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. To do this, we publish  weekly newsletters to supplement your parish’s ongoing formation efforts. 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 which is so noted and dated.

The Catholic Tugboat eased out of the shipyard in Advent, 2014 to accompany The Catholic Navigator, as together they negotiate the cross-currents, swells and storms that work to impede our journey in Faith. The Catholic Tugboat provides 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.

Please note that our teen newsletter, The Catholic Clipper, launched on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016.

 The Design of the Newsletters…
Our apostolate has been blessed with the talents of two professionals, a graphic designer and an artist-illustrator:

Chifala Design logo_BW                                      JeniferSchneider new Logo-ed

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…
is timed to coincide with the date of release in your parish. Occasionally you will see a notice saying that there is no posting (yet) for a particular month. This is so because the first weekly issue for that month  is posted on the first Sunday of that month, not on the first day of the month. Also, as each posting of a source is replaced by a subsequent source, the replaced source is archived at month’s end 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.

Sources for The Catholic Tugboat  are posted on the same page as those for The Catholic Navigator . Parents should go over these with their children. Sources for  The Catholic Clipper are likewise posted on this page.

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 (see CCC 2252).  Some helpful suggestions in navigating the Web are available in this downloadable PDF file:

     Catholic Sites on the Web

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