• (Photo illustration by Linda Jeanne Rivers)

Children’s page helps people of all ages delve into God’s word

Jennifer Ficcaglia/Assistant Editor / Catholic Courier    |    08.14.2018
Category: Our Two Cents


The leaves are falling from our apple trees, and I’ve spotted goldenrod in our woods. That means it’s time to prepare for the 2018-19 school year!

As part of those preparations, I take an inventory of used books I’ve purchased over the past few years for future use with my sons, Joey (13) and John (12).

As I rifled through bags and boxes recently, I not only came across books they can now use but also titles they enjoyed in the past. One was a beautifully illustrated collection of children’s Bible stories that was a favorite when they were little.

My boys don’t need me to read such stories to them anymore, which normally would make me a bit wistful. Instead, I’m thankful that I still get to share Bible stories with children as part of my job!

Twice a month I retell Bible stories in a kid-friendly fashion for “Kids’ Chronicle,” the Catholic Courier’s children’s page. In addition to a Bible story, each issue features a puzzle; a saint’s story; interesting tidbits related to the Bible story; an essay contest or a trivia question; and a colorful illustration by Graphic Artist Linda Rivers. There’s also plenty of Scripture references so kids can delve deeper into God’s word.

Even though it’s billed for children, I think “Kids’ Chronicle” is beneficial for people of all ages. I certainly get a lot out of writing it due to the research I complete before I set to work. And I still use the essay questions with my kids for writing practice, which I encourage religion and faith-formation teachers to consider.

So be sure to check out “Kids’ Chronicle” in the Courier’s September edition and look for past installments on our website.

And kids, I look forward to receiving your essay responses!

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