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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church — new memorial for the liturgical calendar

Pope Francis has created a new Marian feast day. The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will be celebrated the Monday...

The Rosary: Meditating on the Mysteries of Faith

Long ago, people living in the desert or in monasteries used pebbles, sticks, or lines drawn in the sand to count their prayers. Herein lies the early roots of the Catholic Rosary. People progressed to counting knots on a cord, then to the beads we know today.

Living the Liturgical Year: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7

A Victory —Thanks to Mary CONNIE CLARK You know that on feast days we celebrate saints’ birthdays and other events such as Jesus’ baptism. But have...

Advent Activity for Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catechists: Use this activity to explore the themes of today’s Gospel with teens. A downloadable PDF of this page is available at the bottom of...

The Good, True, and Beautiful

Fostering devotion to Mary JAMES BLANKENSHIP Jesus’ final gift from the cross to all believers was the gift of his mother, Mary. From its very...

Mary links for research and for fun: The Mary page, word search, and coloring...

Here are some Mary-related resources that you may find helpful in class! From Real Life at Home This Hail Mary word search puzzle will help reinforce...

The Visitation of Mary as a Summer Springboard

The beautiful feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on May 31, just as the school year ends. Is there some way to incorporate it into our lessons as we whisk the class out the door for the summer? We reflect on this biblical event in preparation for Christmas and in teaching the Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, but seldom do we get a chance to teach about it in depth.

Mary Visits Elizabeth: An Echo Pantomime for the Visitation (May 31)

By Page McKean Zyromski The feast of the Visitation, May 31, celebrates Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation. St. Luke recounts...

Surprised by Grace

by Jean Larkin CLICK HERE for a special feature on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Copyright 2011, Bayard, Inc. All rights reserved. This article is protected...

Using Visual Symbols to Teach the Mysteries of the Rosary

With October being the month of the Rosary, the religious education classes always dedicate some class time to praying the Rosary, so my class was pretty familiar with the prayers and the order in which they are prayed. For this year, I thought we would focus on the Mysteries of the Rosary and learn how to meditate on those particular times in Jesus' and Mary's lives.