Feasts of Spring

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 14, 2019
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As class winds down for the year and the children head out for the summer, plan now to meet as a class for Mass during one of the Church’s many celebrations in June. Use the Feasts of Spring resource page to explain the significance of each of these feasts, including the Visitation, Ascension, Pentecost, Most […]

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Family Catechesis: Plan a Pentecost Event

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 14, 2019
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The arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was such a powerful experience that the Apostles could only express it in terms of the roaring of a mighty wind and the blazing tongues of fire. In many parishes, Pentecost marks one of the last large-scale Church celebrations before families disperse for the summer. Make it […]

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Planning Ahead: Late Close Lessons

Author: Nicholle Check ~ May 7, 2019
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Lessons for the 2018–19 Pflaum Gospel Weeklies end this year on the Fourth Sunday of Easter. If your classes meet beyond May 12, you may choose to use any the Late Close lessons available online for Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. At each level, the lessons cover the same topics—Creation, Ascension, Pentecost, and parables. Lessons are not dependent on each […]

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A Season of Celebration

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 30, 2019
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Easter Sunday initiates a season of celebration in the Catholic Church. The Feasts of Jesus Crossword begins with the events of Holy Week, through the Sundays of Easter, and the celebrations of the early Church, including Ascension and the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. […]

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Thanking God for Spring!

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 30, 2019
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The signs of spring can help young children begin to understand some of the mysteries of the Easter season, including death and resurrection. Help Seeds children understand that the seasons are a gift from God, like all of their many blessings. Distribute the Saying Thank You activity, along with crayons or markers, and allow the […]

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Pope St. John Paul II’s Prayer to Notre-Dame of Paris

Author: Pflaum ~ April 16, 2019
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Please join us in praying for all those troubled by the devastating fire in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. We raise our prayers to Our Lady (Notre Dame) for recovery of this treasure of a church that helps us raise our minds and hearts to God. When Pope John Paul II came to […]

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Divine Mercy Sunday

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2019
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Pope John Paul II wrote and spoke extensively about God’s divine mercy. His devotion to divine mercy began when he was growing up in Poland during World War II. He saw Jewish friends rounded up and sent to concentration camps where they were eventually killed. He clearly knew the need for God’s mercy and for […]

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Fifty Days of Easter Joy

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 16, 2019
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The major events in the Church Year—the Incarnation, which we celebrate at Christmas, and the Resurrection, which we celebrate at Easter—are so important that they are not celebrated for just one day. Explain to the children that Easter is a fifty-day season, stretching from Easter Sunday until Pentecost, which is often referred to as the […]

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Last Supper Family Prayer Service

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 9, 2019
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On Holy Thursday, Catholics remember the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. At that sacred meal, Jesus and his friends celebrated Passover. Jesus shared the bread and wine that became his Body and Blood. Explain to the children the highly symbolic parts of the Passover meal, which is known as a seder. […]

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Three Holy Days: The Triduum

Author: Nicholle Check ~ April 9, 2019
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Help children understand and participate in the many celebrations of the Triduum—Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. This Visions activity Triduum Days walks through each of these three holiest of days, so the young people can understand the significance of each. In The Triduum activity, Venture students will review the vocabulary of Holy Week […]

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