This page lists great websites and online resources to help with your Table Talk sessions at home.
Readings & Reflections
Clean site with all of the readings. The site has a nice calendar widget right on the home page that allows you to click any day for the reading. The site also has other nicely organized information on the Bible (e.g., Books of the Bible, Understanding the Bible).
Includes the Sunday Connection - which has reflections / background for every age group, from 1st grade through 8th grade. They also have a nice e-newsletter that is sent every Monday morning.
Bishop Robert Barron’s Word On Fire ministry is an amazing, endless source of short, engaging lessons in all things Catholic. Each Thursday, Bishop Barron's posts his homilies for upcoming Sundays in advance.
Mark Hart, the Bible Geek, provides Sunday reflections each week from the Life Teen website.
Perhaps the best website to really get to know the readings. It includes various, easy to understand perspectives, such as: Study of the Readings, Historical Cultural Context, Thoughts from the early Church, Preparing for Sunday, etc.
- iBreviary iPhone App.
The first iPhone app approved by the Vatican, this is a free iPhone app that has the Mass readings, including the Liturgy of the Hours.
Every Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is recorded and can be streamed over the internet. Father opens with a quick reflection on the Gospel.
Indispensable Catholic Websites
The Vatican - vatican.va
On the home page is a handy way to find all the recent writings, activity and news relating to Pope Francis. You can check out photos and follow his current and upcoming activities. Do a bit more clicking and you can find just about any encyclical, papal writing or Church document you could want to read.
US Conference of Catholic Bishops - usccb.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website is bursting with searchable free resources like the New American Bible, theCatechism of the Catholic Church, Social Teachings, Church documents, Daily Mass readings, and a whole lot more.
New Advent - newadvent.org
This isn’t an optional site for most. It’s a bit of everything: the Catholic Encyclopedia, St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica in its com-plete text, writings of the Fathers of the Church, the Bible, and a full library of Church documents.
EWTN Global Catholic Network - ewtn.com
There’s the media linkage you’d expect to the TV and radio programming and the tireless news work they conduct. But there also are subsites on faith that could take you the rest of the year to plumb, including devotions, a document library and a dozen mini-sites that are beautiful, educational and awesome. They also have a subsite dedicated to kids, with games, prayers and TV programs.
Catechism of the Catholic Church - scborroomeo.org/cc.htm
Have you ever wished you could look up a reference in the catechism or find all the places where a certain phrase was mentioned? Have you ever struggled to remember where you read something or wondered what the catechism has to say about a topic? The administrators just recently made thesite mobile-friendly, so there’s no need to shy away from getting all your questions answered, even when you’re away from your computer.
Go-To Catholic Websites
Word on Fire - wordonfire.org
Father Robert Barron’s YouTube series is an amazing, endless source of short, engaging lessons in all things Catholic. Give your own faith a shot in the arm, and consider sharing these brilliant and entertaining talks with your students.
Catholic Answers - catholic.com
When it comes to “getting the best Catholic web ad-dress,” I think it’s safe to say Catholic Answers won. The founders of the site haven’t stopped just with a cool URL, though; they’re working tirelessly to help us all know how to explain and defend our faith by teaching us to better understand it.
Our Sunday Visitor - OSV.com
Our Sunday Visitor is one of the largest Catholic publishing companies in the U.S. Its mission is "to provide materials that help Catholics strengthen their relationship with Christ and with the Church." It is involved in the production of religious books, catechetical materials and numerous periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, Grace in Action, The Priest, The Catholic Answer, My Daily Visitor, and Take Out: Catholic Faith on the Go. This is a wonderful site with many good resources.
Catholic Culture - catholicculture.org
In addition to news and commentary, you’ll find liturgical readings, links, history, resources and even reviews of Catholic websites. It’s a site well-done and one worth visiting often.
- News.VA - The Vatican's official news network
- Catholic News Service - cathplicnews.com - This is compiled by the USCCB and is full of great links and information.
- Zenit - zenit.org - It's a newspaper in your Web browser, with Catholic perspectives on everything.
- Rome Reports - romereports.com - Not just news to read, there's also video.
These sites provide nice reflections on the Saints of the Liturgical Year. We look to Saints as our role models. Talking about Saints during your family meals make for casual, yet meaningful, conversation.
We also recommend that your two meals each week are based on the Saint of the Day - either based on the Saints homeland country (e.g., French food for St. Joan of Arc) or their symbolism (e.g., honey-based recipes for St. John Chrysostom - the 'golden mouthed saint').
Fun for the Whole Family
Catholic Mom - catholic-mom.com
Founded by popular speaker and writer Lisa Hendey, the site is almost a portal of things Catholic. There are daily features such as Daily Gospel Reflections, Tech Talk and Book Notes. Each Sunday, there are new Gospel activities. Each week there’s a giveaway of great Catholic resources. There are book club discussions and posts, a weekly Small Success link-up for moms to encourage one another and at least a half-dozen new columns a day from various contributors.
