When would you use an audio catechism?
When you're teaching the Baltimore Catechism you hope and pray that your students will learn the truths of the Catholic Faith and keep the Faith all their lives.
You hope that they will become saints. Sometimes you need help.
If so, you will be grateful to have these audio Baltimore Catechism recordings. I am!
St. Anne's Helper audio catechism (CDs for gifts and Downloads for immediate use) are a giant help in reducing the effort necessary to memorize the Roman Catholic beliefs.
Help your children learn the Baltimore Catechism answers and prayers like
The First Communion CD (or digital download) covers the Baltimore Catechism No. 1 Communion questions and answers.
The Confirmation CD (or digital download) covers the Confirmation questions in the Baltimore Catechism No. 2.
Listen to a sample of each at the following pages, then buy the instant downloads or the CDs below:
To make these sample audio clips load faster on the internet we separated them to their own pages. You can also buy from those pages.
Or buy them below.
Note: We also have copybooks which help with both memorization and handwriting. Together the audio and the copybooks offer multi-sensory help for busy Catholic families. You can buy these bundled with an ebooklet to save 16-30%.
You can get the same audio catechism recording on CDs. They make excellent gifts of faith at Christmas and Baptisms.
Many parents have let us know that the audio versions have been like having a tutor to help kids review. This is exactly why we made these.
As we had five, six, seven, and eight children; it became hard to find time to review the children's catechism well enough for them to memorize the answers.
We have had many letters from pastors, catechists, teachers and parents who appreciate having a Baltimore Catechism CD to help with the memorizing.
We've had letters from grateful parents whose children were dyslexic or auditory learners, meaning that they learned their catechism answers faster using the audio catechism.
Using headphones was mentioned several times as the biggest help as the headphones or ear buds help block distractions. 'Awesome for auditory learners!
Once your children or students can pronounce the words, this First Communion Audio Catechism download will help them memorize or review the questions and answers.
You can go directly to the Q&A track number that you want them to memorize.
Put the track on repeat for such answers as the Ten Commandments or the Apostles Creed.
This is awesome review for anyone.
It's also perfect for audio learners, especially if they use headphones or earbuds.
The prayers are at the end of the First Communion CD to make it easier for children to search for a question and answer track.
The prayers should be learned before the questions and answers, so it is best to start the year previous to preparing to receive the Holy Eucharist.
If you can, have your children start memorizing the prayers early in the First Communion year or even the year before, which might lessen stress during the First Communion year.
Many children already know the last half of the prayers that we use in the Rosary, but they'll usually be required to learn the whole prayer for receiving Communion since these are also used as penances in confession: three Hail Marys, Act of Contrition, etc.
The easiest way to learn the Communion prayers is to say the Rosary every day.
The Living My Religion Baltimore Catechism series used three books to teach the First Communion questions, which shows that the Church has taught that it is usually good to start memorizing the prayers in Kindergarten.
Be sure not to overload children. Ambient learning can be good enough for most of these answers, especially the prayers.
The same is true for your students who use the Confirmation Audio Catechism. They'll be learning or reviewing the Baltimore Catechism answers for Confirmation.
They can even listen to the recording while riding to school or doing light chores - anywhere an MP3 player can go. This is awesome for adults!
On the other hand, the Confirmation questions and answers are placed after the Catholic prayers on the Confirmation CD. Older students are able to navigate past them easier than younger students. Refer to the printable text for the numbers on the tracks.
Generally, these CDs are not meant to be listened to all in one pass. This can be fine for an adult catechumen reviewing the Roman Catholic beliefs, but it would not be appropriate for a young child.
The audio catechisms consist only of a list meant to be learned three to five questions per week.
The audio catechism can relieve some of your burden of drill.
It also helps your student retain many questions for any cumulative review before receiving the sacrament, especially when Father is quizzing the children orally.
Listening to audio clips (above or Communion and Confirmation here) of St. Anne's Helper audio recordings can give you an idea of what the audio Baltimore Catechism CDs (or audio book downloads) sound like. It's nice to have a sample before you buy.
They're high quality digital recordings.
You can keep a copy on your computers and MP3 players or make a CD for safe keeping.
Most Catholic parishes and home school programs use the Baltimore Catechism and most of them ask that certain numbers of the answers and Roman Catholic prayers be memorized.
Saint Anne's Helper includes the normal questions that most Communion and Confirmation catechisms have asked, so these are very handy for young Catholic families.
They're timeless so they're a one time purchase. Their answers will always be up to date.
These recordings have two files, even if you buy the CD.
The audio feature is a Godsend for converting to Catholicism, too!
It's one thing to read books, learn from friends and group meetings; yet it's a big step up to memorize definitions.
Listen to these recordings after you've studied so you can memorize the answers and prayers. Recordings are great for review, too.
What are the benefits of St. Anne's Helper audio catechism?
Many who are learning English as a second language, ESL, appreciate having the text available while they listen to the audio catechism.
Having at least seen the text once can help an ESL student remember the correct pronunciation and the correct spelling of words, so be sure to print the text file for reading.
St. Anne's Helper hereby gives you permission to print as many copies of the audio and the text as you want for your own class, home, and vehicle, etc.
The “repeat one” and "program" features on CD players is a God-send for rehearsing a troublesome answer.
Using headphones or ear buds can help some children to concentrate better.
We know children who could not sit still long enough to learn the simplest answers.
They were thrilled when they were given headphones or ear buds to try with their new CD.
The difference in their learning was like night and day. The audio catechism was right in their ears and made it easy for them to pay attention.
Our Catechism Copybooks are downloadable for immediate use for memorizing and for handwriting and spelling practice.
St. Anne's Helper has the matching First Communion Copybook (manuscript) and the Confirmation Copybook (cursive or manuscript). These copybooks also are verbatim from the same Baltimore Catechism text of the CDs.
May God grant us each the grace of a holy life and final perseverance. We pray for you and hope that you will pray for all of those who have helped to produce these CDs.
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You may want to have each of these for your Baltimore Catechism Communion students: audio, ebooklet, and digital worksheets for kids and adults. Verbatim text in all formats.