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 [...]


Happy New (Church) Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017

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 […]


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

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017

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. […]


Praying Along with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 21, 2017

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 […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 3

Author: David Dziena ~ November 21, 2017

Mark 13:33–37 The Church’s three-year cycle of Lectionary readings begins again on the First Sunday of Advent. We start reading from Cycle B, which is organized around Mark’s Gospel. Throughout Advent, we also hear the prophet Isaiah’s words in the First Reading. On this first Sunday of the Church year, Jesus speaks of his coming in […]


Get Ready: Advent Is Coming

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017

In the flurry of pageants, presents, and holiday preparations, Advent can become anything but the peaceful, contemplative season it’s meant to be. Even children feel the rush and frenzy. You can help your children prepare for Christmas by helping them focus their attention on the meaning of this holy season. Seeds children will pray with […]


Nativity Scene Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017

Many families have rituals and traditions for their home Nativity scene. They may honor the youngest member of the family by having the child place the Infant Jesus in the scene (sometimes waiting until Christmas Eve or first thing on Christmas morning). Or they may encourage selfless acts during Advent by allowing children to place […]




The Countdown to Christmas

Las posadas: una tradición navideña

Las Posadas: A Christmas Tradition

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 16, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Advent