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Lorica of St. Patrick

Lorica of St. Patrick

The Lorica (loh-RYE-kah) is a long prayer believed to be written by Saint Patrick. It is also called “The Breastplate of Saint Patrick.” A lorica or breastplate is piece of armor, like a mail coat, worn by soldiers. The prayer is called a “Lorica” because it is asking for God’s protection.Saint Patrick came to bring the good news of Jesus to people that did not know him. Many people were converted and became Christians. Others were not happy that Saint Patrick ...
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Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11Our Lady of LourdesIt was on February 11, 1858, that a beautiful lady first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, France. Bernadette was a sickly girl. Her family was so poor they lived in a cellar that had once been a jail. Even though she was fourteen, Bernadette still could not read or write. She never could remember her catechism lessons, but she was a good girl. She loved God very much. Although her memory was poor, Bernadette kept trying hard to learn all she could about ...
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Ideas for Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Ideas for Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

February is a great month to look ahead:Why not take this month before Lent begins to plan ahead how you will celebrate the Jubilee Year of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima in your classroom or home.2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this important centennial, Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year from the 27th of November 2016 till the 26th of November 2017.On May 13th,...
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Why we say "God bless you!" when someone sneezes

Why we say "God bless you!" when someone sneezes

Here comes that annoying tickle in your nose again. You try to hold it back, but it’s no use. You’ve got to let it out!ACHOO!!Immediately, someone says, “God bless you!” You say, “Thank you!” then carry on with your day. Do you ever wonder why you were just given that nice wish? Do you ever think, thank goodness my life’s not in jeopardy? Hundreds of years ago, people thought that very thing.Sneezing is an involuntary action. It’s a way for your bo...
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JClub Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week!

JClub Celebrates National Catholic Schools Week!

Since 1974, the National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, so this year it’s January 29th through February 4th. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”Why not celebrate Catholic Schools Week and join us on the JClub journey today? We believe that part of a great Catholic education is great Catholic reading materia...
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How To Pray the Rosary

How To Pray the Rosary

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to three children, Lucy dos Santos, and Jacinta and Francisco Marto on May 13, 1917. While praying the rosary in the cove they saw “a lady all dressed in white” who appeared to them and asked them to say the rosary and to do penance for sinners. The lady asked them to return for the next six months, from May to October, on the 13th day of each month. In those apparitions Our Lady revealed to them secrets r...
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Kids are listening!

Kids are listening!

Kids are listening!It seems like such an obvious statement. Of course they are! Kids are listening to our conversations, they listen to their teachers, but they also hear the news that we are listening to, the programs we are are listening to, the conversations we are having, they read the comments we are making.And with the intensity of political discussion in these past months and the appearance of a normalized civil discourse that is disrespectful and at times vu...
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Cyberbullying: How to Spot It

Cyberbullying: How to Spot It

Bullying is nothing new -- teachers have always had to deal with it. But cyberbullying adds a horrible twist to an old problem. Cyberbullies use communication technology to harass their victims online. Their hurtful actions can include texting or emailing threats, publishing insults on blogs and social network pages, posting private photos, and impersonating others online in order to embarrass them.Modern devices allow cyberbullies to torment their victims at any time of a day, away from adult s...
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Bringing the Good News

Bringing the Good News

Dear Friends,My Father sent me to bring the “Good News” to the world. This was the “work” he gave me to do.So I made a plan. I would find the right people for the job, people who would be my friends and messengers. They certainly would not be perfect, but they would love me. They would do their best to live as I taught. Through such apostles, my work would continue…not only during their lifetimes, but way beyond—throughout the centuries that would follow, unt...
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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: How Difficult Things Can Bring Out Our Hidden Talents

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: How Difficult Things Can Bring Out Our Hidden Talents

“Mother Seton” was the name everyone knew her by when she died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. A life full of surprises had led to that name.Elizabeth was born in New York City on August 28, 1774. Her father, Richard Bayley, was a well-known doctor. Her mother, Catherine, died when Elizabeth was very young. Elizabeth was Episcopalian. As a teenager, she did many things to help poor people.In 1794, Elizabeth married William Seton. He was a rich merchant who owned a fleet ...
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