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Mary and the Eucharist: Catholic Faith Formation Newsletter

Plan Ahead

Jesus promised his apostles that he would send them the Holy Spirit to empower them to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. The universal Church celebrates the fulfillment of this promise on the feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter.

Flying Doves Pentecost Activity

Fired Up for Jesus Pentecost Activity

Fruit Break Activity

The Church of Mercy
In celebration of the release of The Church of Mercy by Pope Francis, Loyola Press bloggers share reflections based on the words of the pope.


Four Ways to Avoid Gossip

God Always Waits for Us

Ending the Year
Prepare to end your program year well and move into summer mode.

Ending the Program Year

Take a Deep Breath in May

The Six Tasks of Catechesis
These two series articulate and explore six key elements that need to be incorporated to form disciples seeking an intimacy with Christ.

A Series of Articles to HELP ME by Bill Smith

The Six Tasks of Catechesis by Joe Paprocki

Special Needs
God calls each and every one of us to his service. Explore ways to serve people with special needs.

Open your ministry.



We Celebrate Mary, the Eucharist,
and New Saints 

In May, devotion to Mary is made known through the crowning of statues of Mary, in recognition of her role as Queen of All Saints. Additionally, many children receive their First Holy Communion in May. Use the links below to learn more about Mary, our Mother, and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Mary, Our Mother
Mary has a unique and privileged place in salvation history and in the Church. Explore activities to help enhance your parish’s or classroom’s celebration of Mary.

Marian Resources
Find activities, prayers, and more to celebrate Mary, our first model of discipleship.

Mary Intergenerational Parish Event
Use the presentation materials, prayer service, and activity center ideas for a full event in honor of Mary or for your classroom use.

May Crowning Ideas
Joe Paprocki shares resources for May Crownings.

Celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist

Many Catholic parishes celebrate First Holy Communion for the younger parishioners in May. Learn more about the Sacrament of the Eucharist with the links below.

Eucharist Resources

Real Presence in the Eucharist

Two New Saints

Celebrate this weekend’s canonizations of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Learn about their lives and legacies through our lesson plans, activities, and more.

Canonization of Pope John XXIII

Canonization of Pope John Paul II