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Matthew 1 Birth of Jesus

An illustration from The African American Catholic Youth Bible® of Matthew 1:18-23 – the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Exploring the Lectionary

In this activity, partners read the readings for a specific feast day and identify key symbols, similarities, and differences that help make Mass more meaningful.

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What Is the Incarnation?

This PowerPoint explores the meaning of the incarnation.

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The Day After Christmas

Matthew West's inspirational song about The Light of the World.

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Christmas In a Nutshell

A video on the true meaning of Christmas.

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Fr. Barron comments on Christmas

Father Barron expounds the meaning of Christmas.

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Discovering our Saints - Saint Nicholas

Tells the story of Saint Nicholas, the original Santa Claus.

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Christmas

A brief description of the holy season of Christmas for the Roman Catholic Church.

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First Sunday of Advent

Join Catholic Digest as we journey through the Advent season. Catholic Digest has put together five meditative videos beginning with the first Sunday of Advent and culminating with Christmas. Each video is short enough to fit in any day—your lunch break, prayer time or any opportunity you have for personal reflection. These brief videos serve to provide you with an opportunity for reflection; self examination and spiritual direction to guide you through the Advent season.

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Epiphany: Following the Star

Scripture Isaiah 60:1-6. Camels bringing gold and frankincense will follow the light. Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6. The Gentiles are heirs with the Jews. Matthew 2:1-12. Astrologers followed the star, found Jesus, and brought him gifts. Theme Isaiah foretold that nations would gather ...

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December 25: Reflection on Favorite Christmas Carols

Reflection on Favorite Christmas Carols Have the students, as a class, decide on their five favorite Christmas carols. To help them, take time to actually listen to Christmas carols in class. Doing this out of season will strike some students ...

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The Liturgical Year

Learning Experience: The Liturgical Year (20 minutes) On a chalkboard or sheet of newsprint, draw six horizontal lines. Tell the group members that each line represents one of the Church seasons. Invite them to name the major seasons of the ...

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A Christmas Legend: The Birth of Jesus and Gift Giving

Session Overview: This 2-hour session is designed to use role-playing skills for a presentation to an audience. Scripture: This session is based on Luke 2:1-20. Read the Scripture passage to the young people after the role-play, "Christmas Legend," has been ...

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When the School Play Becomes a Faith Experience

As a teacher in a Catholic school, I have always been concerned with trying to demonstrate to my students how, in a practical way, Catholic values and the Christian worldview are relevant to their lives. A Catholic school does not ...