FROM OUR EDITORS—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Joan McKamey ~ July 15, 2018

Even these “lazy days” of summer can be busy and draining. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus acknowledges our human need for rest and models both compassion and self-sacrifice. While on a family vacation last week, I got a glimpse of the daily life of my younger sister. As they tended to the needs of their four young sons, she and her husband were [...]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 22, 2018 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 16, 2018
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Mark 6:30–34 “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” –Mark 6:31 Jesus did it all the time, according to the Gospels. He followed a full day of labor for the sake of the Kingdom with getaway time in the wilderness, up a mountain, on the water, or at the home […]

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Inspiration for Catechists

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 16, 2018
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Whether you are a longtime catechist or an eager first-timer, all catechists can benefit from the experience of other seasoned teachers and catechetical leaders. Every year, Catechist magazine sponsors the Catechist Honors program. This year’s finalists offer classroom tips and spiritual resources that inspire them as they share their Catholic faith with children and adults. […]

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Catechists as Disciples

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 16, 2018
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As you prepare for fall catechist training, prayerfully consider Matthew 28:19: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” How might our approach to catechist formation change when we regard catechists as disciples? In “Three Steps Toward Catechist Formation,” James Blankenship shares his takeaways from Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 29, 2018 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 15, 2018
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John 6:1–15 “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” –John 6:12 There are always fragments left over. No matter how scarce resources seem, there are bottles and pages to be recycled, plastic bags to be returned to the supermarket. There are clothes in our closets we never wear, books we won’t […]

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You Can Do It!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 15, 2018
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What helpful words can you offer a new catechist who may be doubting his or her abilities? Catechist and author Carole M. Eipers, DMin, offers encouragement to the new volunteer who may be saying “I’m too young” or “I’m too old.” This reluctance to take on the important task of sharing the Good News of […]

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Projects for the New Year

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 15, 2018
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Summer is an ideal time to brainstorm new project ideas for the upcoming school year. It’s also a good time to review that “great ideas” email folder you’ve stuffed with inspiration you didn’t have time to consider during the flurry of last year! The editors of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies looked in their idea files […]

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SUNDAY’S GOSPEL—July 15, 2018 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Author: Alice Camille ~ July 10, 2018
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Mark 6:7–13 “Whatever place does not welcome you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet.” –Mark 6:11 Even when you bring good news, some people don’t want it. A local school district decided to offer a cafeteria lunch that was healthy and free of processed foods. Kids threw it out by the trayful […]

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