Catechist Resources

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Catechist Handbook

Religion Guidelines
Grade 1
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Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Scope and Sequence Charts
Grade 1
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Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6

Mid-Year Assessment Study Guides
Grade 1
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Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6

Final Assessment Study Guides
Grade 1
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Grade 6

Safe Environment
Office for Youth and Child Protection
Safe Environment Checklist
Materials for Lessons
Requirements for Volunteers

Traditional Prayers


The Bible
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Catholic Encyclopedia
The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
USCCB’s Glossary of Catholic Terms

Loyola Press (our textbook publisher)

Christ our Life – Catechist Resources
11 Tips for Lesson Planning
Catechist Self-Assessment
Getting Started as a Catechist Webinars

Joe Paprocki’s Catechist Journey
Our Catholic Faith
Sunday Connection
Thinking about Becoming a Catechist?

Other Publisher Websites

Best Practices for Teaching Religion
RCL Benziger Resources
RCL Benziger Saints Resources
Sadlier On-Demand Webinars

Catechist Training

10 First-Week Mistakes You Must Avoid This Year


Kids Mass Crafts

Liturgical Year

Loyola Press – Liturgical Year Resource Page


Loyola Press – Advent Resource Page
30 Ways to Make Advent and Christmas Stress-Free
Advent Wreath Blessing
Blessing of the Candy Canes (Dec. 6)
O Antiphons


Blessing of a Christmas Tree
Blessing of a Christmas Creche
Date of Christmas


Loyola Press – Lent Resource Page
Lenten FAQ’s
Soul Norishing Practices for Lent
USCCB’s Lenten Resources
USCCB’s Questions and Answers about Lent and Lenten Practices

Jesus’ Journey to Calvary
An Illustrated Guide to the Triduum
10 Ways to Help Children Appreciate the Triduum

Trinity Sunday

Thanksgiving Prayer Service for the Family Table


Loyola Press – Sacraments Resource Page

Penance (Reconciliation)

USCCB’s The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Children
(includes Examination of Conscience)
First Confession Prep (includes Examination of Conscience)

Holy Eucharist

USCCB’s The Real Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist


Loyola Press – Prayer Resource Page
How (and Why) to Pray


How to Recite the Rosary
Doing Rite: The Rosary
Learn More about the Rosary

Make Your Own Rosary


Loyola Press – Saints Resource Page
How the Church Recognizes Saints
Path to Sainthood Video

Catholic Social Teaching

USCCB’s Catholic Social Teaching Webpage
Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching – Grades K-2
Catholic Social Teaching – Grades 3-5
Catholic Social Teaching – Grades 6-8
Catholic Social Teaching – High School
Catholic Social Teaching 101 – YouTube (Catholic Relief Services)