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 [...]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 24, 2018 – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 19, 2018

Luke 1:57–66, 80 They were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said…, “No. He will be called John.” –Luke 1:59–60 What’s in a name? Often more than you think. Consider how your name, first and last, has been a help or hindrance to you. Have you changed or adapted your […]


Videos for This Week’s Feasts

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018

This week, Catholics honor the faithfulness of early Christians. On Sunday, June 24, we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, who ultimately lost his life because of his outspoken witness (and Herod’s jealousy). On Saturday, June 30, Catholics remember the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, which you can learn more about […]


Time for Tech?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018

Catechists and teachers often have just a few precious minutes to share the week’s lesson. We need strategies to “get down to business” quickly. To that end, catechists must set policies about phones in the classroom—either to silence them, put them facedown, set them in a basket by the door, or leave them at home. […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 12, 2018

Mark 4:26–34 “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed…” –Mark 4:30–31 Happy Father’s Day to all who’ve been protectors and providers for others. Every father knows that storytelling comes with the territory. Some stories we pass on to the […]


Honoring Fathers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018

Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day in the United States. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She wanted to honor dedicated dads like her own, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single father. While it’s not officially a Church holiday, Father’s Day celebrates the gifts of paternal love […]


World Refugee Day: June 20

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018

Every minute of every day, nearly 20 people are forced from their homes, displaced by conflict or persecution. That’s more than 28,000 people every day. In total, more than 65 million people are displaced worldwide, among them are 22.5 million refugees who were forced to flee their home countries. World Refugee Day remembers the suffering […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL— June 10, 2018 – 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ June 5, 2018

Mark 3:20–35 When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” –Mark 3:21 His own family thought he was crazy! That’s what the Gospel of Mark says. It was such a disturbing observation that Matthew and Luke, the two writers who often copy […]




Projects for the New Year

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 29, 2018 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time