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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Walk with Jesus

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 6, 2018
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Most parishes offer Stations of the Cross during Lent. Over the next two weeks, incorporate this prayerful practice into your lesson plans. You can join a scheduled event or create one for your class. This Stations of the Cross activity page provides history on the practice of praying the Stations as well as a brief […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—March 4, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Author: David Dziena ~ February 27, 2018
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  John 2:13–25 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus makes it clear that the real temple of God lies within us. His cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem calls us all to cleanse ourselves. We have the days of Lent to make a special effort to become less selfish and more loving—to renew and deepen our […]

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How’s Your Lent Going?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 27, 2018
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This week, we mark the halfway point of the 40-day journey from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday. Ask the children: How is your Lent going? Then take some time to discuss their Lenten commitments—maybe they gave up an unhealthy habit or committed to acts of service—and whether they are making good progress. Remind the children […]

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Boost Your Catholic Vocab: Part 3

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 27, 2018
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In every set of free seasonal resources available for use with the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies, the editors compile a Catholic word quiz. Building Your Family’s Faith Vocabulary can be a great review of what you and your children may already know, the basis of a fun class game, or an assessment to help expand the […]

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Saint Katharine Drexel

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 27, 2018
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Born into a wealthy family, Katharine Drexel and her sisters learned at an early age that wealth was a gift to be shared. Several days each week, the sisters helped as their parents opened their home to feed the poor. Learn more about the girl who would grow to become Saint Katherine Drexel (1858–1955), patron […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—February 25, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Author: David Dziena ~ February 20, 2018
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Mark 9:2–10 Sunday’s Gospel story of the Transfiguration gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ Risen life after the events of his suffering and Death. This event gives us a vision of Christian living. It gives us a notion of ourselves transformed by the power of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection. Each season of Lent is another […]

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Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 20, 2018
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Pope Francis invites us to join him on Friday, February 23 to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting for peace in war-torn countries, particularly South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Reflecting on the suffering caused by conflict, Pope Francis said, “Our heavenly Father always listens to his children who cry […]

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