FROM OUR EDITORS—February 24, 2019 – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ February 18, 2019

This Sunday’s First Reading tells the story of King Saul taking 3,000 men to find and kill David, his worst enemy. David walked into Saul’s camp in the middle of the night and found the ruler soundly asleep. He had the opportunity to kill him right there, but he didn’t. David spared the life of the man who was trying to end his, for he trusted [...]

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Thank You, God!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 7, 2017
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Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 23. Gratitude is a constant theme in the life of Catholics—Eucharist is based in words that mean “thanksgiving.” Catechists can emphasize gratitude in the classroom through constant modeling—for example, by noting a child’s selfless help of another student or by encouraging children to offer prayers of praise and […]

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Prayer for Troubled Times (Again)

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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We regret the need to run this Blessing in Times of Trouble so often, but the recent natural disasters and horrific human actions in our world give us reason to offer it again. We encourage you to allow the children in your care to express their feelings and concerns about the tragic events that have […]

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World Day of the Poor—Love in Word and Deed

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 7, 2017
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The tagline for the First World Day of the Poor (November 19) is “Love not in word but in deed.” I think it’s assumed we’re to read it as “Love not only in word but also in deed.” Through the Gospel Weeklies, children learn that Jesus wants us to show our love in both word […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – November 19, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 7, 2017
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  Matthew 25:14–30 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells a pointed story about three servants. Their master entrusts them with varying amounts of money. Two of the servants double their money, but fear gets in the way of the third servant. All he can do is preserve what he has. The challenge for all of […]

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What Did You Learn Today?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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It’s the question nearly every parent asks at the end of the day: So, what did you learn today? Retention is everything. We want the children to take the information they encounter in class and be able to apply it, make it their own, and even share it with others. Assessments are one way to determine […]

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Your Catechism Companion

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 1, 2017
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Every Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson is based on the Sunday Gospel and related Church doctrine. Each child receives a copy of the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook at the beginning of the school year. In each lesson, the editors reference a section of this handbook, which reinforces the doctrine. The Teaching Guides […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – November 12, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ November 1, 2017
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Matthew 25:1–13 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses the parable of the bridegroom and 10 girls to tell his disciples to remain vigilant. The parable describes some of the girls as foolish and some as wise. Those who were ready for the bridegroom went into the wedding feast. The bridegroom, however, didn’t even acknowledge those […]

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