FROM OUR EDITORS — Sunday, December 17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ December 4, 2017

Pointing the way to Jesus. That was John the Baptist’s role. He answered clearly and humbly that he was not the Christ and that he was not even worthy to untie Jesus’ sandal strap. John’s clarity about his role can help us reflect on our own. How do we point the way to Jesus? Is the larger part of our motivation for doing good works the [...]

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Planning Ahead: All Saints’ Day

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 11, 2017
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After the flurry of the first few weeks of class, you may be looking ahead to the Church holidays on the horizon. The Church will celebrate All Saints’ Day on Wednesday, November 1. Pflaum provides free activity pages for All Saints’ Day that are geared for every age. Seeds children will see that saints, like […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL – October 22, 2017

Author: David Dziena ~ October 11, 2017
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Matthew 22:15–21 Nobody likes to pay taxes. That was as true for people in Jesus’ time as it is today. The Pharisees tried to get Jesus to take sides about the taxes the Jews paid to the Romans who occupied their land. Jesus asked to see the coin used to pay taxes, and someone in […]

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Fatima Anniversary

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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On October 13, the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the final appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children— siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their older cousin Lúcia de Jesus dos Santos—from May 13 to October 13, 1917. The children said that Mary urged them to pray the Rosary daily for peace […]

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A Joyful Noise

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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Music is a powerful tool in the classroom. With music, you can welcome the children, signal transitions in the lesson, introduce the Gospel reading, and set a peaceful tone for prayer and meditation. The new CD collections from Pflaum are age-appropriate and feature songs for each season in the Liturgical Year. Children will pick up […]

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Set Your Own Pace

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 2, 2017
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Each week, teachers and catechists use the Weeklies in many different ways—they teach once a week or 20 minutes each day; they teach at churches, in schools and at home, and in multi-age classrooms with one child or thirty. But no matter how many children you teach, how often, or where, Pflaum Gospel Weeklies lesson […]

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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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