School Notes

Date posted:   Sep 30, 2018

Effective Preaching: Preaching to Children

Preaching to Children

Fee: $25
Three Weeks

featuring video with Dr. Ann Garrido

This course is designed to help participants speak to the hearts of children.  It provides the tools to effectively craft and deliver a meaningful and understandable homily for younger hearers.  Ideal for leaders of Liturgy of the Word for Children and for others who work with children.  This workshop is based on the Boston College web site Touchstones for Preaching/ Special Touchstone – Preaching to Children.

This course has a required text: Jim Campbell. 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.

Special Features

This course includes:

  • Weekly videos;
  • Text transcripts of each featured video;
  • Weekly introductions to each new topic;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and 
  • A page of further Resources about topics discussed in this course.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • The course site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.


Introductory Week
Week 1: Seven Characteristics of Children and Three Mysteries of Life
Week 2: Tips for Preaching to Children

Additional Materials Needed: Jim Campbell. 52 Simple Ways to Talk with Your Kids about Faith. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2007.

Content Scholar: Dr. Ann Garrido, associate professor of homiletics at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.