April 28, 2016

The Ascension of the Lord

“When Jesus ascended into heaven, where, exactly, did he go?” This question, posed by a friend in a bible study group, took me off guard. Because we associate “heaven” with the sky, it is natural to picture Jesus rising into the clouds. Browse the web and this is precisely what shows up in paintings and illustrations of this mysterious event.

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter, WBAS Topics Prayer

April 27, 2016

Prayers & Activities for the Feast of Pentecost

When the risen Jesus visited the disciples before he returned to his Father in Heaven, he promised to send the Holy Spirit to be with the Church always.  The Holy Spirit came to the disciples on Pentecost. We celebrate the feast of Pentecost as the “capper” to the Easter season. Below are printable Pentecost resources that you can use at home or in your parish!

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter, WBAS Seasonal Feast Days & Holy Days

April 20, 2016

Arbor Day; A Precious Reminder of the Gift and Wonder of Creation

We don’t make much of Arbor Day any more. It has been overshadowed, perhaps, by the flashier Earth Day which precedes it. Nevertheless, I am going to mark the day by recalling the poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer.

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter

April 12, 2016

The Importance of Catholic Signs and Symbols in the Home

Welcome to our guest blogger, John Collins. John is a National Religion Consultant for Sadlier and a popular speaker at conferences and workshops around the country. He and I will be presenting together at the annual “Catechist Night Out” in the Diocese of Rockville Center on April 15th.

When we registered our daughter to begin her first grade religious education program, I volunteered to teach when the call for catechists went out. I had been involved in faith formation before…as a catechist, a parish director and consultant. Now it was my turn to be in the classroom again. I heard, “Sorry, we have all the first grade teachers we need, but we still need teachers in grade 2.” So I offered to take second grade that year, and continued as a catechist in second grade for 10 years as my daughter moved through the grades in our parish program.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Topics Sacraments

April 5, 2016

Spirituality Practice: Keeping a Journal

I have been journaling for a long time – since 5th grade, in fact. My best friend, Stephanie, and I were each given little diaries with those flimsy little locks. It amuses me now to think of anyone wanting to hack a ten-year-old’s journal, but I took the privacy measures very seriously. Each night, after writing my entry for the day, I carefully locked the book and stashed it in a secure hiding place – my pajama drawer.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections

March 29, 2016

Keep the Easter Season Momentum with Calendar Cards

I re-discovered this year why Easter is a feast. There was such abundance in my celebration, starting with the rich symbols and rituals of the Vigil service on Saturday night. It began outside with a blazing fire that left all of us reeking of wood smoke, and continued with the gradual accumulation of light in the church as the flame from the Paschal Candle was passed from one person to the next. The readings from the Old Testament told of God’s creative and liberating power. The alleluias burst forth in song, and the Gospel proclaimed Christ risen from the dead. The water of Baptism flowed freely and all gave thanks for the blessing of newly-initiated members into our church family. I went to bed feeling inspired by the beauty of our liturgical life.

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WBAS Seasonal Tridumm & Easter, WBAS Seasonal Feast Days & Holy Days

March 24, 2016

Practicing Spirituality– Download a Spiritual Practices List to Get Started

“You haven’t practiced, have you?” I can still hear Mrs. Baumann’s stern voice, calling me to task for showing up unprepared for my weekly piano lesson. After reprimanding me for wasting her time and my parents’ money, she curtailed the lesson and banished me to the front porch to await my ride home. I never missed practice again.

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WBAS Topics For Families, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections

March 15, 2016

Catholic Reflections: Forgive to Forget

“Forgive and forget.” Anyone who has labored with a massive load of hurt and injury understand how difficult this advice is. How does one forget sustained abuse, genocide, or the denial of one’s very humanity? Survivors of the Nazi holocaust counsel against forgetting, lest we humans engage in something equally as horrific. 

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WBAS Seasonal Lent, WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections

March 8, 2016

Holy Week Resources for Families

It’s almost Holy Week, a time-honored rite that celebrates life arising from death and the brilliance emerging from places of desolation and despair. Use these Holy Week resources to prepare for and celebrate the final week of Lent.

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WBB Lent, WBB Tridumm & Easter

March 2, 2016

Reflections from the Road: Meeting with Catholic Catechists & Pastoral Ministers

I had six days at home this past month. Some were only a few hours in length – enough time to do a load of laundry, repack my bags, and then set off again. I crisscrossed the country, going from Baltimore to Albuquerque before landing back in Denver for a night. I made it to the Gulf Coast and the oceans that flank either side of the country. Weather ranged from sleet and snow to sunshine and warmth. I spoke about spirituality and then spent five days on retreat. Audiences for my presentations ranged from adults to young children and included pastors and parents, students and teachers, catechists and youth ministers. All in all, my road trips were a blend of experiences and events that brought me in touch with kind, generous, and hospitable people. This, in turn, opened me further to a recognition of God’s presence along the way.

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WBAS Topics Prayer, WBAS Cat Prayers & Reflections


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