Jesus Christ, Our King

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 13, 2018
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Sunday, November 25, marks the end 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 of […]

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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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Celebrate Mary’s Month

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 1, 2018
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The Church honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, throughout the year; however, May is traditionally celebrated as Mary’s Month in the Church, with special times for prayer, devotion, and feast days. Pope Francis recently added a new Marian feast to the Liturgical calendar. The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will […]

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Saint Story: Saint Joseph the Worker (May 1)

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 23, 2018
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Only a handful of saints have more than one feast day on the Church calendar. One of them is Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and carpenter of Nazareth. (The others are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Peter, Paul, and John the Baptist.) On March 19, the Church honors Joseph as the husband […]

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