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Resources during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Free resources for use in light of the coronavirus pandemic

Catechetical Resources During the Coronavirus Pandemic



Archdiocesan News

Official Archdiocesan Updates

Daily Reflection Videos by our Bishops


For Catechetical Leaders

First Communion Instruction for Parish Leaders

Safe Environment and Virtual Learning Guidelines - Archdiocese of Milwaukee 

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

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


For Parents

Talking Points for Parents Talking with Children about Delayed First Communion

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

Faithfully Navigating Coronavirus with Your Kids – English and Spanish versions

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




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


Lenten Activities for Families

Lenten traditions around the globe

Lent and Easter Trivia Quiz from Catechist magazine  and  Answer key

Meatless Meals from Around the World - CRS 

Holy Week Resources for Families – by Sadlier

Teaching about and celebrating Lent with kids - Sadlier

Journey Through Lent Board Game – Catholic Toolbox

Take up Your Cross: Lenten Bible Stories for Kids - Jared Dees

Lent Resources around the Web. . . including short videos


Mass & Resources 

Watch Mass Online

Watch Sunday Mass online at Heart of the Nation
National broadcast recorded at St Francis de Sales Seminary, with local priests, parish choirs

Mass at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee

Handouts, Videos, Worksheets or Kids and Families

The Gospel at Home handouts - Pflaum

Weekly Videos for Kids and Families – Pflaum Gospel Weeklies

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

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

Sunday Gospel worksheets, free until Easter - Jared Dees
 March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday of Lent: Gospel
 April 5, 2020: Palm Sunday: Gospel 

Mass and Prayers for Adults

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

Magnificat en español - gratis 

Living with Christ – Sunday Mass texts for free


Free Resources from Catechetical Publishers

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



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, 
Tech Support: or 800-264-8060, M-F, 9-8. EDT

RCL Benziger

RCL Benziger offers free access for 60 days (5/17/20) 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,

Our Sunday Visitor

OSV provides free access to Alive in Christ resources and digital books for 6 weeks, through Apil 2020. 
Visit   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   (NO passcodes necessary)
Click on Activities and Resources, Click Home Session Plans

Free Teaching Catholic Kids weekly newsletter at:

Our archdiocesan contact: Katy Maier, 800-348-2440 ext. 6319,


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.

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:



Formed - Free Subscription

Augustine Institute is offering complimentary access to FORMED for the next 40-days (4/27/2020) for any parishes that do not currently have a FORMED subscription. 

For free subscription, visit:

Useful ideas for parishes: How to Use Faith at Home


First Communion 

Supplemental Resources

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


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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