FROM OUR EDITORS—March 17, 2019 – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Author: Joan McKamey ~ March 11, 2019

Para la versión en español, haga clic aqui. Listen to him. In Sunday’s Gospel of the Transfiguration, a voice from the cloud says, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” That doesn’t sound so difficult, but really listening to another—in this case, the Son of God—requires more than our attention. Listening involves making a [...]

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 20, 2018
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Children love a birthday party. Challenge the children to think of a gift that Jesus might like for his birthday. You may even want to host a birthday celebration with simple decorations and treats during the Christmas season. Complete What Present Can We Give Jesus?, available to download and print in English and Spanish, to help […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 23, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ December 18, 2018
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Luke 1:39–45 In Sunday’s Gospel, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. The two of them demonstrate just how to trust God’s Word and to rejoice in God’s blessings. They both praise God, and Elizabeth gives us the words that are central to the Hail Mary—“Blessed is the fruit of your womb.” The mystery of the Incarnation—God […]

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Holy Family Prayer Service

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 18, 2018
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The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph falls on Sunday, December 30, this year. We honor this extraordinary, yet still ordinary, family as our model. They celebrated many of the same joys and walked through many of the same losses that any family experiences. Most classes will not be in session […]

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Epiphany House Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 18, 2018
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The Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the arrival of wise men or Magi from the East who were seeking the Christ Child. Remind the children that Christmas is not just one day—it’s an entire season in the Church in which Catholics celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Epiphany means “showing,” which underscores the fact that […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—December 16, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Author: David Dziena ~ December 11, 2018
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Luke 3:10–18 In this Advent Gospel, John the Baptist answers some specific questions about preparing for the coming of the Messiah. He urges the sharing of food and clothing. He asked tax collectors to be fair and soldiers to be satisfied with their wages. Most of all, John pointed to the one who is to […]

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Las Posadas: A Christmas Tradition

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ December 11, 2018
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Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí.  One way that people in Latin America anticipate celebrating Jesus’ coming at Christmas is by celebrating Posadas. But what is a Posada? Posadas are popular celebrations that take place during Advent in Mexico and Guatemala. Some other countries like Colombia and Venezuela have similar festivities called Novenas. […]

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Las posadas: una tradición navideña

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ December 11, 2018
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Una manera de anticipar la llegada de Jesús en la Navidad es con la celebración de las posadas. Pero… ¿qué es una posada? Las posadas son fiestas populares que tienen como fin prepararnos para la Navidad y que se celebran en algunos países de América Latina como México y Guatemala. En otros países como Colombia […]

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The Countdown to Christmas

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2018
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The days leading to Christmas can be challenging for catechists and children. Catechists strive to retain order and routine amongst pageant rehearsals and the children’s excitement about treats, vacation, and presents. Remind your Visions students that we are still in the waiting season of Advent. Talk about why waiting can be hard and what they […]

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