Religious Education

Mr. David McCutchen

Director, Office of Religious Education
Catechesis and Formation Secretariat
Diocese of Toledo
1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
419-244-6711

dmccutchen@toledodiocese.org

Welcome to our website! The Office of Religious Education oversees and supports the work of our parishes and schools in passing on the treasures of our Catholic Faith from pre-K through adult - and provides specialized formation for the religious education leaders, teachers and catechists of the Diocese of Toledo.

The work of our office includes the following areas of catechetical ministry:

  • Formation and support for parish and school leaders, teachers, catechists
  • Adult Faith Formation
  • RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and sacramental preparation
  • Parish and school religion curricula
  • NET Ministries liaison
  • Diocesan media center
  • Ohio Catholic Conference - Diocesan Directors of Religious Education
  • NCCL Representative Council - Cincinnati Province

Free Diocesan Courses for Adult Faith Formation

The Mysterium Christi Diocesan Institute is a diocesan program of adult faith formation and training for those working in religious education. It was established by Bishop Blair on July 1, 2009, and is administered by the Office of Religious Education.  

There are four courses in this series that can be attended by anyone:

1. Introduction to Scripture
2. The Creed
3. Prayer & Sacraments
4. Catholic Moral Teaching

To register for these courses, contact Suzie Pinkham at the Office of Religious Education:  
spinkham@toledodiocese.org  or 419-244-6711 x330

For the Mysterium Christi class schedule for 2014-15  click here

Course Descriptions:

Introduction to Scripture

This course provides a brief introduction to the Bible from a Catholic perspective. Particular emphasis is given to how Old Testament figures, events and themes prepare for the coming of Christ and the Church (called "biblical typology") --- as well as how the Gospel portraits of Jesus complement each other.  The relationship of Scripture to the liturgical life of the Church, as well as the practical use of Scripture for devotion and ministry, will also be addressed. This course draws from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd edition, numbers 50-141; 1093-1103 and 1333-1334; and the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Vatican II 1965).

The Creed

Students will be introduced to the foundational Truths of the Catholic Faith as they are summarized in the Creed (Apostles/Nicene) and proclaimed by the Church.  Topics to include: Divine Revelation; Trinity, Creation, Angels; the Fall and its effects; Jesus’ Incarnation, Redemption, Second Coming; Holy Spirit, new life through divine grace; Church; Blessed Virgin Mary; Communion of Saints; the Last Things. This course corresponds to the first section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd edition, “The Profession of Faith,” numbers 26-1065. 

Prayer and Sacraments

This course will introduce the basics on Christian prayer and study the Our Father.  This will be followed by an overview of some foundational principles of Catholic sacramental theology and the seven sacraments. This course corresponds to the second and fourth sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2nd edition, “Christian Prayer,” numbers 2558-2865 and "The Celebration of the Christian Mystery," numbers 1066-1690.  

Catholic Moral Teaching

This course provides an introduction to Catholic moral teaching.  Topics include: natural moral law, divine revelation, magisterium, human person, formation of conscience, Ten Commandments, virtue, nature of sin, morally good acts, morally evil acts, conversion; necessity of divine grace for living out Catholic moral teaching (hence prayer and the sacraments).  A key emphasis: far from being an obstacle to freedom and fulfillment, Christian morality marks out the path to true life, freedom and happiness.  This course corresponds to the third section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Edition, “Life in Christ,” numbers 1691-2557. 

Bible Study Resources

The following websites have excellent Catholic Bible study resources:

Great Adventure Bible study programs: http://www.greatadventureonline.com/
The Bible Timeline study is very popular, as well as many others.

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: www.salvationhistory.com
This organization is dedicated to educating both the clergy and the laity in Catholic biblical studies and biblical theology.  They have some excellent free online Bible studies.

