FROM OUR EDITORS—May 20, 2018 – Pentecost

Author: Joan McKamey ~ May 13, 2018

Pentecost! What a difference that one day, that single event, made in the life of the Church! Without the Spirit, the apostles would have remained confused and fearful. With the Spirit, they grew in understanding of Jesus’ message and became bold sharers of the Good News. The Holy Spirit’s power can frighten us or embolden us—or both! Much [...]

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When Tragedy Happens (Again)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 20, 2018
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After the mass shooting in a high school in Florida last week, we are left asking again: How do we, particularly as Catholics, respond to tragedy? And how do we help children deal with the feelings they may have—fear, anger, or sadness? In “Peace in Hard Times: A lesson for families,” CATECHIST’s Susie Lloyd writes, […]

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Share, Care, Prepare

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 20, 2018
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Even the youngest children can understand that Lent invites us to share, care, and prepare. Each of us is called to share what we have, care for others, and prepare ourselves for Easter through prayer and meaningful sacrifices. Children may think that because they don’t have their own money, they don’t have anything to share. […]

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Lessons for RCIA Scrutinies

Author: Joan McKamey ~ February 20, 2018

Lent is an ideal time for reflecting on the meaning of our baptism and how well we are following Christ with our lives. In many of our parishes, we have adults (and often children of catechetical age) who are preparing to be initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—February 18, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Lent

Author: David Dziena ~ February 13, 2018
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  Mark 1:12–15 In the Sunday Gospel, the Holy Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness for 40 days. The desert is a place of testing, but it is also a place to be close to God. Jesus’ time in the desert calls us to make Lent a season of growth, a season for developing habits […]

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Catholics Don’t Just Give Up

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 13, 2018
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For Catholics, our Lenten practices are not just things we “give up.” Our intentions are different from our well-meaning resolutions—those things that many of us resolved to do just seven weeks ago. During Lent, we stop certain habits that may distract us and take on practices to help us walk more closely with Jesus. There […]

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