FROM OUR EDITORS—April 29, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Author: Joan McKamey ~ April 23, 2018

Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We all want our lives to “bear much fruit.” We like our efforts to be productive. We like to see results! Sometimes, we may fail to acknowledge God’s part in our accomplishments [...]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – August 20, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ August 15, 2017

Matthew 15:21–28 Even Jesus was impressed by the foreign woman who pursued him for a healing for her daughter. As we know from reading the Gospels, Jesus had his hands full in daily dealings with his fellow Jews. In fact, he withdrew from Jewish territory into Tyre and Sidon precisely to get a respite from […]


Back-to-School Prayers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 8, 2017

As you plan your back-to-school catechist formation and first-day student gatherings, use these back-to-school prayers—the “Hands” prayer for younger students, a blessing for middle-schoolers, and the “Sharing Your Light” prayer service to welcome back your teachers and catechists. Each prayer service includes plans and a script for leaders and a handout for students or catechists. […]


Did You Know?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 8, 2017

Which saint slept in a wine cask to prevent the chance of spreading the plague? Can you name the saint who was kidnapped by pirates? Who was Saint Jerome’s unlikely lifelong friend? Brush up on the saints’ days for August and September with the free Did You Know? printable. Use the information about the saints […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – August 13, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ August 8, 2017

Matthew 14:22–33 “After dismissing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray.” I’ve never been the athletic sort, so my hikes to the top of real mountains have been rare. But once, I did attempt to climb a 10,000-foot peak in the Sierras, only to turn back after a long struggle […]


Back to School

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 2, 2017
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Many teachers and catechists are busy preparing for students’ return this month. No matter when your faith formation instruction begins, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies provides three Early Start lessons for Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. The lessons follow the program’s new three-step lesson plan—Share Experiences, Discover Gospel and Doctrine, and Live the Gospel. But […]


Harvest Saints

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 31, 2017
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How well do you know the saints the Church celebrates in the fall? Which saint is known for helping people who are poor, sick, or abandoned? Which one reformed the Carmelite order in her day? Can you name the one who answered the call to fix Christ’s church, both physically and figuratively? Play Harvest Time […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – August 6, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 31, 2017
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“And Jesus was transfigured before them: his face shone like the sun.” Matthew 17:1–9 The definition of time is the measure of change. If nothing changed, we’d have no sense of time passing at all. Change doesn’t move at a constant pace: sometimes it’s glacially slow, at other times it races into view like a […]




SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 29, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Easter

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