The Catechist Tool Box is a database of some of the best free and paid resources that religious education teachers, parents, or students can use in their classrooms, their study groups, or their homes to supplement their curricula, enhance their presentation of the Catholic faith, and grow in their love of Christ.
"Blessed" for First Communion and Penance
This world-class program does more than prepare children for First Communion and First Penance. These resources take the children in your parish on an unforgettable adventure that captures their hearts, engages their sense of wonder, and will have them saying, “I want to be Catholic forever.” Starter Pack Include: 1 Student Workbook, 1 Leader Guide, 1 DVD Set (42 animated short films), and 1 Children’s Prayer Process Card. The kits are FREE, you pay only the shipping costs. To order, go to https://cart.dynamiccatholic.com/First-Communion-Program-Pack-p/pofcom-pp.htm.
Katie's Greatest Desire
Katie's Greatest Desire: A Child's Guide to Discovering a Vocation is a fine and free coloring book for early elementary students that focuses on helping children think about what their vocation from God might be.
Simply click on the menu icon at the bottom of the document to download.
Compliments of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation!
National Directory for Catechesis
A companion to the General Directory for Catechesis (GDC), the National Directory for Catechesis builds on some of the core themes of the GDC, like catechesis's relationship to evangelization and worship, and provides practical tools for doing catechesis well. This is a "must-have" for anyone in catechesis or Catholic education-teachers, principals, directors, and coordinators of religious education and youth ministry, catechists, and students in the field.
This website and video series is an excellent resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is an excellent tool for evangelization designed to raise the question of why marriage matters to society and what marriage redefinition may mean for religious freedom.
Written by Archbishop Michael Jackels when he was a priest of the Diocese of Lincoln, The Little Catechism on Confession is an attempt to respond to the most common objections and obstacles to the sacrament of Confession. It is offered to help people grow in their appreciation of the sacrament of Confession, and in their practice of it. Included in this booklet is an explanation of the sacrament of Confession, related passages from the Bible, prayers to express sorrow for sin, suggestions for penance to make up for sin, an examination of conscience, and an outline of how to actually make a Confession.
The Little Catechism on the Holy Eucharist
Also written by Archbishop Jackels, The Little Catechism on the Holy Eucharist is offered to help you deepen your knowledge of, and love for, the Eucharist. This booklet contains a brief explanation of what Catholics believe about the Eucharist. References about the Eucharist from the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are included, as well as a Glossary of words that have to do with the Eucharist. Finally, you will find a selection of prayers devoted to the Eucharist.
To order individual or bulk copies of The Little Catechism on Confession or The Little Catechism on the Holy Eucharist contact the Office of Religious Education at
or 402-473-0615. These booklets are produced by the Diocese of Lincoln and are sold at cost for $1.50 each (plus shipping).
Didache Series Resources
To aid teachers in using the Didache Series, the Midwest Theological Forum offers many free resources including practical reflections, review sheets, quizzes, tests, PowerPoints, videos, audio, a Jeopardy review, a flash card review, and a bingo review.
To access these resources simply contact Laura Ehrhardt at
who will provide a free sign-in code for their website at http://mtfresources.org/
A.D. Catholic Viewer's Guide
Based on the NBC television event, A.D. The Bible Continues: Catholic Viewer's Guide will help you fully experience each episode, providing important historical and theological context as you learn about the early Church and the first followers of Christ.
Excellent video series on the Complementarity of Man and Woman produced by The International Interreligious Colloquium. The Colloquium is sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family. Watch, rent or buy The Humanum Series.