FROM OUR EDITORS — Sunday, December 17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 4, 2017

Pointing the way to Jesus. That was John the Baptist’s role. He answered clearly and humbly that he was not the Christ and that he was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandal strap. John’s clarity about his role can help us reflect on our own. How do we point the way to Jesus? Is the larger part of our motivation for doing good works the [...]

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Christmas Quiz

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2017
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As often as we hear the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, some children may not have all of the details down quite right. Get them up to speed with this handy printable—Christmas Story Quiz. Who wore togas to the birth? Who was Nero? (Just kidding! Those are trick questions thrown in to keep […]

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2017
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The Incarnation of Jesus is something people work to understand their entire lives, so it’s not surprising that young children won’t fully grasp its significance and meaning. But they do understand the excitement that surrounds a new baby and the fun of a birthday party! Before you all head out for Christmas break, throw a […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 24

Author: David Dziena ~ December 11, 2017
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Luke 1:26–38 In Sunday’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel disturbs Mary with the words, “The Lord is with you…. You have found favor with God.” Mary wonders what those words mean. She wonders, too, how she can become a mother since she is still a virgin. Mary’s yes to God is an act of faith. The […]

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Longing for Jesus: The O Antiphons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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Starting on Sunday, December 17, Catholics recite a weeklong series of evening prayer verses referred to as the O Antiphons. An antiphon is not exactly a prayer; it’s a verse that introduces or emphasizes what follows. In Advent, the seven O Antiphons are said before and after the Magnifcat, a part of the evening prayers […]

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Hanukkah Begins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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As Christians enter the second week of Advent, our Jewish friends and neighbors begin Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Light that commemorates the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C. Hanukkah begins this year at sundown on Tuesday, December 12, and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, December 20. Some children may be very familiar […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 17

Author: David Dziena ~ December 4, 2017
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John 1:6–8, 19–28 During Advent, we prepare for Christmas by listening to the people who prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. In this Sunday’s Gospel, people ask John the Baptist who he is—the Messiah or a prophet. John answers by identifying himself as a voice in the desert, crying out, “Make straight the way of […]

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