FROM OUR EDITORS—April 21 & 28, 2019 – Easter & 2nd Sunday of Easter

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ April 15, 2019

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquÍ.  When I worked as a fourth-grade teacher at a Catholic school in Monterrey, Mexico, I was talking to my class about the importance of Easter for all Christians. I was explaining that thanks to Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, we can go to Heaven one day and live with him forever. My eight- and [...]

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Chat with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ October 2, 2017
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What Catholic wouldn’t want to chat with Pope Francis? Now’s your chance as he shares about the Church’s missionary efforts during this World Mission Month. Engage your young Catholics in the worldwide mission of the Church and use social media tools to do so. In his World Mission Day 2017 message, Pope Francis calls young […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 15, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 2, 2017
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Matthew 22:1–10 The Gospel proclaims another of Jesus’ parables—the story of the wedding feast. A king sent his servants out to invite people to his son’s wedding. He really wanted to share his great joy. The king was surprised and hurt when many refused his invitation. After his further invitations met with disaster, the king dispatched […]

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Video Lesson: Sharing the Catechism

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 25, 2017
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Each Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson includes teaching on a part of the Catechism relevant to the Sunday Gospel. Every child using the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies program receives a copy of the What the Church Believes and Teaches Catechism handbook, which includes age-appropriate teaching on knowing and living the Catholic faith, what Catholics believe, prayer, and […]

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Video Lesson: Pacing and Planning

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 25, 2017
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This year, the editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies wrote enhanced Teaching Guides, available in both English and Spanish. Each weekly lesson includes pacing plans to help catechists and teachers tailor the Weeklies for 60-minute, 90-minute, and five-day religion classes. Editorial director David Dziena explains how to use the new guides in this Teaching Guide […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 8, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ September 25, 2017
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Matthew 21:33–43 In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus uses another parable set in a vineyard that again represents Israel and its people. The landowner plants the vines and hires tenants to work the vineyard for him. At harvest time, they kill the landowner’s servants in order to keep the crops for themselves. They even kill his son when […]

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A Shepherd Knows His Sheep

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 20, 2017
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Catholics will gather to celebrate the beatification Mass of the first U.S.-born martyr, Father Stanley Rother, in Oklahoma City this Saturday, September 23. Father Rother lived and worked at the Santiago Atitlan mission in Guatemala for 13 years. Though he himself struggled in Latin classes while at seminary, Rother worked to translate catechetical materials into the native […]

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Saints and Feasts: Saint Francis of Assisi

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 19, 2017
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The Church celebrates one of the most popular of all saints on October 4—Saint Francis of Assisi. Patron of animals and ecology, Saint Francis is a model of how a flawed person can transform his life. He was born wealthy and privileged, but changed his wasteful ways. He heard—but, at first, misunderstood—God’s call to rebuild […]

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