August 20, 2020 3 min read

Getting back into the swing of the school year certainly may seem different than before, with many moving parts and uncertain circumstances presenting unease now more than ever. On top of it all, you’re preparing your student for a new school year and new challenges in keeping their faith present daily. If you're feeling stressed with everything ahead, we'd like to help. We’ve designed a guide to help your teen navigate everything from where to shop, how to plan, to remembering prayer throughout the day. 


You and your student will be ready to tackle the school year with these helpful resources. 


DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Preparing for the new school year is always exciting. The best part? Stocking up on new school supplies and accessories. Here are10 of our favorite durable and sustainable backpacks, created by ethically responsible companies. 


Be A Heart also creates beautiful, faith-filled accessories — from rosary holders and tote bags to socks and scrunchies, they have everything your student needs to begin the school year in style. TheirMarian Rosary Holder pairs beautifully with any piece in ourTeen Collection. With an accessory and rosary combination as perfect as this, there’s no doubt that your student will be ready to succeed in a faith-filled school year. 


CENTER AND PLAN

A planner is the simplest and easiest way for your student to keep track of their weekly work. There are so many great options out there, but if you’re looking for a Catholic planner or something more focused on the whole person,Catholic Planner is a great option! It is designed to highlight liturgical feast days, Sunday mass readings, and even a saint of the month. Blessed is She also offers a Liturgical Academic Year Planner in both a mini and large size. This is the Catholic woman’s dream planner.  


Lastly, if you’re looking for something more unique,Monk Manual is a quarterly planner inspired by monks and designed to help you live a fuller life. It is a daily system designed for peaceful being and purposeful doing. The beauty of these planners is that they all provide an accessible way to stay organized while keeping Christ at the center.


PRAY ON-THE-GO

As your student heads into the new academic year, thePray As You Go podcast will remind  them to take 12 minutes of each day to reflect and pray, wherever they may be. Written based on Ignatian Spirituality, Pray As You Go acts as a “framework for your own prayer,” the podcast encourages listeners to be more fully present and aware of God’s presence each day. This paired with our very ownFIDES™ GENUINE ITALIAN LEATHER HOLY ANGELS ROSARY BRACELET encourages simple yet sacred practice of the rosary at your fingertips. OurMagnificat Rosalet® bracelet is also a great gift for students, allowing them to keep a rosary on them at all times. 


REREADING THE WORD

Blessed Are the Bored in Spirit provides a relatable and new perspective for any young adult who may be “going through the motions” without fully understanding aspects of the faith. Written from the perspective of a cradle Catholic, author Mark Hart speaks from the heart and challenges those who may feel a lull in the faith to reawaken and rediscover their faith more fully. 


Here are some more on our “must-reads” list for the fall: 

  1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well Lived, Joyful Life
  2. Captivating: Unveiling The Mystery Of A Woman's Soul
  3. Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man's Soul

Our back-to-school guide shares where to shop and how to plan, but most importantly helps your student remember to keep Christ at the center of each day.  Be sure to check out ourTeen Collection and give your student the most important back-to-school gift, the gift of prayer.


Do you have a back-to-school suggestion that you didn’t see in our guide? Leave it in the comments below to share with those looking to get back into the swing of the school year!