I’m available for small or large groups and have a variety of speaking topics.
I’m also open to your suggestions and your group’s specific needs.
My Speaking Topics
This list is not exhaustive. I’m happy to work with you for a topic that’s specific for your audience, your event, and your ideas for what you want to hear from me.
Cate-what? But I Don’t Know What I’m Talking About!
You might have heard that you’re your children’s first catechist, but what does that mean? And how’s a parent without a theological degree supposed to know what to do? And where do you start? Can’t you just drop your kids off at the parish religious ed program and call it good? Wife, mom, and catechist Sarah Reinhard will give you tools to use, encouragement to bolster you, and stories from her time in classrooms and working with her parish.
Discovering the Joy in Advent
Advent is often lost in the secular crush of Christmas, but you can keep your home a sanctuary of preparation for Baby Jesus. Sarah Reinhard shares reflections and tips for celebrating Advent in your domestic church.
Catholic Family Fun
Faith doesn’t have to wait until Sunday, and family fun doesn’t have to exclude who we are as Catholics. This workshop will help you come up with ideas to support your domestic church. Bring your family closer to God by learning to find Him in your midst while spending time together. What is Catholic family fun? Why promote it? How do you implement it? From a parish standpoint, how do you support and even host it?
Lent: It Doesn’t Have to Be 40 Days of Failure
Lent’s hard enough without trying to drag your family through it. Catholic wife and mom Sarah Reinhard gives you ideas and encouragement so that you and your family can get the most out of Lent together (or at least more than a lot of wailing).
Moments with Mary: A Walk Through the Rosary
(specific to one set of mysteries) – This four-hour prayer retreat is specific to one set of the mysteries of the rosary. You will discover a relationship with Mary, whether you have a devotion or not.
Mary for Moms
As mothers, we’re told to look to the Blessed Mother for inspiration and guidance. Am I the only one who finds that incredibly imposing? For one thing, she’s on a pedestal. For another, she was sinless. Discover the Mary you can relate to and turn to in your darkest mothering moments and find, within yourself, the courage to follow her to her Son.
The New Evangelization in Everyday Life
Everyone’s talking about the New Evangelization, but how are the ordinary people in the pew supposed to pull it off? Sarah Reinhard has been involved in the New Evangelization on a variety of levels, from editing and contributing to the popular websites, to using social media on a variety of levels and working within her own parish and diocese.
Other Possible Topic Ideas
- Blogging (how-to, advice, writing tips)
- Liturgical Seasons (especially as they apply to family celebrations)
- Mary and Marian Devotions (Rosary, Total Consecration, etc.)
- Parish Life (the view from the parish office, the challenges of needing more volunteers)
- Social Media
- Technology and Faith
As the emcee for our 2013 Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, Sarah Reinhard was the glue that held it all together. With wit and wisdom she introduced each speaker while holding the attention of over 2,000 women. She kept our day long program running smoothly and was enjoyed by the audience. Sarah diligently prepared for our event and was able to formulate the script with minimal assistance from our conference team, taking a huge load off of our plates. As our tour guide for the day, she guided us through a very blessed day with our Sisters in Christ.Michele Faehnle
Sarah Reinhard is amazing! She recently came to our Advent by Candlelight evening for women to speak to us on how to prepare for Advent, how to live Advent which is a time of preparation itself! She reminded us of what Christmas is about and shared with us her tricks on having a less stressful Advent and instead enjoying the season.
But more than that she gave you a sense of excitement about motherhood and womanhood and how we can and do influence our families and others. She did this all with stories that made you laugh and stories that made you stop and think. She did it with a smile and personality that made you want to continue having coffee with her late into the evening.
We are so pleased to have had the chance to have Sarah speak to us. While our event was Advent based, Sarah could bring her smile to any event and wrap her experiences into a most enjoyable discussion. We highly recommend her and thank her so very much for coming!Terri Roden
Thank you for a wonderful talk today and making yourself available to Skype with us in the midst of vomit and mayhem. You were awesome! Everyone loved you. It was quite funny that, right I after we hung up, people started thinking of questions to ask and getting more animated in their conversation. It was our first use of technology in the meeting, and I think the first time several of the moms used Skype. We had a very lively conversation about several points you brought up in your talk. I think it was one of the best we’ve had! Thank you so much for all the work you put into the presentation. Even though it wasn’t how you intended to deliver it, your message was well received.Mary Smith
Here are some samples of my speaking. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Supporting Motherhood: Facing the Challenges from a Parish Perspective
I presented this webinar with Ave Maria Press in October 2012:
Blogging: Catechesis & Content
I presented this talk at the Catholic New Media Celebration in June 2010:
While these aren’t talks, they are interviews and give you a sense of my speaking style.
On This Is The Day on CatholicTV:
With Lisa Schmidt of The Practicing Catholic: