The Bread: PDF version
This week in The Bread:
- Make it a Catholic Halloween with these creative ideas for service and celebration.
- Gruesome, scary, tragic: Jen Schlameuss-Perry reflects on why horror is kind of a Catholic genre.
- Celebrate the feast of St. Marcellus, the Roman centurion who ruined the emperor’s birthday party, with a new coloring sheet from teen artist Carly Lobenhofer.
- Play Get Your Grace On and get points for family faith formation activities. This week’s challenges include hugs, adoration, the St. Jude Prayer, and Who’s That Saint?
- Play Stump the Parents for even more points. This week’s category, in honor of Halloween: The Last Things!
- Preview this Sunday’s Scriptures, are all about people who were called: the exiled remnant of Judah is called to return home, the high priest is called to serve, and the blind man is called to encounter with Jesus. Get reflection questions and more resources with Breaking Open the Word at Home.
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
I will gather them from the ends of the world,
with the blind and the lame in their midst….
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God….
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.”
Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.”
This week’s readings are all about people who were called: the exiled remnant of Judah is called to return home, the high priest is called to serve, and the blind man is called to encounter with Jesus. And just as in last week’s Gospel, Jesus asks Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?”
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 25
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
MONDAY October 26
St. Peter of Alcantara (1499-1562)
The penitent, Catholic reformer, and confessor to St. Teresa of Avila.
TUESDAY October 27
Blessed Contardo Ferrini (1859-1902)
The single layman, lawyer, and Franciscan tertiary known for his expertise in Roman law.
WEDNESDAY October 28
Sts. Simon and Jude
Two of the twelve apostles.
THURSDAY October 29
St. Narcissus of Jerusalem (d. 215)
The bishop of Jerusalem who once turned water into oil to light the lamps of the church.
FRIDAY October 30
St. Marcellus (d. 298)
The Roman centurion who ruined the emperor’s birthday by casting away his sword and declaring he could only serve Jesus Christ.
SATURDAY October 31
All Hallow’s Eve
The day we remember the reality of evil and darkness, over which the saints will ultimately triumph.
» Daylight Savings Time ends 2 a.m. Nov. 1 (fall back one hour)
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1)
1 week to Election Day (Nov. 3)
1 week to National Vocations Awareness Week (Nov. 1-7)
2 weeks to Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
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 the Sunday readings. [10 points]
- Read, reflect, and respond to the Sunday readings. 1. Read this week’s Scriptures (or the story of a saint). 2. Prayerfully reflect on what you read. (See “Lectio Divina for Kids” for a simple method.) 3. Record your family’s response to the reading. To what action or commitment is God calling you? [30 points]
- Try going to Eucharistic adoration with your kids for ten minutes. See “Ways to Do Eucharistic Adoration with Kids.” [50 points]
- Pray the St. Jude Prayer on the feast of St. Jude. [10 points]
- Genuflect and bless yourselves with holy water as you enter the church for Sunday Mass. [60 points]
- Celebrate the feast of St. Marcellus with the coloring sheet on page 3 of the PDF version. Tell your kids his story. [20 points]
- Give someone a hug this week. ]5 points per hug]
- Use Halloween as an opportunity to serve. Participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project; collect canned food for the local food shelf; donate gently used costumes; hand out saint cards. See “Make It a Catholic Halloween” at pbgrace.com for ideas. [50 points]
- Start a Catholic kids book club. (See How to Start a Catholic Kids Book Club, below, to find out how.) [120 points]
- Play Stump the Parents! Kids use the Catechism, a Bible, or another text to come up with three faith questions for their parents. See “Stump the Parents” for details. [Points come from the game score.]
- Play “Who’s That Saint?” Which of this week’s saints is the patron of desperate cases and lost causes, is also known by another name, and is traditionally believed to have brought Christianity to Armenia? [10 points]