FROM OUR EDITORS—June 24, 2018 – Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Author: Joan McKamey ~ June 19, 2018

“God is gracious” is the meaning of the name John. This feast of the birth of John the Baptist is a good time to reflect on God’s graciousness. The definition of grace found in What the Church Believes and Teaches handbook for Good News is “A gift from God that makes us holy and helps us to respond to his call to live as his children. The [...]


Lent for All Ages

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017

Catholics receive ashes and are challenged to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” This Lenten activity for Good News children reviews the ways to keep Lent—through fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. Visions students will expand their knowledge of the season with Analogies For Lent.   Photo credits: Bible and cross: Freedom Studio/


St. Stanislaus of Kraków (1030-1079)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017

April 11 If you live in a city with many people of Polish heritage, you probably have a church named for St. Stanislaus of Kraków. And one or more families of that community will probably be from Kraków. And one or more families of that community probably have a son named Stanley, the English language […]


St. Joseph, the Man of Dreams (1st century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2017

March 19 Most of what we know about St. Joseph comes from the first two chapters of the Gospel of St. Matthew as he describes the birth and infancy of Jesus. As the story begins, Mary is engaged to be married to Joseph, but she has become pregnant (as the angel Gabriel told her at […]


Ready, Set, Lent

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 28, 2017

The season of Lent is just one turn of the calendar page away. Ash Wednesday falls on March 1 this year. Now is a good time to plan ahead for how you might observe Lent in your classroom, your home, and your own heart. You’ll have plenty of Lenten symbols and themes worked into your […]


Peace and Justice in the New Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 1, 2017

The Gloria opens with the words “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.” These words, drawn from Scripture (see Luke 2:14), echo the longing of our hearts as we celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace at Christmas and begin a new calendar year. The new […]


Advent and Christmas … With a Twist

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 1, 2016

Traditions are important, especially for children. We’ve found a few fresh takes on some the most popular holiday traditions. These few unexpected projects can help focus your children on the true meaning of Christmas. These ideas put sharing at the center of the season. We also give take a look at how Christians around the […]




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