FROM OUR EDITORS—Sunday, September 24 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 11, 2017

“And they’re off and running” is the traditional announcement at the start of a horse race. It likely applies to you and your students as you begin your faith formation program year. Just remember that very few races are won by those who don’t get off to a good start. We pray that your year begins well and continues strong to the finish as [...]

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Saints and Feasts: Saint Francis of Assisi

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 19, 2017
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The Church celebrates one of the most popular of all saints on October 4—Saint Francis of Assisi. Patron of animals and ecology, Saint Francis is a model of how a flawed person can transform his life. He was born wealthy and privileged, but changed his wasteful ways. He heard—but, at first, misunderstood—God’s call to rebuild […]

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Curriculum Connections

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 19, 2017
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It’s not too tough to think of ways to apply a Sunday Gospel message to a Language Arts lesson, but making connections to math and science can pose more of a challenge. Teachers look for ways to bring multiple subject areas into every lesson—to meet standards, to reinforce learning, and to get the most out […]

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Respect Life Month: Be Not Afraid

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 18, 2017
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With the start of October, we begin Respect Life Month. The theme in the US this year is “Be Not Afraid.” We can each likely think of several times that Jesus told his followers to not be afraid. Find a good reflection on this theme here. This reflection ends with some very strong words: “Do […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 1, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ September 18, 2017
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Matthew 21:28–32 The vineyard in the Gospel represents the people of Israel. Jesus tells about a father who asks his two sons to go to work in the vineyard. The first son refuses but changes his mind and goes. The second son agrees but does not follow through. The parable challenges the leaders to follow […]

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TWIL (The Word Is Life): Ring the Bells: Christian Learning and Assessment

Author: Kevin Dowd ~ September 12, 2017

Sunday, September 24, 2017 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Here is a link to this week’s readings. At my home parish of St. John’s in Worcester, something interesting happened a few years back. I noticed it one Tuesday at the daily Mass. At the moment of consecration, there were no bells. We always have servers […]

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Mercy for the Immigrant and Refugee

Author: Kevin Dowd ~ September 12, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Here is a link to this weekend’s readings. The readings this week are about the contingency of forgiveness. While we might like to think that God’s mercy is unconditional, that is not what we learn from Christ and the Scriptures. Instead, we hear again and again […]

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Saints and Feasts

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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Saint Jerome (345–420) is best remembered for translating Sacred Scripture into Latin, the language commonly used by the people of his day. As a master of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, Jerome was uniquely qualified to do this work. His translation is known as the Vulgate, a word that means “common translation.” In revised form, the […]

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