St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center


Parent Adult Presentation

GIFT Session 7 from Susan O'Connell on Vimeo.

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The Last 7 Words of Christ

Journey Home - Open to God's Word

Palm Sunday Movie Recommendation

Paschal Mystery and Easter

Triduum Parent Reflection

We Remember Triduum Prayer

Holy Week Family Resources:

10 Ways to Help Children Appreciate the Triduum

Joyce Donahue suggests 10 ways catechists can help children appreciate the liturgies of the Triduum. 

Holy Week Resources
Start here for Holy Week activities, videos, and prayers. 

Arts & Faith: Lent
In the Arts & Faith: Lent series, Daniella Zsupan-Jerome presents a visual prayer experience for each of the days of the Triduum.

Easter Family Resources:


Parent Adult Presentation

GIFTJanuary from Susan O'Connell on Vimeo.

Other resources on Faith:

Vocation: Called and Sent

6 Family Activities to explore the vocations of the Catholic Church from a general (all the baptized) to specific (priest, religious, married, single) perspective.

Vocation: Recommended Web Links 

Vocation: A Week of Prayer

7 daily prayers that can be used in one week for various vocations in our church, including our own. Use them each day at daily meals.

Prepare for Lent: Mardi Gras Activities

Ideas to help your family prepare for Lent. 

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Call and Vocation - Recommended Reading

Morning and Night Prayers for January and February

Letter to Parents requesting prayers for children preparing for sacraments

Sacraments of Holy Orders and Matrimony

Information about the Sacraments from Loyola Press

Prayer for all family vocations

Family Home Activity to help children respond to God's call

A family activity for parents to help their children identify their gifts and find ways to use those gifts to understand their call from God. Begin with telling your child what his or her gifts are. 

Holy Orders Rituals

Rituals that can be done in the home to help children understand "call" and practices of being "priest" to each other


Parent Adult Presentation

2015 December GIFT from Susan O'Connell on Vimeo.

Other resources on Faith:

Jubilee of Mercy: Vatican Official Page

Here you can access videos, news highlights, Pope Francis's messages on Mercy, prayers, the official logo, and other resources. Check back frequently for the latest updates. Here you can also register to pass through the Holy Door of Saint Peter's Basilica this holy year in Rome if you are able to make the pilgrimage. According to Catholic teaching, walking through Holy Doors results in an remission from sin, when accompanied by prayer and repentance. (Note the doors of the Cathedral in Gary will also be opened as a Holy Door.)

Jubilee Year of Mercy Activities and Worksheets 

Links to several websites that offer ideas, information, crafts, books, and more related to the Year of Mercy including the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, and Divine Mercy 

Loyola Press: Family, Faith, and Fun

Ideas for ways to nurture your family's faith. Loyola Press is a Jesuit Ministry.


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What does it mean to forgive?

Forgiveness and Reconciliation Prayer

Recommended Reading and Viewing Ideas on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Recommended Web Sites on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Act of Contrition, Act of Sorrow, and Prayer of Absolution

Family Activity on Reconciliation

Giving and Receiving Forgiveness Family Activity

Additional Resources on Reconciliation

Works of Mercy Prayer Service

Celebrating Advent as a Family: Ideas from author Meredith Gould 

Parent Adult Presentation

OctoberGIFT from Susan O'Connell on Vimeo.

Facts about the Sacraments
What are Catholic Sacraments and Prayers

The Sacraments - Why do we do the things we do?

Debbie Tatum presented Sacraments at Adult Formation on Monday, Oct. 5 at St. T's 


Other Resources on Faith

KidMin PowerPack - October

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Sacraments are a Really Big Deal 
Praying with our Kids
Parents as Leaders of Family Prayer
Saint Teresa of Avila 


Parent Adult Presentation 

2015 September GIFT from Susan O'Connell on Vimeo.

One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic - what does that mean?

Bishop Hying - What are the Marks of the Church? 

Other Resources on Faith: 

Why Does Our Family Believe in Christianity

Today more than ever, parents are aware that we have a fight on our hands in giving our kids a spiritual upbringing—especially one with Jesus at the center. This resource helps parents tackle the most common arguments against Christianity, issues that are relevant and timely, and/or ways to help kids stand strong and mature in the faith. 

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Church - What or Who Is It?

The Church of the Home 

Home Activity 

Learning Through Video

Table Prayer 



2015 Parent Meeting Presentation


Gift Sessions 2016-2017

 All sessions are held from 9:15 am-10:45 am

September 11, 2016 February 12, 2017
October 9, 2016
March 12, 2017
November 13, 2016
April 9, 2017
December 11, 2016

May 7, 2017

January 8, 2017
June 4, 2017

 Classes are held in the Urschel Business and Gellersen Engineering Buildings. Grades 10-12 meet in the Antioch room on the upper floor of St. Teresa Church. 

 Parent Resources

2016- 2017 Parent Handbook

Grade Level Prayers for Students

Catholic Prayer Handbook 

Parent Advisory Board

Adult Faith Formation

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