Celebrating the LectionaryŽ for Junior High, Year A: Supplemental Lectionary-Based Catechesis

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Liturgy Training Publications, Aug 23, 2019 - Religion - 336 pages
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Celebrating the LectionaryŽ is a supplementary catechetical resource that helps you bring the richness of the Lectionary and the liturgical year into your catechetical program. It can be used in Catholic school programs, during the process of preparing children for Christian initiation, or as a supplement to a traditional basal text for Catholic school or parish religious education programs. It has been changed from a school year annual to now follow the pattern of the Lectionary. It includes sessions for every Sunday of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas Time, Lent, Easter Time, and Ordinary Time), sessions for each day of the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and sessions for holydays, solemnities, and feasts so that you can use it in a variety of catechetical settings.


Each session is easily adapted to your specific needs and time constraints, with sessions designed so that you can lead class discussions and activities with minimal preparation and make use of the resources you have on hand.


Each session includes:

- Background information for the catechists

- Ways to connect the children’s lives with the liturgical year

- Full text of the day’s Gospel reading and an age-appropriate guided reflection

- Gospel-related activities

- A take-home page for the families to do during the week


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About the author (2019)

Leisa Anslinger brings extensive experience in parishes and schools to her ministry as an author, speaker, and consultant. She is the director of Catholic Life and Faith, a center for leadership development to help pastoral leaders engage their people in living faith. She is the author of books, articles, and numerous e-resources for evangelization, catechesis, and stewardship, and is a regular contributor to the International Catholic Stewardship Council’s e-newsletter and Catechetical Leader, the journal of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Leisa is a frequent presenter at national and diocesan gatherings as well as parish leadership days and parish missions. She holds a master of arts in religion from Athenaeum of Ohio. 

Kathryn Ball-Boruff is a writer and catechist in South Bend, Indiana. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology from the University of Notre Dame, she has worked in professional youth ministry and in Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in school and parish settings. Katie and her husband, Todd, have three children: Vincent, Tess, and Peter.

Catherine G. Johnson is the Pastoral Associate for life-long faith formation at the Catholic Community of Christ Our Light in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She holds an MA in religious studies, an MS in pastoral care/spiritual direction, and is a DMin candidate at Fordham University. Cathy is the co-director of Heartful Ministries, an organization assisting parishes and schools with spiritual and liturgical formation, and has ministry experience in campus ministry, teaching theology, and in liturgy and music ministry.

Mary Kathleen Kelley, SSJ holds an MA in Liturgical Studies. She is the Director of Religious Formation at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Marlton, NJ. Mary Kay has taught theology at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and has served as Coordinator of Word and Worship for the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Nora Malone is an editor and writer of children’s and academic materials. She is a former editor with Liturgy Training Publications and helped to develop and edit many resources for the Catholic religious education market. She holds degrees in English and Russian from Carleton College and is a mother of two.

Jo-Ann Metzdorff is an instructor at the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s School of Missionary Disciples. She also is involved with liturgical minister training, RCIA team formation, adult formation, and is the author of nu-merous articles and contributor to several books. She has a DMin and an MA in Theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in New York, and an MA in Theology with a concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She also has over twenty years of experience as a catechetical leader and a Pastoral Associate.

Kyle S. Turner, MA, STM, is a liturgist, religious educator, and spiritual director who has served in parish and campus ministry for the past couple of decades. He is the Associate University Minister for Liturgy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and is the founding director of Spirit and Hope Ministries. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two young daughters.

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