Videos for This Week’s Feasts

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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This week, Catholics honor the faithfulness of early Christians. On Sunday, June 24, we celebrate the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, who ultimately lost his life because of his outspoken witness (and Herod’s jealousy). On Saturday, June 30, Catholics remember the First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church, which you can learn more about […]

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Time for Tech?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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Catechists and teachers often have just a few precious minutes to share the week’s lesson. We need strategies to “get down to business” quickly. To that end, catechists must set policies about phones in the classroom—either to silence them, put them facedown, set them in a basket by the door, or leave them at home. […]

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Peter’s Pence Collection: July 1

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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On the Sunday closest to the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, Catholics worldwide donate to Peter’s Pence Collection. This effort is one of the longest-standing examples of financial donation in the Church—or the world. Since the late 8th century, bishops throughout Europe began to send regular annual tributes, known as Denarius […]

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Celebrate Our Nations!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 19, 2018
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  This week across North America, proud citizens celebrate Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4). Canada Day commemorates the anniversary of the Constitution Act (originally the British North America Act) in which the three colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick united to become known as Canada. Independence Day (also known […]

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Honoring Fathers

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day in the United States. It was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd. She wanted to honor dedicated dads like her own, a Civil War veteran who raised six children as a single father. While it’s not officially a Church holiday, Father’s Day celebrates the gifts of paternal love […]

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World Refugee Day: June 20

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 12, 2018
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Every minute of every day, nearly 20 people are forced from their homes, displaced by conflict or persecution. That’s more than 28,000 people every day. In total, more than 65 million people are displaced worldwide, among them are 22.5 million refugees who were forced to flee their home countries. World Refugee Day remembers the suffering […]

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Ordinary Time: Part II

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 5, 2018
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Ordinary Time is the Church season in which Catholics immerse themselves in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. It falls in two parts on the Liturgical calendar. The first begins after the Christmas season—specifically, the day after the Baptism of the Lord. The second part falls after the Lent-Easter season, the Monday after Pentecost. […]

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Summer Program Resources

Author: Nicholle Check ~ June 5, 2018
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Many parishes will soon dive into their Vacation Bible School and summer-intensive faith formation programs. Pflaum offers a summer-intensive pacing plan to adapt the Gospel Weeklies for use during the summer. And Catechist magazine has two resources to help you plan the best week of the summer. “How to Organize the Best Vacation Bible School […]

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Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 29, 2018
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Paging through a Sunday Missal, you will see references to the “the Feast of,” “the Solemnity of,” and the “Memorial of.” But what are the differences? How do they rank in importance? Writing for Catechist magazine, Kate Ristow explains the differences among the Church celebrations on the Liturgical calendar. You may also view her article […]

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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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