Katie Diltz

Katie Diltz
Katie oversees the area of professional formation for Echo participants and works closely with Notre Dame's Department of Theology to coordinate Echo participants' movement through the M.A. in Theology degree program. She also provides ongoing support to current Echo apprentices and theology teachers throughout their time in the program.

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Creating Catechetical Lessons for Parents and Kids

Posted by Katie Diltz on Mar 27, 2020 11:44:07 AM

“I desperately need guidance as a catechist. I'm being told by my DRE . . . to 'send home lessons.'
I'm not a professional educator. I don't have back up or tools or tech support. Just a mandate to do it.”
—Recent comment from a blog reader

Planning lessons as a catechist can be challenging. Planning lessons to send home for parents to complete with their children can be even more difficult! Whether you find yourself as a catechist in a religious education program that is dividing its time between classroom instruction on the church campus and family instruction at home or you’re experiencing a global pandemic and suddenly need to prepare lessons to send home for several weeks, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

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Topics: catechesis, teaching resources, COVID-19 Resources, religious education

A Catholic Approach to Gift-Giving

Posted by Katie Diltz on Dec 4, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Every year, I find myself struggling with Christmas gift shopping. I want to be generous, I like to give people gifts, but I don’t want to give in to the temptation of consumerism that plagues us during the holidays. 

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Topics: Laudato Si', holidays, gift giving, Christmas

Embracing Parish Life, Part 4: Getting Involved

Posted by Katie Diltz on Sep 18, 2019 7:12:00 AM

In thinking about writing a series for young adults on embracing parish life, I began by informally surveying young adult Catholics in my social networks. The 85 people who responded to my Google survey represent an atypical sampling of millennials (my social networks are exceptionally Catholic-y): 80% attend Mass at least weekly, 80% are registered at their parishes, and 83.5% donate to their parishes at least occasionally. And, yet, only 55.3% of this group can definitively say that they feel like part of their parish communities. 

We go to Mass, we’re registered, we donate, but we don’t feel like we belong. What are we missing?

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Topics: Millennials, young people, parish life

Embracing Parish Life, Part 3: Tithing

Posted by Katie Diltz on Sep 11, 2019 3:35:46 PM

I love budgeting. It might be a slight obsession. My friends and co-workers can attest to my willingness to tell anyone and everyone how wonderful and important it is to budget.

The first expense category on our monthly budget is “Giving,” which includes two separate items: giving to our local parish and giving to a charity or cause (we choose something different each month). I share this not to gloat but to share our strategy; if giving wasn’t the first thing on our budget, we’d easily find other ways to spend our money.

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Topics: Millennials, young people, parish life

Embracing Parish Life, Part 2: Registering

Posted by Katie Diltz on Sep 4, 2019 7:03:00 AM

Throughout my 20s and into my early 30s there have been some “defining moments” that have made me feel like I’m slowly but surely reaching adulthood. Getting my car’s oil changed, purchasing and cooking a Thanksgiving turkey, and planting tulip bulbs and various other flowers in my yard are just a few of those moments. Registering at my parish is another.

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Topics: Millennials, young people, parish life

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