Saints and Seasons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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Jews around the world will celebrate two major holy days this month—Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset on September 20 and Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on September 29—as well as the 10 Days of Awe between them. Use the free printable Jewish High Holy Days to explain the significance of these holy days […]

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A Blog in a Blog: The Word is Life (TWIL)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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Many catechists and teachers have a ritual as they sit down to plan their weekly lesson. It usually involves prayer, meditation, and reflection on the Sunday Gospel. The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies suggest another way to “get into” the week’s lesson—The Word Is Life or TWIL. Every week, TWIL blogger Kevin Dowd posts […]

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Prayer for Troubled Times

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 11, 2017
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Depending on where you live, children may be coming to class who are directly affected by or concerned about natural disasters (Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, wildfires in several western states) or other life trials and difficulties. Gathering in prayer is a good way to allow children to voice their troubles and concerns as well as […]

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Catechetical Sunday: Living As Missionary Disciples

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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The theme from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2017 catechetical year is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Catechists live their baptismal call to share the faith with others. Next week, parishes will commission or send forth their catechists on Catechetical Sunday, and most faith formation programs will commence. Depending on the age of […]

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Thank You, God, for Fall!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 7, 2017
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While it may not be fall officially until September 22, the signs of autumn—cooler temperatures, Friday night football games, and pumpkin-spice everything—say differently. Help your children notice God’s creative hand in all of the changes in our natural world. Preschoolers will learn about the season in The Color Orange activity sheet. Use Solve These Autumn Riddles […]

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Welcome Back, Families

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 7, 2017
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The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program provides many ways for teachers and catechists to connect with families and to support their efforts to share the faith with their children. The Family Corner feature in every Seeds, Promise, and Good News lesson is a great start. Each week, the Family Corner provides a common question, […]

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Praying for Hurricane Victims

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 7, 2017
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  Please join in praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey—and all who may be in other brewing storms’ paths. Find a prayer to use with your families and students here.

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A Call for Solidarity: Hurricane Relief Help

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 7, 2017
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With the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey fresh in all our minds—and all too real for those whose families, homes, businesses, and churches are affected—we watch new storms in the Atlantic with great concern. Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in a message conveyed by the Vatican secretary of […]

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A Call for Solidarity: Hurricane Relief Help

Author: Joan McKamey ~ August 29, 2017
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U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, has called for prayers and solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Cardinal DiNardo also called on all people of good will to closely monitor future calls for assistance for victims and survivors in the days ahead. See his full statement here. […]

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What Do They Know?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 29, 2017
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Children walk into your classroom with a rich variety of experiences and knowledge. Catechists and teachers need to assess, however, where their students are in terms of core knowledge of important areas of learning about faith, including prayer, sacraments, and Scripture. The Gospel Weeklies offer weekly lesson templates—free, printable lesson reviews for each level—that help […]

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