FROM OUR EDITORS—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ June 4, 2018

As I reflect on Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4:26–34) and consider that we’re celebrating Father’s Day in the US, I find it natural to connect our Father in Heaven to the farmer or sower of seed in the parable. That makes us the seeds that are planted to grow and bear fruit. What does God who is love do? He loves. And what fruit are we called to [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 12, 2018
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Mark 4:26–34 “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed…” –Mark 4:30–31 Happy Father’s Day to all who’ve been protectors and providers for others. Every father knows that storytelling comes with the territory. Some stories we pass on to the […]

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Honoring Fathers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day in the United States. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She wanted to honor dedicated dads like her own, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single father. While it’s not officially a Church holiday, Father’s Day celebrates the gifts of paternal love […]

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World Refugee Day: June 20

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Every minute of every day, nearly 20 people are forced from their homes, displaced by conflict or persecution. That’s more than 28,000 people every day. In total, more than 65 million people are displaced worldwide, among them are 22.5 million refugees who were forced to flee their home countries. World Refugee Day remembers the suffering […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 24, 2018 – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 12, 2018
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Luke 1:57–66, 80 They were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said…, “No. He will be called John.” –Luke 1:59–60 What’s in a name? Often more than you think. Consider how your name, first and last, has been a help or hindrance to you. Have you changed or adapted your […]

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Videos for This Week’s Feasts

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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This week, Catholics honor the faithfulness of early Christians. On Sunday, June 24, we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, who ultimately lost his life because of his outspoken witness (and Herod’s jealousy). On Saturday, June 30, Catholics remember the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, which you can learn more about […]

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Time for Tech?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Catechists and teachers often have just a few precious minutes to share the week’s lesson. We need strategies to “get down to business” quickly. To that end, catechists must set policies about phones in the classroom—either to silence them, put them facedown, set them in a basket by the door, or leave them at home. […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 1, 2018 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 12, 2018
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Mark 5:21–43 “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” –Mark 5:39 When we think resurrection, the Easter mystery is uppermost on the list. But there are also three stories of restored life in the Gospels. The most dramatic is that of Lazarus, who answers the call to come out of […]

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Peter’s Pence Collection: July 1

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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On the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, Catholics worldwide donate to Peter’s Pence Collection. This effort is one of the longest-standing examples of financial donation in the Church—or the world. Since the late 8th century, bishops throughout Europe began to send regular annual tributes, known as Denarius […]

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Celebrate Our Nations!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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  This week across North America, proud citizens celebrate Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act (originally the British North America Act) in which the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united to become known as Canada. Independence Day (also known […]

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