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

  • During the third week of Lent, we’re remembering the feast days of an American saint (St. Katharine Drexel), St. David of Wales, and a desert hermit who kept a pet lion. Check out the St. Katharine coloring sheet on page 3 of the PDF version.
  • If your parish is sponsoring adults preparing for baptism and reception into the Church, you might be treated to the ritual of the Scrutinies this weekend. Give your kids a heads up about what to expect.
  • Check out “What Is the Call to Motherhood?” from the foreword of The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth, the soon-to-be released book from Gracewatch Media. In the article sidebar, sign up to be notified when the book is on sale (we’re now looking at a Mar. 1 on sale date).
  • This Sunday, God reveals the sacred name to Moses and Jesus tells a parable about a fig tree that gets a second chance to bear fruit. Break open the Scriptures with your family with the help of Jen Schlameuss-Perry’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
  • We’ve got 9 ways for you to #GetYourGraceOn, including two simple service ideas for younger kids and an invitation to intentional rest.
  • Are your kids getting a “balanced prayer diet”? Check out the five basic forms of prayer, plus a simple “prayer plate” activity.
  • How is the glorified Christ still present on Earth? That’s one of the questions for this week’s Stump the Parents game.
  • Don’t miss your Peanut Butter & Grace 10% off February coupon code (e-mail edition only).

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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, February 28, 2016
Third Sunday of Lent

If your parish has people preparing for baptism at Easter, you may hear alternate readings about the Israelites’ thirst in the desert, and the woman at the well.

FIRST READING
God replied, “I am who am.” Then he added, “This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.”
—Exodus 3:1-8A, 13-15

PSALM
The Lord is kind and merciful.
Psalm 103

SECOND READING
Therefore, whoever thinks he is standing secure should take care not to fall.
1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12

GOSPEL
“But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!”
Luke 9:28-36

REFLECTION QUESTION
Where is mercy at work in today’s Gospel reading?

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 February 29
St. John Cassian (360–435)
The monk who wrote Conferences of the Desert Fathers, an account of the spirituality and practice of the desert ascetics that shaped later monastic tradition.

TUESDAY March 1
St. David of Wales (500 –589)
The patron saint of Wales; legend says that a dove descended onto his shoulder as he was preaching, and a small hill rose up under his feet.

WEDNESDAY March 2
Venerable Engelmar Unzeitig (1911 – 1945)
The priest arrested by the Nazis for defending the Jews; he treated his time at the Dachau concentration camp as a chance for spiritual growth, and died voluntarily caring for victims of typhoid.

THURSDAY March 3
St. Katharine Drexel (1858-1955)
The wealthy heiress who spent her fortune (and her life) serving Indian and black people, founding schools for them across the U.S., including Xavier University.

FRIDAY March 4
St. Casimir (1458-1483)
The young Polish prince famous for his holiness; at age 15, he refused to participate in war, and would not marry, even after becoming king.

SATURDAY March 5
St. Gerasimus (d. 475)
The hermit who removed a thorn from the paw of a lion, which bewcame his faithful companion.
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THE WEEKS AHEAD
3 weeks to the first day of spring and Palm Sunday (Mar 20)

 

GET YOUR GRACE ON

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

PRAY

Preview this Sunday’s readings with your kids. Close your eyes and silently imagine you are Moses, encountering God in the burning bush. Listen to God’s words to you. How do you respond? Make your response your prayer. [30]

Prepare your kids to participate in the Scrutinies this Sunday (assuming your parish has adults preparing to be received into the Church at Easter). The Scrutinies are a ritual in which the Elect make a commitment to “serious examination of their lives and true repentance” Ask your kids what that commitment would mean in their lives. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults #142). See “The Scrutinies” at creighton.edu for more information. [25]

Are your kids getting a balanced “diet” of the five forms of prayer? Check out the five forms of prayer and a cool “prayer plate” activity for assessing your kids’ “prayer diet” in “Are Your Kids Getting a Balanced Prayer Diet?” at pbgrace.com. [50]

