Praying Along with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 21, 2017
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Invite the children in your classroom and home to pray along with Pope Francis and others in the universal Church for Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention. In December, he asks us to pray for the elderly: “That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith […]

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Get Ready: Advent Is Coming

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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In the flurry of pageants, presents, and holiday preparations, Advent can become anything but the peaceful, contemplative season it’s meant to be. Even children feel the rush and frenzy. You can help your children prepare for Christmas by helping them focus their attention on the meaning of this holy season. Seeds children will pray with […]

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Nativity Scene Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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Many families have rituals and traditions for their home Nativity scene. They may honor the youngest member of the family by having the child place the Infant Jesus in the scene (sometimes waiting until Christmas Eve or first thing on Christmas morning). Or they may encourage selfless acts during Advent by allowing children to place […]

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Thank You, God!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 7, 2017
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Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 23. Gratitude is a constant theme in the life of Catholics—Eucharist is based in words that mean “thanksgiving.” Catechists can emphasize gratitude in the classroom through constant modeling—for example, by noting a child’s selfless help of another student or by encouraging children to offer prayers of praise and […]

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Prayer for Troubled Times (Again)

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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We regret the need to run this Blessing in Times of Trouble so often, but the recent natural disasters and horrific human actions in our world give us reason to offer it again. We encourage you to allow the children in your care to express their feelings and concerns about the tragic events that have […]

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World Day of the Poor—Love in Word and Deed

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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The tagline for the First World Day of the Poor (November 19) is “Love not in word but in deed.” I think it’s assumed we’re to read it as “Love not only in word but also in deed.” Through the Gospel Weeklies, children learn that Jesus wants us to show our love in both word […]

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What Did You Learn Today?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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It’s the question nearly every parent asks at the end of the day: So, what did you learn today? Retention is everything. We want the children to take the information they encounter in class and be able to apply it, make it their own, and even share it with others. Assessments are one way to determine […]

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Your Catechism Companion

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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Every Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson is based on the Sunday Gospel and related Church doctrine. Each child receives a copy of the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook at the beginning of the school year. In each lesson, the editors reference a section of this handbook, which reinforces the doctrine. The Teaching Guides […]

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What’s That Word?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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If you play the piano, you know many special words to help you play a piece as the composer intended. For example, if you see the letter “p” marked on a passage, you know that it stands for pianissimo, which means “very soft.” Like music, every other study, work, hobby, or sport has its own […]

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Saints: A Pair of Martins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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The Church honors two saints named Martin in early November—Saint Martin de Porres on November 3, and Saint Martin of Tours on November 11. These two Martins are separated by their occupations, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and 1,200 years. What unites them is their unfailing charity. Share the story of Two Saints Named Martin with […]

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