• Sample of Resources for the Year of Sacraments
    The Year of Sacraments begins July 1, 2015.  Resources and ideas for parishes will be loaded on this webpage throughout the year.  Download a list of some of the parish resources.
  • Know the Sacraments One Word at a Time
    A short bulletin article is offered each week during the Year of Sacraments in order to help us deepen our understanding and appreciation for the Sacraments.
  • Sacraments 101
    Whether it’s a refresher course or an introduction, each of the Sacraments 101 videos give you the basics about some aspect of a sacrament of the Catholic Church – in just a few minutes.
  • Blog post – Educating Parents when Children receive the Sacraments
    As parishes develop the Sacrament preparation programs for the coming year, Sr. Schaffler’s thoughtful blog-post could provide some direction.
Sacraments Month-by-Month

Resources for the Year of Sacraments will be coordinated with a timetable that follows a natural rhythm of parish life.

  • October - Anointing of the Sick

    Liturgy for the Sick and Those who Care for Them
    This liturgy may be used in parishes in multiple ways: after daily Mass, in a parish some evening, coupled with a presentation on caring for the sick or in nursing homes and hospitals with some regularity.  Parishes may also want to integrate this liturgy into a gathering of Ministers of Care.

    Blessing at Mass for Ministers of Care
    Use this blessing within a Mass to honor Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the Sick, and those involved in any Health Care

    Articles on spiritual care for the sick in our families for preachers and teachers:

  • September - Eucharist

    The following resources would fit well into the month of September and are provided in Word-format so that they can be customize them to the needs of the parish.

    • Blessing of Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
      This blessing can be used to gather and honor the parish EMCs at a Sunday Mass. In addition to the blessing a parish may want to publish names of all the EMCs in the bulletin or provide a special hospitality for them after Mass.
    • Essential Elements of Preaching and Teaching the Eucharist
      Fr. Lou Cameli provides notes for homilists, teachers and catechists.
    • Eucharist Vigil
      This prayerful reflection can be used at any time with parishioners to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the Eucharist. The format includes music, scripture and personal witness.
    • Video on the Eucharist
      The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston has posted a video catechism.  The video called On the Road to Emmaus provides the perfect way to begin a discussion on the Catholic Mass with teens and within families.

    Sacraments and Social Mission by the USCCB (English and Spanish) offers two possible handouts that explore the Eucharist:

    • Body of Christ, Broken for the World has six questions for reflection and discussion, which could be used with small faith-sharing groups, Parish Councils, or adult formation groups.
      English | Spanish
    • Formed, Transformed and Sent explores both the personal and social natures of Eucharist.
      English | Spanish

    Additional Resources on Eucharist developed by the Archdiocese of Chicago for the Strategic Pastoral Plan:

    • Walk Through the Mass – an interactive, inter-generational session to deepen understanding of Sunday Mass
    • Circles of Witness – a reflection for teens in a youth ministry setting or high school
    • Dies Domini – a six-week adult formation series based on the 1998 Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II
      English | Spanish
    • Draw Near Video Guide to the Catholic Mass – Video and Study guide are in both English and Spanish
      English | Spanish

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