FROM OUR EDITORS — Sunday, December 17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 4, 2017

Pointing the way to Jesus. That was John the Baptist’s role. He answered clearly and humbly that he was not the Christ and that he was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandal strap. John’s clarity about his role can help us reflect on our own. How do we point the way to Jesus? Is the larger part of our motivation for doing good works the [...]

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Saint John the Baptist

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2017
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In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent (Mark 1:1–8), John the Baptist prepares us for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus’ cousin plays a big role during Advent—appearing in not one, but two Sunday Gospels. How much do your children know about this “wild” man of the wilderness? Use this fill-in-the-blank biography to […]

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Celebrate the Seasons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2017
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Nearly every day during Advent and Christmas marks a saint’s day or other feast day in the Church. Help children understand the importance of several of these celebrations with free printable activities from Pflaum. The Saints of Advent and Christmas puzzle highlights popular saints, including Nicholas and Stephen. Then quiz the children on what they […]

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Venerable John Paul I: Steps Toward Sainthood

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 27, 2017
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John Paul I served as Pope for only 33 days before his unexpected death in the fall of 1978. Pope Francis has recognized that John Paul I lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and so declared him “venerable”—a step on the path to being declared an official saint. In his general audience on […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 10

Author: David Dziena ~ November 27, 2017
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Mark 1:1–8 In Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist urges people to prepare a smooth, straight road on which God can come to us. Isaiah’s words of comfort to the exiled Israelites assure them and us that we can count on God’s forgiveness. Jesus’ words call for us to turn our lives around and make sure that […]

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Happy New (Church) Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Liturgical season in the Church and the start of a new Liturgical Year. This week, Catholics move to Cycle B, in which we shift our focus to the Gospel of Mark, the first Gospel writer. Pflaum offers several free resources to teach the seasons […]

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Saints and Feasts of the Season: Saint Nicholas of Myra (4th Century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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Saint Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, an ancient seaport city in Lycia (Lysh’uh), an area that is in present-day Turkey. So many legends have been told about Saint Nicholas that some people wonder if he was a real person. But there is evidence that a very real Saint Nicholas participated in the Council of Nicaea. […]

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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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