Giving Thanks

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 13, 2018
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Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Though it’s a thoroughly American holiday, the celebration of Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in faith. Gratitude for our blessings is one of the many virtues we seek to cultivate in children. Pflaum provides a number of free activities for use in the classroom or to assign […]

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Why Do We Go to Mass?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 6, 2018
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Who can participate in the Eucharist? What happens during the consecration? Why do we go to Mass? It’s essential that children understand why Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist. It’s especially important for Good News children, many of whom will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in second or third grade. The Mass Puzzle, […]

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Vocations Awareness Week

Author: Joan McKamey ~ October 30, 2018
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November 4–10 is National Vocation Awareness Week in the US. This week brings special focus to the need to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education. The Church encourages us to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. Find general resources […]

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Ten Commandments Crossword

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 30, 2018
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For Visions students, the Ten Commandments are foundational knowledge of the faith. While it’s important to know all 10 of these rules, it’s also important that the young people understand the structure of the Decalogue—that the commandments guide our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. Review and discuss the section on the […]

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Quick Catechist Training

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 23, 2018
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Most faith formation programs have been in session for about a month. How are your catechists doing? Are they feeling confident with their lesson plans? Are they pacing themselves and covering the essential parts of their Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lessons? Share this training video with your teachers and catechists as a quick (less than seven […]

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Looking Ahead: Plan an Advent Event

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 16, 2018
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It may seem early to the average person, but for program directors and teachers, Advent is right around the corner! Pflaum offers a free Advent event plan for The Gospel for All Ages—Family Catechesis. The Sharing Our Gifts event focuses on the Scriptures for the Second Sunday of Advent; however, the plan can be used […]

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Activities to Celebrate the Season

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 16, 2018
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Pflaum offers a number of free fall and Halloween-themed activity sheets for every level, from preschool through middle school. For the younger levels—Seeds, Promise, and Good News—activities are available to download and print in Spanish and English. The activities emphasize gratitude for the harvest; Halloween fun and safety; and the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, […]

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Fall Preschool Activities

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2018
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Preschoolers love to share what they know. Let them show you all they have learned about colors by completing A World of Colors, a free activity page available in Spanish and English. Conclude the activity by sharing the prayer of thanks to God for all the beauty of fall. Then invite the children to explore […]

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Respect Life Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2018
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In October, the Catholic Church focuses its prayer intentions on the issues that concern respect for human life. This year’s theme for Respect Life Month is “Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a number of Respect Life resources, including prayers, articles, social media strategies, and posters. Use these […]

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New Resources for Home Instruction

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ September 25, 2018
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Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. With our Gospel Weeklies program beginning on September 23rd, Pflaum is providing a new resource for families who teach their children at home. We have included free Pacing Guides for parents to help them plan in advance the lessons they will cover with their children. These pacing […]

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