FROM OUR EDITORS — Sunday, November 26 – Feast of Christ the King

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 14, 2017

Are you a sheep or a goat? Let me rephrase that: Is Christ really your King? That’s a question we should ask ourselves with regularity. The Church honors Christ as King this Sunday on what’s officially called the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. This Sunday’s Gospel has Jesus separating the sheep—his true [...]

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Happy New (Church) Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Liturgical season in the Church and the start of a new Liturgical year. This week, Catholics move to Cycle B, in which we shift our focus on the Gospel of Matthew to the Gospel of Mark, the first Gospel writer. Pflaum offers several free […]

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Saints and Feasts of the Season: Saint Nicholas of Myra (4th Century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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Saint Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, an ancient seaport city in Lycia (Lysh’uh), an area which is in present-day Turkey. So many legends have been told about Saint Nicholas that some people wonder if he was a real person. But there is evidence that a very real Saint Nicholas participated in the Council of […]

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Praying Along with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 21, 2017
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Invite the children in your classroom and home to pray along with Pope Francis and others in the universal Church for Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention. In December, he asks us to pray for the elderly: “That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 3

Author: David Dziena ~ November 21, 2017
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Mark 13:33–37 The Church’s three-year cycle of Lectionary readings begins again on the First Sunday of Advent. We start reading from Cycle B, which is organized around Mark’s Gospel. Throughout Advent, we also hear the prophet Isaiah’s words in the First Reading. On this first Sunday of the Church year, Jesus speaks of his coming in […]

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Get Ready: Advent Is Coming

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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In the flurry of pageants, presents, and holiday preparations, Advent can become anything but the peaceful, contemplative season it’s meant to be. Even children feel the rush and frenzy. You can help your children prepare for Christmas by helping them focus their attention on the meaning of this holy season. Seeds children will pray with […]

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Nativity Scene Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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Many families have rituals and traditions for their home Nativity scene. They may honor the youngest member of the family by having the child place the Infant Jesus in the scene (sometimes waiting until Christmas Eve or first thing on Christmas morning). Or they may encourage selfless acts during Advent by allowing children to place […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — November 26, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 14, 2017
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  Matthew 25:31–46 This Sunday, we hear Jesus’ great parable of judgment. The parable clearly states that all will be judged on the Works of Mercy described in it. We are called to build God’s reign on Earth and to share in that reign forever. But to do so, we need to care for the […]

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