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Faith Formation: Access to Helpful Written Resources

Sharing a few personal thoughts…

We need to facilitate the use of faith outlines and written documents that are available. When there are important archdiocesan initiatives or fundraisers, we receive talking points for homilies. Many years ago the Newman clubs on college campuses offered sample lectures or CATECHESIS SUMMARIES that volunteer catechists could follow. Such notes could be coordinated with the universal catechism and the USCCB catechism. An example of an attempt to do this is offered by Fr. Eamon Tobin (Ascension Church, Melbourne, Florida). He makes his outlines available online. This would help insure both uniformity and that proper content is given to adults. A library of pdf files could be offered to believers. Important links are already available, as to the New American Bible at the USCCB site and the universal catechism at the Vatican site. The Knights of Columbus offer online versions of their Catholic Information Service booklets. There are a number of independent sites that have taken the initiative in posting links and materials of interest to Catholics; many of which are good and orthodox. Church leaders must stop feeling challenged by these efforts from the laity and lower ranked clergy. Indeed, the national and archdiocesan level should seek a voice and partnership with them to insure fidelity. We all love the Church. Would it not be wonderful if every Catholic became a well-informed and articulate evangelizer for the faith? Here are a few representative sites that can assist in continuing religious formation:

1917 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA

CATHOLIC ANSWERS

CATHOLIC DICTIONARY (Fr. John Hardon)

CATHOLIC DISTANCE UNIVERSITY

CATHOLIC EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER

CATHOLICS UNITED FOR THE FAITH

 • CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

CATHOLIC LEAGUE

BALTIMORE CATECHISM

BIBLIA CLERUS

 • INSTITUTE OF CATHOLIC CULTURE

K OF C CATHOLIC INFORMATION SERVICE

USCCB NEW AMERICAN BIBLE

VATICAN RESOURCES (also Catechism)