Las Posadas: A Christmas Tradition

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ December 11, 2018
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Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí.  One way that people in Latin America anticipate celebrating Jesus’ coming at Christmas is by celebrating Posadas. But what is a Posada? Posadas are popular celebrations that take place during Advent in Mexico and Guatemala. Some other countries like Colombia and Venezuela have similar festivities called Novenas. […]

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Las posadas: una tradición navideña

Author: Erika De Urquidi ~ December 11, 2018
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Una manera de anticipar la llegada de Jesús en la Navidad es con la celebración de las posadas. Pero… ¿qué es una posada? Las posadas son fiestas populares que tienen como fin prepararnos para la Navidad y que se celebran en algunos países de América Latina como México y Guatemala. En otros países como Colombia […]

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The Countdown to Christmas

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2018
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The days leading to Christmas can be challenging for catechists and children. Catechists strive to retain order and routine amongst pageant rehearsals and the children’s excitement about treats, vacation, and presents. Remind your Visions students that we are still in the waiting season of Advent. Talk about why waiting can be hard and what they […]

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Holy Family Prayer Service

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2018
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The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph falls on Sunday, December 30, this year. We honor this extraordinary, yet still ordinary, family as our model. They celebrated many of the same joys and walked through many of the same losses that any family experiences. Most classes will not be in session […]

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Epiphany House Blessing

Author: Nicholle Check ~ December 11, 2018
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The Epiphany of the Lord commemorates the arrival of wise men or Magi from the East who were seeking the Christ Child. Remind the children that Christmas is not just one day—it’s an entire season in the Church in which Catholics celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Epiphany means “showing,” which underscores the fact that […]

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Happy New Year!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
Vienna - Saint Luke the Evangelist  in Carmelites church

The first week of Advent also marks the first week of the new Liturgical Year in the Catholic Church. This week, the Church moves from its focus on the Gospel of Mark to the Gospel According to Luke. During the rest of the calendar year and into 2019, Catholics will hear Luke’s account of the mission and […]

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Boost Your Families’ Catholic Vocab: Quiz 2

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 27, 2018
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Four times each year, Pflaum provides a Catholic vocabulary quiz for students and families. The quizzes boost knowledge of both general Christian practice and specific Catholic doctrine. This quiz highlights the Gospel of Luke, which the Church moves to in this new Liturgical cycle, Year C. Students and their families will also learn about (or […]

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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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Giving Thanks

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 20, 2018
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Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Though it’s a thoroughly American holiday, the celebration of Thanksgiving is deeply rooted in faith. Gratitude for our blessings is one of the many virtues we seek to cultivate in children. Pflaum provides a number of free activities for use in the classroom or to assign […]

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Why Do We Go to Mass?

Author: Nicholle Check ~ November 6, 2018
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Who can participate in the Eucharist? What happens during the consecration? Why do we go to Mass? It’s essential that children understand why Catholics gather to celebrate the Eucharist. It’s especially important for Good News children, many of whom will receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist in second or third grade. The Mass Puzzle, […]

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