Saint Katharine Drexel

Author: Nicholle Check ~ February 12, 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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Venerable John Paul I: Steps Toward Sainthood

Author: Joan McKamey ~ November 27, 2017
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John Paul I served as Pope for only 33 days before his unexpected death in the fall of 1978. Pope Francis has recognized that John Paul I lived the Christian virtues in a heroic way and so declared him “venerable”—a step on the path to being declared an official saint. In his general audience on […]

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Saints and Feasts of the Season: Saint Nicholas of Myra (4th Century)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 21, 2017
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Saint Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, an ancient seaport city in Lycia (Lysh’uh), an area that is in present-day Turkey. So many legends have been told about Saint Nicholas that some people wonder if he was a real person. But there is evidence that a very real Saint Nicholas participated in the Council of Nicaea. […]

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Saints: A Pair of Martins

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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The Church honors two saints named Martin in early November—Saint Martin de Porres on November 3, and Saint Martin of Tours on November 11. These two Martins are separated by their occupations, the vast Atlantic Ocean, and 1,200 years. What unites them is their unfailing charity. Share the story of Two Saints Named Martin with […]

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Family Prayer for All Saints’ Day

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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The Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints’ Day) on Wednesday, November 1, is a holy day of obligation. While families will attend Mass together, they may also choose to remember the beloved dead in their family with a prayer service at home. Children of all ages can understand that saints are God’s special friends in […]

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Saint Charles Borromeo (November 4)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ October 24, 2017
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Saint Charles Borromeo packed a lot of living into his 46 years (1538–  1584). Born an aristocrat, he was a bishop and cardinal who gave away his fortune. He had a speech impediment, yet his listeners were inspired by his preaching. He wrote a catechism and organized the final session of the Council of Trent, […]

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