February 25-March 3: Second Week of Lent
Blessed Maria Adeodata Pisani + St. Isabel of France + St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows + St. John Cassian + St. David of Wales + Blessed Engelmar Unzeitig + St. Agnes of Bohemia + St. Katharine Drexel
STATIONS OF THE CROSS FOR CHILDREN
Get 30% off your order of three or more copies of The Stations of the Cross for Children (coupon code: #STATIONS).
You can also pick up the Stations of the Cross for Children as a set of durable posters—perfect for your very own Way of the Cross.
Molly McBride and the Party Invitation is now available for purchase in the Gracewatch store in softcover or hardcover; get 15% off with coupon code GRACE15 at checkout.
And join us for Molly’s launch party for on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. CT, Molly creator Jeanie Schoonover-Egolf will answer questions and give away copies of the new book. RSVP at the Molly McBride Launch Party Event Page.
5 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
1. Help your kids stay connected to the Church. We have a good idea of what factors cause young people to leave the Catholic Church, but what factors contribute to them staying? In this second part of our look at the new Saint Mary’s Press study on young Catholics leaving the Church, Jerry Windley-Daoust offers seven suggestions parents might consider for helping kids forge a stronger relationship with the Church.
2. Count your lucky stars and put them in a jar. In the readings for this Sunday, Feb. 25, we move from the desert to high places. First with Abraham, then with Jesus, Peter, James and John. God told Abraham he would bless him with descendants as numerous as “the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore,” things that can’t be counted. The readings also reveal to us more about Jesus’ teaching authority. Reflections, questions and a family activity for counting blessings are all here in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home with Jen Schlameuss-Perry.
3. Gear up to deal with bullying. As a child, Jodee Blanco was a victim of bullying. As a best-selling author, author of the National Catholic Educational Association’s Anti-Bullying Survivor Series, and expert on bullying, Blanco empowers families to cope with and prevent bullying. In the first of two articles for Peanut Butter and Grace, she helps parents identify signs of bullying and exclusion.
4. Take a look at the pros and cons of Catholic homeschooling. Are you considering homeschooling your kids? Here are some of the pros and cons from an experienced homeschooling mom, plus links to resources for more information. by Christine Henderson
5. Pray the Stations of the Cross with your kids. Praying the Stations of the Cross with your kids is a great way to introduce them to the story of Jesus’ Passion, the paschal mystery, and the rhythm of Triduum. In Doing the Stations of the Cross with Your Kids you’ll find a few kid-friendly ways to try it, three different ways to pray it, a video of the Stations, and links to more resources.
6. Teach your kids about the value of life using picture books. The Culture of Life Studies Program is offering a free online workshop series for parents about how to teach the pro-life message to kids using picture books. It’s a series of short videos with educational outreach coordinator Mary Flores. The lessons are being released over the next week so parents can do the workshop at their own pace. You can find out more at their website.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE…
Should your child watch The Passion of the Christ this Lent? That’s just one of the topics we’re talking about in PB & Grace Parents, which is becoming an active community of Catholic parents sharing ideas and suggestions for birthdays, preparations for the sacraments and Lent. Join the conversation and find unique ways to teach and celebrate the faith with your kids. You’ll need to request to be added, because it’s a closed group to keep the threads private.
YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR
Bless your children this week with a small sign of the cross on their foreheads before tucking them in at night.
Our new calendar web app features saints’ feast days and important Church events, with links to more resources, images, a variety of viewing options, and the option to sync with your own calendar.
Sunday, Feb. 25
Monday, Feb. 26
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Thursday, March 1
Friday, March 2
Saturday, March 3
Download the Be Yourself Journal coloring pages for a St. Katharine Drexel coloring page.
COMING UP . . .
