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This week in The Bread:
- Celebrate the feast days of St. John Paul II with his favorite dessert; plus, the first North American martyrs, and a fifteen-year-old convert
- We’ve got a new saint coloring page from teen artist Carly Lobenhofer
- It’s World Mission Sunday; we’ll point you to resources
- We’ve got a Halloween costume conversation starter, plus lots of other ideas for praying with your kids, celebrating grace, talking about faith, and serving with love
- Four ways to pray with your baby, plus the joys of fellowship with other Catholic families
- We reflect on the call to servant leadership with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home
THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
James and John aren’t shy about asking Jesus for what they want in this Sunday’s Gospel: They want it all! But paradoxically, having it all in the Kingdom of God means giving your all—a theme we saw in last week’s readings, too.
This week, ask your family: How would you answer Jesus’ question in today’s Gospel: “What do you wish me to do for you?”
….through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
and their guilt he shall bear.
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.
“Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant;
whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”
For more resources for studying and reflecting on this Sunday’s Scriptures, check out Breaking Open the Word at Home by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.
THE CHURCH THIS WEEK
SUNDAY October 18
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
MONDAY October 19
St. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and Companions (died c. 1640s)
These eight Jesuits willingly sacrificed their lives for the sake of Native Americans, becoming the first North American martyrs.
TUESDAY October 20
St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775)
The popular preacher with a special devotion to the Passion who founded the Passionist order.
WEDNESDAY October 21
St. Hilarion (c. 291-371)
The fifteen-year-old convert who wanted to become a desert hermit, but whose holiness kept attracting followers.
THURSDAY October 22
St. John Paul II (1920-2005)
The pope whose many accomplishments have led to him being popularly called “the Great.”
FRIDAY October 23
St. John of Capistrano (1386-1456)
The Franciscan whose preaching helped to revive the faith in central Europe.
SATURDAY October 24
St. Anthony Claret (1807-1870)
The missionary, social reformer, and publisher who founded the Claretian order, and who spoke out on behalf of indigenous peoples.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to All Souls Day (Nov. 2)
2 weeks to Election Day (Nov. 3)
2 weeks to National Vocations Awareness Week (Nov. 1-7)
THE GRACE THIS WEEK
Try out a handful of these ideas this week . . . and if you want to “play for points,” record your points in the Get Your Grace On game in the PDF version of The Bread. You can add up your points at the end of the week, and give your kids an appropriate prize. Points are roughly equivalent to minutes, so adjust your points for extra time spent on family faith formation.
- Preview Sunday’s readings with your kids. 10 points
- Sunday is World Mission Sunday, a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Donate to the special collection, or visit the website of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States, onefamilyinmission.org, to learn more. 15 points
- Participate in the Pro-life Day of Silence Oct. 20; download flyers and instructions at silentday.org. 60 points for every hour of silence
- Celebrate the feast day of St. John Paul II with his favorite dessert, kremowka papieska (papal cream cake) or watch Karol: The Man Who Became Pope (available on Youtube; some scenes are not appropriate for children.) 60 points
- Go to Sunday Mass and sing loud enough to be heard by the people in the pew ahead. 60 points
- Celebrate the feast of St. Hilarion with the coloring sheet on page 3 of The Bread (PDF only). 20 points
- Do a little lectio divina with your kids.
- Fire up your kids about prayer by letting them lead. 10 points
- At your next family meal, ask: Which Halloween costume best represents evil? Which best represents good?20 points
- Say a morning offering or a morning prayer at least once this week. 10 points
- Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints publicly forgave his would-be assassin? 5 points
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
Breaking Open the Word at Home: The Suffering Servant
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Food, Fun, and Family Fellowship
Our informal gatherings with other like-minded families for food, fun, and fellowship have been a huge support to our parenting vocation . . . and we might just get a garage band out of the deal, to boot.
by Heidi Indahl
I Am the Kindling for My Kids’ Spiritual Fire
Between the snoring dad and the cell phone kid, Mass was pretty crazy . . . but they prompted me to look at the example I’m setting for my kids.
by Becky Arganbright