Director’s Blog – Catechetical comments for Catholics written by SJEC Director Matthew Halbach, PhD

6 Feb, 2018

Chocolates & Ribbon Candy

2018-02-06T11:24:03+00:00 Feb 6th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day! For some Catholics, Valentine's Day will either go uncelebrated or celebrated on another day of the week. For others, Valentine's Day will be looked upon as a solemnity out-ranking Ash Wednesday. Our church is full of diverse viewpoints, for better or worse. I've decided that [...]

12 Sep, 2017

Getting Real with God

2017-10-24T13:28:26+00:00 Sep 12th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Our faith in Christ can exist on many levels, from the most superficial to the deepest and most intimate. We see this same spectrum present in the Gospels. Some people encountered Jesus and went about their merry way, taking nothing from the experience and, as a consequence, remaining unchanged. Others, like the Apostle Thomas who [...]

13 Jul, 2017

Reflections on the National Convocation on Evangelization

2017-07-13T11:35:03+00:00 Jul 13th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

I had the privilege of attending the National Convocation on Evangelization in Orlando, FL a couple of weeks ago. What a gathering! Almost all of the dioceses in our country were represented by delegation. The keynotes were exceptional and most of the breakouts offered practical wisdom for going out to the margins of our church [...]

9 May, 2017


2017-10-24T13:29:33+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

Discipleship might be an unfamiliar word for Catholics. It is used often in Protestant communities, particularly the Evangelical and Non-denominational. Yet, it ought to be a word that all Christians understand and hold dear because it describes what we are called to be. From the moment of our baptism the Lord calls us to discipleship; [...]

7 Mar, 2017

Lent as a Time to be Stretched

2017-10-24T13:31:26+00:00 Mar 7th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Director's Blog|Tags: |0 Comments

The word "Lent" literally means "to lengthen" or "to stretch"--a fitting name for a season inspired by Jesus' time alone in the wilderness, his fasting and temptations. Let me first say that if you are already struggling to keep your Lenten promise(s) . . . that's totally normal! Lent should stretch you, make you push [...]