Forming-ConsciencesForming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Catechists and Educators

Information for parish leaders on what the Church teaches about participating in public life, including guidelines for conducting political candidate forums, encouraging civil dialogue, prayers, reflections, graphics, bulletin inserts, and homily, liturgy, and prayer suggestions.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

Teaching document from the U.S. Catholic Bishops on the political responsibility of Catholics for exercising their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. It calls Catholics to form their consciences in the light of their faith and to bring Catholic moral principles to the debate and decisions about candidates and issues.

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Questions for Reflection and Discussion Based on Faithful Citizenship

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Summary of Faithful Citizenship

PowerPoint presentation from Catholic Charities USA summarizing Faithful Citizenship

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Videos for Faithful Citizenship

Includes examples of Faithful Citizenship, a video quiz and more.

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Graphics for Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship

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Directors of Religious Education and Catechists' Recommendations

Ideas and activities for including Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship into religious education programs.

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Catholic Schools Principals and Teachers' Recommendations

Ideas and activities for including Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship into Catholic school classrooms.

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Jr. High and High School Discussion and Learning Activities

Lesson plans and ideas for exploring Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship with junior high and high school students.

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Adult Education and Small Faith Community Sharing

Format for exploring Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship with adult faith formation groups or small groups in parishes.

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Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans can be used for intergenerational sessions where families and individuals of all ages gather for prayer and then break out into age appropriate groups. Or they can be done independently in a more traditional catechetical setting or Catholic school classroom.

Elementary Lesson Plans

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Jr. High and High School Lesson Plans

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Adult Lesson Plans

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Youth Ministry

Activities for including Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship in youth ministry programs.

Youth Ministry Recommendations

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Youth Ministry Discussion and Learning Activities

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Activities for Youth

Developing Faith-based Action Plans for Children and Adolescents

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Justice, Fairness and Changing the Rules Game

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Poverty and Justice: The Bean Game

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Decoding Voting Message Game

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Liturgy and Prayer Suggestions

During the months and weeks preceding election day, but particularly on Nov 4, 2012, eucharistic liturgies and prayers associated with other parish activities provide opportunities to reflect on our responsibilities as "faithful citizens."

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General Prayer and Reflection Resources

Prayer and reflection experiences that help parishioners understand more deeply how to recognize Christ in the poorest and most vulnerable, and then how to respond to the call to act on their behalf through political involvement.

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Family Guide for Faithful Citizenship

A guide for discussing political matters with family members of all ages.

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Prayers

Novena for Faithful Citizenship

Novena, rooted in the biblical tradition and the Church's social teaching, to promote justice and peace in our neighborhoods, our country, and our world.

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Praying Like a Faithful Citizen

Suggestions for nine ways to pray like a Faithful Citizen.

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Prayer Before an Election

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Prayer After an Election

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Blogs: Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.

Eleven-part series from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops unpacking and exploring the themes of the U.S. Bishops's document on political responsibility, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." It will include issues affecting human life and dignity, hot-button social concerns, and the principles that shape the conscience formation and civic involvement of Catholics.

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Spanish Blogs/Blogs Español: A los católicos les importa. los católicos votan.

Elección especial serie de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos

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Contact

Theresa McKenna | Department of Living Justice
Phone: (920) 272-8291 | 1-887-500-3580, ext. 8291
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