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- Pray one prayer each week from the Book of Mary during morning announcements.
- Use the prayer on page 19 of the Book of Mary as a way to pray for the welfare of the children or young people in your school.
- Teach students prayers and devotions to Mary during the month of May and Advent using the Book of Mary.
- Hand out A Prayer for Life prayer cards as a part of a spring "Gift of Life" Mass or prayer service for the school.
- Recite A Prayer for Life each morning at the end of announcements.
- Invite the entire school to pray the Prayer for Peace on the first class day after January 1, the Feast of Mary, the Mother of God.
- Start or end the school day with the Prayer for Peace whenever there is an outbreak of violence in the local community.
- Recite Prayer for Peace each morning at the end of announcements.
- Give copies of Prayer for Peace to every child or young person.
- Start a men's ministry group using the format suggested in the final chapter of Hearing Christ's Call.
- Use the essays, "Men in Family Life," "Catholic Men as Disciples in the Workplace," and "Fathers, Sons, and Brothers: Catholic Men Transforming the World," from Hearing Christ's Call as sources of ongoing reflection on Christian discipleship during mystagogy.
- Hang a copy of the poster Excerpts from "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching" in your school or classrooms during Lent and highlight one of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching during each of Lent.
- Distribute the cards Excerpts from "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching" to students as reminders of the seven themes of Catholic social teaching.
- Send copies of the Excerpts from "Sharing Catholic Social Teaching" cards home with students and parents, and encourage them to read one principle each day of the week.
- Create a quilt of pictures based on the themes of The Harvest of Justice Is Sown with Peace.
- Develop a song or skit that presents the main themes of The Harvest of Justice Is Sown with Peace and present it to your youth group or younger children in your school.
- Give copies of A Prayer for Life to every child.
- Use the Prayer for Peace as a starting point for discussion about ways to work for peace in your school, parish, and community.
- Use Prayers for the Lenten and Easter Seasons to teach various prayers of Lent and Easter to elementary and middle school children.
- Use Prayers of the Lenten and Easter Season for personal prayer as well as a resource in the classroom.
- Read the principle and practice sections of Principles, Prophecy, and a Pastoral Response at the beginning of each class session. Lead a discussion using the questions in the back of the book or use the questions for journaling.
- Lead the class in one decade of the rosary each morning during the third week of Advent from A Scriptural Rosary for Justice and Peace.
- Pray the joyful mysteries from A Scriptural Rosary for Justice and Peace and use it as a basis to discuss the most hopeful aspects of your school community. Submit an article about it to your local newspaper.
- Ask students to read To Be a Christian Steward, the summary that is included in Stewardship: A Disciple's Response. What does stewardship mean for someone their age? How can they live a life of good stewardship?
- Ask students to compose, as individuals or as a group, a sermon on stewardship. Which of Jesus' teachings would they use?
- Teach elementary school children the rosary using Unity in Diversity: A Scriptural Rosary.
- Use the joyful mysteries in Unity in Diversity: A Scriptural Rosary as a way to discuss how Mary and Joseph were treated as strangers on their journey.
- Invite middle or high school students to lead the Way of the Cross on one of the Fridays in Lent.
- Use Way of the Cross as a resource to plan a weekly Stations of the Cross during Lent for the entire school or individual classes.
- Study the brochure "Ideas for Schools, Religious Education, and Youth Programs" from the Welcoming the Stranger Kit. Pick out one activity to do with your class within the next month.
- Read in Genesis about Abraham, the common patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Invite leaders of the Muslim, Jewish, and other Christian communities to speak to your class or school, and discuss the challenges of Welcoming the Stranger Among Us, especially when the "stranger" is our neighbor, friend, or colleague.
- • Review the U.S. bishops' statement In All Things Charity and identify one social concern that will become the focus of your group's attention and efforts.
- Use the questions in Called to Faithful Citizenshipto identify the top ten behaviors that a faithful citizen must have in order to bear witness to the Gospel in your community.
- Host a discussion on what it means to act justly in our everyday lives in our families, at work, as consumers, and as citizens, based on the reflections of the U.S. bishops in Everyday Christianity.
- Identify the ways in which you are called to build a culture of life as articulated in Living the Gospel of Life, especially in your local community.
- Go to the websites of the various organizations listed in the brochure A People of Life which highlights the U.S. bishops' teaching on the value of human life.
- Lead a discussion using the brochure Rejoicing in the Asian and Pacific Presence to identify how to better welcome Asian and Pacific Catholics in your community.