What Did You Learn Today?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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Can you imagine taking a test on the homily and readings each week after Mass? The idea of testing children on what they’ve learned in religion class may make catechists similarly uncomfortable; however, assessing what a child learns in faith formation classes is not a test of faith. Pflaum provides a suite of age-appropriate assessment […]

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Family Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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Families will gather in Dublin, Ireland, this August 21–26, for the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis will join the celebration for the Festival of Families on August 25 and will be the main celebrant for the Final Mass on August 26. Since 1994, the Church has hosted international events that honor, support, and encourage […]

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Ordinary Time

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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Ordinary Time spans 33 Sundays in the Catholic Liturgical Year, however, it may be the season that Catholics know the least about. We know why we celebrate Advent, Lent, Easter, and Christmas but we may just settle back in our pews when the color green comes back to the sanctuary. This activity sheet for Venture […]

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Catholic Vocab Quiz: Part 1

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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The more children are familiar with words from the Bible and the Mass, the more confidence they will have to participate in class and during the Liturgy. Every school year, Pflaum offers quarterly quizzes to boost students’ faith vocabulary. You may choose to distribute this downloadable activity sheet as it is or use it to […]

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What’s a Holy Day of Obligation?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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On December 8, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This week, on August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Mary lived free of sin from the moment of her own conception. At the end of her life, God assumed Mary—body and soul—directly into Heaven where she now lives eternally […]

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Family Prayer for New School Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 14, 2018
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  Fresh haircut and new shoes? Check. Backpacks and lunches? Check. In the flurry of getting ready for back to school, don’t forget to take a moment to center your family in prayer. Many families have back-to-school rituals, whether a blessing said at the door or an end-of-summer feast. This Celebration of School and Learning may […]

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You Can Do It!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 31, 2018
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What helpful words can you offer a new catechist who may be doubting his or her abilities? Catechist and author Carole M. Eipers, DMin, offers encouragement to the new volunteer who may be saying “I’m too young” or “I’m too old.” This reluctance to take on the important task of sharing the Good News of […]

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Projects for the New Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 31, 2018
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Summer is an ideal time to brainstorm new project ideas for the upcoming school year. It’s also a good time to review that “great ideas” email folder you’ve stuffed with inspiration you didn’t have time to consider during the flurry of last year! The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies looked in their idea files […]

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Come Together: Family Catechesis

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 22, 2018
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Bring families together to explore the Sunday Gospel! Every week, The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis offers Gospel-related questions for all ages, from preschool through adult. It centers on a familywide presentation of the Gospel for that Sunday, with recommended music, prayers, and activities that all ages can understand. It also provides opportunities for […]

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Early Start Lessons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 22, 2018
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Lessons for the 2018‒19 Pflaum Gospel Weeklies begin Sunday, September 23, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time. If your classes begin before that date, Pflaum provides three Early Start Lessons for Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. These lessons are available online and can be easily downloaded and printed. Each includes a lesson plan […]

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