The object of catechesis is communion with Jesus Christ. Catechesis leads people to enter the mystery of Christ, to encounter him, and to discover themselves and the meaning of their lives in him. "At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth... The definitive aim of catechesis is to put people not only in touch but in communion, in intimacy, with Jesus Christ..." National Directory for Catechesis (NDC), p 55

"The single most critical factor in an effective parish catechetical program is the leadership of a professionally trained parish catechetical leader. " NDC, p 224

Parish Catechesis Resources:

Religion Course of Study & other diocesan documents (PDFs)

Sacramental Preparation:
Diocesan Policy for Sacramental Preparation

Rite of Christian Initiation:
Diocese of Toledo RCIA Handbook
RCIA materials by Association for Catechumenal Ministry
Making Disciples: Comprehensive Catechesis for RCIA Catechumenate

For participants:
Adaptable for use with high school age in RCIA context:
"Understanding the Catechism" series (RCL) (This series has 4 volumes with teacher's guides for each: Creed, Liturgy & Sacraments, Morality, Prayer)
Our Catholic Identity Catechism workbooks: The adult version can be used with teens. And there are also books for grades 1 - 8.  See the list here: Our Catholic Identity Catechism Workbooks (RCL)


US Bishops' Catechetical Guidance:
List of texts conforming to Catechism per US Bishops

Bishops' Catechetical Framework for High School Age Materials

Bishops' Guidelines for Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living


Publishers with Materials on Bishops' Conformity List:
Ave Maria Press
Catholicism Series - CR Publications
Consecrated in Truth Program
Faith First
Pflaum
Loyola Press
Our Sunday Visitor
Pauline Books and Media
Priory Press Dominican Series
RCL-Benziger
Sadlier
St. Mary's Press

Periodicals:
Catechetical Leader
Catechist
Lay Witness
Religion Teacher's Journal
The Sower

Links:
Vatican's Holy See
USCCB (US Bishops)
Catechism of Catholic Church online
New American Bible online

Organizations:
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Flow Chart on CSO and Religion Certification  

 

Mysterium Christi
Mysterium Christi schedule for 2014-15

Brief overview of CSO and Basic Certification

Certification Record & Status Sheet 

Catholicism DVD Series
Instructions for Schools on Use of Fr. Barron's Catholicism DVD Series for CSO and Basic Certification
Attendance Sheet for "Catholicism" series study groups
List of Discussion Questions for Fr. Barron's Catholicism DVD Series

2011 High School Religion Course of Study documents here:

New High School Course of Study   (2011)

New High School COS Chart
New High School COS cover page
Bishop Blair's Letter New COS

Some Suggested Texts:
Midwest Theological Forum - the Didache Semester Series page
Ave Maria Press - high school texts page
St. Mary's Press "Living in Christ" textbook series

Key USCCB Documents:
Check the following list from the US Bishops' conference for additional texts that have been approved for conformity to Catechism:

USCCB Textbook Conformity List
USCCB Doctrinal Framework document 
USCCB Chastity Formation document
 
Other School Catechesis Resource:
Diocesan Policy for Sacramental Preparation

Rite of Christian Initiation:
Diocese of Toledo RCIA Handbook

Publishers with Materials on Bishops' Conformity List:
Ave Maria Press
Catholicism Series - CR Publications
Consecrated in Truth Program
Faith First
Pflaum
Ignatius Press
Loyola Press
Midwest Theological Forum 
Our Sunday Visitor
Pauline Books and Media
Priory Press Dominican Series
RCL-Benziger
Sadlier
St. Mary's Press

Periodicals:
Catechetical Leader
Catechist
Lay Witness
Religion Teacher's Journal
The Sower

Links:
Vatican's Holy See
USCCB (US Bishops)
Catechism of Catholic Church online
New American Bible online

Organizations:
National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL)
National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)

Diocesan documents related to religious education and certification:

All documents below are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader. If you do not already have it, click here for the free program available from the Adobe website:

The Religion Course of Study documents are listed below (all are PDFs):

SCHOOL K-8:
Matrix documents per subject for School K-8:

(Catholic Social Teaching, Scripture, Doctrine, Church, Sacraments,
Worship & Prayer, Morality)
Glossary of Terms
Kindergarten
(Doctrine, Sacraments, Scripture, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 1
(Church, Doctrine, Sacraments, Scripture, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 2
(Morality, Sacraments, Scripture, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 3
(Church, Doctrine, Sacraments, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 4
(Catholic Social Teaching, Morality, Scripture)
Grade 5
(Church, Sacraments, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 6
(Catholic Social Teaching, Doctrine, Morality, Scripture)
Grade 7
(Doctrine, Morality, Scripture, Worship & Prayer)
Grade 8
(Catholic Social Teaching, Church, Sacraments)

SCHOOL 9-12:

New High School Course of Study   (2011)

