Does God care who wins the Super Bowl?

Posted by Grace Carroll on Feb 1, 2019 7:14:00 AM

Please, God, please! Let Tom Brady play well tonight. Please, help my team to win!

My middle school self (please forgive me, but my team pride cannot help but highlight that the Patriots have been playing in Super Bowls for that long!) knelt at her bed, begging God to help her team win. Haven’t we all, from children to seasoned fans, done this? Look at the stands at any close sporting match and you’ll find people with eyes closed and hands clasped together in prayer as the clock winds down. We’ve prayed and bargained and pleaded with God when a game is on the line. And when victory is ours, we exclaim that God was on our side. However, does God really care?

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Topics: sports, Culture, prayer, spirituality, universal call to holiness

DIY 'stained glass' luminaries to celebrate Candlemas

Posted by Madeline Haydon on Jan 31, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Stained glass luminaries are a perfect craft to celebrate Candlemas. With simple materials and a stunning effect, they’re a great activity for the family and home. The soft glow of candlelight provides an opportunity to teach about the prophecy of Simeon, that Jesus would be the light to all nations.

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Topics: DIY, feast days, traditions, parenting, activities

What is Candlemas and how to observe it

Posted by Carolyn Pirtle on Jan 30, 2019 7:12:00 AM

On February 2—forty days after Christmas—the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, calling to mind the Holy Family’s observance of the Mosaic Law (see Leviticus 12:1–8). Mary comes to the Temple forty days after giving birth to Jesus, and she and Joseph offer for her purification a sacrifice of two turtledoves, the offering prescribed for the poor. In addition, Mary and Joseph present and dedicate Jesus to God, as he is Mary’s firstborn Son (see Exodus 13:2–16).

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Topics: holidays, traditions, DIY, feast days, family life

Ways to get students involved in school liturgies

Posted by Katie Diltz on Jan 29, 2019 10:42:47 AM

One of the defining marks of a Catholic school is the communal celebration of the Sacraments. Growing up as a student in a Catholic school, I remember having all-school Masses once each quarter. When I began teaching at St. Paul Catholic School in St. Petersburg, Florida, I was delighted to learn that our school gathered every week to celebrate Mass. As the middle school religion teacher, I had the opportunity to coordinate these weekly all-school Masses and facilitate student involvement. Here are a few of the best practices I learned along the way:

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Topics: teaching resources, liturgy, Mass, parenting, children, catechesis

Free 3D printable: St. Thomas Aquinas

Posted by Stephen Barany on Jan 28, 2019 1:42:28 PM

Download, color and create this free printable figurine of St. Thomas Aquinas to celebrate the feast day of one of the Church's greatest saints.

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Topics: saints, printable saints, teaching resources, activities

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