Resources for Parish Leaders
Videos, podcasts, articles, and other helpful resources to help your parish.

Plan to be Flexible

When the future is uncertain, plan to be flexible.

Online Sacramental Preparation

Marriage Certification Course

Joy-Filled Marriage offers engaging and effective online marriage preparation that is convenient for couples and flexible for parishes and dioceses.

The Online Certification includes:

  • Powerful, award-winning videos based on the Theology of the Body
  • Online digital Couple’s Guide that include summaries, activities and discussion questions
  • Assessment quizzes for each session to check for understanding
  • Course completion certificate, certifying all sessions have been watched and course materials completed

Flexible marriage prep for an uncertain future.

Baptism Certification Course

Continue Baptism preparation at your parish no matter what the future holds.

Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God, Certification Course includes:

  • Engaging and effective videos with Father Mike Schmitz
  • Online digital Parent’s Guide that includes summaries, activities and discussion questions
  • Assessment quizzes for each session to check for understanding
  • Course completion certificate, certifying all sessions have been watched and course materials completed

Belonging is the flexible option for online Baptism prep.

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Within this video, your host Colin MacIver provides tips and strategies to help your small groups to move from a face-to-face to an online setting.

Free Resources for You to Share with Your Parishioners

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Free Lessons

“What Makes Me Happy?”
From Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation

This helps to put life in perspective. With teens taken out of school and distanced from their social relationships (friends, sports, clubs), this video can help them to reconsider life, and the purpose of life.

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“How Does God Help When It Hurts?”
From Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation

We ask things like “why did God allow this to happen?” Father Toups walks through the devastation of New Orleans. We haven't experienced a hurricane, but this is relatable in this time of world-wide crisis. It is important to remember that God is with us in the suffering.

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“Lectio Divina”
From Oremus: A Guide to Catholic Prayer

Every word in Scripture is ripe with meaning. You will learn the four steps in the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina, so that you can meditate on the Word of God unlike ever before.

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“The Greatest Gift”
From Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed

Through a cinematic presentation of the Mass, teens will be invited to ponder the deep mysteries that have been present before their very eyes each week, and how everything we experience at Mass is designed to lead us to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

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“Living God's Plan for a Joy-Filled Marriage”
From Joy-Filled Marriage: God's Plan for Love

A couple married more than sixty years offer advice and encouragement and witness to the joy and fun marriage has brought them, and Christopher West advises on how to keep God as the foundation of marriage in a practical way.

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Videos that address the pandemic

How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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Staying Catholic while Stuck at Home

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The Meaning of Suffering

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Why God Allows Us to Go through Hard Times

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Why Do We Offer Up Suffering?

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Podcasts that address the pandemic

THE TIGHTROPE

A Rule for Your Domestic Monastery

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THE JEFF CAVINS SHOW

The Fear behind Closed Doors

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FR. MIKE SCHMITZ

How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

Coronavirus, the Domestic Church, and 5 Practical Takeaways

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GIRLFRIENDS

6 Tips for Parenting Your Children Through COVID-19

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ALL THINGS CATHOLIC

Challenges Catholics Face during COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

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THE TIGHTROPE

Love and the Little Prince in the Age of Social Distancing

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Articles that address the pandemic

How to Have Mass at Home with Your Family
by Dr. James Merrick

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Be Not Afraid: The Coronavirus and Meeting God in Uncertainties
by Dr. Edward Sri

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Life Isn't Cancelled: Staying Connected with Your Family, Parish, and School
by Colin MacIver

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A Faithful Response to Canceled Masses amid COVID-19
by Taylor Tripodi

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A Confirmation Teacher Shares Her Tricks for Online Confirmation Prep
by Caroline Harvey

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Videos about prayer

Why Is Prayer So Hard?

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The Jesus Prayer Might Radically Change Your Prayer Life

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Does God Always Show Us the Fruits of Our Prayer?

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How to Get Kids to Pray

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Tips for Praying

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Articles about prayer

Prayers for Times of Suffering, Trial, and Anxiety
by Fr. Robert Spitzer

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St. Ignatius on Overcoming Desolation
by Dr. Andrew Swafford

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What Parents (and Youth Leaders) Can Learn from a Six-Year-Old's Prayer
by Mark Hart

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A Sinner's Guide to Catholic Prayer
by Merridith Frediani

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Blessed Not Stressed: Dealing with Anxiety
by Allison DeBoer

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  • Week of 03/23

Monday - 03/23

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary
Streaming on Facebook

Tuesday - 03/24

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary with Jeff Cavins
Leader subject to change
Streaming on Facebook

Wednesday - 03/25

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary with Dr. Edward Sri
Leader subject to change
Streaming on Facebook

8pm EDT

Ascension LIVE: Dr. Edward Sri on The Passion of Christ
Dr. Sri dives into the last four days of Christ’s life before the crucifixion in a powerful 30 minute session

Length: 30min
Streaming on Facebook

Related resource: No Greater Love Book

Thursday - 03/26

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary with Sarah & Andrew Swafford
Leader subject to change
Streaming on Facebook

8pm EDT

Ascension LIVE: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio on the Life of Christ
Dr. D’Ambrosio walks through the life of Jesus Christ in an intimate portrait that helps Catholics get to know Christ so they can make him Lord of their life

Length: 30min
Streaming on Facebook

Related resource: Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life Book

Friday - 03/27

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary with Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Leader subject to change
Streaming on Facebook

7pm EDT

Stations of The Cross with Fr. Mark Toups (Pre-Recorded)
Streaming on Facebook & Ascension Presents YouTube

8pm EDT

Ascension LIVE: Jeff Cavins’ Walking Toward Eternity Special Edition (Part 1/8)
Jeff Cavins hosts a virtual study experience of Walking Towards Eternity, a practical, biblical study about hope amid suffering

8 Part Series
Length: 45min Sessions
Mondays & Fridays
Streaming on Facebook

Required reading: Walking Toward Eternity Special Edition Digital Workbook

Saturday - 03/28

9:30am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Josh Johnson
Streaming on Facebook

4pm EDT

LIVE Rosary with Matthew Pinto
Leader subject to change
Streaming on Facebook

5:30pm EDT

LIVE Mass for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Fr. Sean Loomis
Streaming on Facebook

Sunday - 03/29

10am EDT

LIVE Mass with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Streaming on Ascension Presents YouTube

11am EDT

LIVE Mass with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Streaming on Facebook & Ascension Presents YouTube

4pm EDT

Rosary with the CFRs (Pre-Recorded)
Streaming on Facebook

Live Webinar Series for Parish Leaders

Webinars are scheduled for Tuesdays at 2pm (bi-weekly)