Adolescent Catechesis Resources:
Below are a variety of resources which can be helpful in designing a comprehensive
catechetical program for adolescents. It is not meant to be an exhaustive list, yet
represents a number of the most popular resources used by parish catechetical leaders.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a favorite that you would like to
I. Internet Resources - resources for session planning & resources on the
Church’s teaching and some textbook companies; appropriate for use by
catechists and students.
Ave Maria Press – includes catechist formation opportunities as well as planning
Catholic News Service - This website reports the current headlines of the day and
helps relate it to Gospel readings and how we can improve our faith in our everyday
Catholic Relief Services – many excellent resources for Catholic Social Teaching
Loyola Press (including online, daily 3-minute retreat)
Our Sunday Visitor-Curriculum Division
Sacred Space – a prayer site with guided meditations by the Irish Jesuits
St. Mary’s Press – sample print resources as well as on-line activities
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – readings of the day, current
Bishops’ statements; the Catechism; textbook listings; many resources on multiple
University of Notre Dame’s online prayer site:
Vatican – NB: archive of encyclicals, a virtual tour of St. Peter’s; the Holy Father’s
latest tweet and much more!
b. Online resources for catechetical leaders and catechists:
1 USCCB Social Media Guidelines
2 Center for Ministry Development lesson plan outlines by season; subscription
3 Movie clips by category/theme: www.wingclips.com
4 Training and planning resources: www.pastoralplanning.com
5 National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry:
6 National Initiative for Adolescent Catechesis: http://adolescentcatechesis.org
7 Resources for Catholic Educators: www.silk.net/RelEd/
8 Dangers of Text Messaging and Driving - AT&T's 10-min documentary titled "The
Last Text," featuring stories of real individuals whose lives have been adversely
affected by texting behind the wheel.
9 Catholic Quiz of the Week - features a short quiz based on the Sunday Readings,
a brief reflection, and discussion questions.
10 Whispers in the Loggia – a blog offering a unique perspective from a Catholic
from Philadelphia providing some thoughtful insights about the faithful;
II. Audio Recordings:
Guided Meditations for Youth on Sacramental Life; St. Mary’s Press, Winona, MN; 1993
Eat This Bread, Taize Community.
Song of the Body of Christ by David Haas, Celebrating Our Faith, GIA Publications.
The Cup of Life Outpoured by Katy Feeney, By Your Touch, Heartbeat Records.
We Are One Body by Dana, Say Yes, Heartbeat Records.
We Remember by David Haas, Celebrating Our Faith, GIA Publications.
Change Our Hearts by Rory Cooney, North American Liturgy Resources.
Deep Within by David Haas, GIA Publications.
In the Garden by Katy Feeney, By Your Touch, Heart-beat Records.
III. Print and Other Resources:
Cate-Quiz’em DVD Series. Out of da Box Productions, 2010.
Ministry Ideas for Celebrating Lent and Easter with Teens, Families and Parishes; St. Mary’s