Saint Story: Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2018
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Only a handful of saints have more than one feast day on the Church calendar. One of them is Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and carpenter of Nazareth. (The others are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist.) On March 19, the Church honors Joseph as the husband […]

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Saint Story: Saint Philip the Apostle (May 3)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2018
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  Saint Philip was born in Bethsaida in Galilee, the hometown of Peter and Andrew. A disciple of John the Baptist, Philip was a quiet and humble man. He may have been with John the Baptist when he called Jesus “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus […]

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Saint of the Month—George: Saint and Superhero

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 27, 2018
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Have you ever seen a movie that was “based on a true story”? Talking about Saint George is a bit like that. The facts are that George lived in the second century of Christianity and that he was a soldier and became a martyr when he died for his faith in 303. But his real-life […]

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Saint Joseph: Faithful Father and Husband

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 12, 2018
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During each Mass, the priest asks for God’s mercy as he prays these or similar words: “with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and blessed Joseph, her Spouse.” Joseph is the member of the Holy Family we know least about. We know him as a carpenter or skilled laborer. And, from the time he learns […]

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Get Ready for Holy Week

Author: Nicholle Check ~ March 12, 2018
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Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 25, with Palm/Passion Sunday. This can be a tough week for children if they don’t understand what’s going on during the “long” Masses and Good Friday service. Help your children prepare for this holiest of weeks in the Church. Start by reviewing the Gospels of Lent, starting with the […]

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Saint Katharine Drexel

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 27, 2018
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Born into a wealthy family, Katharine Drexel and her sisters learned at an early age that wealth was a gift to be shared. Several days each week, the sisters helped as their parents opened their home to feed the poor. Learn more about the girl who would grow to become Saint Katherine Drexel (1858–1955), patron […]

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Teaching the Hail Mary

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 30, 2018
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Many second graders are preparing to receive the Eucharist for the first time. As part of this process, catechists and parents will help the children learn the prayers of the Church, including the Hail Mary. This Hail Mary activity sheet, available to download in Spanish and English, will help them learn and memorize this important […]

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The Prayer That Saved the Early Church

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 30, 2018
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Most Catholic parishes pray the Nicene Creed (some pray the Apostles’ Creed) at each Sunday Mass. This statement of faith, written in the 4th century, affirms the central mystery of the Church—the Holy Trinity. When the Creed was written, the heresy of Arianism—which included the false belief that Jesus was a man, not divine—threatened the […]

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With Love, Saint Valentine

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2018
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Saint Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples, love, lovers, young people, epilepsy, fainting, and happy marriages. The origin of Valentine’s Day is murky—and complicated by the fact that there are three martyred saints named Valentine recognized by the Catholic Church. Many scholars believe that they are the same person with varying stories of […]

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Saint John the Baptist

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2017
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In the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent (Mark 1:1–8), John the Baptist prepares us for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus’ cousin plays a big role during Advent—appearing in not one, but two Sunday Gospels. How much do your children know about this “wild” man of the wilderness? Use this fill-in-the-blank biography to […]

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