FROM OUR EDITORS—Sunday, July 23 • 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ July 18, 2017

It’s one of those mornings when I fight for every forward step. A fortunate few readers may have no idea what I’m talking about. Many others know all too well what I mean. The weeds and wheat in this Sunday’s Gospel are a good metaphor for the struggle between good and evil—from our everyday struggles to societal and global challenges. While I [...]

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Back to Basics: Prayer

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 18, 2017
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When classes begin this fall, you will need to assess basic Catholic knowledge, including prayers, practice, and vocabulary. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies offers free activity sheets and Catholic Resource pages that support all types of topics, especially prayer. For example, make sure that all of your Seeds children know the Prayer Before Meals (this page […]

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A Bible Challenge, Part 2

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 18, 2017
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They are phrases that Catholics and non-Catholics alike use every day: You’re the apple of my eye. You’re the salt of the earth. Read the writing on the wall. You might be surprised to learn that many common expressions like these have their basis in Scripture. The Bible in Our Everyday Speech lists common phrases […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 23, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 18, 2017
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“Master, did you not sow good seed? Where have the weeds come from?” Matthew 13:24–43 Good seeds and bad weeds grow together everywhere. You find them in families and neighborhoods, classrooms and businesses, courthouses and churches. We search in vain for the pure meadow of unadulterated wheat. If we go knocking on the door of […]

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A Bible Challenge

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 11, 2017
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  Children and young adults enjoy showing how much they know about the Bible. Use the Famous Words from the Bible activity sheet to challenge older students or create a Bible trivia game for younger learners. For each famous quotation, children will identify the passage and who said it. Students can work in teams, in […]

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Planning Ahead

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 11, 2017
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Starting this fall, the Teaching Guides for the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies feature a number of enhancements, including full-color, three-step plans; pacing guides for 60- and 90-minute sessions and five-day classes; Catholic identity projects; and cross-curriculum connections to bring the Gospel message into every academic area, from social studies to science. View the new guides for […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 16, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 10, 2017
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“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” Matthew 13:1–23 It’s no wonder the parable of the sower left the disciples mystified. It’s a crazy story! The sower is a wild man. Instead of plowing fertile ground and responsibly planting it, like a normal farmer, he wanders down an unlikely […]

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Seven Reasons to Sing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 5, 2017
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“But I can’t sing.” Catechists and teachers may sometimes hesitate to bring vocal music into their classrooms, but the benefits are undeniable. Well-known Catholic composer John Burland recently wrote “Embracing the Power of Music in Your Classroom” for Today’s Catholic Teacher. He offers seven reasons why music improves learning, six ways teachers and catechists can […]

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Hola or Olá?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 5, 2017
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On Wednesday, July 5, the Church honors Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, the 14th-century queen consort who is remembered for her work to promote peace in her family and in her nation. This fun printable—Why Do People Speak Portuguese in Brazil?—explains how European colonization influenced South America, why not everyone there speaks Spanish, and what the […]

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