Media/Technology



I’m always interested in finding short videos that I can use in my teaching or to pass on to catechists.  This video was created by catholicscomehome.org.  I thought they did a great job. If you have not already seen it, it’s a worthwhile 4 minutes.

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Last week I hosted a number of DRE’s at my parish to discuss how to use technology and media within ones religious education program.  Many of the participants wanted to know where to find resources to use in the classroom and how I go about choosing certain media clips that I found on the internet.  We had some good conversation about using technology in the classroom as a tool.  I stressed that it is only a tool and that the catechist is the linchpin and the heart of transmitting the Gospel.  The textbook, the video, music, art, etc each are tools and instruments but it is the catechist who pulls it all together and helps their students be engaged and drawn to a relationship with God.  Nothing is more important than the catechist — even in the third millennium.

Also, I provided the DRE’s with some resources I’ve used in the classroom: Website Resources for DRE Mtg Feb. 2012.  Some of them are video links and others are good places to go for information on catechesis.  Overall it was a really good meeting and many of the DRE’s were grateful for the discussion on the topic.

Does anyone have some good video clips you use for younger children?  How about other resources that you’ve found helpful?  Please share!


In ministry we are always trying to find ways to show others how to respond to serving others.  Here is a great video clip to help illustrate serving Jesus in others.  I’m going to be using this soon to a group of 1st -6th graders and their parents.


This video is very inspirational!  Consider showing it to your class regarding the following topics:

Hope, Courage, living a joy-filled life, perseverance, redemptive suffering, loving like Jesus.  These are just a few themes you could use this video to further your teaching objectives. Our 7th graders just watched this regarding the sanctity of life. This guy really gets peoples attention. Enjoy!


Mary Byrne Hoffman recently came out with  new book entitled: Catechesis in a Multimedia World.  She asks some good questions that I would like to dialogue with you on.

1. Are media and Gospel in competition for the hearts and souls of the twenty-first-century audience?

2. How does the catechist make the Gospel relevant to the digital” generations?

3.Can media be an effective tool for catechesis? And I would add, How?

4. What is the role of the catechist in the media culture?

Let the commenting begin…


I stumbled across a really neat website by Cory Heimann who produced this great video clip about Easter. Check it out. It would be a great clip to show in a 5th – 8th grade class.


I found this great video about a teen realizing that it’s more than just going through the motions each week at Mass.  Check it out:

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