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Meet Sr. Kathleen Glavich!
Meet Sr. Kathleen Glavich!
Posted by Brittany on April 12, 2013 11:29 Article Rating

I am pleased to introduce you to Kathleen Glavich, SND, author of Totally Catholic! A Catechism for Kids, and Their Parents and Teachers.

What inspired you to write Totally Catholic?

As far as I knew, there was a book for teenagers based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church but none for children. With my background as a seasoned religion teacher and an author of many books for children, I decided I could write one. I believe that just as Jesus cared about children, we should too.

Why is it important for children to be familiar with the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

Most Catholics come to know their faith as children. I think that some people who leave the Catholic Church do so because they never really learned what the Church teaches. They do not know what they are giving up. Children who are introduced to our beliefs have a better chance of growing into committed Catholics who love Jesus and his Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church presents all that Catholics believe. Children should know that it is a good source for answering their questions about the faith. 

One of the great features of Totally Catholic! is that it allows for the whole family to discover the faith together. How does this catechism meet the needs of children and parents who might be at different levels of faith practice?

Totally Catholic! translates the great truths of the faith into simple language that children can understand. The explanations include references to the children’s world. The pages are full of art, especially cartoons that appeal to children. Activities, prayers, and chapter summaries reinforce the key ideas. A bonus is that each chapter contains a Scripture passage and the story of a saint.

Parents can use the book as a refresher course or to fill in gaps of their understanding of the faith. Because each chapter gives a reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, parents can easily find more information about a topic if they wish. Reading and discussing the chapters and working the activities together, family members will all deepen their faith.

You recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates to speak at a conference for catechists. What advice do you have for those who would like to integrate diverse cultures and catechesis?

Incorporate religious customs from other cultures in catechesis. For example, bake a Three Kings Cake for Epiphany as Hispanics do, or weave a Navajo ojo de dios (eye of God). Introduce saints and devotions from other countries. Two new books are good resources: Companion to the Calendar (Liturgy Training Publications) and Tradiciones of Our Faith (World Library Publications).

Keep informed of the Church in other countries through the news. How are the Catholics in Syria faring during the war? Learn about the Church in one country through the Internet or by talking to someone from them. Did you know that about 85% of the United Arab Emirate population are workers from other nations, many of whom are Catholic? St. Joseph Cathedral in Abu Dhabi has 100,000 members!

With the “BTWs,” “Catholic VIPs,” and clever titles for your talks, you have quite the sense of humor! What’s your favorite way to put the funny in faith? 

I collect jokes related to religion. When I teach or give a talk, I use them for spice. Here is an anecdote that my friend, a second grade teacher, told on herself today: She informed her class that Pope Benedict XV had resigned. Immediately a little boy’s hand shot up. He declared, “When I was in the first grade, he was Pope Benedict XVI.”

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