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Bread-mastWhat’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?

  • This week we’re celebrating the Third Week of Easter . . . and we’ve got 8 ideas for what to do in the #GetYourGraceOn game, including how to plan a neighborhood party, praying the Te Deum, and a very special birthday celebration.
  • Celebrate the feast day of Blessed Margaret of Castello, a disabled, dwarfed, blind woman who spread joy and became renowned for her holiness. Plus: Blessed Damian of Molokai, St. Stanislaus, and a young woman whose life mirrors that of St. Therese of Lisieux.
  • In this week’s readings, the risen Jesus invites his friends to a special breakfast that becomes the setting for reconciliation ; preview the readings with your kids using Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
  • How do you learn to see God’s gift to you during birth? Three spiritual keys to living out a contemplative attitude can help you “pay attention” in your pregnancy and beyond. It’s chapter six of The Gift of Birth.*
  • Think your infant is too young to pray? Think again, says Ryan Langr in Caffeine and Grace.*
  • Our bookstore is debuting The Catholic Youth Bible and The Breakthrough Bible, two great resources from Saint Mary’s Press.
  • Jen Schlameuss-Perry recommends the whimsical movie Pan for your family, and offers some possibilities for conversation in Bigger on the Inside.*
  • Should parents keep their kids from going to communion when they act out in church?Becky Arganbright goes with her gut in Confessing the Blessings.*
  • Check out even more new content in Even More for Your Week at the end of this e-mail.
  • Use your April coupon code (e-mail edition only) for 20% off at the new Gracewatch Media Store, where you’ll find books from Peanut Butter & Grace and other Catholic partners!

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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016
Third Sunday of Easter

FIRST READING
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
—Acts 5:27-32, 40B-41

PSALM
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
—Psalm 30

SECOND READING
“To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.”
—Revelation 5:11-14

GOSPEL
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord.
—John 21:1-19

REFLECTION QUESTION

Do you think you would have gone back to your old job after seeing the risen Jesus?

Breaking Open the Word at Home has more Sunday Scripture resources, including reflection questions for kids and adults; by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.

 

THE CHURCH THIS WEEK

MONDAY April 11
St. Stanislaus (1030–1079)
The Polish bishop who rebuked the Polish king for his sinful ways, and whom the king murdered while Stanislaus was saying Mass.

TUESDAY April 12
St. Teresa of Los Andes (1900–1920)
The young woman whose reading of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul inspired her to enter a convent at age fifteen; she became the first saint of Chile.

WEDNESDAY April 13
Blessed Margaret of Castello (1286-1320)
The blind, disabled, dwarfed young women who started a school and became renowned for her cheerfulness and holiness, reportedly levitating during prayer.

THURSDAY April 14
Blessed Lidwina (1380–1433)
The woman who suffered a painful illness from the age of fifteen, shedding parts of her body; she offered her suffering to God, and became known for her holiness.

FRIDAY April 15
Blessed Damien of Molokai (1840–1889)
The Sacred Heart priest who selflessly served the people of Hawaii and the lepers of Molokai.

SATURDAY April 16
St. Benedict Joseph Labre (1748–1783)
The pilgrim who spent years traveling to the shrines of Europe as a poor beggar; his face glowed as he adored Jesus in the Eucharist.

Pope Emeritus Benedict’s birthday

THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to Earth Day (April 22)
2 weeks to Catholic Home Missions Appeal (April 23–24)

 

GET YOUR GRACE ON

Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.

