FROM OUR EDITORS—December 9, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 3, 2018

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí.  I am Mexican, so my heart has always had a very special place for Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast we celebrate on December 12. Since I was a young girl, I learned to love her and to ask for her intercession, as I always felt she was very close to me. But Our Lady of Guadalupe is not only the Queen [...]

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Longing for Jesus: The O Antiphons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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Starting on Sunday, December 17, Catholics recite a weeklong series of evening prayer verses referred to as the O Antiphons. An antiphon is not exactly a prayer; it’s a verse that introduces or emphasizes what follows. In Advent, the seven O Antiphons are said before and after the Magnifcat, a part of the evening prayers […]

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Hanukkah Begins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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As Christians enter the second week of Advent, our Jewish friends and neighbors begin Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Light that commemorates the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C. Hanukkah begins this year at sundown on Tuesday, December 12, and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, December 20. Some children may be very familiar […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 17

Author: David Dziena ~ December 4, 2017
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John 1:6–8, 19–28 During Advent, we prepare for Christmas by listening to the people who prepared the way for Jesus’ coming. In this Sunday’s Gospel, people ask John the Baptist who he is—the Messiah or a prophet. John answers by identifying himself as a voice in the desert, crying out, “Make straight the way of […]

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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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