COVID-19 Evangelization Resources
This is a page with online resources for Parish Leaders and Catechists particularly during this unprecedented time. We hope these resources will enable you to continue to support your catechists, parish youth and adults.
In order to help our pastors and their teams, the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship has developed a step-by-step Action Plan to cultivate and mobilize a team for the good of the Church’s mission in this time.
Click the image below for a series of short videos where Brad Bursa discusses ideas on how to implement the Evangelization Action Plan
For the detailed step-by-step plan document CLICK HERE.
For support, contact Brad Bursa at firstname.lastname@example.org
DRE’S AND RELIGION TEACHERS
For support, contact Andrea Patch (email@example.com)
- Our Sunday Visitor: FREE at-home lessons and resources
- Catholic Faith Technologies & Ignatius Press: Letter to their community with online learning ideas and resources from Ignatius Press
- Pflaum: Letter to their community with a link to their online lessons
- Loyola Press: Coronavirus Response Lessons
- Sadlier: eBook and resource login information
- RCL Benziger: Letter to their community
- Ruah Woods Resources – Free for this time
- Coronavirus Response Lesson from Loyola Press
- One parish is doing a show like Mr. Rogers every day at noon, called “Lunch Break with Mr. Jim”
- GB Resources has online resources for grades K-8
- Our Sunday Visitor is providing Our Sunday Visitor of their religious ed and sacramental prep materials during this crisis.
- OSV is also offering free webinars that might be helpful to staff and parents:
For support contact Christen Aquino (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Use video conferencing to check-in with your youth every night:
- “How are you doing? What’s on your mind and heart? How can I pray for you?”
- You could also host regular small group sessions with your youth and two adults
- Sign up your parish youth group to Project YM Live every Sunday night
- NFCYM has a superb webpage with resources for reaching out to your youth during this time
- Damascus Catholic Mission is live streaming daily:
- Prayer Lab 10:30-11a
- Worship & Intercession 3-4p
- Night Live 7:30-8:30p
- Best Practices for Online Youth Evangelization/Discipleship & Pastoral Concerns (i.e. So Long Senior Year, Mental Health, Pornography, etc.)
- Helping Teens & Adolescents in Crisis Resource pages 7-8 Active Listening (Josh Englefield)
- COVID-19 Youth Ministry Resources Google Folder
For support, contact Nicholas Hardesty (email@example.com)
- Loyola Press: Six Weeks with the Bible Series
- Ascension Press: Bible Studies
- St. Benedict Press: Catholic Scripture Study International
- Baker Academic: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
- Emmaus Road Publishing: “Come and See” Catholic Bible Study Series
- Ignatius Press: Ignatius Catholic Study Bible
- St. Paul Center: Journey Through Scripture Series
Small Group Studies
- Loyola Press: One Book One Parish Program
- Dynamic Catholic: Parish Book Program
- Evangelical Catholic: Reach More
- Franciscan University of Steubenville: Discipleship Quads
- Renew International: Small Group Programs
Small Group Studies for Women
- Emmaus Road Publishing: “Courageous Women” Series
- Walking with Purpose Bible Study Series
- Our Sunday Visitor: “Stay Connected” Series
- Ascension Press: Belonging – Baptism in the Family of God
- Augustine Institute: Reborn – You, Your Child, and the Heart of Baptism
- Liguori Publications: Your Baby’s Baptism
- Agape Catholic Ministries: Baptism Prep
- Augustine Institute: Symbolon
- Association for Catechumenal Ministry: “On the Journey” Series
- St. Benedict Press: Credo RCIA Program
- All the Credo videos are currently free on their YouTube channel.
- The PDFs for the Catechist and Participant Guides are also freely available.
- Once you have downloaded the Guide, take a look at the table of contents and decide which chapters your students need to read and watch to stay on track with their formation.
- Team RCIA: Faith, Life, and Creed
- Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Vocare
- University of Dayton: Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (“VLCFF”)
- Franciscan University of Steubenville: Franciscan at Home
- Word on Fire: Word on Fire Digital
- Augustine Institute: FORMED
- Catholic Answers: Online School of Apologetics
- ALPHA: Find out more about these sessions which explore the Christian Faith
- Loyola Press has a great page with resources for living the faith at home
- FORMED: For 40 days of FORMED content at no cost.
Other Archdiocesan Resources
- Worship in a Time of Public Health Concern (COVID-19) – A resource page on liturgical best practices From Divine Worship Office and Sacraments
- Pastoral Leadership – A resource page for priests From the Pastoral Center
Online Platforms for Virtual Meetings
All interactions online must meet Archdiocesan Safe Environment requirements (see below)
For Tutorial on how to use ZOOM for Evangelization within your parish, please click below, to watch our recorded ZOOM training session.
Important statement on Safe Environment
- It is important to remember that Archdiocese of Cincinnati safe environment policies remain in effect. During the three-week closure of the schools, faculty and staff are still prohibited from:
- Have students come to the teachers’ homes;
- Meeting with students in private places such as restaurants, libraries, etc. (most are closed)
- Policy C.8 must be followed: Decree on Child Protection – July 2018 – C.8 Policy – Clerics, employees, and volunteers will use prudence when communicating with a child including, but not limited to, written communications, electronic communications, the Internet, online services, e-mails, instant messaging, online bulletin boards, social networking sites, social media, text messaging, pod casts, blogs, chat areas, and telephones, including cell phones. Appropriate and ethical communication boundaries in ministry must always be observed. Any form of communication that is intended to inappropriately manipulate a child or that incorporates any suggestive language, suggestive photos, sexual innuendos, inappropriate personal self-disclosures, etc., is forbidden. This includes visual, digital, or electronic communications in any format.
- C.3 policy: For any organized program or activity sponsored by the Archdiocese or an Archdiocesan Organization, at least two adults, both of whom have successfully completed a training program approved by the Archbishop and background check through fingerprinting or otherwise in a manner approved by the Chancellor in accord with the current policies of the Archdiocese, and who are not related to each other or living in the same household, must be present for any activity including, but not limited to, after school tutoring of any sort (whether the tutor is hired by the parents or not).
- This must be applied to all online-video based interactions with children.
- Mandatory reporting rules are also still in effect. If you have reason to believe a student is being sexually, physically, or emotionally abused, you must report it to the Children’s Services Agency in the county where the student lives. You must also report it to the Office of Schools and the Safe Environment Office.
Decree on Child Protection: The July 2018 Decree.