Christmas Quiz

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2017
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As often as we hear the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, some children may not have all of the details down quite right. Get them up to speed with this handy printable—Christmas Story Quiz. Who wore togas to the birth? Who was Nero? (Just kidding! Those are trick questions thrown in to keep […]

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Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2017
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The Incarnation of Jesus is something people work to understand their entire lives, so it’s not surprising that young children won’t fully grasp its significance and meaning. But they do understand the excitement that surrounds a new baby and the fun of a birthday party! Before you all head out for Christmas break, throw a […]

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Longing for Jesus: The O Antiphons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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Starting on Sunday, December 17, Catholics recite a weeklong series of evening prayer verses referred to as the O Antiphons. An antiphon is not exactly a prayer; it’s a verse that introduces or emphasizes what follows. In Advent, the seven O Antiphons are said before and after the Magnifcat, a part of the evening prayers […]

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Hanukkah Begins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 4, 2017
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As Christians enter the second week of Advent, our Jewish friends and neighbors begin Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Light that commemorates the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165 B.C. Hanukkah begins this year at sundown on Tuesday, December 12, and ends at nightfall on Wednesday, December 20. Some children may be very familiar […]

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Celebrate the Seasons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2017
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Nearly every day during Advent and Christmas marks a saint’s day or other feast day in the Church. Help children understand the importance of several of these celebrations with free printable activities from Pflaum. The Saints of Advent and Christmas puzzle highlights popular saints, including Nicholas and Stephen. Then quiz the children on what they […]

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Happy New (Church) Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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The First Sunday of Advent marks the beginning of a new Liturgical season in the Church and the start of a new Liturgical Year. This week, Catholics move to Cycle B, in which we shift our focus to the Gospel of Mark, the first Gospel writer. Pflaum offers several free resources to teach the seasons […]

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Praying Along with Pope Francis

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 21, 2017
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Invite the children in your classroom and home to pray along with Pope Francis and others in the universal Church for Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention. In December, he asks us to pray for the elderly: “That the elderly, sustained by families and Christian communities, may apply their wisdom and experience to spreading the faith […]

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Get Ready: Advent Is Coming

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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In the flurry of pageants, presents, and holiday preparations, Advent can become anything but the peaceful, contemplative season it’s meant to be. Even children feel the rush and frenzy. You can help your children prepare for Christmas by helping them focus their attention on the meaning of this holy season. Seeds children will pray with […]

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Nativity Scene Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 14, 2017
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Many families have rituals and traditions for their home Nativity scene. They may honor the youngest member of the family by having the child place the Infant Jesus in the scene (sometimes waiting until Christmas Eve or first thing on Christmas morning). Or they may encourage selfless acts during Advent by allowing children to place […]

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Thank You, God!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 7, 2017
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Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving this year on Thursday, November 23. Gratitude is a constant theme in the life of Catholics—Eucharist is based in words that mean “thanksgiving.” Catechists can emphasize gratitude in the classroom through constant modeling—for example, by noting a child’s selfless help of another student or by encouraging children to offer prayers of praise and […]

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