FROM OUR EDITORS—November 18, 2018 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 12, 2018

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí. The Sunday before Thanksgiving was designated as World Day of the Poor by Pope Francis, starting in 2017. This is traditionally the date when a collection is taken up to support the efforts of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development helps with community [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL— September 9, 2018 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ September 5, 2018
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Mark 7:31–37 “But the more Jesus ordered them not to speak, the more they proclaimed it.” –Mark 7:36 Take a moment to appreciate the irony. First, Jesus heals a man who can’t hear or speak. Then Jesus orders him not to speak, but the fellow doesn’t seem to hear it. He can’t keep his mouth […]

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Exaltation of the Cross

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 5, 2018
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What happened to the Cross after Jesus’ Crucifixion? What about the crosses of the two criminals who were crucified with him? No one knows for sure. This free printable—the Exaltation of the Holy Cross—highlights the journey of the Cross of Christ, as well as the history behind the feast day the Church celebrates on Friday, […]

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Off to a Great (Early) Start!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 5, 2018
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As a new school year begins, it’s a good opportunity to establish what children may or may not know. In religious education, this means starting with the basics: How familiar are the children with the structure and books of the Bible? Do they know the prayers of the Church—the Lord’s Prayer, the Sign of the […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—September 2, 2018 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ August 28, 2018
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Mark 7:1–8, 14–15, 21–23 “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” –Mark 7:6 The problem with Jesus, according to his religious leaders, is that he has an underdeveloped respect for laws and traditions. The problem with religion, Jesus insists, is that it makes people prefer superficial law-keeping to […]

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Responding to the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Author: Bayard ~ August 28, 2018
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The past month has been a difficult and sad one for the Church in America and for all Catholics. With the resignation from the College of Cardinals Archbishop Theodore McCarrick and the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report, our Church finds itself once again embroiled in the horror and tragedy of sexual abuse perpetrated and […]

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Happy Birthday, Mary!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 28, 2018
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Nine months ago, Catholics celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—that feast day that honors the fact that God freed Mary from the stain of all sin, from her conception through her Assumption. How do we honor Mary on her birthday? Certainly it’s appropriate to remember her by praying one of the many Marian prayers—the […]

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Offer It Up!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 28, 2018
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It can be easy to fall into the trap of negativity, looking at the dark, divisive side of things. Share the Offer It Up! activity page to find a way to deal with tough times in our lives. Catholics try to find the meaning in suffering. It’s also why we start the day with a […]

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