Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 20, 2018
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Pope Francis invites us to join him on Friday, February 23 to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace in war-torn countries, particularly South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reflecting on the suffering caused by conflict, Pope Francis said, “Our heavenly Father always listens to his children who cry […]

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When Tragedy Happens (Again)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 20, 2018
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After the mass shooting in a high school in Florida last week, we are left asking again: How do we, particularly as Catholics, respond to tragedy? And how do we help children deal with the feelings they may have—fear, anger, or sadness? In “Peace in Hard Times: A lesson for families,” CATECHIST’s Susie Lloyd writes, […]

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Share, Care, Prepare

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 20, 2018
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Even the youngest children can understand that Lent invites us to share, care, and prepare. Each of us is called to share what we have, care for others, and prepare ourselves for Easter through prayer and meaningful sacrifices. Children may think that because they don’t have their own money, they don’t have anything to share. […]

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Lessons for RCIA Scrutinies

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 20, 2018

Lent is an ideal time for reflecting on the meaning of our baptism and how well we are following Christ with our lives. In many of our parishes, we have adults (and often children of catechetical age) who are preparing to be initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the […]

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Catholics Don’t Just Give Up

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 13, 2018
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For Catholics, our Lenten practices are not just things we “give up.” Our intentions are different from our well-meaning resolutions—those things that many of us resolved to do just seven weeks ago. During Lent, we stop certain habits that may distract us and take on practices to help us walk more closely with Jesus. There […]

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Send Mixed Messages

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 4, 2018
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You’ve no doubt discovered that children learn in different ways. Some children light up when you say, “It’s time for a story.” Others want to act things out, discuss, sing, or draw. You’ve probably also learned that a strategy may work well one week, but it doesn’t work every week. You need to mix it […]

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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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