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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The Spring Feasts: Don’t Blink!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 10, 2018
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You know the saying, “Blink and you’ll miss it”? Our Spring liturgical calendar can feel a bit like that. From Easter Sunday on April 1 through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 8, the Church marks an important feast day nearly every week. Feasts of Spring will help your children understand the significance […]

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Late Close Lessons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 10, 2018
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If your class meets later than the Ascension of the Lord on May 13, Pflaum offers three late close lessons for each level. The lessons are not based on a Sunday Gospel, so they may be used any week. Three lessons are available for each level—Celebrating Creation, Exploring Parables, and Celebrating Pentecost. Each lesson includes […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 1 & 8, 2018 – Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ March 27, 2018
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John 20:1–9 & John 20:19–31 Easter Sunday celebrates the core of the Christian faith—that God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus promised that all who believe in him will have new life with God. The Gospels for both Sundays that are covered in this lesson tell the story of Easter—first through the eyes of Mary […]

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The Alleluias Are Back!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2018
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Easter brings a change of color (white) and the return of the “Alleluias” at Mass. Did you notice that the Alleluias were gone during Lent? The word Alleluia comes from the Hebrew for “praise the Lord.” It is a joyous announcement of the Kingdom of Heaven, which we celebrate during Mass. During Lent, we are […]

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Saint of the Month—George: Saint and Superhero

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2018
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Have you ever seen a movie that was “based on a true story”? Talking about Saint George is a bit like that. The facts are that George lived in the second century of Christianity and that he was a soldier and became a martyr when he died for his faith in 303. But his real-life […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—March 25, 2018 – Palm/Passion Sunday

Author: David Dziena ~ March 20, 2018
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Mark 11:1–10, Mark 14:1—15:47 Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week. The mysteries of Holy Week are focused on the Sacred Triduum—the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Holy Saturday celebration of the Easter Vigil. This Sunday, we proclaim two Gospels—Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the […]

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