FROM OUR EDITORS—October 21, 2018 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ October 9, 2018

Every year in late October, Catholics throughout the world unite to celebrate World Mission Sunday. This year’s date is October 21. The theme is “Through Youth to the World: Voices for Mission.” We are invited to recommit ourselves to our common vocation through Baptism to be missionaries—through prayer, participation in the Eucharist, and by [...]

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Send Mixed Messages

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 4, 2018
191

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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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—February 4, 2018 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ January 30, 2018
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Mark 1:29–39 Jesus brings God’s life-giving, healing power to the people of Galilee. The Gospel portrays Jesus as a man of action who raises up Peter’s mother-in-law, heals the sick, and frees the possessed. He also seeks time to pray. We are all called to imitate Jesus’ compassion and love for people. See The Gospel […]

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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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The Prayer That Saved the Early Church

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 30, 2018
182

Most Catholic parishes pray the Nicene Creed (some pray the Apostles’ Creed) at each Sunday Mass. This statement of faith, written in the 4th century, affirms the central mystery of the Church—the Holy Trinity. When the Creed was written, the heresy of Arianism—which included the false belief that Jesus was a man, not divine—threatened the […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—February 11, 2018 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ January 29, 2018
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Mark 1:40–45 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus adds to his growing community. By touching and healing a leper, Jesus shows us that God’s love is for everyone. People in Jesus’ time feared lepers and made them live apart from others. Jesus’ reaching out to the leper gives us an example to do the same for […]

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More Than a Feeling

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2018
186

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
185

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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