Faith Formation Pastoral Resources

Children and Family Catechesis

  • Faith Formation – Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Build. Plant. Grow. is a free faith formation program for schools, parishes, and families. Engaging lesson plans pair scriptural readings with children’s literature and experiential education.

Faith Formation – Build, Plant, Grow

  • Sunday Connection – Loyola Press

Our Sunday Connection will help you prepare for the Sunday readings at mass. Find information on Catholic Sunday readings at Loyola Press.

Sunday Connection 

  • Finding God: Families – Loyola Press

Finding God offers parents and families materials specifically designed for use at home whether catechesis takes place in the parish, school, or home. From at-home, family friendly lesson plans, to interactive study guides, to the exciting online game Fishers of Faith, the activities listed below will refresh your own faith while helping you become an active partner in your child’s faith …

Parents & Students

  • Lent | RCL Benziger

Free Lenten Resources by RCL Benziger to send home.

Lent Resources

  • Teaching Catholic Kids – Family Faith on the Go!

Teaching Catholic Kids, from Our Sunday Visitor, is a valuable online tool for parents, teachers and catechists. Take advantage of these great resources.

  • Catholic Family Resources

Information for Catholic families and living as a Catholic family. Find family prayers and other Catholic family resources at Loyola Press.

Our Catholic Family

  • Living as a Catholic Family

Family, Faith, and Fun. Catholic family life is an opportunity to recognize the grace of God in daily living. Choose a link below for ideas on how to nurture your family’s faith.

Family Faith & Fun 

  • How to Practice Lent | CRS Rice Bowl

What should I give up for Lent? The Catechism invites Catholics to abstain from meat during the Fridays in Lent. Preparing meatless meals—like the ones we collect from countries around the world—is a great Lenten activity for families, offering an experience of global solidarity without ever needing to leave the kitchen! 

How to Practice Lent

  • Catholic Family Faith

Ascension Catholic Community (Melbourne, FL) Commentaries and Readings for Liturgical Years A, B, C Click on a season on this page to be taken to the readings for all 3 cycles of the lectionary including commentaries and reflection for that part of the liturgical year.


  • Catholic Family Faith – Celebrating Rituals

Meal time is one of those daily activities that we can ritualize, offering prayer together, talking about our lives, creating stronger family bonds. Ten Tips for Better Mealtimes.


  • Catholic Education

What is “Catholic character,” why does it matter, and what can we do as parents to develop it in our children? he best way to answer those questions…

Building Catholic Character: 5 Things Parents Can Do

  • Catholic Brain

Launched in 2017, CatholicBrain provides an innovative solution for Pre K – 8th grade faith formation and religious education. Our tools enable schools and parishes to deliver an outstanding faith learning experience; engaging students and involving parents in faith formation, equipping catechists and religion teachers and empowering DREs and school administrators.

Catholic Brain – Website

  • Pflaum Children’s Liturgy of the Word

To help families Pflaum is offering a FREE digital version of the Children’s Leaflets for their Spring Quarter (March 1st – May 24th) of Children Celebrate! our Children’s Liturgy of the Word program.

Children’s Liturgy

  • Worship@Home

In this challenging time when many of us are unable to attend Mass in person, here’s a great way that you can pray together as a family.

  •  Faith At Home –

In an effort to assist Catholics everywhere, we are opening our doors to make the FORMED platform free to everyone for the next 40 days. Sign up today and get immediate access to the best Catholic movies, faith formation videos, audio talks, and great children’s videos.

Faith at Home

  • Audible Stories

Free stories for kids of all ages. Audible Stories is a free website where kids of all ages can listen to hundreds of Audible audio titles across six different languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Japanese—for free, so they can keep learning, dreaming and just being kids.

  • Order of Mass & The Act of Spiritual Communion

As many Catholic communities are taking part in online celebrations of the Mass, RCL Benziger is pleased to provide you with the Order of Mass and the directions for the Act of Spiritual Communion.

Please click here for PDF file

  • Bayard Faith Resources

During the current health crisis caused by COVID-19, Bayard is providing the texts of the Sunday liturgies to you free of charge as an aid to worship, especially for those who cannot attend Sunday liturgies because of illness or because they have been cancelled.

