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What’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?
- This week we’re celebrating the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, also known as Corpus Christi Sunday . . . as well as the Feast of the Visitation, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We’ve got a backgrounder on those last two*, plus ideas for what to do with your kids on each of these special days.
- We’re also celebrating the feast days of St. Joan of Arc and St. Justin Martyr, plus three others.
- This Sunday’s readings emphasize the connection between the Eucharist and service, says Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
- This week we’re proud to debut the pilot issue of MISSION:CHRISTIAN | A Journal for Young Catholics on a Mission. More than just a beautiful journal, MISSION:CHRISTIAN sends kids on a daily mission to put their faith into action. The pilot volume covers two months (August / September 2016), with subsequent volumes covering four months at a time. Check out the free preview!
- Laura and Mary Kizior serve up seven surprising family-friendly movies with pro-life themes in Pro-life at Home.*
- The self-doubt that most women experience during the transition from contractions to pushing is a spiritual sign that you can turn into a positive by practicing what St. Frances de Sales calls “self abjection.” Read more in the latest excerpt from The Gift of Birth.
- Check out even more new content in Even More for Your Week at the end of this e-mail.
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, May 15, 2016
Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine,
and being a priest of God Most High,
he blessed Abram.
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
“This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
—1 Corinthians 11:23-26
[Jesus] said to them, “Give them some
How does the Gospel connect the Eucharist to what we should do for one another?
THE CHURCH THIS WEEK
MONDAY May 30
St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
The young visionary who led the French army to victory over the English invaders; when the English captured her, they burned her at the stake.
TUESDAY May 31
Feast of the Visitation
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.” (Luke 1:41)
WEDNESDAY June 1
St. Justin (d. 165)
The pagan philosopher who converted to Christianity. He wrote defenses of Christianity, addressing them even to the Roman Emperor and Senate.
THURSDAY June 2
Sts. Marcellinus and Peter (d. 304)
A priest and an exorcist, Marcellinus and Peter were beheaded under Diocletian’s persecution and are mentioned in Eucharistic Prayer #1.
FRIDAY June 3
Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Take my yoke upon you, says the Lord, and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart. (Matthew 10:29)
World Priest Day
SATURDAY June 4
St. Francis Caracciolo (1563-1608)
Francis devoted himself to God after being miraculously cured of leprosy; he devoted himself to Eucharistic adoration and begging on behalf of the poor.
Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THE WEEKS AHEAD
3 weeks to Father’s Day (June 19)
3 weeks to World Refugee Day (June 20)
3 weeks to Fortnight to Freedom (June 21-July 4)
GET YOUR GRACE ON
Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.
Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. Our readings celebrate the gift of the Eucharist. What do the readings say about what our response to this gift should be?
Monday is Memorial Day. Throughout this week, pray for those who have given everything in service of our country and for their families who live with their sacrifice every day.
Friday is World Priest day. Pray for our current priests, and for those who God is calling to this vocation. A prayer for priests can be found on the USCCB website (and many other websites).
One Corpus Christi tradition that many parishes observe is a Eucharistic Procession through the streets. If your parish offers this, take part in it. Have a special meal and discuss how your dinner time together has some similarities to Mass. If your parish offers Eucharistic Adoration, try it out for whatever time frame your kids can handle it.
Friday and Saturday are the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Learn about these special feasts “of the heart” and find out how to participate with your kids at pbgrace.com; search for Celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
On the Feast of the Visitation, take some time to share the stories of when you found out you were going to become parents. Share how you told your extended family and what their reactions were.
This World Priest Day, make cards for your local priests. Maybe bake a cake or cookies for them to say “thank you” for all they do for your parish. Or, have them over for dinner.
In observation of the Visitation, go through your old baby clothes and have the kids go through their books and toys and see if there’s anything you can donate to your local Birthright center or Catholic Charities emergency services center. Throw in a couple of packs of diapers and other items to make a nice basket.
The True Presence of the Eucharist is both a foundational and unique teaching of the Catholic Church. In the Gospel of John, the Bread of Life Discourse follows the Loaves and Fishes reading. (you could read it at John 6: 22-59). Why do you think Jesus’ teaching on the Eucharist follows the feeding of the 5,000? What connection would Jesus be making between his giving very filling food so that there were leftovers to all those
people and the food that he gives us in the
Check out the Busted Halo video: Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe). Did you learn anything new? How would you explain the Eucharist to a non- Catholic? What would you say that you believe?
Stump the Parents: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Church (Sacraments)
Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #233–240, then let them choose questions to pose to you; they get points if they can “stump” you, you get points if you answer correctly. See the full rules at “Stump the Parents” at pbgrace.com.
- Who acts in the liturgy? (#233)
- Who celebrates the heavenly liturgy? (#234)
- How does the Church on earth celebrate the liturgy? (#235)
- How is the liturgy celebrated? (#236)
- From where do the sacramental signs come? (#237)
- What is the link between the actions and the words in the celebration of the sacraments? (#238)
- What are the criteria for the proper use of singing and music in liturgical celebrations? (#239)
- What is the purpose of holy images? (#240)
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
7 Pro-life Films the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Make family movie night do double duty by entertaining the kids and providing a springboard for a conversation about pro-life values. Here are seven surprising picks that do the trick.
‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This’: Turning Self-Doubt into Self-Abjection During Labor
The self-doubt that most women experience during the transition from contractions to pushing is a spiritual sign that you can turn into a positive by practicing what St. Frances de Sales calls “self abjection.” by Susan Windley-Daoust
Corpus Christi: How God Feeds Us | Breaking Open the Word at Home
The readings for the Feast of Corpus Christi connect the Eucharist to service. This is no accident—there is an absolute connection between what we receive and what we live. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Celebrate the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The paired celebrations of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary are all about God’s great love and mercy—and shaping our own hearts to look like those of Jesus and his mother. Here’s what to talk about and do with your kids.
Teach your kids spiritual discernment
As your kids get older, this valuable decision-making skill will come in handy.