FROM OUR EDITORS—May 20, 2018 – Pentecost

Author: Joan McKamey ~ May 13, 2018

Pentecost! What a difference that one day, that single event, made in the life of the Church! Without the Spirit, the apostles would have remained confused and fearful. With the Spirit, they grew in understanding of Jesus’ message and became bold sharers of the Good News. The Holy Spirit’s power can frighten us or embolden us—or both! Much [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 29, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ April 23, 2018
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John 15:1–8 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares himself to a vine and his followers to the branches on that vine. Branches get their nourishment from the vine. From this Gospel, we understand that we are all one family and that we need and depend on one another. We the branches never want to be […]

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Saint Story: Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 23, 2018
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Only a handful of saints have more than one feast day on the Church calendar. One of them is Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and carpenter of Nazareth. (The others are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist.) On March 19, the Church honors Joseph as the husband […]

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Saint Story: Saint Philip the Apostle (May 3)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 23, 2018
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  Saint Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. A disciple of John the Baptist, Philip was a quiet and humble man. He may have been with John the Baptist when he called Jesus “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 22, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ April 16, 2018
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John 10:11–18 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares himself to a good shepherd who knows and cares for his sheep. This image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is one of the oldest images of Jesus in Christian art. The Good Shepherd cares for the world and demonstrates how everyone can care for the earth […]

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Pray for Vocations

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2018
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Sunday, April 22, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Like Jesus, our Good Shepherd, faithful leaders know their flocks by name, protect and guide them, and may even be called to lay down their lives for them. April 22 also marks the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Today, […]

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Gather All Together

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2018
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The Gospel for All Ages Family Catechesis offers weekly plans and Gospel-related questions for intergenerational formation. These gathering plans allow the children who use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies to share what they are learning in their lessons with the large group. The Gospel for All Ages also offers plans for seasonal gatherings, including a fall […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 15, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ April 10, 2018
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Luke 24:35‒48 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus appears to the disciples and invites them to touch him to see that he is really alive. He calls the disciples to be his witnesses. They have Good News to tell—that love is stronger than death, victory can come from suffering, and life can come from death. See […]

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