World Day of the Sick

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 5, 2019
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Ask a child to share a prayer of petition and it’s likely that they will pray for a friend, relative, or pet who is sick. Each year on February 11, the Church remembers in a special way those people suffering from illness and disease. On the World Day of the Sick, Catholics are encouraged to […]

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Winter Patron Saints

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2019
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On February 3, Catholics celebrate the Feast of Saint Blaise, patron of those suffering from throat ailments. Who is the patron of people with earaches or those with other illnesses? Who is the patron saint of butchers, lawyers, workers, or students? Quiz your children on these Winter Patron Saints or send this activity home as […]

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The Presentation of the Lord

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 22, 2019
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On Saturday, February 2, the Gospel Reading (Luke 2:22–40) describes Jesus’ presentation in the Temple of Jerusalem as a fulfillment of Jewish law. It marked the end of Mary’s 40-day confinement after giving birth and the Jewish tradition of the redemption of a firstborn son. Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple so that […]

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Saint Ambrose

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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When Saint Ambrose became bishop of Milan, he had some catching up to do. In fact, at the time, Ambrose was not yet a priest—nor was he even baptized when the emperor decided that he would make an excellent bishop. Within a week, Ambrose was baptized, ordained, and consecrated. Despite these gaps in his résumé, […]

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Advent and Christmas People

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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The Church celebrates a number of exemplary Christians during Advent and Christmas, including Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12) and Saint Stephen (December 26), as well as the shepherds and Magi in the Nativity story. Introduce Good News children to these model Christians and explain their significance to the Church and the Christmas story. Advent and […]

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Jesus Christ, Our King

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 20, 2018
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Sunday, November 25, marks the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year in the Catholic Church. It’s also the day that Catholics observe the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It’s a good time to remember—especially in times of uncertainty and trouble—that Jesus Christ reigns over our world. The United States Conference […]

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Saints of Charity

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 6, 2018
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The Church celebrates the feasts of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini on November 13, and Saint Elizabeth of Hungary on November 17. Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, known to many Americans as Mother Cabrini, was at first told that she was too sickly to become a sister. But she persisted. She traveled from her native Italy to […]

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All Saints’ Day

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 23, 2018
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Celebrated each year as a Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints’ Day honors all of our saints, known and as yet unknown. Pflaum offers a number of online resources for All Saints’ Day, including the process of becoming a saint. Help Visions students keep their Thomases and Teresas (and Thérèse) straight with Same-Name Saints, a […]

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Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 9, 2018
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Sometimes you just can’t win. Margaret Mary Alacoque wanted to be a religious sister almost all of her life. When she entered the convent, some of the leaders thought she was showing off because she spent so much time in prayer! But Margaret Mary heard Jesus in her prayers. He shared his sorrow that people […]

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The Archangels: Leaders, Protectors, Messengers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ September 18, 2018
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On Saturday, September 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saints Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel—the three archangels noted by name in the Bible. The prefix arch means “leader” or “chief.” In the Book of Revelation, the archangel Michael leads God’s armies against Satan. Raphael heals Tobit of his blindness and guides his son Tobias safely […]

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