Bayard Resources

  • Your Life Your Voice

Boys Town provides recommendations and suggestions that will reduce anxiety and family stress, keep you connected and help remain resilient. Good resources for Teens.

9 steps to taking care of yourself

  • Daily Dose of Digital Support

Boys Town offers a vast library of parenting information and articles developed over many decades by their child behavior experts. Explore the Boys Town’s Parenting Principles Tips.

Digital Support

Talking to Children about COVID-19

  • Coronavirus Response Lesson

This Coronavirus Response Lesson helps educators, catechists, or parents discuss the COVID-19 virus with children and teach them valuable skills.

Response Lesson


In 2016, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership awarded the New Wineskins Award to the Strong Catholic Family Faith Project Team for their development of this website. The SCFF Project Team continues to curate resources, and we look forward to welcoming new NCCL member collaborators to ensure the continued growth of this project.

Catholic family faith

  • The Pastoral Center

A Faith Response to the Coronavirus & other Pastoral.

A Faith Response

  • Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Information about the Coronavirus can be frightening and cause people, especially children, to feel unsafe. Parents today must be increasingly diligent about monitoring and supervising the information their children are able to access.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Adult Faith Formation

  • Relevant Radio

Relevant Radio® has been helping people bridge the gap between faith and everyday life through informative, entertaining, and interactive programming twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.

Welcome to Relevant Radio – America’s Talk Radio Network for Catholics

  • Word on Fire

    Resource Type. Looking for homilies or DVDs? Maybe you’d rather check out the blog. Search by media type to see all that Word on Fire has to offer.

Word on Fire

  • Magis Center

The Magis Center provides comprehensive and systematic responses to restore, reconstruct, and revitalize belief in God, the transcendent dignity of every person, the significance of virtue, the higher levels of happiness, love, and freedom, and the real presence of Jesus Christ.

Magis Center: Catholic Answers to Science, Faith and Reason

  • Vimeo Film – Humanum

Encountering the harmony of Man, Woman, and Creation through film.

Humanum on Vimeo

  • Grotto Network

The past few days of unpredictability has halted life’s mundane activities. COVID-19 is the new normal. Fresh concerns have come to the forefront: Do we have enough supplies to maintain our lives as we isolate ourselves?

During This Time of Uncertainty, Have a New Mindset | Grotto Network

  • Aleteia

With dioceses around the world canceling public Masses for weeks to come, many Catholics are already feeling starved for the Eucharist. When the world is fighting a global pandemic, it seems that t…

Saints who have had to live without the Eucharist

  • New Advent

And so it’s Sunday and you can’t go to Mass. We are all “shut-ins” now… Kathryn Jean Lopez I frequently think about the people in parts of the world who can’t get to Mass every Sunday and those for whom it is an act of courage to go to Sunday Mass. Think of the Christians in the Amazon, which has been a hot topic of late, in the first category.


  • Franciscan Media

Franciscan Media, formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press, seeks to help Christians grow closer to God by creating inspiring and innovative products in the spirit of St. Francis. St. Anthony Messenger magazine, Servant Books, and inspire Catholics to live in love and grow in faith.

Saint of the Day – Franciscan Media

  • Vatican

Visiting the official website of the Holy See one can browse: the Magisterium of the Supreme Pontiffs (from Pope Leo XIII to Pope Francis); the fundamental texts of Catholicism in various languages (the Sacred Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the Code of Canon Law); the documents of…

The Holy See


  • An Ignatian Prayer Adventure – Spiritual Exercises Online Retreat

Welcome to An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. This is an adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises. Materials are modified from the longer retreat in The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien, SJ. The eight-week schedule makes it perfectly timed as a Lent and Easter retreat, but the adventure can be …

Ignatian spirituality 

  • Daily Reflections Video – United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Watch a video reflection by clicking on a month button below.; Read the daily readings by clicking a day in the calendar on the right; Listen to the daily readings podcasts; Find more information on the New American Bible; Daily Video Reflections getting a new look and feel. As we continue to provide a video reflection each day, we are making changes in our video service to be compatible with …

Daily Video

  • 3-Minute Retreats

The daily 3-Minute Retreat is a short prayer break at your computer that can give you 24 hours of peace. Take a moment to reflect on Luke 24:30-31.

3-Minute Retreat prayer