PRAY

Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. The second reading says that all creation worships Christ; how do you worship him? [30]

The Te Deum is an ancient (fourth century) hymn of praise traditionally sung during Easter. Print out enough copies for each person in your family of reading age, and have each person read one line in turn. [20]

Pray Pope Francis’s “Five-Finger Prayer” with your child this week; find outmore at pbgrace.com.* [30]

CELEBRATE

Saturday is Pope Emeritus Benedict’s birthday, which Catholic Cuisine suggests celebrating with authentic German bratwurst and/or cupcakes with his papal coat of arms; check out the website for details. [10]

Jesus invited his closest friends to have breakfast with him at the beginning of the day—and he made it an occasion of reconciliation. This Sunday (or sometime this week). pull out all the stops for breakfast with special food and prayer. How might your family share an expression of love, as Peter did? [30]

SERVE

Now is the time to start organizing a block party for your neighborhood. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors (or catch up on what’s happening in their lives)—and that, in turn, will open up ways your kids can serve their neighbors. Plus, if the neighbors get to meet your kids, they can help watch out for them as your kids roam the neighborhood over the summer. [80]

Children can offer a great ministry of care through their hugs. Check out the Free Hugs Campaign for inspiration. [20]

TALK

The feast days of Blessed Margaret of Castello, Blessed Lidwina, and Blessed Damien of Molokai might be a good time to discuss people with disabilities with your kids. Margaret was blind and dwarfed; Lidwina suffered from a painful illness, perhaps multiple sclerosis, that paralyzed and disfigured her; and Damien spent eighteen years working with the lepers of Molokai. Watch “Don’t Look Down on Me,” a six-minute documentary by Jonathan Novick (YouTube) about his experiences as a little person in New York City; he used a hidden camera to capture video of how people treated him throughout the day. Or watch Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999, available on YouTube). Finally, teens can discuss this statement from “The Person with Disabilities: Subject – Active Agent in Ministry” (Vatican website): “Disability is not a punishment; it is a privileged situation, which God uses to manifest his love and crown all people with the glory of the resurrection.” [40]

Parents (and teens, with parental guidance) may want to check out TIME magazine’s April 11 cover story, “Porn and the Threat to Virility.” The story documents the health and relational fallout of porn—and how young men are pushing back. [20]

 

Stump the Parents! The Marks of the Church

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #161–176, 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.

Sample questions:

  • Why do we say the Church is one? (#161)
  • Can elements of holiness and truth be found among non-Catholic Christians? (#163)
  • In what way is the Church holy? (#165)
  • Why is the Church called “Catholic”? (#166)
  • Who belongs to the Catholic Church? (#168)
  • What is the relationship of the Catholic Church with the Jewish people? (#169)
  • What is the meaning of the affirmation “Outside the Church there is no salvation”? (#171)
  • What does it mean to say the Church is apostolic? (#174)

 

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

 

Like First Communion All Over Again
“You can’t go to communion today.” I was met with a look of disbelief, then tears, as I slipped past my child on my way to receive. Did I do the right thing?   by Becky Arganbright

Pan | Bigger on the Inside
Pan is a cute movie version of the Peter Pan backstory. It had beautiful costumes, good acting and a decent plot. This PG rated movie was family-friendly and could make for some intersting discussion. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Your Spiritual Keys in the Process of Giving Birth: Relax, Cooperate, and Yield to God
How do you learn to see God’s gift to you during birth? Three spiritual keys to living out a contemplative attitude can help you “pay attention” in your pregnancy and beyond. by Susan Windley-Daoust

Praying With Your Infant
Think your infant is too young to pray?  Below I outline three simple things that can help lay the foundation for prayer as an infant. by Ryan Langr

Gone Fishing| Breaking Open the Word at Home
The first reading’s account of the first Christians in the Acts of the Apostles reminds us that the Resurrection is only the beginning of our Christian story. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Pray with the Help of a Saint
The next time you pray with your family, consider inviting a few friends to pray with you.

Pope Francis’s Five-Finger Prayer
This simple aid to prayer has been popularized by Pope Francis, and it’s perfect for kids.

Plan a Neighborhood Block Party
“Loving your neighbor” is kind of hard to do if you’ve never met your neighbors (or haven’t seen them since you moved in). That’s why you should plan a neighborhood party; here’s how. by Jerry Windley-Daoust

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