Catholic Dads - catholicdadsonline.com
“Catholic moms rock when it comes to building community. We men ... not so good.” And according to their “about” page, that’s what Catholic Dads is out to do. The topics range from masculinity to finances and include reviews, family life and culture concerns.
Catholic Family Celebrations - Catholicfamilycelebrations.com
If you need to find a particular feast day, you will have to know the date. A page of alphabetical Saints and Feastdays with their dates will be included later.
Catholic Icing - catholicicing.com
Who said raising Catholic kids was boring? As someone who’s decidedly craft-challenged, I appreciate Lacy Rabideau’s sunny instructions and her plethora of ideas. She makes it easy to smile about sharing the Faith with my kids.
Equipping Catholic Families - equippingcatholicfamilies.com
Some people, I have decided, must not sleep, and Monica McConkey is one of them. How else do you explain the way she transforms things like egg cartons into a liturgical feast day celebration center-piece, complete with a prayer service and a pseudo-bingo game on top? Well, OK, I’m exaggerating, but only slightly. Equipping Catholic Families shares plenty of ways to involve your whole family in actively being Catholic.
This site is a mecca for catechists and parents looking for free lesson plans, crafts, games, special events, and lots more
Catholic Playground - www.catholicplayground.com
Catholic Playground began several years ago during a search for Catholic dot-to-dots and coloring pages. Because we couldn’t always find exactly what we were looking for, we started to create our own coloring pages. The next natural step was to make those pages available to others who might like them as well.
Today, Catholic Playground is a family apostolate that has expanded far beyond dot-to-dots and coloring pages. New ideas are created and tested regularly. Everyone contributes, from the oldest members of the family to the 2 youngest members, who love to test new CP ideas (especially the recipes!).
Recipes & Food
The Catholic Cuisine website provides great recipe ideas based on the Liturgical Seasons and Feast Days of the Saints. Basing your meal on the theme of a Saint is a fun, wonderful context for your family meal.
You don't have to love to cook to love Jeff Young's brand of Catholic. His goal is to highlight 'how food - good food - can be a sign of God's love and care for each of us and our families.
- The Food Network - terrific website with recipes by ingredients, nationality and cooking shows and personalities - such as Giada De Luarentis
- The Kitchn - wonderful Pinterest stye website recipes from various regions around the world, including these 8 recipes in Lorraine, France in honor of St. Joan of Arc.
- Movie Reviews, by Father Barron
- WingClips - wingclips.com - Movies clips that illustrate and inspire
- ChristianFilms.com - a Christian film production company as well as a distribution company, founded in 1999, by brothers Bobby Downes and Kevin Downes
- Crosswalk Movies - Movie reviews from a Christian perspective
- Movie Reviews, by 'Spirituality and Practice' - Latest Releases | The Most Sprititually Literate Films of 2012
- Faith and Entertainment - faithandentertainment.com | The Top 7 Most Anticipated Christian Movies in 2014>
- Lifeteen.com - Catholic Movie Reviews
Decent Films Guide - decentfilms.com
Art & Symbolism
- Image Journal - a great conversation source for Christianity and the arts.
Theology of the Body
- www.christopherwest.com – Theology of the Body
- St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body: https://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp2tbind.htm
- Theolology of the Body. Father John Riccardo's 11 part Podcast Series.
- www.christopherwest.com – Theology of the Body
Various Other Websites
www.fisheaters.com – guide to Catholic customs and traditions
https://www.crosswalk.com - where faith and life intersect, Christian blog - eMagazine
www.godtube.com/ -God Tube –Religious Videos
www.wordonfire.org/ - Father Robert Barron’s website –the Catholicism Project
https://www.ignatius.com/promotions/catholic-study-bible/ -perhaps the best study bible
www.usccb.org/catechism/text/- Catechism of the Catholic Church Online
www.usccb.org/nab/bible/index.shtml- The Bible Online
www.loyolapress.org –3 minute retreats, Sunday connection, and much more
www.creativecatechist.com –Creative Catechist Magazine
www.lifeteen.com – great resource for teens
www.catholicyouthministry.com – great resource for teens
www.smp.org –Sign up for free reflections on the Sunday readings for Teens
www.ncregister.com- Catholic News Source
www.RevisedRomanMissal.org – sources, YouTube videos, worksheets for New Roman Missal
www.dioceseofjoliet.org – Diocese Website
www.thereasonforourhope.org – Father Larry Richards –inspirational CD’s and homilies
www.salvationhistory.com – Scott Hahn, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, -Sunday Reflections
www.catholiconline.org- great source for Catholic News and traditions
www.catholicculture.org- great source for the Liturgical Year
www.lifesitenews.com – great resource on pro-life issues
www.grassrootsfilms.com – The Human Experience and Fishers of Men (great vocation video)
www.motherofallpeoples.com - Mark Miravalle’s website devoted to the Blessed Mother
www.relevantradio.com – Catholic Radio