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This week in The Bread:

  • Planning an All Saints Day party? We’ve got six ideas for the best All Saints Day party ever.
  • It’s Black Catholic history month; we’ll point you to resources.
  • Celebrate the feast days of St. Teresa of Avila, St. Gerard Majella, and a saintly president and a holy king.
  • What are you willing to give up for the sake of the Kingdom? Break open the Sunday Scriptures with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.
  • Pick up the St. Gerard Majella coloring sheet, featuring the miracle in which he walked on water to lead fishermen to safety (PDF version only).
  • Discover the eight keys to being an empowered parent with Heidi Indahl.
  • Becky Arganbright turns the tables on Jesus, asking: “Who do you say I am, Lord?”
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THE SCRIPTURES

This Sunday’s Old Testament and Gospel readings couldn’t be more blunt: If you want to be “rich beyond your wildest dreams,” you will invest everything you have in the kingdom of God. Plus, God’s wealth is the only kind to guarantee lasting happiness!

This week, ask your family: What have you given away or left behind in exchange for the kingdom of God?

 

FIRST READING

I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to sceptre and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her….
­—Wisdom 7:7-11

PSALM

Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy!
Psalm 90:12-30

SECOND READING

For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
Hebrews 4:12-13

GOSPEL

“How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mark 10:17-30

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 WEEK

SUNDAY October 11
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

MONDAY October 12
Sts. Felix and Cyprian (d. 484)
The African bishops who died in the Libyan desert along with 4,000 other Christian martyrs.

» Columbus Day

 

TUESDAY October 13

St. Edward (1003-1066)
The joyful, generous king of England who served the poor and was beloved by his people.

 

WEDNESDAY October 14
Servant of God Julius Nyerere (1922-1999)
The former president of Tanzania, called the “conscience of Africa.”

 

THURSDAY October 15
St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
The lively mystic, reformer of the Carmelite order, and Doctor of the Church whose books on prayer is still widely read.

 

FRIDAY October 16
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)
The Visitation nun to whom Jesus revealed his Sacred Heart.

 

SATURDAY October 17
St. Gerard Majella (1726-1755)
The Redemptorist brother who read souls and supported beggars, today known as the patron saint of difficult pregnancies.

 

THE WEEKS AHEAD

1 week to the feast of St. John Paul II (Oct. 22)
3 weeks to All Souls Day (Nov. 2)

 

GET YOUR GRACE ON

Choose what you’re going to do this week, and add up the points as you do them! Points are roughly equivalent to minutes, so adjust your points for extra time spent on family faith formation.

  • October is Black Catholic History month. Can you list ten black Catholic saints? Also, check out the website of the National Black Catholic Congress for additional resources. 15 points
  • Plan an All Saints Day party for your parish (or family); see 6 Ideas for the Best All Saints Day Party Ever at pbgrace.com. 120 points
  • Make Sunday brunch and eat together as a family. 60 points
  • Have your kids complete the St. Gerard Majella coloring page (page two, PDF only). 20 points
  • Give your family 90 points for going to Sunday Mass together.
  • Dance your prayer sometime this week! (See article, pbgrace.com) 15 points
  • Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints has a reputation for levitating during prayer and bi-locating? 15 points

 

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

Who do You say I am, Lord?
When being Saint Mom seems impossible, I turn to Jesus with a simple question: “Who do you say that I am?”
by Becky Arganbright

8 Keys to Being an Empowered Parent
What do successful families have in common? They’re empowered to be their own experts. Here’s how they do it.
by Heidi Indahl

The Wisdom of Giving Stuff Up | Breaking Open the Word at Home
This week, the readings invite us to consider the Wisdom of God that comes to us in the Word.  
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

6 Ideas for the Best All Saints Day Party Ever

Dance Your Prayer!

 

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