 

CELEBRATE

For your meatless Friday meal, try kawunga, or cornmeal with beans, from Rwanda. This is a four-ingredient dish that is a little like polenta, but easier to pull off, and thicker. You can shape the cornmeal into little bowls for the beans if you like. Find it in the recipes section of crsricebow.org. [20]

How does your family rest? Does your family rest? Check out Heidi Indahl’s suggestions on how to make rest an intentional part of your week at pbgrace.org.* [25]

 

SERVE

Take your kids on a special trip to the grocery store to buy food items to donate to your local food shelf. Let them choose which items to donate; they can even plan menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. [70]

Let your kids go through their old books and pick out as many as they would like to donate to the public or school library for other kids to enjoy, too. [50]

 

TALK

We’re almost halfway through Lent! Check in with your family to see how everyone is doing on their Lent Plan. If you haven’t made a Family Lent Plan, it’s not too late to start; you will find a simple template at pbgrace.com. [25]

Give your kids our St. Katharine Drexel coloring sheet (page 3) and tell them the remarkable story of the wealthy Philadelphia heiress who gave her life and her fortune to help blacks and Native Americans. A great place to start is with the American Catholic article, “The Legacy of St. Katharine Drexel,” available online. [30]

 

Stump the Parents! The Glorified Christ

This week’s theme: The glorified Christ (the Ascension, Second Coming, and Last
Judgment).

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #132–135, 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:

  • What is the Ascension? (#132)
  • How does the glorified Christ mysteriously remain on earth? (#133)
  • How will the coming of the Lord in glory happen? (#134)
  • How will Christ judge the living and the dead? (#135)

Bonus:

  • What are the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit? (See the Appendix of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church)

 

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

 

What Is the Call to Motherhood?
How do we understand who God calls us to be? As a human, as a woman, and possibly, as a mother? John Paul II’s Theology of the Body audiences provide some answers.  by Susan Windley-Daoust

“Jesus, Let My Children See You”
We hadn’t been at adoration five minutes, and my kids were already driving me crazy. They just couldn’t see Jesus in the same way that the children in the Bible did—or could they?   by Becky Arganbright

How Does Your Family Rest?
Rest nourishes body, mind, and soul. Does your family get enough of it?   by Heidi Indahl

I AM | Breaking Open the Word at Home
God always comes to us, to meet us where we are, to give us his name: I AM, the very fullness of being.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Are Your Kids Getting a Balanced Prayer Diet?
Help your kids develop a rich and varied prayer life by introducing them to the five basic forms of prayer.

The Stations of the Cross for Families
Have you ever done the Stations of the Cross with your kids? This Lent is a good time to try it out, at home or your parish. Here’s how.

Bonus resources

Inheritance | Audrey Assad

Music is a great “soft” or “passive” way to teach even the youngest kids the faith. While Audrey Assad’s new album, Inheritance, is geared more for adults than kids, we’ll have it in heavy rotation in the car over the next few months—and I can guarantee that our youngest, pre-literate kids will be singing along before the week is out.

Fr. Damian Ference has written a wonderfully rich, insightful review of Assad’s new album; here’s an excerpt:

It would be a grave mistake to think of Inheritance as a cover album. Take for instance, “Holy, Holy, Holy”, a traditional hymn with which most Christians are familiar. Assad’s version begins not with an organ, but with soft, yet powerful percussion and then a couple of Loreena McKennitt-sounding cries, before her voice glides gracefully into the first verse. The contemporary instrumentation embodies the ancient text, and one can imagine the sun rising through the mist as Assad sings, “Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.” And that seems to be a major mission of this record, to re-present the hymn tradition to a new generation of listeners, and to an older generation, to offer a fresh iteration of Christian classics. 

You can read his full review at Word on Fire or get the album at Amazon.

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