FROM OUR EDITORS—August 12, 2018 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ August 6, 2018

The pastor of the parish where I first taught was a wise and kind man named Father Ray. In the Invitation to Communion, Father Ray would insert the words, “This is re-e-e-ally Jesus.” He did this, I’m sure, to emphasize the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist we would soon receive. And this didn’t only happen at the school Masses at which [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 12, 2018 – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ August 7, 2018
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John 6:41–51 “Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” –John 6:51 Real Presence is what the Church calls the reality of Christ in our Eucharist. This isn’t artificial presence, the sort we give to people we pretend to listen to while our thoughts are light years away. It’s not like the cardboard cutout of Pope […]

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What’s a Holy Day of Obligation?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 7, 2018
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On December 8, we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This week, on August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Mary lived free of sin from the moment of her own conception. At the end of her life, God assumed Mary—body and soul—directly into Heaven where she now lives eternally […]

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Family Prayer for New School Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 7, 2018
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  Fresh haircut and new shoes? Check. Backpacks and lunches? Check. In the flurry of getting ready for back to school, don’t forget to take a moment to center your family in prayer. Many families have back-to-school rituals, whether a blessing said at the door or an end-of-summer feast. This Celebration of School and Learning may […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—August 19, 2018 – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ August 7, 2018
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John 6:51–58 “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” –John 6:52 Every good writer knows that one way to keep your audience involved in your story is to make them feel just a bit more clued in than the characters they’re following. Viewers know, for example, not to open the vampire’s coffin […]

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What Did You Learn Today?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 7, 2018

Can you imagine taking a test on the homily and readings each week after Mass? The idea of testing children on what they’ve learned in religion class may make catechists similarly uncomfortable; however, assessing what a child learns in faith formation classes is not a test of faith. Pflaum provides a suite of age-appropriate assessment […]

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Family Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 7, 2018
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Families will gather in Dublin, Ireland, this August 21–26, for the World Meeting of Families. Pope Francis will join the celebration for the Festival of Families on August 25 and will be the main celebrant for the Final Mass on August 26. Since 1994, the Church has hosted international events that honor, support, and encourage […]

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