FROM OUR EDITORS—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ July 15, 2018

Even these “lazy days” of summer can be busy and draining. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges our human need for rest and models both compassion and self-sacrifice. While on a family vacation last week, I got a glimpse of the daily life of my younger sister. As they tended to the needs of their four young sons, she and her husband were [...]

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Ordinary Time: Part II

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 5, 2018
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Ordinary Time is the Church season in which Catholics immerse themselves in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. It falls in two parts on the Liturgical calendar. The first begins after the Christmas season—specifically, the day after the Baptism of the Lord. The second part falls after the Lent-Easter season, the Monday after Pentecost. […]

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Summer Program Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 5, 2018
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Many parishes will soon dive into their Vacation Bible School and summer-intensive faith formation programs. Pflaum offers a summer-intensive pacing plan to adapt the Gospel Weeklies for use during the summer. And Catechist magazine has two resources to help you plan the best week of the summer. “How to Organize the Best Vacation Bible School […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL— June 3, 2018 – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Author: Alice Camille ~ May 29, 2018
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Mark 14:12–16, 22–26 Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” –Mark 14:22 We think about rituals as static events. Yet in fact, most of them evolve to retain their relevance and freshness for ongoing generations. Take holiday rituals. The Thanksgiving table may […]

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Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 29, 2018
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Paging through a Sunday Missal, you will see references to the “the Feast of,” “the Solemnity of,” and the “Memorial of.” But what are the differences? How do they rank in importance? Writing for Catechist magazine, Kate Ristow explains the differences among the Church celebrations on the Liturgical calendar. You may also view her article […]

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Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 29, 2018
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Catholics celebrate two special solemnities this week—the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (June 3) and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 8). Given the many feasts that occur around this time, take the opportunity to share the significance of each with the children and their families. Send this Catholic resource page to […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—May 27, 2018 – The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Author: Alice Camille ~ May 22, 2018
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Matthew 28:16–20 “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Among the most magnificent passages in the New Testament is the hymn in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. Jesus Christ is described as one who surrenders equality with God in favor of sharing humanity with us. It’s an awe-inspiring exchange. Who […]

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One Fits All—Pacing Plans

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 22, 2018
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Summer is a great time to take a breath and assess the good work you’ve accomplished over the last catechetical year. It’s also time to look ahead and address some of the things you have on your long-range to-do list. For example, have you received requests to deliver faith formation in different formats, including home […]

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