- Daylight Savings Time (March 11)
- St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
- feast of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19)
- first day of spring (Mar 20)
- Holy Thursday (March 29)
- Good Friday (March 30)
- Easter Sunday (April 1)
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
… are checking out A Pope Francis Lexicon. Sounds a little intimidating, right? It’s actually a compilation of accessible essays by well-known Catholics, including mothers and grandparents, about the Pope Francis’ five years of papacy.
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: CALL-IN DAY FOR DREAMERS MONDAY
The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and other Church leaders asked Catholics to participate in calling their lawmakers Feb. 26 to urge Congress “to protect ‘Dreamers’ from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.”
“Dreamers” is a term derived from the DREAM Act proposal and the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Both are meant to provide certain criterion-contingent protections to immigrants under the age of 35 who immigrated to the United States illegally before they were the age of 16, and who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years. The full statement can be accessed on the bishops’ website.
“I will give to God the best that I have — the entire affection of my heart.”
— St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows
Family Time! is edited by Regina Lordan and Jerry Windley-Daoust.
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Here’s a list of most of our books, ordered by publication date (most recent first).
The Stations of the Cross for Children
The Stations of the Cross for Children was designed especially for younger children, with colorful illustrations and simple text that introduces them to the Passion of Jesus Christ on their level. Each station takes about two minutes to complete, including about thirty seconds of silent prayer. Optional prayers and Scripture references for each station offer a variety of ways to adapt and expand The Stations of the Cross for Children for older kids. And the opening and closing prayers place the Passion in the larger context of Jesus’ mission…and every Christian’s call to continue that mission in the world today.
Molly McBride and the Party Invitation
Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly’s class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were “lost”? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn’t always a party. It’s Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity.
The Catholic Family Book of Prayers
Do you want to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition? The best way to do that is to pray with them, and now there’s a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers: A Treasury of Prayers and Meditations for Families to Pray Together. It’s packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, saintly wisdom, and artwork—all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together. Available in digital, softcover, hardcover, and handcrafted editions.
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You introduces young people to the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina in a guided journal format. It features a brief, accessible introduction to lectio divina, walking readers through the method step by step, then turns them loose to try the method themselves in eight pre-selected readings. Seven additional blank journal entries provide space for readers to choose their own readings; a list of suggested texts is included. The colorful, beautifully designed interior provides a warm and welcome space for reflection and prayer. Lectio Divina for Teens has received an imprimatur from the Diocese of Winona.
The All Saints’ Day Party
Maggie and Max can’t wait for the All Saints’ Day party. There’s just one problem: they can’t decide which saint to dress up as…and the party is just a week away! Join Maggie and Max as their friends and family tell them about six holy men and women who offer living examples of what it means to be a saint…even if you’re a kid!
Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help
Drawing on her own personal experience of pregnancy loss, Christine Hendersen offers practical and spiritual advice—as well as a hopeful path forward—for grieving mothers and the people who love them.
Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Ages 9 and up.
I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss invites grieving mothers to let the Blessed Mother accompany them on their journey of grief and healing. Mary not only understands their loss, but wishes to bring mothers to healing through the saving work of her son. For each mystery of the rosary, author Heidi Indahl compassionately shares her own experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss, offering insights about how those losses are connected to the experience of Jesus and Mary as revealed by the mysteries of the rosary.
In the Realm of Mist and Mercy, our new YA fantasy/adventure novel with a Catholic heart and sensibility; it comes with an accompanying Lesson Plan book that helps parents and kids connect the story to teachings of the Catholic faith.
The Illuminated Rosary hardcover complete set. “I can lead the rosary now!” That’s what we hear kids saying when they have one of the Illuminated Rosary books in their laps. The words of the prayers are printed on every page, opposite a sacred artwork depicting the mystery of the rosary being said. Kids love these books, but so do adults and grandparents! Available in hardcover (allow extra time for shipping) or softcover sets.
The Stations of the Cross for Children. Here’s a downloadable PDF with sacred art depicting each of the Stations of the Cross, along with a simple reflection and prayer, geared for young children.
