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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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 30, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 28, 2017
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“When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” Matthew 13:44–52 Written by Alice Camille My twenty-something niece met a fellow while spending a year abroad. After she returned to the States, nothing seemed right. A year later, she returned to Europe and married the […]

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Back to Basics: Prayer

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 18, 2017
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When classes begin this fall, you will need to assess basic Catholic knowledge, including prayers, practice, and vocabulary. The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies offers free activity sheets and Catholic Resource pages that support all types of topics, especially prayer. For example, make sure that all of your Seeds children know the Prayer Before Meals (this page […]

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A Bible Challenge, Part 2

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 18, 2017
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They are phrases that Catholics and non-Catholics alike use every day: You’re the apple of my eye. You’re the salt of the earth. Read the writing on the wall. You might be surprised to learn that many common expressions like these have their basis in Scripture. The Bible in Our Everyday Speech lists common phrases […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 23, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 18, 2017
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“Master, did you not sow good seed? Where have the weeds come from?” Matthew 13:24–43 Good seeds and bad weeds grow together everywhere. You find them in families and neighborhoods, classrooms and businesses, courthouses and churches. We search in vain for the pure meadow of unadulterated wheat. If we go knocking on the door of […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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