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This very popular saint was born in Portugal in 1195. He was baptized “Ferdinand.” He received an excellent education from the Augustinian friars and joined the order. When he was twenty-five, his life took an exciting turn. He heard about some Franciscans who had been martyred by the Moors in Morocco. These friars were Saint Berard and companions. We celebrate their feast on January 16. From then on, Ferdinand felt a strong desire to die for Christ. He joined the Franciscans. T...

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James was a fisherman like his father Zebedee and his brother John. He was on his father’s boat mending his nets when the Lord passed by. Jesus called each of them, James and John, to become fishers of men, to join him in spreading the Good News. Zebedee watched as his two sons left the boat to follow Jesus.With Saint Peter and Saint John, James was a special companion of Jesus. Along with Saints Peter and John, James was permitted to see what the other apostles did not see. With them...

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May has always been a special time of year in the Church, in Catholic schools, and in the world. Something about the sun coming out and the flowers in full bloom gives us renewed hope in Our Blessed Mother, her holy month, and the promise of summer being closer than it seems. May is the first of two months out of the year when we celebrate Mary and her revered place in the Church family. Students (and hopefully teachers and parents) get excited for the May crowning ceremony, the living rosa...

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Saint Faustina, Jesus chose you to remind us that our Savior loves and accepts us as we are. You used all your energy to carry out God’s plan for you. Your day-to-day life wasn’t always easy. You were sometimes misunderstood by those who failed to recognize the love of Jesus in your heart. Jesus called the kingdom of heaven a treasure and a pearl of great price. You found that kingdom and that pearl in the Lord himself.Saint Faustina, you preached Jesus’s mercy with your life, ...

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In 1916 an angel appeared to three Portuguese children Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco. Jacinta and Francisco were brother and sister and Lucia was their cousin. The angel who said that he was the Angel of Portugal taught them how to pray and make sacrifices to God for sinners. The children said the prayers over and over for the conversion of sinners and to make reparation for sins.On May 13, 1917, while the children were pasturing their sheep at the Cova da Iria, a flash of lightening appeared acr...

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Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of Saint Barnabas, an apostle. Mark is well-known because he wrote one of the four Gospels. That is why he is called an evangelist, a Gospel writer. Mark’s Gospel is short, but it gives many little details that are not in other Gospels.       While still young, Mark went with the two great saints, Paul and Barnabas, on a missionary journey to bring the teachin...

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Dear Friends,Have you ever thought that something sorrowful had happened, but then—surprise!—there was a happy ending?On Easter morning, the third day after my crucifixion, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to my tomb. An angel came and rolled back the stone from the tomb The angel told the women who came to the tomb,"Do not be afraid. Jesus has been raised, as he said." They ran to tell the others this wonderful message.Saint Matthew, one of my apostles, wro...

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Why do we see eggs in so many Easter decorations? It’s because eggs are a symbol of new life. From a hard, dead-looking egg comes a new baby chick! This reminds us of Jesus’ resurrection from death to new life. You can make this craft to decorate your family’s table or to put somewhere else in your home. Here’s what you need:  • 2 or 3 toilet paper rolls • poster paint (or colored paper and glue or tape)  • scissors  • an Easter candle or a large plain...

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Our faith teaches us we are all God's children, created in His image, but we don't always treat others that way! It's not easy to accept and respect the "different" people in our lives – and facing the wider challenges of racism, sexism, and other prejudices in our society can be overwhelming.Kids deal with intolerance, too. Some personally experience bigotry – or their loved ones do. Others observe intolerance on television and in social media or witness it in ...

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The excitement of Advent’s preparation for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus is hard to replicate in a season of penance. Plans for Christmas parties and gifts and family get-togethers automatically give Advent an exciting flavor that Lent and Easter don’t quite have for children. Though prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are an integral part of Lenten practice, I believe that a family or class can integrate these into their Lenten activities in ways that arouse imagin...