Adult Faith

We have a large selection of adult faith and spirituality books and videos available for loan to all board staff.  These will be posted online in the near future.  Please give us a call if we can assist you with a particular title, author or subject area.

Resources & Links for Adult Faith Reflection

Adult Faith Development  +  Adult Faith Reflection (Group & Individual)  +  New: Angels  +  Anger Management  +  Art, Sacred  +  Baptism  +  Beatitudes  +  Bereavement  +  Canadian  +  Catholic Education  +  Catholic Social Teaching  +  Church Teaching  +  Daily Inspiration  +  Eucharist  +  Faith & Community  +  Francophone  +  Grace  +  Icebreakers  +  Ignatian  +  Indigenous Spirituality  +  Justice  +  Laity  +  Lectio Divina  +  Liturgy of the Hours  +  Mary  +  New Age and the Occult +  Prayer +  Saints +  Scripture  +  Staff Prayer Services  +  Sunday Mass Resources  +  Various

Adult Faith Development
The General Directory for Catechesis:  Some Excerpts Relevant to Ongoing Adult Faith Formation
(Compiled by Bronek Korczynski, Algonquin & Lakeshore CDSB, retired)
New:  CCCB Adult Faith Planning Resources
(Titled, “Best Practices and Resources for Evangelization & Catechesis With Adults.” Compiled by CCCB’s Office for Evangelization and Catechesis. Highlights best practices identified in Spring 2018 survey. Best practices supported by links to CCCB’s On Good Soil: Pastoral Planning for Evangelization and Catechesis with Adults)
CARFLEO Adult Faith Resources
(Wide-ranging resources and annotated links to web sites for adult faith/spirituality/prayer)
Ongoing Adult Faith Development:  The Key to Educating the Soul
(Institute for Catholic Education, 2000)
New:  Formed
(Catholic multimedia resources ranging from video presentations, movies, literature, faith reflection, sacramental preparation, biblical study and faith formation materials)

Adult Faith Reflection (Individual & Group)
RCCDSB Resources
New:  God is With Me When…
(Blackline master faith reflection sheet. God constantly seeks us out each day.  This resource invites us to consider where God is seeking to encounter us in the ordinary events of our lives. Suitable for adult and student use.)
New:  Bringing our Lives to the Altar
(Printable reflection sheet invites users to review where God has been seeking them out during the week, and to unite their lives with the gifts of bread and wine brought to the altar at the Offertory of the Mass. Recommended for use with Simplified Overview of the Mass.)
New:  Prayer:  An Active Encounter With God
(One page graphic illustration of how prayer arises from the encounter between the Blessed Trinity’s overflowing communion of love and the ordinary events of our lives. God reaches out and we respond).
New:  The Healing Power of Jesus in My Life
(Invites us to look at how Jesus heals and empowers us to be agents of His healing for one another, using the story of Jesus’ healing of the paralytic person in Lk 5, 17-25)
Reflecting on our Adult Faith. Ten Modules for Individual or Group Reflection
(Suitable as part of school staff meeting or part of twilight retreat)
Faith in a Performance Based Society
(Three page paper discussing faith’s role in guiding performance in a secular age.  Directed toward Catholic educators.  Suitable as a starter for staff discussion/reflection)
On Being a Community of Faith
(Reflections and Discussion Sheet for School Staff)
Reflecting on Our Journey in Faith. A Year-End Adult Faith Reflection for Catholic School Staff
(Outline for a 30 min. reflection to review and plan for staff adult faith initiatives)
Leadership in Demanding Times:  A Prayer for Leaders in Catholic Education
(Prayer service to open leadership meeting, contains Scripture quotes and faith reflection questions)
External Resources
We Who Believe: Growing in Adult Faith
(EOCCC resource contains twenty-three 10-minute adult faith modules for staff reflection throughout the year)
Catholic Education Week 2013 Growing Together in Faith. Advance Kit Adult Faith Modules
1. Advent – “Faith that is … Rooted”
2. January – “Faith that is … Nurtured” 

