FROM OUR EDITORS—September 23, 2018 – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 17, 2018

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. Welcome to the official start of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program year! Most Catholic schools and some parish programs started weeks ago. We hope you found our Early Start Lessons helpful! Other parish programs won’t begin for a few weeks yet. The Gospel Weeklies have traditionally started our [...]

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Saints and Seasons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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Jews around the world will celebrate two major holy days this month—Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sunset on September 20 and Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on September 29—as well as the 10 Days of Awe between them. Use the free printable Jewish High Holy Days to explain the significance of these holy days […]

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A Blog in a Blog: The Word is Life (TWIL)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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Many catechists and teachers have a ritual as they sit down to plan their weekly lesson. It usually involves prayer, meditation, and reflection on the Sunday Gospel. The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies suggest another way to “get into” the week’s lesson—The Word Is Life or TWIL. Every week, TWIL blogger Kevin Dowd posts […]

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Prayer for Troubled Times

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 11, 2017
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Depending on where you live, children may be coming to class who are directly affected by or concerned about natural disasters (Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, wildfires in several western states) or other life trials and difficulties. Gathering in prayer is a good way to allow children to voice their troubles and concerns as well as […]

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Catechetical Sunday: Living As Missionary Disciples

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 11, 2017
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The theme from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the 2017 catechetical year is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Catechists live their baptismal call to share the faith with others. Next week, parishes will commission or send forth their catechists on Catechetical Sunday, and most faith formation programs will commence. Depending on the age of […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – September 17, 2017

Author: Alice Camille ~ September 11, 2017
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Matthew 18:21–35 “Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?” The story continues to sound fantastic, though we’ve heard it many times. A servant is forgiven a sum so astronomical he could never have paid it back. Yet this same servant throws his own debtor in prison […]

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Thank You, God, for Fall!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 7, 2017
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While it may not be fall officially until September 22, the signs of autumn—cooler temperatures, Friday night football games, and pumpkin-spice everything—say differently. Help your children notice God’s creative hand in all of the changes in our natural world. Preschoolers will learn about the season in The Color Orange activity sheet. Use Solve These Autumn Riddles […]

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Welcome Back, Families

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 7, 2017
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The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies Faith Formation Program provides many ways for teachers and catechists to connect with families and to support their efforts to share the faith with their children. The Family Corner feature in every Seeds, Promise, and Good News lesson is a great start. Each week, the Family Corner provides a common question, […]

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Praying for Hurricane Victims

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 7, 2017
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  Please join in praying for all those affected by Hurricane Harvey—and all who may be in other brewing storms’ paths. Find a prayer to use with your families and students here.

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A Call for Solidarity: Hurricane Relief Help

Author: Joan McKamey ~ September 7, 2017
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With the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey fresh in all our minds—and all too real for those whose families, homes, businesses, and churches are affected—we watch new storms in the Atlantic with great concern. Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in a message conveyed by the Vatican secretary of […]

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