Creative Catechism (10-11)

Course Syllabus & Required Books/Materials

I am very happy to announce a wonderful new interactive project! Throughout the year, in this course, students will be working on a 3-dimensional wooden structure, a hands-on visual of the Spiritual Edifice presented by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP. This will teach and reinforce Catechism 3 material, specifically in relation to the virtues of the Christian life. The structure has, as its foundation, Christ the Rock, with humility as its base, then two pillars of faith and hope, supporting the grand arch of charity. Gifts of the Holy Ghost and the fruits will also be covered, as well as the 4 Cardinal virtues. It is a strikingly beautiful project and I cannot wait to do it with the students this year! At the end of the year, students will each bring home their very own handmade Spiritual Edifice structure, as a treasure to them and their home, as well as a testament and reminder of all that they have learned, and most importantly all that they are striving for in the Christian life.

In addition to the wooden edifice project, students will also be quizzed in Baltimore Catechism questions, play games regarding the Catechism and the virtues, and complete interactive work correlating to these activities and the liturgical year.

Please plan for your student to be prepared to do some brief memory work at home each day in preparation for their competitions.

I am looking forward to having your students in class this year! I love watching the students grow and learn more about the beauty of Our Catholic Faith! And I am especially looking forward to doing this Spiritual Edifice project with them this year!


Cost: $75 / year long course

NB: The cost does include some supplies, however there may need to be an additional supply fee that will be collected at the beginning of the year. It will not be an extreme fee, but will help to pay for the cost of wood and the materials needed for the Spiritual Edifice monument that they will be creating throughout the year.

Tutor: Mrs. Mara Poole

Biography: Born in Minnesota, I grew up the daughter of an art teacher, and thus began my love of creating and teaching combined. With gratitude to God and His great gift of Faith which He most generously gave me, I graduated from the University of St. Thomas with degrees in Catholic Studies and Philosophy. Over the years I have worked as a summer camp counselor, an activities director for inner city youth, a director of senior high youth ministry, a free-lance journalist (the Rome Correspondent for a Catholic publication), and for 8 years I took the calls on a pro-life after hours hotline (fielding crisis abortion calls), and then also for several years did weekly sidewalk counseling outside abortion clinics in Minneapolis. I have taught English in Italy, as well as directed a co-op drama class, taught as a co-op elementary Latin teacher, and coordinated and carried out 7 Nun Runs!

Some of my favorite memories include the 4 years my husband and I (and our son for 3 of those years) lived in Rome after we were first married, and I especially treasure my volunteer time spent in Mother Teresa’s cause office in Rome the year before her beatification. My experiences in Rome have deeply impacted and shaped who I am today. It is also in Rome that my husband and I first met the Fraternity and began to fall in love with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

My husband and I have seven children (ages 21 down to 3), four of whom are adopted. Currently we homeschool 5 children with one wiley 3 year old in the mix! We are going on 6 blessed years with All Saints Co-op, having joined the parish right away when the FSSP first came to Minneapolis – DEO GRATIAS! After working together with the FSSP Fathers and others to develop All Saints Co-op, I began teaching 2 years ago. I love teaching Creative Catechism and am happy to be doing so again this coming year! Bringing the love of Our Holy Catholic faith to the children in a hands-on way, living and true, is a great joy for me! Our family loves the co-op and we are grateful to the Fathers and the Sisters for their special role in our children’s lives.

If you asked me a question about the golden key to life, I would say PRAYER and CHARITY! Without either of these I would cease to exist. To love God and be loved by Him… There is no greater gift!!!