3. February – “Faith that is … Discerned” 

4. March – “Faith that is … Witnessed”

5. April – “Faith that is … Celebrated”

NEW:  Angels
Guardian Angels
Who Composed the Angel of God Prayer
(From Aleteia website, includes Angel of God prayer)
St. Michael the Archangel
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Chaplet of St. Michael the Archangel
(Prayer to honour Michael and the nine choirs [orders] of angels.
From EWTN website: The history of this Chaplet goes back to a devout Servant of God, Antonia d’Astonac, who had a vision of St. Michael. He told Antonia to honor him by nine salutations to the nine Choirs of Angels. St. Michael promised that whoever would practice this devotion in his honor would have, when approaching Holy Communion, an escort of nine angels chosen from each of the nine Choirs. In addition, for those who would recite the Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from purgatory for themselves and their relations.”)
Angels and Dragons – Article Series on St. Michael the Archangel
(By Deacon Guadalupe Rodriguez, Diocese of Austin.  Excellent series drawing on Scripture, Tradition and author’s experience as deacon and former law enforcement officer. Link takes reader to first article; links to subsequent pieces at bottom of article)

Anger Management
Taming Your Anger.  Some Strategies for Young People
(T. Cosentino, 2012. Practical anger management strategies for young people.  Divided into modules that finish with integrative Scripture-prayer reflection.  Suitable for secondary school and young adult use; may be of help as tool for guidance/counselling staff, Chaplaincy Leaders).

Art, Sacred
Studiobrien
(Website of world renowned Canadian Catholic novelist, essayist and visual artist Michael O’Brien. His online essays are thought provoking, inviting serious faith reflection, as is his visual art and writing.)
Sculpture by Timothy P. Schmaltz
(Website of Timothy Schmaltz, whose Homeless Jesus sculpture has been installed at the Vatican City, and outside a number of the world’s cathedrals. Sculpture images in his gallery are an excellent discussion starter for adult faith reflection.)

Baptism
The Effects of Baptism 
(T. Cosentino, 2014. Summarizes major effects of Baptism – useful for adult faith and secondary classroom discussion)

Beatitudes
Vocation of the Baptized and the Beatitudes
(T. Cosentino, 2009. Reflection on our call as members of the baptized to preach the Beatitudes with our lives)
The Beatitudes – A Concise Summary (Deacon Doug McManaman)
(Reviews each beatitude to show how they are blessings for us, despite the suffering they may entail)

Bereavement
Bible Quotes to Comfort the Grieving
(Biblical passages to comfort those mourning loss of a loved one, colleague, friend)
Bereavement Book Collection
(Collection available to school communities to help with bereavement process)
Prayers for a Priest Who Has Died
Prayer Service for a Colleague Who has Died
(Suitable for staff use; can also be used when a parent or close friend of the school has passed away, with very minor adaptations)
Prayer for a Friend/Colleague Who has Died
(Closing prayer from above prayer service)
Catholic Funerals and Eulogies, the Pall and the Flag
(CCCB, 2006.  Explains why Funeral Mass is not proper place for eulogy, and how deceased person may be appropriately remembered during the Mass and homily. Also explains the significance of the pall – reminder of Baptism, new life in resurrected Christ – and flag [for deceased members of the military])
Suggested Readings for a Catholic Funeral
(From St. John the Baptist Catholic parish, Brighton, MN.  Links to readings are from American NAB translation.  A funeral service in Canada should use the NRSV translation in the Canadian lectionary. Nevertheless, still a good reference list – both for funerals and school memorial services/prayer services)

Canadian
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
Catholic Canada
(Comprehensive listing of Catholic faith-resources, sponsored by Hamilton ON diocese)

