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FROM OUR EDITORS—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FROM OUR EDITORS—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time


As I reflect on Sunday’s Gospel (Mark 4:26–34) and consider that we’re celebrating Father’s Day in the US, I find it natural to connect our Father in Heaven to the farmer or sower of seed in the parable. That makes us the seeds that are planted to grow and bear fruit.

What does God who is love do? He loves. And what fruit are we called to bear? Love. As we are nourished by the Eucharist and involvement in the lives of our families, parishes, and other communities, we grow in love for God and others. May the fruit we bear—LOVE—be abundant!

May 13 was the last lesson of the 2017–18 year of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies. If your classes continue beyond that Sunday, there are free Late Close Lessons at each level that include a general lesson on the parables and Creation, as well as one for Pentecost. They are available for Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. You will note that the first Late Close lesson online is marked as Lesson 2. This is because Lesson 1 is for the Ascension, which was the final lesson in this year’s Gospel Weeklies. Those who have purchased the Activity Books will find three additional Late Close Lessons for each level there as well.

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2 Responses to “FROM OUR EDITORS—June 17, 2018 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time”

  • Jan Redle / Reply

    We are year round liturgically based Children’s Liturgy of the Word…so I take your input plus years of experience to make up a lesson each week until your material begins again in September.

    • Joan McKamey / Reply


      Good for you and your parish for offering year-round Children’s Liturgy of the Word! While our regular Gospel Weeklies are limited to 32 lessons each year, we do offer additional Late Close and Early Start lessons. Some are free online, plus our new Activity Books contain three more of each. While these are not tied to specific Sunday Gospels, they might help you with your preparations. You might also consider using Pflaum’s Children Celebrate! summer quarter. Find information about it here: Have a great summer!

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