New High School COS Chart
New High School COS cover page
Bishop Blair's Letter New COS

PARISH K-8:
Matrix documents for Parish K-8
Glossary of Terms
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Grade 8

Parish Course of Study Questions

Excerpts from Religion Course of Study Concerning Protection of Youth listed below:
School K-8
School 9-12
Parish 1-8
Health K-8
Health 9-12

Other Documents:

For link to list of catechetical texts found to be in conformity to Catechism by US Bishops' Committee, click here: Conformity Listing of Catechetical Texts and Series

Parish Course of Study Questions

Diocesan Policy for Sacramental Preparation

Diocese of Toledo RCIA Handbook

Home-Based Religious Education Guidelines
DRE job description
CRE job description

 

Bible study:
Great Adventure Bible study programs: http://www.greatadventureonline.com/
These are excellent programs for both individual and group study.

Kingdom Bible Study series from Emmaus Road Publishing:
http://www.emmausroad.org/
Thus far, this series has four volumes:
Mission of the Messiah by Tim Gray (on Gospel of Luke);
Mystery of the Kingdom by Edward Sri (on Gospel of Mathew);
Witness of the Messiah (on Acts 1-15) and
Envoy of the Messiah (on Acts 16-27) both by Steven Pimentel.

Catholic Scripture Study International: www.cssprogram.net
This Catholic organization is devoted to group and parish Bible study. There are groups throughout the US, Canada and the UK using their materials.

FREE ONLINE Catholic Bible studies at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: www.salvationhistory.com
This organization is dedicated to educating both the clergy and the laity in Catholic biblical studies and biblical theology. Excellent resource.

Understanding the Scriptures: A Complete Course on Bible Study
This is an excellent work. Published by Midwest Theological Forum. Textbook that can be used in both teen and adult education settings. See the write up about it at St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology website: http://www.salvationhistory.com//mission/news/backtoschoolunderstanding.cfm
The volume on Scripture is part of the Didache textbook series, published by the Midwest Theological Forum. There are three other volumes --- on Catholic moral teaching, church history and an introduction to Catholicism.

Ignatius Bible study series: http://www.ignatius.com/index.aspx
These are individual booklets that will eventually be published as a single Catholic study Bible. Thus far, there are booklets for almost all books of New Testament. They can be used for both group and individual study. Very well done.

Catholic biblical theology journal: http://www.letterandspirit.org/archive/index.cfm?PID=1173
Check out this excellent new academic journal called "Letter and Spirit: Catholic Biblical Theology for the New Millennium" (They also have a great section of resources for scholarly study of Scripture and biblical theology: http://www.letterandspirit.org/Resources/index.cfm?PID=1175 )

Books:
Barber, Michael. Coming Soon: Unlocking the Book of Revelation and Applying its Lessons Today. Steubenville: Emmaus Road Publishing, 2005.

Guardini, Romano. The Lord. Washington, DC: Gateway Editions, Division of Regnery Publishing, Inc., 1982. (This edition of a classic work on the life and teaching of Jesus has an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI.)

Hahn, Scott. The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. New York: Doubleday, 1999. Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain and Defend the Catholic Faith. New York: Doubleday, 2007.

Nichols, Aidan. Lovely like Jerusalem: The Fulfillment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2007.

Olsen, Carl. Will Catholics Be “Left Behind”? A Catholic Critique of the Rapture and Today’s Prophecy Preachers. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2003.

Pope Benedict XVI. Jesus of Nazareth. New York: Doubleday, 2007. The Apostles. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2007.

Sheed, Frank. To Know Christ Jesus. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1980.

Sri, Edward. Dawn of the Messiah: The Coming of Christ in Scripture. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005.

Winzen, Damasus. Pathways in Scripture: A Book-by-Book Guide to the Spiritual Riches of the Bible. Cincinnati: Charis Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2003.


Personal conversion stories:
Cuddy, Chris, ed. I Choose God: Stories from Young Catholics. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007. (This book is a collection of very inspiring conversion stories from young Catholics)

Herbeck, Peter and Debbie. When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press: Cincinnati, 2007. (An inspiring collection of personal testimonies from ordinary people who had life-changing encounters with the Holy Spirit.)

