FROM OUR EDITORS—June 24, 2018 – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Author: Joan McKamey ~ June 19, 2018

“God is gracious” is the meaning of the name John. This feast of the birth of John the Baptist is a good time to reflect on God’s graciousness. The definition of grace found in What the Church Believes and Teaches handbook for Good News is “A gift from God that makes us holy and helps us to respond to his call to live as his children. The [...]


A Bible Challenge

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 11, 2017
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  Children and young adults enjoy showing how much they know about the Bible. Use the Famous Words from the Bible activity sheet to challenge older students or create a Bible trivia game for younger learners. For each famous quotation, children will identify the passage and who said it. Students can work in teams, in […]


Planning Ahead

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 11, 2017
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Starting this fall, the Teaching Guides for the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies feature a number of enhancements, including full-color, three-step plans; pacing guides for 60- and 90-minute sessions and five-day classes; Catholic identity projects; and cross-curriculum connections to bring the Gospel message into every academic area, from social studies to science. View the new guides for […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 16, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 10, 2017
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“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” Matthew 13:1–23 It’s no wonder the parable of the sower left the disciples mystified. It’s a crazy story! The sower is a wild man. Instead of plowing fertile ground and responsibly planting it, like a normal farmer, he wanders down an unlikely […]


Seven Reasons to Sing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 5, 2017
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“But I can’t sing.” Catechists and teachers may sometimes hesitate to bring vocal music into their classrooms, but the benefits are undeniable. Well-known Catholic composer John Burland recently wrote “Embracing the Power of Music in Your Classroom” for Today’s Catholic Teacher. He offers seven reasons why music improves learning, six ways teachers and catechists can […]


Hola or Olá?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 5, 2017
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On Wednesday, July 5, the Church honors Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, the 14th-century queen consort who is remembered for her work to promote peace in her family and in her nation. This fun printable—Why Do People Speak Portuguese in Brazil?—explains how European colonization influenced South America, why not everyone there speaks Spanish, and what the […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL– July 9, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 5, 2017
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“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:25–30 Summer for many is a lazier time of the year. The longer hours of daylight give us license to cram a little more fun into each day. Yet trouble never takes a vacation, and burdens that weigh […]


Start Humming Along

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 26, 2017
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Get ready for fall by learning the words for all of the tunes on the new Pflaum Gospel Weeklies CD sets. Whether you need to brush up on well-loved favorites or you want to get a jump on the new tracks from Catholic composer John Burland, you will find all of the lyrics for Seeds, […]


Boost Your Summer Saint IQ

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 26, 2017
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Which saint helps you find things? Which one could be called the very first Christian? Which did Jesus call his friend? Saints provide your students with real-life examples of how Jesus wants them to live—with courage and conviction, loyalty and love. Test your Saint IQ with the Some Spring and Summer Saints printable.   Image […]




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