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Monday, February 6, 2023

Celebrating Saints: Elizabeth of Trinity — November 8

PATRICIA MATHSON FEAST DAY: November 8 Elizabeth Catez lived in France with her mother, father, and younger sister. Her father was in the military. She was...

Plan a Mini Retreat

Connie Clark When my teenager returned from his confirmation retreat, I wondered if I could create a similar experience for my younger students on a...

The Church Is a Family

SUSIE LLOYD In October 2018, Pope Paul VI was proclaimed a saint of the Catholic Church. I will never forget the moment when I found...

Deepening Vocation Awareness

JANET SCHAFFLER, OP When you hear the word "vocation," what comes to your mind? As a young child, I remember learning that "vocation" means "a...

Saints in the Old Testament

WOODEENE KOENIG-BRICKER When we think of "saints," we don't always think about people from the Bible—especially not those from the Old Testament. This thought may...

Times to turn to Scripture — a reference list for young Catholics

Many people turn to Scripture to interpret their lives, their feelings, and their world through God's Word. Use this list yourself as a reference, or...

Getting to the Truth in the Bible

MARIETTE MARTINEAU  Sooner or later, a student is going to read a Bible story and then ask, "Is it true or not true?" Often, it...

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.

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.

Beginning with Bible Basics

Woodeene Koenig-Bricker As we begin a new year, be aware that our students will come with varying degrees of understanding Scripture. Some will be very...