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He Who Was Lost Has Been Found | Fourth Week of Lent | Mar 6-13

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

  • Laetare Sunday is coming up, a brief break from Lent and a reason to feast just like the people in this week’s Scripture readings.
  • During this fourth week of Lent, we’re remembering the feast days of saints Perpetua and Felicity, John of God, Frances of Rome, and Dominic Savio…plus a Jesuit priest who snuck into Scotland disguised as a horse trader.
  • This Sunday, the Israelites feast on cake and parched grain, and the forgiving father welcomes his son home with a grand feast. Break open the Scriptures with your family using Jen Schlameuss-Perry’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
  • We’ve got 9 ways for you to #GetYourGraceOn, including a way to support Catholic family missions and a fun and ultra-simple Lenten Friday meal idea.*
  • Is keeping track of rules making your family crazy? Pare them down with help from Heidi Indahl in The Intentional Family.
  • Becky Arganbright finds inspiration from Pope Francis for a new kind of morning offering in Confessing the Blessings.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? Can you name five symbols of the Holy Spirit? Those are two of the questions for this week’s Stump the Parents game.
  • Carly Lobenhofer is off this week, so we’ve got a great coloring sheet from Dominic de Souza’s Sense of the Sacred coloring book to share with you.
  • Use your March coupon code (e-mail edition only) to stock up at the Peanut Butter & Grace store.

* Link to the article under MORE FOR YOUR WEEK, below.

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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, March 6, 2016
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare Sunday + CRS collection

If your parish has people preparing for baptism at Easter, you may hear alternate readings about the anointing of David and the cure of a man blind from birth.

FIRST READING
On the day after the Passover,
they ate of the produce of the land
in the form of unleavened cakes and parched grain.
—Joshua 5:9a, 10-12

PSALM
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
—Psalm 34

SECOND READING
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
the old things have passed away;
behold, new things have come.
—2 Corinthians 5:17-21

GOSPEL
“‘. . . this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.’”
—Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

REFLECTION QUESTION
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 March 7
Sts. Perpetua and Felicity (d. 203)
The young mothers who were martyred in the Roman games; Perpetua’s prison diary is the oldest Christian text known to be authored by a woman.

TUESDAY March 8
St. John of God (1495-1550)
The public penitent who opened a hospital for the poor, and to whom Jesus said in a vision, “All you do for the poor in my name is done for me.”

WEDNESDAY March 9
St. Frances of Rome (1384-1440)
The wife and mother who, with her sister-in-law, found ways to serve God and the poorest of the poor at home.

THURSDAY March 10
St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857)
The young teen saint who said, “I can’t do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for the greater glory of God.”

FRIDAY March 11
St. John Ogilvie (c. 1579-1615)
The Jesuit priest who snuck into Scotland disguised as a horse trader in order to serve persecuted Catholics, and who was eventually tortured and killed.

SATURDAY March 12
St. Maximilian (d. 295)
The young man who was martyred for refusing conscription into the Roman army, saying: “I cannot enlist for I am a Christian.”

THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to St. Patrick’s Day (Mar 17)
2 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 the prodigal son, returning to the home of his father. What do you say to him? What does he say to you? [30]

This week, help your kids pray in response to the questions Jesus asks in the Scriptures: “Why are you terrified?” “What do you want me to do for you?” “What are you thinking in your heart?” Read more at pbgrace.com: “Answer the Questions Jesus Asked.” [25]

This month, pray for the intentions of Pope Francis: “That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.” “That those Christians who, on account of their faith, are discriminated against or are being persecuted, may remain strong and faithful to the Gospel, thanks to the incessant prayer of the Church.” [30]

 

CELEBRATE

For your meatless Friday meal, and in anticipation of Laetare Sunday, let your kids make this fun and simple meatless pizza. 1) Lay out some soft tortillas on a cookie sheet. 2) Have your kids top them with fun ingredients like olive oil, cheese, onions, red peppers, grapes, spinach, etc. 3) Bake at 400° F for 5 minutes. [20]

Celebrate Laetare Sunday (Mar 6) with a feast that echoes the feasts found in the readings for the day. Talk about why the Israelites (first reading) and the forgiving father (Gospel) wanted to hold a feast. [25]

 

SERVE

This Lent is a great time to give blood at a Red Cross blood drive. Kids age 16 and older can give blood; however, even younger kids can benefit from your example. Be sure to make a connection to Christ’s shedding his blood on the cross for us. [90]

Support Catholic family missionaries through the Family Missions Company, a nonprofit organization that sends sends out lay Catholic families and singles to proclaim Jesus Christ and his Gospel to the poor. Discuss going on a mission trip as a family, or becoming family missionaries: familymissionscompany.com.[50]

 

TALK

List all your family rules, talking about why each one is in place, and making adjustments with the input of your kids. See “Pare Down Your Family Rules to the Ones That Help Everyone Have More Fun” and “How to Use Catholic Social Teaching as a Model for Family Rules” at pbgrace.com this week. [30]

Tell your younger kids the story of St. Dominic Savio, the boy who said: ““I can’t do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for the greater glory of God.” Read his story at www.donboscowest.org/saints/dominicsavio. Ask your kids: What are some small things you can do for God? [30]

 

Stump the Parents! The Holy Spirit

This week’s theme: The Holy Spirit.

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #136–146, 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:

  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (#136)
  • What are the names of the Holy Spirit? (#138)
  • What are five symbols are used to represent the Holy Spirit? (#139)
  • Who are the prophets? (#140)
  • What is the work of the Spirit in Mary? (#142)
  • What happened at Pentecost? (#144)
  • What does the Spirit do in the Church? (#145)

 

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

Pare Down Your Family Rules
Continually creating and enforcing all our rules was exhausting. That’s when we came up with our family mission statement, along with a short list of Rules to Have More Fun.    by Heidi Indahl

Ambassadors For Christ | Breaking Open the Word at Home
God made his work the work of reconciliation, and made it our work, too. Having been forgiven ourselves, we are given the mission of bringing God’s reconciliation to a world very much in need of it.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Answer the Questions That Jesus Asked

A Mother’s Morning Offering: “Don’t Make Me Go Out There…”
More often than not, my morning prayer consists of: “Lord, please don’t make me go out there.” But in light of Pope Francis’s wise words about families, maybe we should try a different kind of morning offering.   by Becky Arganbright

 

Bonus resources

Fasting with Christopher West

In this entertaining 3-minute video, Christopher West breaks down the practice of fasting as a way to the joy of the feast.

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