Madrid, Patrick, ed. Surprised by Truth: Eleven Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic. Irving: Basilica Press, 1994. (Inspiring collection of personal conversion stories --- and there’s also a second and third volume of more stories from more people.) Surprised by Truth 2: Fifteen Men and Women Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic. Manchester: Sophia Institute Press, 2000. Surprised by Truth 3: Ten More Converts Explain the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic. Manchester: Sophia Institute Press, 2002.

Murray, Lorraine V., Confessions of an Ex-Feminist. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2008.

Steichen, Donna, ed. Prodigal Daughters: Catholic Women Come Home to the Church. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1999.


Lectio Divina:
(An ancient, devotional method for prayerful reading of Scripture):
Salvail, Ghislaine. Duggan, Paul transl. At the Crossroads of the Scriptures: An Introduction
to Lectio Divina.
Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1996.

Masini, Mario. Lectio Divina: An Ancient Prayer That is Ever New. New York: Alba House, 1998.

Biblical background of Rosary:
These books go into the biblical background and meaning of the mysteries of the rosary --- will deepen one’s understanding and love for this prayer. Highly recommended:

Sri, Edward. The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights for Praying the 20 Mysteries, Cincinnati: Servant Books & St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2003.

Gray, Tim. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: Biblical Reflections on the Life of Christ. Steubenville: Emmaus Road, 2005.


Catholic Teaching on the Holy Spirit:
Apostoli, Andrew. Paraclete: The Spirit of Truth in the Church. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2005. The Advocate: The Spirit of Truth in the Life of the Individual Christian. New York: Alba House, 1999. The Comforter: The Spirit of Joy. New York: Alba House, 1995. The Gift of God: The Holy Spirit. New York: Alba House, 1994.

Cleveland, Rich. Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit: A Catholic Bible Study. Ijamsville, MD: Word Among Us Press, 2004. (This is a basic Bible study good for group or individual study.)

Herbeck, Peter. When the Spirit Comes in Power. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2003. Herbeck, Peter and Debbie. When the Spirit Speaks: Touched by God’s Word. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007. (An inspiring collection of personal testimonies from ordinary people who had life-changing encounters with the Holy Spirit.)

Martinez, Archbishop Luis M. The Sanctifier. Unabridged Edition. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 2003.

Scanlan, Fr. Michael. Let the Fire Fall. Steubenville: Franciscan University Press, 1997. (Inspiring autobiographical story of a former attorney who became a Franciscan priest and Catholic University president --- and his life-changing encounter with the Holy Spirit.)

Schreck, Alan. Your Life in the Holy Spirit: What Every Catholic Needs to Know and Experience. Ijamsville, MD: The Word Among Us Press, 1995.

Sheed, Frank J. The Action of the Holy Spirit: The Lord and Giver of Life. Ijamsville: The Word Among Us Press, 2006.


Catholic catechesis and evangelization:
Magisterial Documents

Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World), Pope Paul VI, 1995.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19751208_evangelii-nuntiandi_en.html

Redemptoris Missio (On the Permanent Validity of the Churches Missionary Mandate), Pope John Paul II, 1990. http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_07121990_redemptoris-missio_en.html

General Directory for Catechesis. Congregation for the Clergy, 1997.
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cclergy/documents/rc_con_ccatheduc_doc_17041998_directory-for-catechesis_en.html

National Directory for Catechesis
, USCCB, 2005. (Does not appear to be available online --- but can be purchased here: http://www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?sku=5-443&disccode=fall25 )

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States, USCCB, 1992.

USCCB Secretariat for Evangelization:
Consult the USCCB Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis website for extensive listings of Catholic evangelization organizations, programs, books, etc.

Books
Martin, Ralph, and Williamson, Peter, eds. Pope John Paul II and the New Evangelization: How You Can Bring the Good News to Others. Cincinnati: Servant Books, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2006. (Helpful collection of articles written by many different authors, covering wide range of topics in evangelization.)

Boguslawski, Steven and Ralph Martin, editors. The New Evangelization: Overcoming the Obstacles. New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2008.

Rivers, Robert S. From Maintenance to Mission: Evangelization and the Revitalization of
the Parish.
New York: Paulist Press, 2005.


