Prayers for All Seasons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 2019
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Our prayers often focus on the things for which we are thankful and for those things we may need. But do you ever thank God for the things for which you aren’t especially thankful? If you live in a chilly climate (like all of the editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies!), it may be hard […]

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Do You Need a Do-Over?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 2019
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Did you know that only 8 percent of New Year’s resolutions are kept—and that most fade away by mid-January? (January 12 has become known as Quitter’s Day.) But don’t despair: if you resolved to spend more time in prayer or Bible study in 2019, there is no time like right now to recommit yourself to these […]

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Seasons of the Church Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 2019
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There’s always something going on in the Church, whether it’s a feast day or other celebration or we’re in the midst of a special liturgical season. Knowing where we are in the Church Year will help keep children and young people more engaged in the Mass. Encourage them to notice the colors displayed on the […]

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Valentine’s Day Activities

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 5, 2019
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What could be better than to celebrate love? Children can express the secure feeling of being loved and the joy of sharing that love with family and friends. It’s not a big leap for them to understand the Law of Love—loving God with their hearts, minds, and souls, and loving their neighbor as they love […]

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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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Celebrate the Holy Family

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 29, 2019
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During February, the Church honors the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Catholics focus on the gifts we can receive from our families—especially love and forgiveness. Encourage your families to pray together this month, so they may build an ongoing practice of regular family prayer. Share The Hail Mary, a coloring and prayer activity […]

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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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Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 22, 2019
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More than 2.3 million students attend Catholic schools in the United States. Founded in 1974, National Catholic Schools Week celebrates the contributions that Catholic education provides to young people as well as to the Church, our communities, and the nation. The event takes place each year starting on the last Sunday in January and going […]

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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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The Voice of the Vatican

Author: Nicholle Check ~ January 15, 2019
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Pope Francis communicates with Catholics worldwide in a number of ways—for example, his Twitter account (@pontifex) has 18 million followers in nine languages. The Vatican has a long history of worldwide communication. Vatican Radio, also known as the Voice of the Vatican, broadcasts 24 hours every day. The man who organized the original broadcasts in […]

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