We have enhanced our lessons with support materials to help you bring the Good News of the Gospels to your children each week. You will find assessments for each lesson and unit, weekly review templates, timely printables to use in class or send home with your children, links to videos that coordinate with the lesson topics, and more.
At the bottom of this page, select the level you are teaching, and you’ll find a menu of resources created just for you and your students.
Online copies of the Teaching Guides are perfect to share with substitute teachers and teaching assistants—or to replace your guide if you happen to misplace it. Click on the level at the bottom of the page to access the Teaching Guides for each unit. They are available in both English and Spanish.
Parent/Grandparent Assistance for Home Study
Let Dr. Marylin Kravatz-Toolan share with you ideas on how to incorporate a unique program of grandparent/family catechesis at the parish level. Through her love of teaching, she will guide you through the benefits of including grandparents in the religious ed/catechesis/faith development of their grandchildren and provide support for their parents as they journey together as the primary educators in faith.
Resource Manuals include information about how children learn, creating a positive learning environment, praying with children, and much more.
Click on the level at the bottom of the page to access the Resource Manual for each Gospel Weeklies level.
It’s important to assess student comprehension and gauge the effectiveness of your teaching methods. These assessments (available for grades 2–9) are provided in two formats—PDF to make duplication simple and Word if you wish to personalize them to your needs. Permission is granted to duplicate these ONLY as a supplement to the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies.
Parent Teaching Pages
Parent Teaching Pages are easy-to-use guides that walk parents through teaching each lesson with step-by-step instructions, background information, and discussion starters. You may wish to send home the Parent Teaching Pages when a child has been absent from class. Parents who are assisting their children at home will benefit from these simplified versions of the Teaching Guides used by catechists and teachers.
Weekly Gospel Videos and Coloring Pages
Seeds and Promise (and some Good News) catechists and teachers may wish to enhance their class sessions with Miss Heidi’s Gospel Reflection and Saint in the Spotlight video features. Along with each week’s video, Miss Heidi creates a coloring page related to the Sunday Gospel.
Using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies is the best way to align your catechetical classes to the Church’s Liturgical Year. We also provide these Seasonal Resources to enhance and reinforce your lessons in class or at home.
New Saints for Catechists and Families
Easy-to-use resources that include sixty-six amazing new saints canonized since 2000, presented in alphabetical order. For each saint there is a brief life story, how that person is an example for us, catechist ideas, family activities, and a prayer. The example of these saints shows children ages five to twelve that there are many ways to follow Jesus in their lives.
The Program Overview Video will help you learn about the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program. It covers all the components—walking through highlights of the Teaching Guides and how the Catechism handbooks connect to each lesson. You will learn how the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies have a focus on the connection to family faith as well as the material in the student lessons. You will see many of the online support materials, such as weekly and unit assessments, weekly videos, and other supplemental activities.
See how the unique format of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies that go home each week encourage parents’ involvement and promote Mass attendance. Our weekly, non-textbook style links the Sunday Gospel with the Catechism, using the What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks. The Gospel Weeklies also include timely connections to current events. See samples of student lessons and how they work with the Catechism handbooks here.
Connections to Theology of the Body
Saint John Paul II’s reflections about the dignity and worth of all human persons as sons and daughters of God have come to be known as the Theology of the Body. Parishes and Catholic schools that require integration of Theology of the Body into their lessons will find these correlations of the Sunday Gospels and Gospel Weeklies lessons to TOB themes helpful.
Craft and Activity Ideas
Catechist.com serves catechists and catechetical leaders in parish religious education and formation programs, and religion teachers in Catholic schools. Click here for crafts that include background information about a key Catholic teaching or tradition, along with craft how-to’s that help reinforce the teaching with students.
Grade Level Thematic Connections
While the method (liturgical catechesis) and format (weekly student lessons) of the Gospel Weeklies differ from a traditional religion textbook, we do cover the doctrinal themes program directors, catechists, and Catholic school teachers have come to expect in the different grade levels. Find thematic connections to the Sunday Gospels for students, teachers, and parents here.