Promoting Catholic ministry to women
Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women)
From their website: “ENDOW... is an educational organization that provides women with a forum through which to explore and understand what it means to be a feminine person created in God's image. As a basis for discovery, ENDOW promotes the New Feminism, which is defined by Pope John Paul II. The New Feminism recognizes and affirms the 'true genius of women' and responds to our culture's desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.” www.endowonline.com

Promoting Catholic ministry to men and family
St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers
A Catholic ministry and support network for men. From their website: “St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers is an informal international network of Christian men, under the patronage of St. Joseph, dedicated to strengthening the family.” www.dads.org


Occult and New Age
Article on Catholic teaching on occult practices from October 2008 issue of Catholic Chronicle:
"Occult Practices and the Catholic Faith" (PDF)

Vatican documents:
Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith http://www.ewtn.com/library/curia/cdfmed.htm

Jesus Christ: The Bearer of the Water of Life, Pontifical Council for Culture and Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue,
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents/rc_pc_interelg_doc_20030203_new-age_en.html
(This document examines the New Age movement and evaluates some of its main aspects in light of Catholic teaching.)

Welcome to the Diocese of Toledo religious education Media Center! This video lending library is your source for free access to Catholic videos, and is made possible by the very generous financial support of the Knights of Columbus!

  • Videos may be borrowed by catechists, teachers, ministry leaders, clergy and parishioners in the Diocese of Toledo
  • Videos will be mailed to parishes and schools in the Wednesday parish/school mailing if pickups cannot be made.
  • There is no charge for borrowing materials; however, return postage on media resources will be paid by users.
  • Borrowers are responsible for lost or unreturned material and will be billed the amount of replacement costs.
  • Most materials can be borrowed for a two-week period in order to allow time for previewing and lesson preparation (longer video programs may be borrowed for a longer period of time). Prompt return of resources is extremely important in order to accommodate persons or parishes waiting next in line to receive materials. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
  • Please rewind VHS videos before returning as a courtesy to the next borrower.
  • Visits to the Media Center are by appointment only. Please call 419-244-6711 ext. 330 or email spinkham@toledodiocese.org and we will be happy to schedule a time for your visit.


Process for Borrowing Videos

You can search our inventory of videos by clicking the subject link for specific categories (listed below). Each subject link will open a PDF document listing the videos in that category (some videos are listed in multiple categories).

Each entry will provide the following:

  • Media Title
  • Name of the Company or Publisher that produced the video
  • Call Number specific to each title
  • Subject Category
  • The copyright year
  • DVD or VHS
  • The run time
  • Whether it is part of a series
  • A short summary of the content


When you find a video that interests you, be sure to write down the "Media Call Number" and "Title" for that item. To request the item, either call or email Suzie Pinkham: phone 419-244-6711 ext. 330; email: spinkham@toledodiocese.org.


Biblical Interpretation

Old Testament

New Testament

Creed & Apologetics

Liturgy & Sacraments

Catholic Moral Teaching

Prayer, Spirituality, Devotions

Lives of Saints; Models of Faith

Religious Education Catechetical Method

Catholic Social Teaching

Current Moral Social Issues

History of Christianity

Pastoral and Lay Ministry

Parish Administration

Leadership Skills

Eastern Christianity

Various Christian Denominations

Judaism

World Religions

Religion and Science

Religion and the Arts

Chastity Formation and Sexuality

Popes and Bishops

Marriage and Family

Pilrimages and Holy Sites

Papal Teachings and Visits

Christian Stewardship

Youth Ministry

 



 

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults:
Diocese of Toledo RCIA Handbook

Sacramental Preparation:
Diocesan Policy for Sacramental Preparation

Mysterium Christi Diocesan Institute class schedule for 2014-15  click here

Catholic Distance University (CDU) courses:
These courses can be taken only by students of the Diocese of Toledo who are fulfilling requirements for their roles in religious education in our parishes and schools, or students of our diocese who have received prior approval from our office to take the courses using our office's tuition subsidy.  Also, all enrollments and payments for CDU courses can now be done directly at CDU's website click here     
(Enrollments and payments do not go through our office.  Once you are on CDU's page for the Diocese of Toledo, click the tab on the right of the page which says "How to Enroll" and follow the instructions.)  

Important course confirmation step:
Once you have finished a CDU course or seminar, CDU will send an email to you confirming that you completed the course.  Please foward a copy of that email to Suzie Pinkham at our office so we can update our records:  spinkham@toledodiocese.org
    

To find out which CDU online courses and seminars satisfy Diocese of Toledo requirements:  click here