FROM OUR EDITORS—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ July 15, 2018

Even these “lazy days” of summer can be busy and draining. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges our human need for rest and models both compassion and self-sacrifice. While on a family vacation last week, I got a glimpse of the daily life of my younger sister. As they tended to the needs of their four young sons, she and her husband were [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—May 6, 2018 – 6th Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ May 1, 2018
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  John 15:9–17 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you.” The Gospel is taken from a long talk Jesus had with his disciples at the Last Supper. He calls them to live on in his love and gives them a great commandment: “Love one […]

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Resources for Ascension and Pentecost

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 1, 2018
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The Easter season is coming to its culmination on the Ascension of the Lord (May 10/May 13) and Pentecost (May 20). May 13 is the last lesson of the 2017–18 year of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. If your classes continue beyond that Sunday, there are free Late Close Lessons at each level that include a […]

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Celebrate Mary’s Month

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 1, 2018
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The Church honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, throughout the year; however, May is traditionally celebrated as Mary’s Month in the Church, with special times for prayer, devotion, and feast days. Pope Francis recently added a new Marian feast to the Liturgical calendar. The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—April 29, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Easter

Author: David Dziena ~ April 23, 2018
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John 15:1–8 In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus compares himself to a vine and his followers to the branches on that vine. Branches get their nourishment from the vine. From this Gospel, we understand that we are all one family and that we need and depend on one another. We the branches never want to be […]

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Saint Story: Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 23, 2018
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Only a handful of saints have more than one feast day on the Church calendar. One of them is Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and carpenter of Nazareth. (The others are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist.) On March 19, the Church honors Joseph as the husband […]

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Saint Story: Saint Philip the Apostle (May 3)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 23, 2018
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  Saint Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. A disciple of John the Baptist, Philip was a quiet and humble man. He may have been with John the Baptist when he called Jesus “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus […]

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