A Son of Consolation

Like many of the Apostles, we don’t know all that much about today’s saint, Bartholomew, the ‘son of consolation’, as its etymology suggests in Hebrew whom our Tradition identifies with the ‘Nathaniel’, which is ‘God has given’, the enigmatic figure in the first chapter of Saint John’s Gospel:
When the Apostle Philip approached Nathaniel, declaring that he had found the One Who fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies, ‘Jesus of Nazareth’, the same Nathaniel is the one who asked that famous question, applied to any number of Podunk towns across the world: ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’.
But along he went with

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Pope Benedict on Bartholomew

BENEDICT XVI
GENERAL AUDIENCE
Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Bartholomew
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the series on the Apostles called by Jesus during his earthly life, today it is the Apostle Bartholomew who attracts our attention. In the ancient lists of the Twelve he always comes before Matthew, whereas the name of the Apostle who precedes him varies; it may be Philip (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14) or Thomas (cf. Acts 1: 13).
His name is clearly a patronymic, since it is formulated with an explicit reference to his father’s name. Indeed, it is probably a name with an Aramaic stamp, bar Talmay, which means

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Pray for Canada

It’s getting darker out here!
No, your eyes do not deceive you. Nor does the steady drumbeat of depressing news confirming that, since the election of the Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government in 2015, the moral fabric of Canada has become ever more frayed, making any repair seem highly unlikely.
While it’s true this process of the Liberal demoralization of Canada began decades ago, the consequences of the Trudeau election have been so consistently negative that the consequences of the upcoming October election now seem crucial to the very survival of Canada. Which Justin Trudeau has publicly called the world’s “first post-national

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September Catholic Kids Bulletin Including Saint Gregory the Great, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Padre Pio & More!

September Catholic Kids Bulletin Including Saint Gregory the Great, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Padre Pio & More!

These FREE Catholic Mass Bulletin Printables are offered each month to help young Catholics learn at Mass. You are welcome to print and share with others. If you can afford it, click Support CKB on the right and donate to help pay for the time and effort put into these pages. Thanks!

I also finished another activity to help your kids understand the Mass. These Confiteor activities will help students learn the words and meaning of the Confiteor prayer, “I confess to almighty God…” These activities coordinate with the Sorting cards will to help students understand the order of the liturgy, and the Bingo cards which will help to reinforce their knowledge and add some fun and games. My Faith Formation (CCD) students loved to play the Confiteor maze during downtime in classes. It was fun to listen to them mumble the prayer as they worked their way through the maze. 

Have you tried the saint stories yet? Saint John Vianney’s feast day was last month. If you haven’t used this story yet, it would be a good time to reinforce the information from the August Catholic Kids Bulletin. This Magnet set would also be a cute way to continue the discussion of priests and their roles. 

The Catholic Kids Bulletin worksheets match up to the weekly Mass readings in the Catholic Church. There are coloring pages that match the weekly Gospel reading. There are activities throughout the month, along with Psalm copy work and a word search. The liturgy of the Mass is outlined along the top of each bulletin so kids can follow along during Mass and learn the order and structure of the Mass. Each week, a Catholic Saint is also highlighted. These are terrific to be used at Mass, or as a pre-teaching activity to help prepare your students for the Sunday Mass.
August Bulletins Include…

  • Saint Gregory the Great: This post (from LONG ago) has an idea about a fun idea to celebrate Saint Gregory the Great.
  • Saint John Chrysostom: Saint John Chrysostom spoke about bees because of their family structure and hard-working nature. These honey sticks would be a fun addition to a lesson about him!
  • Saint Vincent de Paul
  • The Archangels: Michael, Rachael, and Gabriel
  • Ordinary Time
Who is your favorite September Saint?

September Catholic Kids Bulletin

Septiembre Boletín de Niños Católicos

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