FROM OUR EDITORS—November 18, 2018 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 12, 2018

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. The Sunday before Thanksgiving was designated as World Day of the Poor by Pope Francis, starting in 2017. This is traditionally the date when a collection is taken up to support the efforts of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps with community [...]


Ten Commandments Crossword

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 30, 2018

For Visions students, the Ten Commandments are foundational knowledge of the faith. While it’s important to know all 10 of these rules, it’s also important that the young people understand the structure of the Decalogue—that the commandments guide our relationship with God and our relationships with each other. Review and discuss the section on the […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—October 28, 2018 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 23, 2018

Mark 10:46–52 In Sunday’s Gospel, the blind Bartimaeus had to make up his mind about Jesus without the benefit of seeing him. He asked Jesus for the gift of sight. His faith was rewarded with vision. We all learn about Jesus from what we hear of him from those who teach us and from what […]


All Saints’ Day

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 23, 2018

Celebrated each year as a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints’ Day honors all of our saints, known and as yet unknown. Pflaum offers a number of online resources for All Saints’ Day, including the process of becoming a saint. Help Visions students keep their Thomases and Teresas (and Thérèse) straight with Same-Name Saints, a […]


Quick Catechist Training

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 23, 2018

Most faith formation programs have been in session for about a month. How are your catechists doing? Are they feeling confident with their lesson plans? Are they pacing themselves and covering the essential parts of their Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lessons? Share this training video with your teachers and catechists as a quick (less than seven […]


SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—October 21, 2018 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: David Dziena ~ October 16, 2018

Mark 10:35–45 James and John ask Jesus a question that reveals common human ambitions—to be special, to be recognized, and to have privilege. They want to know if they can be at Jesus’ side in the Kingdom. Jesus’ response contains a simple and direct prescription for his followers: If you want to be first, you […]


Looking Ahead: Plan an Advent Event

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 16, 2018

It may seem early to the average person, but for program directors and teachers, Advent is right around the corner! Pflaum offers a free Advent event plan for The Gospel for All Ages—Family Catechesis. The Sharing Our Gifts event focuses on the Scriptures for the Second Sunday of Advent; however, the plan can be used […]


Activities to Celebrate the Season

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 16, 2018

Pflaum offers a number of free fall and Halloween-themed activity sheets for every level, from preschool through middle school. For the younger levels—Seeds, Promise, and Good News—activities are available to download and print in Spanish and English. The activities emphasize gratitude for the harvest; Halloween fun and safety; and the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, […]




SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 18, 2018 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Giving Thanks

SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—November 25, 2018 – Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus Christ, Our King