Catholic Education

NEW:  Renewing the Promise, Pastoral Letter on Catholic Education
(ACBO, Spring 2018)
NEW:  Renewing the Promise, Educational Resources (ACBO, Fall 2018)
– Discussion Guide
– Personal Reflection Guide
– Placemat
– Discussion Guide PPT Presentation
Leadership in Demanding Times:  A Prayer for Leaders in Catholic Education
(Prayer service to open leadership meeting, contains Scripture quotes and faith reflection questions)

Catholic Social Teaching
CST Themes
Catholic Social Teaching – Key Principles Reference Sheet
(Handy resource which succinctly outlines key CST principles)
Catholic Social Teaching – Key Principles Pamphlet
(4- page reference pamphlet with succinct definition, Scripture & Church teaching references, brief explanation of each CST theme)
Catholic Social Teaching – Key Principles Booklet
(Contains overview of 12 themes with definition, Scripture and Church teaching references, reflection questions)
Stewardship
RCCDSB Stewardship Resource:  10 Guiding Principles for the Environment
(Suitable as stewardship discussion reference)
17 x 11 Colour Poster (PDF)
8.5 x 11 Colour (PDF)
Biblical Foundations for CST (Deuteronomy)
Covenant Justice in Deuteronomy
(3-page resource with quotes from the Book of Duteronomy.  Suitable as handout when examining biblical call to justice, Catholic Social Teaching)
Latin American Bishops:  The Face of Christ in the Poor
The Face of Christ and the Call to Gospel Justice
(Reflection exercise based on excerpts from the Documents of Puebla [Episcopal Conference of Latin America, 1979])
(See also Morality & Ethics Page  Social Justice Web Page for additional social justice resources)

Church Teaching
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Catholic Dictionary
(Our Sunday Visitor)

Daily Inspiration
Today’s Prayer
(Passionists, St. Paul of the Cross Province)
3-Minute Retreat
(Daily online Ignatian prayer exercise from Loyola Press)
Sacred Space
(Online prayer page hosted by the Irish Jesuits.  Provides resources for prayer, ranging from online retreats, seasonal reflections and daily scripture meditations)
Every Day With the Word
(Our Sunday Visitor)

Eucharist
New:  Daily Mass Readings – Canadian Lectionary
(From Novalis Living With Christ.  Hosted on CCCB National Liturgy Office Website)
New:  Novalis Living With Christ App
(Free downloadable from Google Play store)
Mass in a Moment
(Overview and Structure of Eucharist, by Margaret Bick. Text Script for 4 Video Presentation)
RCCDSB Resources
NEW:   School Mass Planning Template
(Recommended for staff members planning school Masses, adapted from template in EOCCC’s Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools)
New:  Bringing our Lives to the Altar
(Printable reflection sheet invites users to review where God has been seeking them out during the week, and to unite their lives with the gifts of bread and wine brought to the altar at the Offertory of the Mass. Recommended for use with Simplified Overview of the Mass.)
Simplified Overview of the Mass
(One page reference sheet outlining major parts of the Mass and what they mean. Will be useful for classroom and adult use.)
Prayer Responses for Weekday Masses
(Printable single page with responses for parts of the weekday Mass. Helpful for student and staff review at beginning of year.)
Eucharist – Love’s Source and Summit 
(Reflection on the meaning of eros and agape within our call to live a Eucharistic life)

Faith and Community
We Who Believe: Growing in Adult Faith
(EOCCC resource contains twenty-three 10-minute adult faith modules for staff reflection throughout the year)

Reflecting on our Adult Faith. Ten Modules for Individual or Group Reflection
(Suitable as part of school staff meeting or part of twilight retreat)
Faith in a Performance Based Society
(Three page paper discussing faith’s role in guiding performance in a secular age.  Directed toward Catholic educators.  Suitable as a starter for staff discussion/reflection)
On Being a Community of Faith
(Reflections and Discussion Sheet for School Staff)
Reflecting on Our Journey in Faith. A Year-End Adult Faith Reflection for Catholic School Staff
(Outline for a 30 min. reflection to review and plan for staff adult faith initiatives)

