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ONLINE NEWS AND IDEAS YOU CAN USE

Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25-31

“Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” is the theme of the National Catholic Educational Association’s observance of Catholic Schools Week Jan. 25-31. It provides the opportunity to strengthen classroom and school bonds, engage the parish community, and celebrate the gift of Catholic education. Suggestions for classroom, school and community activities are available from NCEA. Click here, then select “Daily CSW Themes” in the Catholic Schools Week menu bar for more.

Step-by-step guide for a parish Lenten soup supper

Set the theme and atmosphere for the whole parish observance of Lent with a soup supper – an upbeat and joyous evening for families with children, singles, young adults, and seniors. Our free Gospel for All Ages online program provides all you need to get started: advance activities, a sample schedule, ideas for the evening’s events, and a promotional plan. For an overview of The Gospel for All Ages program, click on Online Resources in the menu above, then select Whole Community Catechesis and “Guidelines for a Lenten Soup Supper.”.

Preview new day-by-day ‘Totally Lent!’ books online

Engage young Catholics in a Lenten journey that is guaranteed to enrich their faith and foster their spiritual growth with Pflaum’s new Totally Lent! books. Three age-appropriate editions – primary, intermediate, and junior-senior high – provide a new page of reflections and activities for each day of Lent 2015, from Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, to Easter Sunday, April 5. You can view sample pages from each book, or print them to evaluate with children in your classes.