FROM OUR EDITORS—January 27, 2019 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ January 21, 2019

In this Sunday's Second Reading, Saint Paul reminds us that we are members of the Body of Christ and that even though each member has a different role, all of us are equally important and vital for the body to survive. Pope Francis exhorts us to “remember more often what we are, what the Lord Jesus made of us: we are his body: that body which [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 25, 2018 & January 6, 2019 – Christmas & Epiphany

Author: David Dziena ~ December 20, 2018
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Christmas: Luke 2:1–14 Epiphany: Matthew 2:1–12 Christmas celebrates God’s becoming one of us and one with us. Jesus comes as an infant, placed in the care of a struggling but loving family. The Feast of the Epiphany, a word that means “manifestation,” celebrates how Jesus was revealed as far more than the king of the […]

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Christmas Carols and the Best Gift of All

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 20, 2018
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Though children—and teachers—can hardly wait until Christmas break, the vacation days can grow long. Send home resources for your children and their families to complete together. The Best Christmas Gift of All will challenge children to remember details from the Nativity story so they can solve the riddle from John 3:16: What gift do we […]

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 20, 2018
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Children love a birthday party. Challenge the children to think of a gift that Jesus might like for his birthday. You may even want to host a birthday celebration with simple decorations and treats during the Christmas season. Complete What Present Can We Give Jesus?, available to download and print in English and Spanish, to help […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 23, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ December 18, 2018
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Luke 1:39–45 In Sunday’s Gospel, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. The two of them demonstrate just how to trust God’s Word and to rejoice in God’s blessings. They both praise God, and Elizabeth gives us the words that are central to the Hail Mary—“Blessed is the fruit of your womb.” The mystery of the Incarnation—God […]

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Holy Family Prayer Service

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 18, 2018
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The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph falls on Sunday, December 30, this year. We honor this extraordinary, yet still ordinary, family as our model. They celebrated many of the same joys and walked through many of the same losses that any family experiences. Most classes will not be in session […]

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Epiphany House Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 18, 2018
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The Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the arrival of wise men or Magi from the East who were seeking the Christ Child. Remind the children that Christmas is not just one day—it’s an entire season in the Church in which Catholics celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Epiphany means “showing,” which underscores the fact that […]

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