Teaching the Hail Mary

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 30, 2018
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Many second graders are preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time. As part of this process, catechists and parents will help the children learn the prayers of the Church, including the Hail Mary. This Hail Mary activity sheet, available to download in Spanish and English, will help them learn and memorize this important […]

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More Than a Feeling

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2018
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Though Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year, we do not need to forgo all of its loving traditions. Valentine’s Day traces its origins back to the martyrdom of Saint Valentine, who gave his life out of love. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of the 40-day journey Jesus takes toward his Death on […]

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With Love, Saint Valentine

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2018
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Saint Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, love, lovers, young people, epilepsy, fainting, and happy marriages. The origin of Valentine’s Day is murky—and complicated by the fact that there are three martyred saints named Valentine recognized by the Catholic Church. Many scholars believe that they are the same person with varying stories of […]

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Celebrating Catholic Schools

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 23, 2018
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January 28—February 3 is Catholic Schools Week in the US. The theme of this week is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Celebrate what makes your Catholic school special and use this Catholic Schools Week to grow as a community in which children learn, serve, lead, and succeed. Share the inspiration of saints and other […]

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Thankful for Winter?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 23, 2018
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It may be hard to find the blessings in winter. Depending on where you live, this time of year brings the “blessings” of wind, snow, and cold. The Thank You, God, for Winter activity sheet will help Seeds children understand how God blesses us in all seasons. Use this coloring activity to stimulate conversation about […]

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Much Ado About…Life!

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 9, 2018
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With the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision (1/22/1973) that led to the legalization of abortion in the United States, Catholics gather every January to pray for the unborn and for the end of abortion. Get your students engaged in this effort by joining in the 9 Days for Life “digital pilgrimage” of prayer […]

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Catholics Combat the Sin of Racism

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 9, 2018
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Responding to the sin of racism is part of the call of every Christian. It’s based in Jesus’ Great Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37, 39). “Almost 40 years ago, […]

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Concern for the Poor, Migrant, and Refugee

Author: Joan McKamey ~ January 9, 2018
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January is Poverty Awareness Month. While we may feel the pinch of January credit card bills for our Christmas shopping, most of us have little real idea of being poor. If we have access to clean water, basic shelter, and adequate food, we are rich compared to so many—and have a responsibility to those who […]

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Give Thanks for Family

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 19, 2017
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Families around the world will gather for all of the celebrations of Christmas—from Christmas Day through Epiphany. The Holy Family is a model to all Christian families. Before they sit down to enjoy a special meal with their loved ones, encourage your children to create this Circle of Family and Friends centerpiece. It will remind […]

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Celebrate the Holy Family

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 19, 2017
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The Church considers the Feast of the Holy Family to be a “movable feast,” which means that it can be celebrated whenever the Pope determines. The dates are announced from the ambo at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Epiphany for the next year (i.e., 2019 dates will be announced on Sunday, January 7, 2018). This year, […]

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