Totally Catholic: A Catechism for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers A Catechism for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers

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A Catechism for Kids and Their Parents and Teachers

Learning about our faith shouldn't be boring, and this comprehensive faith formation resource delivers! This fun and creative guide will help older children and catechists dig into the details, but we have to warn you: it's tough to put down.

Children ages 9 – 12 and the grown-ups in their lives will find child-appropriate, helpful, and theologically-correct language to explain the faith...from A to Z! Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher, or catechist, this guidebook of all things Totally Catholic offers you an exciting way to share and pass on the faith!

Drawing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and using down-to-earth language, content is presented in a way that reaches out to young people—and even to adults looking for an accessible window into the faith. Analogies illuminate difficult concepts, bolded key terms are defined, and a pronunciation aid accompanies more advanced language. Clip art style illustrations and call-out boxes present the faith in a fun way.

From Bible stories, to the sacraments, to Church hierarchy, to the fruits of the Holy Spirit, this resource covers all bases. It also responds to contemporary societal issues such as abortion, euthanasia, and homosexuality, along with issues that kids might directly deal with in their day-to-day lives such as cheating, plagiarism, and gossip.

Containing extensive information on what Catholics believe and how they live as members within the community of believers, this manual not only equips you with knowledge of the faith, but also encourages you to engage in it. Each chapter is framed in the form of a question and contains the following sections:

  • Brainstorm: prompts to connect the faith to everyday life
  • Scripture Link: a story from Scripture that reinforces the faith
  • BTW: supplemental tidbits of information
  • Did You Know?: interesting, quick facts
  • A Catholic VIP: portraits of saints or blesseds containing brief biographies and feast days
  • From My Heart: an assortment of prayers
  • Now Act!: ideas for how to live the faith
  • Recap: a summary of important points to remember

Features & Benefits:

  • Authored by an award-winning writer highly experienced in the catechetical field
  • Contains a Note to Parents, Guardians, and Teachers and a Note to the Child Reader
  • Adheres to the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with numerical references
  • Includes an appendix of principles that guide how Catholics live and pray
  • Provides an index of key terms

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: PM164796
Dimensions: 6½" x 8.75"
Length: 246 pages
Pauline Kids
ISBN: 978-0-8198-7479-5
1-2 copies 14.36 each
3-5 copies 13.56 each
6+ copies 12.76 each
Written by Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND


This text is totally appealing! It is a hands-on approach to the material in the Catechism, an enlivening and Spirit-filled journey of discovery. The beautiful truths of the Catholic faith are presented in an enticing, and interactive style which will be a valuable tool for all.
Sr. Lisette Michaud, S.S.Ch., Director of Religious Education, St. Joseph Parish, Medway, Massachusetts
[Totally Catholic!] mirrors and translates accurately the structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with its focus on the four pillars of faith... Creative and interesting features sprinkled in... make the reading of this text more conversational and interactive in style.
Father Paul Ritt, Pastor at St. John the Evangelist Parish, North Chelmsford, Massachusetts; faculty member, The Theological Institute for the New Evangelization, Saint John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts
In Totally Catholic! Sr. Mary Kathleen Glavich covers the tenets of the faith with an engaging writing style. Introducing each topic with a phrase from the Catechism and an overview, she then breaks it open. 'BTW' and 'Did You Know' broaden the readers' understanding and 'Brainstorm' challenges them to make connections. With 'Catholic VIPs' and 'Now Act!' Sr. Mary Kathleen puts flesh on the doctrine. In 'From My Heart' she offers the reader ways to pray the doctrine. Totally Catholic! touches the mind, heart, and will.
Michele Idiart Walsh, MA, NCEA Catechetical Scholar and 2012 NCEA/NPCD Award Winner for Excellence in Catechesis


Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND, is an editor, speaker, and the author of eighty-plus books on religious education and spirituality, including a novel, The Fisherman's Wife: The Gospel According to St. Peter's Spouse.  A Sister of Notre Dame, of Chardon, Ohio, she was a pastoral associate at St. Dominic Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Learn more about Sr. Kathleen at

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