FROM OUR EDITORS—January 27, 2019 – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ January 21, 2019

In this Sunday's Second Reading, Saint Paul reminds us that we are members of the Body of Christ and that even though each member has a different role, all of us are equally important and vital for the body to survive. Pope Francis exhorts us to “remember more often what we are, what the Lord Jesus made of us: we are his body: that body which [...]

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Happy New Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
Vienna - Saint Luke the Evangelist  in Carmelites church

The first week of Advent also marks the first week of the new Liturgical Year in the Catholic Church. This week, the Church moves from its focus on the Gospel of Mark to the Gospel According to Luke. During the rest of the calendar year and into 2019, Catholics will hear Luke’s account of the mission and […]

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Saint Ambrose

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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When Saint Ambrose became bishop of Milan, he had some catching up to do. In fact, at the time, Ambrose was not yet a priest—nor was he even baptized when the emperor decided that he would make an excellent bishop. Within a week, Ambrose was baptized, ordained, and consecrated. Despite these gaps in his résumé, […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 9, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ November 27, 2018
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Luke 3:1–6 In Sunday’s Gospel, John the Baptist urges people to prepare the way of the Lord and to make straight his path. Saint John quotes the prophet Isaiah who also states that the mountains and hills will be made low, the winding roads made straight, and the rough ways smooth. The prophet also says […]

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Boost Your Families’ Catholic Vocab: Quiz 2

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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Four times each year, Pflaum provides a Catholic vocabulary quiz for students and families. The quizzes boost knowledge of both general Christian practice and specific Catholic doctrine. This quiz highlights the Gospel of Luke, which the Church moves to in this new Liturgical cycle, Year C. Students and their families will also learn about (or […]

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Advent and Christmas People

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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The Church celebrates a number of exemplary Christians during Advent and Christmas, including Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and Saint Stephen (December 26), as well as the shepherds and Magi in the Nativity story. Introduce Good News children to these model Christians and explain their significance to the Church and the Christmas story. Advent and […]

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Jesus Christ, Our King

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 20, 2018
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Sunday, November 25, marks the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year in the Catholic Church. It’s also the day that Catholics observe the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It’s a good time to remember—especially in times of uncertainty and trouble—that Jesus Christ reigns over our world. The United States Conference […]

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Giving Thanks

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 20, 2018
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Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Though it’s a thoroughly American holiday, the celebration of Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in faith. Gratitude for our blessings is one of the many virtues we seek to cultivate in children. Pflaum provides a number of free activities for use in the classroom or to assign […]

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