ – Sunday Mass texts for free

 


Prayers

Prayer to Mary, Health of the Sick by Pope Francis

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe in this Time of Need by USCCB Pres. Archbishop Gomez

Prayer during an Epidemic – printable – by OSV

World Prayer for Healing – printable – by Pope Francis

Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus – USCCB

 


Formed - Free Subscription

Augustine Institute is offering complimentary access to FORMED through May 20 for any parishes that do not currently have a FORMED subscription. 

For free subscription, visit:  https://leaders.formed.org/milwaukee

Useful ideas for parishes: How to Use Faith at Home

 


Free Resources from Catechetical Publishers

In the current situation, several publishers are making their materials available online for free.

 

Sadlier

Sadlier is providing free eBooks of regular print programs and related videos, Spanish and English, for remainder of the school year. 
Login, identify resources you want to share with families, then share the code.

• We Believe, Grades K–6 / Creemos, Grades K–6
• We Live Our Faith, Grades 7–8+
• Believe Celebrate Live, Director's Guide / Creer Celebrar Vivir, Guide
• With Jesus Always, Reconciliation Bk, Mass Book, Grades 1–3
• Our Catholic Faith, Grades 4–6 / Nuestra fe catolica, Grades 4–6
• One Faith, One Lord, Grades 7–Adult / Una sola fe, un solo Señor, Grades 7–Adult
• We Believe and Pray, Grades 4–6 / Creemos y oramos, Grades 4–6

To access your Free site license, log in to Sadlier Connect at:

Our archdiocesan rep: Colleen McQuillan, cmcquillan@sadlier.com 
Tech Support: TechSupport@sadlier.com or 800-264-8060, M-F, 9-8. EDT
 


RCL Benziger

RCL Benziger offers free access for 60 days (6/14/20) to all digital curriculum:

  • Blest Are We Faith in Action K-8
  • Be My Disciples/Sean mis Discípulos 1-8
  • Blest Are We Faith & Word K-8/Bendecidos 1-8
  • Credo High School
  • Family Life K-8

To set up free access, contact our archdiocesan rep for parishes:  George Barrett, 763-498-3971, gbarrett@rclbenziger.com
 


Our Sunday Visitor

OSV provides free access to Alive in Christ resources and digital books for 6 weeks, through Apil 2020. 
Visit www.aliveinchrist.osv.com   Under Parish-Program Resources:
'For Catechists' provides age specific plans on Lent and Easter. 
'For Leaders', click on Seasonals/CST for Family+Faith Lent and Easter resources.  Parent Pages can be downloaded and shared.  

  • Temporary passcode:
  • User Name: salesdemo
  • PW: aiccustomer827

For Early Childhood Lent and Easter, see www.allelu.com   (NO passcodes necessary)
Click on Activities and Resources, Click Home Session Plans

The Allelu Show – Videos for young children with Dr. Joseph White – OSV

Free Teaching Catholic Kids weekly newsletter at:  www.teachingcatholickids.com

Our archdiocesan contact: Katy Maier, 800-348-2440 ext. 6319, kmaier@osv.com
 


Pflaum

Pflaum offers free digital versions (English and Spanish) of Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program for March-May 2020.
You can download lessons and email to parents OR give parents access using your password so they can print lessons at home.
See this Link for options how to share with families.
For free access, if not a current customer, call 800-543-4383.

Training Videos for Parents and Families

See: Other free resources from Bayard Faith Resources

 


Ignatius Press

Catholic Faith Technologies & Ignatius Press offer free Faith and Life courses through June 2020.
Use for First Communion or students in religious education.

To enroll go to: http://faithformation.zohosites.comQuestions: info@catholicfaithtech.com 

 

 


Safe Environment and Virtual Learning Guidelines

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Safe Environment Office and Office for Schools

Emails between students and teachers should be sent through the school/parish assigned email accounts and/or school learning management system.  For parish religious education programs emails to minors should go through the parent or guardian if no learning management system is available. 

Video conferencing should be conducted in groups settings whenever possible.  Any 1 to 1 interaction between a teacher and student should be conducted in a public place in the home and should be for instructional purposes this would include video conferencing or a phone call. 

We recommend the following guidelines for 1 to 1 interactions between an adult and student:

1)      A designated time should be set for the phone call preferably when a parent or guardian or other caregiver is also available to be present either on the call or in the room. 

2)      We recommend the teacher receive verbal confirmation from the child’s adult caregiver that they are present.

3)      A log of all such interactions should be kept by the teacher/adult.

4)      An audio recording to be kept of the phone call or video conference (if possible)


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