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CATECHIST magazine is written for catechists in parish religious education programs and for teachers of religion in Catholic schools. For nearly four decades, CATECHIST magazine has been the leading periodical that helps both the veteran and the first-year catechist/teacher be more successful.

CATECHIST is a tool that supports classroom preparation and presentation. Articles often contain craft ideas, patterns, and prayer services.

CATECHIST provides reliable catechetical formation with insightful articles about Scripture, the sacraments, liturgy and prayer, and Church history, dogma, and Tradition. Articles are written by volunteer catechists, parish and diocesan catechetical leaders, and scholars in the field of catechesis.

CATECHIST is issued seven times throughout the learning year: September, October, November/December, January, February, March, and April/May. Much of each issue aligns with the liturgical year.


Each issue includes

FEATURES offering practical suggestions and catechetical insights that will enrich catechist formation and help generate creative ideas for classroom lessons and activities

REPRODUCIBLES that can be used for classroom experiences or as take-home activities that help catechists connect with their students' parents and families

CRAFT IDEAS that include background information about a key Catholic teaching or tradition, along with craft suggestions that help reinforce the teaching with students

PRAYER SUGGESTIONS for personal prayer, classroom prayer, and prayer with catechists as a small community of faith

COMMENTS FROM THE UNITED STATES CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS that help catechists and catechetical leaders remain abreast of the fine resources the USCCB provides for students, adults, families, and parishes

CELEBRATION SUGGESTIONS for special feasts and holy days, including the profile of a saint whose feast day is celebrated the month of that issue

CATECHETICAL LEADERSHIP INFORMATION for those responsible for the coordination and management of parish catechetical programs

RESOURCES that offer news about books, games, movies, videos, opportunities, and other items that enhance catechetical experiences and faith formation

WEEKLY GOSPEL REFLECTIONS, including simple commentaries that help catechists and students better understand the Gospel through sharing ideas, activities, and prayer

CATECHIST FORMATION SERIES that includes seven in-depth articles on a theme, offering scholarly information for catechist formation including Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or graduate credit from The University of Dayton

MASTER CATECHIST INSIGHTS AND PRACTICAL ADVICE in response to questions raised by readers

PLUS . . .

Free with every subscription to CATECHIST is the annual CATECHIST Handbook & Planning Guide. This is a reliable recordkeeping and planning tool for the entire year, yours free with the September issue.

This colorful pullout section appears in the November/December issue, offering a simple and engaging representation of the liturgical year, background information on the primary Gospel to be proclaimed that year, and a simple step-by-step procedure for presenting the liturgical year to students. On special order, this item is also available in a classroom-poster size as well as family size (English and Spanish) so that each household in the parish can post a liturgical year calendar in the home.