Parish staff and volunteers can minister to their communities by calling people at home and seeking opportunities to use technology to connect individuals and communities.
All parish catechetical leaders are encouraged to consider alternative ways to promote at-home faith formation during these unprecedented times. Since most parishes purchase faith formation materials from a publisher, the first step for many parish catechetical program leaders is to contact your local/regional sales representative who can provide information about how to access online curriculum and/or other digital materials.
Electronic delivery systems (parish app, text-alert system, email, streaming AV services and teaching tools, etc.) can offer content and engage the entire family with the goal of living and sharing faith within the home. Some of these may include parish-provided or free platforms such as FORMED or Ascension Presents, where families can view videos on the Saints, Sacraments and more.
A listing of several good resources can be found below along with links to their individual sites. These will be added to the website by tomorrow afternoon as well for you to utilize and share with your parishioners should you choose.
- Thomistic Institute: Credo RCIA Program – To prevent this pandemic from stopping individuals from pursing full entrance into the church, the Catholic publisher TAN Books has released a free online version of the Credo RCIA program, which was developed in tandem with the Dominican friars at the Thomistic Institute, based at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington!
- Faith and Life (Ignatius Press) – Catholic Faith Technologies (My Catholic Faith Delivered) and Ignatius Press offer free Online Faith Formation During COVID-19 Pandemic. FREE Faith and Life courses for those students soon celebrating Confirmation, First Communion, or enrolled in on-site religious education. Free licensing available through June 2020.
- EWTN Kids – Videos
- EWTN – Live Stream Holy Mass, TV & Audio
- Word on Fire (Bishop Barron)
- Ascension Presents
- FORMED – Pulling together the best in Catholic movies, children’s programming, audio dramas and books
- USCCB – Catholic Current – Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus
- For Your Marriage – Find ways to Pray more with your spouse & family
- Magnificat – Magnificat is honored to provide complimentary access to our online version to help people pray from home.
- Liturgical Press, Give Us This Day – We are providing free access to a digital file for Give Us This Day,which includes the daily Mass texts.
- Diocese of Charlotte – COVID-19 Update – Masses available online around the Diocese, Suggested Prayers, Updates