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Religious Education Office

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Sacraments

Sacraments and Sacramental Preparation Resources

Sacramental preparation is now being assumed by parishes in our diocese.  In certain parishes, schools are still involved in First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist preparation.  The loanable resources and links below are available for those who need them. 

General Sacramental Resources

Sacraments in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 


Sacramental Catechesis for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Downloadable Resources
We Remember: A Sacramental Preparation Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities
(First Eucharist Preparation Program from CARFLEO [Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario])
We Celebrate Forgiveness: A Sacramental Preparation Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities
(First Reconciliation Program from CARFLEO [Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario])
In the Likeness of God. Sacramental Preparation for Students With Special Needs
(Produced by the Central Curriculum Corporation, 2006)
In the Likeness of God.  Powerpoint Presentation

Links
General Directory for Catechesis.
See CHAPTER III Catechesis for special situations, mentalities and environments.  Catechesis for the disabled and the handicapped (No. 189-192)
New:  CARFLEO Special Education and Religious Education/Family Life Education Links
Information for Catholic Families of Children with Special Needs
(Links from Waterloo, Iowa Diocese website)
University of Dayton’s  Institute for Pastoral Initiatives: Resources for Inclusive Catechesis
Dayton U Inclusive Catechesis Books
(We have loanable copies of their Sacraments: Gifts for All program for 1st Eucharist, 1st Reconciliation, Confirmation)
Dayton U Inclusive Catechesis  Online Resources
(Excellent page of links)
Resources for Teaching Students with Disabilities
(Catholic Educators’ News September 2006 Newsletter – contains links to a variety of organizations and resources for teaching Religious Education to students with disabilities)
Loanable Resources
Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino)
Adaptive Sacramental Preparation Resource Kits from Loyola Press
(Award-winning hands-on kits introducing students with disabilities to Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation)
Sacraments:  Gifts for All
(Pub. University of Dayton’s Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.  Eucharist, Reconciliation and Confirmation programs -very well-received in our schools)

 Sacraments of Initiation

Restored Order of Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist)
The Order of the Sacraments of Initiation
(By Bishop Gerald Wiesner.  This article takes a historical look at the initiation sacraments, and examines what church teaching has to say about restoring their traditional sequence [baptism, confirmation, Eucharist]).

Baptism Resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Resource Library VHS/DVD and Print Resources
New:   The Effects of Baptism
(Summary of  the major effects of Baptism on believers – useful as teacher reference, for adult faith and secondary classroom discussion)
Multimedia Resources
New:  Sacraments 101:  Baptism (why we baptize)
(6 min 28 sec video from YT channel bustedhalo. Brief engaging overview for students and staff)
Loanable Resources
We have a decent selection of books and videos to support sacramental preparation. Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino.

Confirmation Resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church
RCCDSB Resources
Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
(RCCDSB resource briefly explains the meaning and function of the Holy Spirit’s 7 gifts)
Understanding the Holy Spirit
(RCCDSB resource which looks at working of Holy Spirit in the Bible, Sacraments and daily life. May be useful for Grade 3 Religion [In the Spirit We Belong program], Confirmation preparation, senior elementary, secondary students)
New:   The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit Lesson Plan
(Jared Dees, theriligionteacher.com)
The Gifts of the Spirit and Protecting Human Life
(Explains seven gifts of Holy Spirit, looks at how they help us uphold sanctity of human life from conception until natural death)
New:  Confirmation Mass Intentions (Prayer of the Faithful)
New: 
Confirmation Retreat Opening Prayer
New:  Confirmation Retreat Closing Prayer
(Can be shortened/simplified to suit needs)
New:  Daily Prayer to the Holy Spirit
(For student use in preparation for receiving Sacrament of Confirmation)
Classroom-Ready Resources
Resources from Catholicmom.com
(See “Holy Spirit” section, almost half way down page – lots of classroom ready exercises)
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Crossword
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Double Puzzle
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Word Search
Fruits of the Spirit Double Puzzle
(Unscramble & Crossword)
Fruits of the Spirit Word Chop
Fruits of the Spirit Word Search
Resources on Confirmation, Confession and Prayer
(Helpful sacramental preparation worksheets from the Website of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic parish, Blackfen [near Sidcup] UK)
Multimedia Resources
Sacraments 101: Confirmation (why we’re confirmed)
(5min 57sec video from YT user bustedhalo. Brief intro to sacrament, gifts; useful for students, staff)
New:   Decision Point Confirmation Program
(Excellent streamed videos, downloadable Workbook, Leader’s Guide for Confirmation preparation)
Supplemental Program Texts
We have a number of different Confirmation program texts available for loan.

 Loanable Resources
We have a decent selection of books and videos to support sacramental preparation. Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino.

Eucharist Resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Printable Resources
New:  Simplified Overview of the Mass -  Source and Summit of our Christian Life
(RCCDSB authored 1 Page overview of parts of Mass)
New:  Catholic Mass Activities for Kids
(Collection of links to activities to teach children about the Mass from thereligionteacher.com)
Supplemental Program Texts Available for Loan
On our Way with Jesus Package (Novalis)
We Share in the Eucharist Child/Parent Book  Leader’s Guide
We Prepare for Reconciliation Child/Parent Book  Leader’s Guide
Multimedia Resources
New:  Eucharist (what we believe)
(9min 18sec video presentation on what we believe about the Eucharist from YT user bustedhalo)
New: Eucharist Reflections
(Eight videos with lesson plans on living a Eucharistic life from Redemptorist.tv.  Suitable for senior secondary, adult faith, RCIA)
More Than Words
(Presentations in the Eucharist by Fr. Bill Burke. Geared to Adults)
Beyond Words: Part 1
Beyond Words: Part 2
Beyond Words: Part 3
Beyond Words: Part 4
Loanable Resources
We have a decent selection of books and videos to support sacramental preparation. Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino.

Sacraments of Healing

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Catechism of the Catholic Church
RCCDSB Resources:
Celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation 
(Downloadable two sheet handout to help catechists guide children through the practical aspects of getting ready for First Confession.  Written by Tony Cosentino, Renfrew County CDSB)
Resources on Confirmation, Confession and Prayer
(Helpful sacramental preparation worksheets from the Website of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic parish, Blackfen [near Sidcup] UK)
Multimedia Resources
Sacraments 101: Penance (why we confess)
(4min39sec presentation for teens and adults on sacrament of Penance by YT user bustedhalo)
The Power of Confession
(Chosen Series: Lesson 10, Seg 3.  7min 59 sec – very good practical advice for youth and adults seeking to make a good confession)
How do I go to Confession?
(Outside Da Box videos.  Simple explanation of the sacrament, how to approach and live its fruits. Helpful for young people and adults getting ready for going to confession).

Sacrament of the Sick
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Multimedia Resources
Sacraments 101: Anointing of the Sick (who it’s for)
(6min28sec presentation by YT user bustedhalo)
Loanable Resources
We have a decent selection of books and videos to support sacramental preparation. Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino.

Sacraments of Service

Holy Matrimony Resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Loanable Resources
RCCDSB Christian Marriage Page
Multimedia Resources
Sacraments 101: Matrimony (why make it Catholic) 

Holy Orders Resources
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Multimedia Resources
Sacraments101: Holy Orders (what ordination means)
Loanable Resources
We have a decent selection of books and videos to support sacramental preparation. Please contact  us if you’d like to borrow them.  Email:  tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca or (613) 732-2248 ask for Tony Cosentino.