A NEW SAINT EVERY WEEK . . . A NEW VIRTUE EVERY MONTH!
In a culture where children and youths are encouraged to emulate movie starts, sports figures, and fantasy super heroes, where can they find examples of virtue that can inspire them to follow the truths of the Faith? Give them heroes they can truly follow, HEROES OF GRACE that can lead them to God!
A new concept in religious education enrichment, HEROES OF GRACE is a Program of weekly Inserts geared to each new liturgical year. Designed to supplement any Catholic curriculum used in Religious Education, Catholic School, or Homeschool settings, HEROES OF GRACE fills an important gap by presenting Saints whose feast days fall during each week from September to May and by celebrating, in separate Inserts, a new Virtue every month for 9 months. Liturgical feasts, such as Advent, Lent, and Holy Week, are also featured in separate Inserts.
Currently used in CCD Programs, Catholic Schools, parishes, and homeschool settings in Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Nebraska, Texas, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, HEROES OF GRACE has already given thousands of children a deeper appreciation of the lives of the Saints, the Virtues, and the beauties of the Church's liturgical life. Recent studies have shown a relationship between a child's faith retention into adulthood is increased by giving them a knowledge of the saints.
Jim Kontoes, a middle school religion teacher at St. Ann School who uses HEROES OF GRACE in his classes, has this to say: "I really love your program. Your stories of the saints are some of the best I have ever come across in ten years of teaching! They are very well written, short enough to easily weave into the curriculum but amazingly in depth. Best of all, my students are able to tell me about every one of the saints I introduce them to in equally fine detail!"
Delores Nelson, Director of Religious Education for Saint Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton, VA, used HEROES OF GRACE 2011-2012 and 2012-13 says: "HEROES OF GRACE was a great resource for my catechists. Each month I emailed them the readily available information about Saints, Virtues, feast days, and special Catholic observances which they then incorporated into their classroom lesson. I also emailed them to all parents for extra enhancement at home. Our homeschool parents were quite pleased to supplement their home programs with HEROES OF GRACE. This program is a great enhancement for any school of religious education."
Mary Therrell, Principal of St. Ann Catholic School in Arlington, VA, writes: "HEROES OF GRACE has enhanced our religion program through its beautifully written stories of the Saints and through the stunning artwork that brings those stories to life. Students are challenged to strengthen and develop Virtue by imitating these heroes of the Church."
Comments from other DRE's include the following: "I love your stuff!" and "We have really been enjoying Heroes of Grace. Several teachers are using them in their lessons and others are just talking about the saint briefly and sending it home. I have heard a lot of positive feedback from the parents as well. It is a beautiful program--we are blessed to have found it."
Inserts can be used in class in several ways: as an integral curricular component (only 10+ minutes in-class time), as supplemental enrichment before or during class, as homework or a family enrichment activity--even in RCIA or Adult Education classes. The program can also be used as enrichment for Confirmation Candidates learning about the Saints or as a weekly bulletin insert for Parish enrichment. Inserts can be easily group-emailed to Catechists in advance of class, or to Parents to reinforce the material at home. Simply print a master copy of the Insert from your computer printer and reproduce the two pages of the Insert on the back and front of one sheet of paper per student, either in color or black-and-white. The only Program expenses after purchase of the CD are paper and reproduction costs.
Designed by a Director of Religious Education with ten years' experience in working with large groups (2,000 students a year) and with all age groups, HEROES OF GRACE is effective, inexpensive, and easy to administer. Designed to be easily adapted to different learning levels, each Insert can be copied back and front on a single sheet of paper that features two treatments of the same material: On one side, the "Primary Treatment," is geared to younger students (Grades 1-4), with large, easy-to-read type and simple sentence structures, colorful, dignified pictures and/or coloring pages. On the other side, the "In-Depth Treatment" functions as a "self-teaching instrument," providing more detailed information on the same subject, as well as additional pictures and/or sidebars, giving older Students, Catechists, Parents, and Adults more to know and share.
HEROES OF GRACE 2012-2013 may be purchased in two forms: (1) For Catholic Schools or CCD Programs, as a data CD of electronic files in .pdf or .jpg* format, or as a set of hard-copy originals, laser printed in color on 28lb. paper. (2) For Homeschool or Individual Use, as a printed book (spiral- or comb-bound, with clear plastic covers).