77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, now in hardcover from Dynamic Catholic; to celebrate, we’re offering hardcover copies for $12, about 50% off the cover price, while supplies last. Whether you are just getting started with family prayer or wish to broaden your horizons, 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids can help, offering practical, kid-friendly guides to Christian prayer practices both ancient and new. Features include: age-appropriate adaptations for young children, older kids, and teens; articles on a wide range of practices; Talking Points…explanations of prayer practices that kids might have questions about; cross-references to the Catechism, Scripture, and church documents; an appendix containing thirty-three common and useful Catholic prayers; a quick-find index makes it easy to find prayer ideas, and doubles as a checklist to track your progress.
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. In this book, Molly faces off against the dreaded plaid jumper that she’s going to have to wear when she starts school in the fall. Along with her new friends, Dominic and Fr. Matt, she learns all about uniforms and our true identity in God.
Paddy and the Wolves. Young Paddy can’t sit still during morning prayers, but he’s more than happy to help the shepherd, Barra, watch sheep for the day! But who will watch Paddy when he wanders into the woods? As he explores the wilderness of coastal Britain, Paddy encounters many delights and dangers—and ultimately, the One who watches over him through it all. Available as a hardcover or softcover storybook, or a coloring book with complete text; also available is a downloadable board game. Features the art of Catholic folk artist Jen Norton.
The Children’s Little Advent Book. The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to help parents with children ages 4-7 on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
Corporal Works of Mercy Cards. Teach a lesson about the Works of Mercy with these downloadable cards and teaching guide.
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi. “Make me an instrument of your peace.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis, beloved by people of all faiths around the world, beautifully captures the spirit of “the poor little man” from Assisi, as well as the aspirations of our time: for hope, for reconciliation, for peace.
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl. Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”! But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.” Available in hardcover and softcover editions.
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús. This is the Spanish-language edition of The Little Flower. La autora Becky Arganbright ha adoptado las enseñanzas de las orecitas de santa Teresita en esta encantadora parábola para niños. La joven Teresita aprende que aunque es pequeña, con la ayuda de Dios, su pequeñez puede ser una manera de hacer grandes cosas para Dios. La ilustradora Tracey Arvidson da vida a la joven Teresa Martín, y a sus ores en la parábola, con sus maravillosas ilustraciones.
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. Meet Molly McBride! Molly loves her new purple habit — it’s just like the ones her friends, the Children of Mary Sisters, wear. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off…not even for her sister’s big day! Join Molly and her wolf-pet Francis as they learn all about nuns, habits, and giving your heart to Jesus.
Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color. Here are fourteen lively two-minute stories to introduce young Catholics to some of the Church’s most beloved saints. Each story is accompanied by two coloring pages: a gorgeously detailed portrait of the saint, and a scene of the saint in action.
The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth. Is the process of giving birth a medical problem to be solved, a hurdle to be overcome on the way to motherhood . . . or is it something more? Could it be, as Susan Windley-Daoust proposes, that giving birth is a gift from God, laden with signs that speak to women about their identity, their calling, and their destiny? If so, then learning to read those embodied signs during pregnancy and labor could transform the way women experience childbirth. These signs reveal that God is not only powerfully present in the whole birthing process, but desires to actively work with women to bring forth new life.
Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: An Introduction to Her Words and Wisdom. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux presents brief excerpts from Story of a Soul as a way of introducing those unfamiliar with Thérèse to some of the essential themes of her spirituality. The words of St. Thérèse are accompanied by the artwork of award-winning watercolorist Jeanine Crowe, a wonderful aid to prayerful meditation on the words and wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux includes twenty-one selections from the words of St. Thérèse, twenty artworks, and ten questions for reflection and discussion.
The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux. Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations.
Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers. Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers contains thirty traditional Catholic prayers every child should have at hand, each accompanied by a beautiful, hand-drawn illustration to aid in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the faith.
Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Now, your child can follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. This book contains 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith.