FROM OUR EDITORS—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ July 15, 2018

Even these “lazy days” of summer can be busy and draining. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges our human need for rest and models both compassion and self-sacrifice. While on a family vacation last week, I got a glimpse of the daily life of my younger sister. As they tended to the needs of their four young sons, she and her husband were [...]


Ready, Set, Plan

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 10, 2018

Are you planning your 2018–19 calendar or prepping a summer catechist training? Good news: the Teaching Guides for the first eight lessons of the 2018–19 school year, from September 23 through November 11, are now available online. The guides are set up to be viewed or downloaded for easy printing. All five levels of the […]


Welcome, Families!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 10, 2018

As you plan for the upcoming year, you may be asking: How do we get families more involved in our faith formation programs? How do we engage the families who are already attending? Serving the needs of families is a constant goal of parishes and the Church worldwide. Many parishes have great programs and communication plans […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 8, 2018 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 4, 2018

Mark 6:1–6 “He was amazed at their lack of faith.” -Mark 6:6 Who wouldn’t cooperate with a miracle if it came their way? Many of us, in fact. Me, for one. Three decades ago, I had chronic pain in my wrist from an early shattering of the bone. Someone asked if I wanted to be […]


Saint Resources: The Week of July 8–14

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 4, 2018

Summer is an ideal time to get caught up on books you’ve meant to read, to-do lists you’ve meant to complete, and Pinterest projects you’ve pinned. It’s also a good time to immerse yourself in the summer season of the Church, especially its many, many saint days. The following resources will give you a little […]


Catechist Training Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 4, 2018

Summer is far from over, but if you’re looking to get ahead on some of your fall planning, Pflaum offers a number of resources. Adapt the Gospel Weeklies to your specific program needs with Teaching Guides that include plans for 60- and 90-minute class sessions in parish programs as well as a five-day plan for […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 1, 2018 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 2, 2018

Mark 5:21–43 “Why this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but asleep.” –Mark 5:39 When we think resurrection, the Easter mystery is uppermost on the list. But there are also three stories of restored life in the Gospels. The most dramatic is that of Lazarus, who answers the call to come out of […]


Peter’s Pence Collection: July 1

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 2, 2018

On the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, Catholics worldwide donate to Peter’s Pence Collection. This effort is one of the longest-standing examples of financial donation in the Church—or the world. Since the late 8th century, bishops throughout Europe began to send regular annual tributes, known as Denarius […]


Celebrate Our Nations!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 2, 2018

  This week across North America, proud citizens celebrate Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act (originally the British North America Act) in which the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united to become known as Canada. Independence Day (also known […]




SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Inspiration for Catechists

Catechists as Disciples

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 29, 2018 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time