FROM OUR EDITORS—April 22, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Easter

Author: Joan McKamey ~ April 16, 2018

Happy Easter! And Happy Earth Day! Easter and Earth Day go hand in hand when we consider this Sunday’s Gospel about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Just as a shepherd is entrusted with the care of his sheep, God entrusts us to care for the earth as good stewards. A month ago, Pope Francis reminded us via Twitter: “To defend the earth and to safeguard [...]

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Sunday’s Gospel – April 2, 2017

Author: Joan McKamey ~ April 2, 2017
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Since the Sunday Gospel is the heart of the Gospel Weeklies, an important part of preparing to share the Gospel with children is to read and reflect on it in advance of your class session. The Gospel at Home and the Gospel for All Ages (see Gathering Rituals / Questions) are resources on our website […]

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Lent for All Ages

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017
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Catholics receive ashes and are challenged to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” This Lenten activity for Good News children reviews the ways to keep Lent—through fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Visions students will expand their knowledge of the season with Analogies For Lent.   Photo credits: Bible and cross: Freedom Studio/Shutterstock.com

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St. Stanislaus of Kraków (1030-1079)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017
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April 11 If you live in a city with many people of Polish heritage, you probably have a church named for St. Stanislaus of Kraków. And one or more families of that community will probably be from Kraków. And one or more families of that community probably have a son named Stanley, the English language […]

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St. Joseph, the Man of Dreams (1st century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017
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March 19 Most of what we know about St. Joseph comes from the first two chapters of the Gospel of St. Matthew as he describes the birth and infancy of Jesus. As the story begins, Mary is engaged to be married to Joseph, but she has become pregnant (as the angel Gabriel told her at […]

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Ready, Set, Lent

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 28, 2017
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The season of Lent is just one turn of the calendar page away. Ash Wednesday falls on March 1 this year. Now is a good time to plan ahead for how you might observe Lent in your classroom, your home, and your own heart. You’ll have plenty of Lenten symbols and themes worked into your […]

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Peace and Justice in the New Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 1, 2017
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The Gloria opens with the words “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.” These words, drawn from Scripture (see Luke 2:14), echo the longing of our hearts as we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace at Christmas and begin a new calendar year. The new […]

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