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 [...]

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Fatima Anniversary

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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On October 13, the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children— siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their older cousin Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos—from May 13 to October 13, 1917. The children said that Mary urged them to pray the Rosary daily for peace […]

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A Joyful Noise

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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Music is a powerful tool in the classroom. With music, you can welcome the children, signal transitions in the lesson, introduce the Gospel reading, and set a peaceful tone for prayer and meditation. The new CD collections from Pflaum are age-appropriate and feature songs for each season in the Liturgical Year. Children will pick up […]

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Set Your Own Pace

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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Each week, teachers and catechists use the Weeklies in many different ways—they teach once a week or 20 minutes each day; they teach at churches, in schools and at home, and in multi-age classrooms with one child or thirty. But no matter how many children you teach, how often, or where, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson […]

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Chat with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ October 2, 2017
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What Catholic wouldn’t want to chat with Pope Francis? Now’s your chance as he shares about the Church’s missionary efforts during this World Mission Month. Engage your young Catholics in the worldwide mission of the Church and use social media tools to do so. In his World Mission Day 2017 message, Pope Francis calls young […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 15, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 2, 2017
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Matthew 22:1–10 The Gospel proclaims another of Jesus’ parables—the story of the wedding feast. A king sent his servants out to invite people to his son’s wedding. He really wanted to share his great joy. The king was surprised and hurt when many refused his invitation. After his further invitations met with disaster, the king dispatched […]

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Video Lesson: Sharing the Catechism

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 25, 2017
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Each Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson includes teaching on a part of the Catechism relevant to the Sunday Gospel. Every child using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program receives a copy of the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook, which includes age-appropriate teaching on knowing and living the Catholic faith, what Catholics believe, prayer, and […]

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Video Lesson: Pacing and Planning

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 25, 2017
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This year, the editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies wrote enhanced Teaching Guides, available in both English and Spanish. Each weekly lesson includes pacing plans to help catechists and teachers tailor the Weeklies for 60-minute, 90-minute, and five-day religion classes. Editorial director David Dziena explains how to use the new guides in this Teaching Guide […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 8, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ September 25, 2017
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Matthew 21:33–43 In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses another parable set in a vineyard that again represents Israel and its people. The landowner plants the vines and hires tenants to work the vineyard for him. At harvest time, they kill the landowner’s servants in order to keep the crops for themselves. They even kill his son when […]

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