Francophone
Un Moment Sacré
(Un oasis de prière developpé par les Jesuites d’Irlande en collaboration avec des francophones du Québec et de l’Ontario et de Panama)

Grace
Grace, Some Points to Ponder

Healing
New:  The Healing Power of Jesus in My Life
(Invites us to look at how Jesus heals and empowers us to be agents of His healing for one another, using the story of Jesus’ healing of the paralytic person in Lk 5, 17-25) 

Icebreakers
Getting to Know You
(Adult faith session ice breaker for Catholic educators)

Ignatian Spirituality 
3-Minute Retreat
(Daily online Ignatian prayer exercise from Loyola Press)
Sacred Space
(Online prayer page hosted by the Irish Jesuits.  Provides resources for prayer, ranging from online retreats, seasonal reflections and daily scripture meditations)
Finding God in All Things
(Practical tips for deepening one’s relationship with God, from Loyola Press Ignatian Spirituality series)
Un Moment Sacré
(Un oasis de prière developpé par les Jesuites d’Irlande en collaboration avec des francophones du Québec et de l’Ontario et de Panama)

Indigenous Spirituality
Address of His Holiness John Paul II to the Native Peoples of Canada
New:  Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn
(One page history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role in restoring Aztec culture to its fullness in Christ after the conquest of Mexico)
(Fort Simpson, Canada.  Sunday, 20 September 1987)
New:  Prayer for Truth and Reconciliation
(Prayer of repentance and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples following Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission)
New:  Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Short History
(By Tony Cosentino)
New:  America’s First Paths of Holiness: Lives of Indigenous Saints and Martyrs
(Angelusnews.com, Los Angeles Archdiocese.  Sept 20, 2017)
New:  Rose Prince. Reflecting on an Extraordinarily Ordinary Life
(Lengthy article on the life, virtues and miracles claimed through the intercession of Rose Prince, of British Columbia’s Nak’azdli Carrier First Nation 1915-1949. Sometimes referred to as the Kateri Tekakwitha of western Canada)
New:  Joseph Chiwatenhwa:  Huron Martyr for Christ
(Story of Huron warrior Joseph Chiwatenhwa’s conversion to Christianity and martyrdom on Aug 2, 1640)
New:  Stained Glass Image of Joseph Chiwatenhwa and St. John de Brebeuf
(Stained Glass, Martyr’s Shrine in Midland, ON.  From Carolyn Wilker’s Storygal WordPress Blog)
New:  Cause Opens for Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the Lakota
(National Catholic Register, October 23, 2017)
New: Lakota Spiritual Leader Black Elk Declared Servant of God, Cause for Sainthood Examined
(Catholic Herald News, Nov 4, 2017)
New:  Life and Holiness of Nicholas Black Elk Articles – Diocese of Rapid City SD Native Ministry Page
New:  Nun Finds Catholic Spirit in Ojibway Roots
(Catholic Register, Sept 10, 2017.  “The deepest values of my own people, as Ojibway people, are values that are totally compatible with the Catholic values” – Sr. Priscilla Solomon)
New:  Antonio Cuipa and Companions, Apalachee Indigenous Martyrs for the Faith, 1704
CARFLEO Sister Priscilla Solomon Page
(Excellent collection of videos that accompanied Sr. Priscilla’s presentation on the TRC at the CARFLEO AGM in Spring, 2017)
Kateri Television

