About the Fleet: Faith Supplements
The Catholic Navigator was launched in Advent 2013. Our idea at that time was to build publications into a “fleet” that would serve to catechize, or echo the truths of the faith, to the entire family. 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. And, while the younger ones would be reading more age appropriate language, the same truths would be treated in the publications geared toward parents, aunts/uncles, and grandparents.
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, first launched in 2014, has been refitted to serve the needs of third to fifth graders.
*Note Well: The ‘Tug’ is a tool for parents, the primary catechists of the Catholic faith (see CCC 2226, 2372), and teachers. This means that teaching and learning happen together when the child is engaged and not left to themselves.
The Catholic Schooner, launched in 2019, has been outfitted to assist in the faith formation of middle school/junior high school aged youth.
The Catholic Clipper, having set sail in 2016, is designed to address the interests and educational needs of young adults, including parents of growing families, and individuals building their lives.
The Catholic Navigator responds to the voices of middle-aged Catholics wanting to know more about their faith. It is designed to address a mature audience having some experience with the foundations, vocabulary, and history of our faith.
Each week our fleet of four sails together to negotiate the cross-currents, swells, and storms that work to impede our journey in the Faith. They are ready for viewing and downloading each Monday in advance of the Sunday they address.
The Catholic Navigator is the lay apostolate of a small group of Catholic religious educators, each with a specific area of expertise, 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 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 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.
The Design –
… of the Faith Supplements:
Our apostolate has been blessed with the talents of two professionals:
the graphic designer
and the artist-illustrator:
… of this Website:
is simple and without unnecessary embellishments to support each print issue of The Catholic Navigator, The Catholic Clipper, The Catholic Schooner, and The Catholic Tugboat during the week it is distributed in your parish and posted online. 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 web sites providing additional material.
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 a cultural insight. No material referenced is incompatible with our Church’s teachings. Please note, however, that we can only vouch for the 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.
… of the source page:
Sources for material in articles or for further reference are now grouped weekly under article titles and listed as Fleet Sources. This reflects the interrelationship of the four publications. Posting is at noon following each Monday’s earlier release of the faith supplements. 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.
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