*.jpg format is available upon request--.jpg format allows the user to electronically import inserts into hard-copy bulletins or newsletters as finished artwork.
1. HEROES OF GRACE FOR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS (with reproduction rights):
A. PROGRAM CD: Inserts for 2012-2013 are included in .pdf format on the CD, along with copying instructions, catechist guidelines, and an eight-page pre-formatted Booklet of Prayers included as a bonus gift to your students! Inserts are also available in .jpg format upon request so that they can insert them into bulletins and newsletters as finished artwork. Program administrators are free to make only as many copies as their specific program/parish requires. Program CD for 2012-2013 sells for $40.00 + $5.00 shipping. (Cost of the CD amounts to less than $1.00 per Insert, less than 50 cents per page of material!)
B. HARD-COPY ORIGINALS PACKET: Pre-printed Inserts, Catechist Guidelines, and the pre-formatted Booklet of Prayers are shipped in a convenient packet. Inserts are printed using a laser color printer on 28lb. bright paper. Originals Packet sells for $50.00 + $8.00 shipping.
2. HEROES OF GRACE BOOKS FOR INDIVIDUAL USERS (reproduction rights reserved):
Available for purchase to Homeschool Students, Confirmation Candidates, RCIA Candidates, as Catechist or Family Enrichment, Gifts, for programs that wish to focus exclusively on one Treatment, or for programs that do not have facility to reproduce Inserts. Books are spiral- or comb-bound with clear plastic covers for easy reading and/or coloring. Please note that books are protected by copyright: No portion of these books may be reproduced without the written permission of Coronae Rosarum Publications. Three versions of Heroes of Grace 2012-2013 Books are available for purchase:
A. COMPLETE BOOK: All Insert pages included in chronological order. Complete Book costs $25.00 + shipping**
B. PRIMARY TREATMENT BOOK: Insert pages for Grades 1-4 only. Primary Book costs $15.00 + shipping**
C. IN-DEPTH TREATMENT BOOK: Insert pages for Grades 5-Adult only. In-Depth Book costs $15.00 + shipping**
To order, simply use the Contact Us form, indicating your shipping address information and order preferences. Program CDs and Originals are shipped to arrive in approximately one week. Program Books will arrive in one-two weeks. When ordering Program Books, be sure to indicate the version of the Book and the number of copies desired; shipping for one Book is $8.00; however, shipping cost for multiple copies of Books depends upon several factors: version of Book ordered, number of copies ordered, shipping destination, and any need for expediency. If you place an order for multiple copies, we will contact you with an exact quote of shipping costs before your order is filled.
**Bulk discounts are now available: 10% discount for 5-9 copies, 20% discount for 10-24 copies, and 30% discount for 25 or more copies.
For 2012-2013, the line-up of Saints includes Inserts on Francis of Assisi, Margaret Mary Alacoque, John of Capistrano, Anselm, Margaret of Scotland, Raymond of Penyafort, Anthony Abbot, Frances of Rome, Thomas Aquinas, George, Our Lady of Fatima, and many more. Along with nine monthly Inserts on different Virtues, the Program provides Inserts on liturgical events, including Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi.
2011-2012 Inserts included Saints Thérèse, Cecilia, John of the Cross, Hilary, John Bosco, Josephine Bahkita, Faustina, Bernadette, Maria Goretti, Damien, and many others. Virtue Inserts highlighted Faith, Humility, Chastity, Hope, Fortitude, among others. Liturgical Inserts focused on All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, the Ascension, and Pentecost. Click on thumbnails to the right to view sample worksheets from the 2011-2012 Program for October 1, the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. The first sample is the Primary Treatment for younger students (Grades 1-4). The second sample features the In-Depth Treatment of the same material for older students (Grades 5-12), Catechists, Parents, RCIA Candidates, or Adult Education programs. To see sample Inserts for 2012-2013, email email@example.com.
You can choose to expedite your order by sending a check to Coronae Rosarum Publications, 10306 Dunn Meadow Road, Vienna, VA 22182. (Sorry that we are not yet set up to take online orders, but someday...) For further information about Heroes of Grace, please use the Contact Us form or email Carol Anne Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heroes of Grace can furnish young minds with concrete examples of heroic virtue, faithfulness to the Gospel, Christian charity, and loving self-sacrifice that cannot be found anywhere else! The Saints are a compelling witness that the universal call to holiness is open to everyone!
Thank you for your interest in Heroes of Grace! God Bless You!