(Twelve videos produced by Villagers Media for Canadian Catholic Aboriginal communities.
Topics covered: How we teach, commuity healing, reconciliation, healing of addictions, a gift to the Church, social justice.)
Program One. Medicine Wheel Healing: How it Starts
Program Two. Medicine Wheel and Christian Faith
Program Three. Medicine Wheel Spirituality: A Gift to the Church
Program Four. Medicine Wheel:  A Way of Life
Program Five.  Medicine Wheel: How We Teach
Program Six. Medicine Wheel: Healing & Reconciliation & Social Justice
Program Seven.  Medicine Wheel as Pastoral Ministry
Program Eight  Medicine Wheel:  Reconciliation
Program Nine.  Medicine Wheel: Community Healing
Program Ten. Medicine Wheel: Healing of Addictions
Program Eleven.  Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of Hope
Program Twelve.  St. Kateri Takakwitha: A Healer’s Saint
The Legacy of Kateri Tekakwitha
(YouTube video about St. Kateri and other North American saints and holy people)
RCCDSB Kateri Tekakwitha Resource Page
Kateri Native Ministry Centre of Ottawa
NEW:  CARFLEO Indigenous Peoples Resources Page
(One of the best Canadian collections of resources for approaching Indigenous culture from a Catholic perspective, with Truth & Reconciliation related links as well)

Justice
Who is my Neighbour? Guide for Catholic School Staff Reflection
(Courtesy of Ottawa Carleton Catholic School Board)
Caring for the Temple
(A practical reflection on what it means to care for the temple of ourselves)
See also:  Wellness and Caring for God’s  Temple prayer service.

The Laity
The Laity at the Dawn of the Third Millennium
(Fourteen Modules for Adult Faith Reflection in Light of Vatican II, Catechism of the Catholic Church, Writings of Recent Popes):
Who are the Laity?
A Secular Calling
Building up the Body of Christ
A Sanctifying Presence
Participating in the Church’s Evangelizing Mission
Called to Transform the World
Restoring Moral Order
Signs of Hope for the Kingdom
A Eucharistic Way of Life
Lay Ministry
Collaborating With the Church Hierarchy
Working for the Justice of Christ’s Kingdom
The Duty to Speak
Called to Live as Soul of the World

Lectio Divina
Prayer Before Lectio Divina
(Short prayer to pray before Lectio Divina exercise)
Lectio Divina – Template 
(An outline for the ancient exercise of praying God’s word)
Lectio Divina – Seeking the Mind and Heart of Christ
(Powerpoint Presentation on Lectio Divina: PDF format. Powerpoint version available for the asking)
Lectio Divina – Seeking the Mind and Heart of Christ Notes Page
(Printable note pages for LD ppt presentation [above])

Lectio Divina Links
Archdiocese of Toronto Lectio Divina Page
Salt and Light Video Archive
Benedictine Links on Lectio Divina
Fr. Luke Dysinger OSB on LD
(Very good overview of LD)

Liturgy of the Hours
Universalis
(Liturgy of the Hours online [user-friendly])
New:  iBreviary
(Liturgy of the Hours website and downloadable app)
New:  Divineoffice.org
(Liturgy of the Hours online and downloadable app)

Mary
New:  Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas and the Unborn
(One page history of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role in restoring Aztec culture to its fullness in Christ after the conquest of Mexico. Suitable for adult reading and secondary school use)
Prayer to Our Lady Before a Staff Meeting
Who is My Mother? Reflecting on the Role of Mary in our Lives
(Excercise for Group Reflection on the Role of Mary in our Lives)
The Role of Mary in the Life of the Church
(Powerpoint presentation on Our Lady’s role in the life of Christ’s faithful.
Notes available (contact tcosentino@rccdsb.edu.on.ca )

Meditation, Christian/Contemplative Prayer
Christian Meditation with Children: Rediscovering our Contemplative Roots
(RCCDSB-adapted resource introduces Christian meditation in a Catholic context, with helpful tips for assisting students to enter this form of prayer)
NEW:  Catholicism and Mindfulness: Compatible Practices or Contrary Spiritualities?
(Very helpful interview with Susan Brinkmann, author of A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness.  Brinkmann makes important distinctions between mindfulness meditation and Catholic mystical prayer.  Highly recommended reading.)
Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life. A Christian reflection on the “New Age”
(Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Culture for Religious Dialogue, 2003.  Important note:  this is a reflection, and its statements need to be read with discernment, and not as a blanket condemnation of certain cited practices such as chiropractic, for example.  The central message is that our relationship with Jesus Christ is the true way to authentic wisdom, knowledge and eternal happiness. Any practice that proposes another way to this happiness and fulfillment is to be avoided.)

