Online Resources — For Catechetical Leaders

DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD – Letter from Diocese regarding Sacramental Preparation during this time


Flipgrid – A representative from OSV teaches us how to utilize FLIPGRID, a free virtual platform for religious education

Facebook Live Streaming Tutorial

How to Host a Meeting with GoToMeetings


RCL Benziger Webinar – August 6, 2020 @ 1:00 PM CST
Teaching Religion Online: Sharing the Gospel While Sharing Your Screen

As you prepare to start the new school year we would like to support you and your teachers.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, but the spaces in which we share that Good News look quite different.  This 45 minute webinar will examine essential considerations and practical suggestions for engaging children and families in a digital religion program.  We will explore how to get organized, set expectations, and create a welcoming online environment where the love of Jesus is proclaimed. 

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sadlier Webinar – July 14, 2020 @ 9AM or 1PM
Sadlier’s New “Christ In Us” Program
Do some of your new catechetical year challenges include planning for home-based instruction?  A hybrid of classroom and home?  Or something else?  Whatever this fall looks like, flexibility and convenience will be required of our faith formation instruction and resources.  So whether it’s classroom instruction, on-demand home-based learning, or another situation, Sadlier’s new Christ In Us K-6 program is designed to deliver solid, customizable instruction of the essentials of the Catholic faith.
Aquinas College Online Workshop – July 14 @10AM or 6:30PM, July 16 @10AM or 6:30PM
A Principled Approach to Catechesis

In each session of this two-part workshop, we will look at five principles that will guide parish ministries according to the Church’s mission to bring people into communion with Christ. This will not be an exhaustive list by any means, but will provide ten solid principles that can guide our work to be fruitful and faithful. Our goal is to think with the heart and mind of the Church in accomplishing her mission.

This is a two-part workshop for parish and diocesan DRE’s and catechetical leaders. We will meet both days for about an hour and half with as much time as need for questions, answers, and comments.

We will be offering this two-part workshop at two different times. The cost of this workshop is $20 and you will receive the workbook at the beginning of the workshop.

  1. Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16 at 10am CST

Click here to register for both 10am sessions


  1. Tuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16 at 6:30pm CST

Click here to register for both 6:30pm sessions

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about attending the workshop. Feel free to contact us if you have questions at

Augustine Institute – July 15 @ 12:00PM

Confident First Communion Planning during Covid with Dr. Tim Gray

What if you could be more fruitful in First Communion Sacramental Preparation than ever before in uncertain times? What if you could engage and reach Children and their Parents as you never have?

Join Dr. Tim Gray, President of the Augustine Institute and Brian Truckenbrod Senior Director of Parish and School Channels for the Augustine Institute, to explore state-of-the-art approaches to preparation for First Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

OSV Recorded Webinar – July 9, 2020 

Spanish Catechesis Discussion

A representative from OSV leads a discussion about specific catechetical needs for the Spanish-speaking community.


OSV Recorded Webinar – June 17, 2020 

Preparing for the Unknown: All the Tools You Need to Design a Flexible Religious Education This Fall
2020 has been a year of disruption and uncertainty about the future. As your partner in ministry, OSV is ready to adapt to your changing needs. This webinar, facilitated by Mike Hoyt, your parish catechetical consultant in Illinois, will walk you through OSV’s resources for home-based catechesis, such as our home session plans and e-books, and new resources, like virtual lesson plan templates, modified family gathered sessions, and simple guides for multi-age family discussions. These tools will help you to be flexible in a year in which flexibility will be essential.

RCL Benziger Recorded Webinar – June 24, 2020 

Discussing Three Modes of Ministry
Moving forward, many of us will encounter situations where we will choose between having traditional parish-based programs, virtual home-based programs, or a combination of the two.  Join us in a conversation with a representative from RCL Benziger about these three modes of ministry, and how to best implement them.
Loyola Press Resources for Alternative Models of Formation
As you plan for an uncertain year ahead, Loyola Press is ready to support your faith formation needs with resources for a variety of models of instruction and formation.  We recognize the challenges you face in providing effective, evangelizing catechesis in a digital world.  For distance learning in a virtual classroom, family model, or some combination, we offer resources that maintain the human-to-human contact that is at the heart of evangelizing catechesis.  This webinar will explore how Loyola Press print and digital resources can be used to provide effective catechesis in a variety of learning environments using proven pedagogy while maintaining the relational character that is so needed in forming disciples in today’s world.

Sophia Institute –  The “Spirit of Truth” app is a new resource that combines fun, interactive learning games with the content of “Spirit of Truth: Parish Edition.”   “Spirit of Truth Digital Edition” is a completely digital platform available via app or browser, that will assist a catechist/leader in assigning and tracking assignments, grade and communicate with students/parents, and assist remotely as needed. 

Ignatius Press/MCFD – Information for “Faith and Life” Online.
Parish Success Group – Parish Success Group is offering three new webinars for your staff related to volunteer recruitment, accompanying young peopel through loneliness and isolation, and five key strategies after quarantine.  Please contact Matt at Parish Success Group to schedule a webinar for you and your staff.  See the flyer for details.
NCCL – Magnify -“Magnify is a series of virtual events over a 4-month span that will introduce participants to the new Directory for Catechesis and explore each of the chapters in depth.  Magnify begins with a 2-day virtual event September 18th and 19th.  Magnify continues with 1-day virtual events in the months of October, November, and December.”  For more information, click here!
V Encuentro – A LARGE database of resources for faith formation, parents, teens, mental health, prayer, and more.  Available in Spanish and English (top right of page for language translation)
NFCYM – Variety of resources for catechetical leaders, parents, and teens.  Resources on virtual ministry and ministering during crisis particularly helpful for catechetical leaders.
STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCES – Variety of spiritual resources, including conference talks, webinars, streamed Masses and rosaries, and more!
SADLIER – Variety of webinars on the topic of religious education and evangelization
LOYOLA PRESS – “Three Minute Retreats” to grow in faith.  Available in both English and Spanish.
DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK – Catholic Prayers in Spanish
SAINT MARY’S PRESS – Resources to share with Elementary School children to grow in faith at home.  
SOPHIA INSTITUTE – Lessons based on the Sunday readings
RCL BENZIGER – Free access to online curriculum (note: need to contact sales rep for access)
PROJECT YM LIVE – FREE online Youth Night from ProjectYM.  This is a weekly broadcast for teens to participate in, featuring well-known speakers and musicians in the Catholic world, plus interactive screen games and live chat.  Teens may participate as part of their youth group or with their parents.
STEUBENVILLE CONFERENCES – Online access to a variety of spiritual resources including conference talks, webinars, streamed prayer, and more.
SAINT MARY’S PRESS – Resources to share with Middle and High School teens to grow in faith at home.
LIFE AND FAMILY EVANGELIZATION OFFICE – An excellent website of resources for youth ministry from the Diocese of Rockford LiFE Office

THE PASTORAL CENTER – Guide for pastoral leaders that talks about how to respond to the unique situation of ministering to families while at home.  Includes activity ideas and ways to minister to parents.

PASTORAL CENTER – How to lead VBS, even in a year with COVID-19!
LOYOLA PRESS – May is Mary’s Month! These are resources to teach children about Mary.