Who we are and What we do
The Catholic Navigator is the lay apostolate of a small group of Catholic religious educators, each with a specific area of expertise, who are committed to a fuller appreciation of the Sunday Liturgy as well as to keeping the Faith alive and vibrant for ourselves and others.
Our apostolate was shaped by reflection on Pope Benedict XVI’s 2011 Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, in which he announced the Year of Faith celebrated during Liturgical Year 2013. The Holy Father stressed as essential the knowledge of the content of the Faith we profess weekly in the Credo at Mass. He cited as resources Blessed Paul VI’s Credo of the People of God, Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church promulgated by St. John Paul II, among others. Pope Benedict also noted that “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith” was the theme of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (convoked October 2012). Seen as an opportunity to “usher the whole Church into a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith”, this Synod was followed up upon by our American Bishops (USCCB) initiating The New Evangelization, calling all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.
As religious educators our mission is to assist our fellow Catholics in reflection and rediscovery of the Faith. To do this, we publish weekly supplements for parish and school formation materials. We also strive to accommodate those Catholics who haven’t access to these materials through parish or school.
About the Fleet: Faith Supplements
The Catholic Navigator was launched in Advent 2013. Its purpose is to engage the interest of Catholics familiar with religious language and concepts by ongoing Bible study, continuing religious education and, of course, a felt commitment to the fullness of the Faith. Formatted as a double-sided, single sheet, each weekly print issue provides information and reflection associated with the Sunday Scriptural Readings, seasons, events, and persons memorialized in the liturgical year. Reference is regularly made to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). Any short excerpts cite the specific paragraph number (e.g., CCC 1324) in accordance with the guidelines for permitted use published by the copyright holder, the United States Catholic Conference, Inc. To further assure fidelity to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church– the Magisterium– each issue has received ecclesiastic permission to publish (Imprimatur) which is so noted and dated.
The Catholic Tugboat eased out of the shipyard in Advent, 2014 to provide safe passage for our children (aged 9 to 11), with the younger ones benefiting from some parental assistance. Each weekly issue has received ecclesiastic permission to publish and is formatted age-appropriately as a two-sided, single sheet newsletter with articles and activities to engage the children’s interest.
The Catholic Clipper, launched on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016. Its content is designed to address the interests and educational needs of young adults, inclusive of the unmarried as well as parents of young families.
Each week our fleet of three sails together to negotiate the cross-currents, swells and storms that work to impede our journey in Faith. They are ready for viewing and download each Monday in advance of the Sunday they address.
The Design of the Faith Supplements…
Our apostolate has been blessed with the talents of two professionals, a graphic designer and an artist-illustrator:
The Design of this Website…
is simple and without unnecessary embellishments to support each print issue of The Catholic Navigator, The Catholic Tugboat and The Catholic Clipper during the week it is distributed in your parish. Because of space limitations in the printed materials, this site’s purpose is to offer the sources to information cited in the print issues, as well as links to internet sites providing additional material for inquiry. We endeavor to use reliable, but easily accessed sources, to better serve the fast paced and highly mobile lives of Catholics today. Not every link is to a Catholic site. Occasionally you will find links to Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Protestant and even secular sites to assist in the fuller appreciation of an historical event or to gain cultural insights. No material referenced is incompatible with our Church’s teachings. Please note, however, that we can only vouch for the site’s information cited in the article, not for the contents of an entire website. Also, while our website is ‘mobile friendly’, not every site referenced may render as well on mobile devices.
The posting of sources…
Sources for material in articles or for further reference are now grouped weekly and listed as Fleet Sources. Posting is timed to coincide with each Monday’s release of the newsletters. As each posting of a source is replaced by a subsequent source, the replaced source is archived and can be revisited in the Archives section. All archived sources are available until the end of the given Liturgical Year, after which they are removed.
In addition to the sources posted weekly, there are many Catholic websites that should be visited for regular reference. Some suggested sites are listed in this PDF file:
Sources for The Catholic Tugboat are posted on the same page as those for The Catholic Navigator and The Catholic Clipper and grouped under article titles. Parents should go over these with their children.
All are encouraged to peruse the source materials to add to the understanding gained in each issue. Happy reading!
A Note to Parents about The Catholic Tugboat sources:
There is much information on the Internet to help you in teaching the Faith to your children. Some helpful suggestions in navigating the Web are available in this downloadable PDF file:
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