New Age and the Occult
Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life. A Christian reflection on the “New Age”
(Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Culture for Religious Dialogue, 2003.  Important note:  this is a reflection, and its statements need to be read with discernment, and not as a blanket condemnation of certain cited practices such as chiropractic, for example.  The central message is that our relationship with Jesus Christ is the true way to authentic wisdom, knowledge and eternal happiness. Any practice that proposes another way to this happiness and fulfillment is to be avoided.)

Prayer
Abandonment Prayer of Charles de Foucauld
Some Reflections on Prayer
Tips for Entering into Contemplative Prayer
What is Prayer?
Passionist Community Prayer Resources

Saints
Saint of the Day
(Brief summary of the saint for their corresponding days in the liturgical calendar [American source])

Scripture
Scripture Resources Page
(RCCDSB Religious Education Office page with links and resources for Scripture study)
Biblical Quotes About Hope and Joy
(Six pages of quotes from the Bible that speak about hope and joy – good for individual reflection/meditation)
Cleansing the Lens:  Letting Scripture Speak to our Image of God
(Provides some key terms to helping understand what the Bible says about God, with scriptural quotes for meditation and reflection)
Images of a Healing God in Scripture Letting Scripture Heal our Image of God
(Outline for 1-2 hour workshop outline on healing our image of God based on concepts outlined in Cleansing the Lens resource above)
Understanding the Bible. 10 Points for Fruitful Scripture Reading
(By Mary Elizabeth Sperry, USCCB website)
St. Paul Centre for Biblical Theology 
(Founded by Dr. Scott Hahn.  Contains helpful resources for understanding the Catholic faith and Church teaching, particularly from a scriptural perspective.  Also offers daily mass readings and free online courses on fundamental areas of the Catholic faith.  A veritable treasure trove of resources for delving more deeply into the Catholic faith)

Staff Prayer Services 
Available on these pages:
Prayers by Theme Page
Monthly/Seasonal Prayer Page

Sunday Mass Resources
Sunday Soundbites
(90 second audio homily on Sunday readings by Fr. Greg Friedman)
Liturgical Calendar, Ordo
(From Canadian Bishops’ website; page also has link to Lectionary)
Mass Readings from American Lectionary
(NAB translation slightly different from NRSV used in Canadian lectionary; also available in audio format)

Various
Catholic Answers
(Interesting articles on Catholic-faith related questions and themes)
Catholic Educators’ Resource Centre
(Reflections, articles explaining Catholic Church teaching on wide variety of topics.  For Catholics involved in any educational ministry or looking to better understand how to live their faith in contemporary Western society)
Catholic Culture.org
(Hosts a variety of articles on current events, issues and statements within the Catholic Church and by Catholic writers).
Catholic Hierarchy.org
(Current and historical information about Catholic bishops and dioceses)
The Catholic Thing.org
(Intelligent and witty articles by Catholic writers and commentators. Describes itself as “a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary.”)
E-Water.Net
(A Collection of downloadable videos with a Christian religious message. Beautiful images)
Godspy
(An engaging website addressing contemporary issues in politics, arts and culture from a Catholic perspective)
Minute Meditations
(Daily short reflections online from Franciscan Media)
Phatmass.com
(Interesting traditional site that caters to the under 25 year old Catholic crowd)
Second Spring Journal of Faith and Culture
(Online journal of faith and culture.  Contributions mainly from  European writers, whose analysis is often probing and intellectually challenging)
St. Michael Cyberspace Scriptorum and Library
(Interesting collection of articles on variety of topics. Check out their Vatican II Index)
Preparing for Holy Week
(US Catholic Bishops’ resource page)
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