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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – July 2, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 22, 2017

“Whoever receives the righteous person will receive a righteous reward.” Matthew 10:37–42 The idea is remarkable. Welcome a prophet, and you share in the prophet’s destiny. Assist a good person, and you’ll receive the same credit for the ensuing good deeds. We don’t have to be prophets ourselves, or humanitarians, or missionaries, or environmentalists, or […]

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Boost Your Summer Playlist

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2017
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Pflaum recently recorded new music collections with well-known Catholic composer John Burland. The 2-CD sets available for Seeds, Promise/Good News, and Venture/Visions feature both new and well-loved songs that follow the Liturgical Year. Listen to sample tracks, and download virtual albums or individual songs. The CDs are also available for purchase on the Pflaum website. […]

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Celebrate Love—Human and Divine

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2017
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This Friday, June 23, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We celebrate that Jesus’ heart is human so he loves us with a human love, which we can appreciate. His divine love, of course, exceeds anything we could ever hope to understand. Help your children understand and appreciate this […]

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