FROM OUR EDITORS — Sunday, December 17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 4, 2017

Pointing the way to Jesus. That was John the Baptist’s role. He answered clearly and humbly that he was not the Christ and that he was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandal strap. John’s clarity about his role can help us reflect on our own. How do we point the way to Jesus? Is the larger part of our motivation for doing good works the [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — Sunday, December 3

Author: David Dziena ~ November 21, 2017
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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 […]

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Get Ready: Advent Is Coming

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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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 […]

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Nativity Scene Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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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 […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL — November 26, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 14, 2017
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  Matthew 25:31–46 This Sunday, we hear Jesus’ great parable of judgment. The parable clearly states that all will be judged on the Works of Mercy described in it. We are called to build God’s reign on Earth and to share in that reign forever. But to do so, we need to care for the […]

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Thank You, God!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 7, 2017
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Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 23. Gratitude is a constant theme in the life of Catholics—Eucharist is based in words that mean “thanksgiving.” Catechists can emphasize gratitude in the classroom through constant modeling—for example, by noting a child’s selfless help of another student or by encouraging children to offer prayers of praise and […]

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Prayer for Troubled Times (Again)

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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We regret the need to run this Blessing in Times of Trouble so often, but the recent natural disasters and horrific human actions in our world give us reason to offer it again. We encourage you to allow the children in your care to express their feelings and concerns about the tragic events that have […]

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