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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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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