C.C.D. ~ What Does It Mean?

For those of you who do not have your children in a Catholic School, you probably send them to C.C.D. classes.  Have you ever wondered what the initials C.C.D. stand for?

C ~ Confraternity (a group of people united for a common purpose)
C ~ Christian
D ~ Doctrine

So, C.C.D. stands for the "Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

This confraternity has its roots in the Council of Trent (1545-1563), where there was discussion over a lack of adequate religious education.  C.C.D. was set up to help catechize people -  adults and children - of the Church.

It's getting close to that time of the year, when your Director of Religious Education might be looking for CCD teachers.  It is indeed a sacrifice of time and a great act of dedication.  But, you never know ... so often the teacher learns more than the student!  If you would like to learn more about the Faith, consider trying one year of teaching CCD ... just to test it out.  Below are some links that can help you brainstorm some ideas and give you a sense if teaching CCD is plausible for you:

Something that I've learned over the years is that CCD kids really like two things:
1) The like to DO something. 
2) They like to look up Bible verses.

And they really don't like:

1) Endless lecturing.
Below could be a good activity for a first class (or any class, really).  It is a YouTube video on how to make an origami cross.  You might need to let the kids view the video a few times while working on crosses.  Tell the kids that you expect them to try the origami cross at least three times.  Once they make a decent cross, they will love it.  (It's a good lesson to review right before Palm Sunday, too ... so the kids can make crosses out of their palms if they want to.)
 After each child has made a cross or two, have them pull out their Bibles and read about Jesus commissioning the disciples (Matthew 28:16-20).  Discuss how the words used for making the sign of the cross are found in this passage.

If possible, decorate a barren area of the CCD classroom with any extra crosses the kids may have made.