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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Happy Birthday, Mary!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ August 28, 2018
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Nine months ago, Catholics celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception—that feast day that honors the fact that God freed Mary from the stain of all sin, from her conception through her Assumption. How do we honor Mary on her birthday? Certainly it’s appropriate to remember her by praying one of the many Marian prayers—the […]

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Saint Resources: The Week of July 8–14

Author: Nicholle Check ~ July 4, 2018
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Summer is an ideal time to get caught up on books you’ve meant to read, to-do lists you’ve meant to complete, and Pinterest projects you’ve pinned. It’s also a good time to immerse yourself in the summer season of the Church, especially its many, many saint days. The following resources will give you a little […]

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Corpus Christi, Sacred Heart Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 29, 2018
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Catholics celebrate two special solemnities this week—the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (June 3) and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 8). Given the many feasts that occur around this time, take the opportunity to share the significance of each with the children and their families. Send this Catholic resource page to […]

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