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The Stones Will Cry Out | Palm Sunday + Holy Week | The Bread for Mar 20-26

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

  • It’s Holy Week, and #GetYourGraceOn features 15 ideas for marking the week with your kids . . .  plus, prepare your kids to watch for these 21 things during the liturgies of the Triduum.*
  • The liturgy for Palm Sunday is one of the strangest of the year; find out why with Jen Schlameuss-Perry’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
  • The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth is out in softcover; use your March coupon (e-mail edition only) to get 20% off at the new gracewatch.media store. We’ve also posted chapter three of the book, which is all about the spiritual nature of giving and receiving.
  • Get the Ecce homo (“Behold the man”) coloring sheet for Holy Week (page 3, PDF edition).
  • It’s the first day of spring this Sunday, the perfect time to plan or plant a garden with your kids. We’ve got tips and related Bible verses.*
  • Make a Good Friday timeline for your kids; Becky Arganbright explains how in Confessing the Blessings.*
  • Heidi Indahl explores the power of saying a daily litany of saints in The Intentional Family.*
  • It’s a special Triduum Trivia edition of the Stump the Parents game.
  • Use your March coupon code (e-mail edition only) for 20% off at the new Gracewatch Media Store, where you’ll find Peanut Butter & Grace books and more!

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

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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
First day of spring

GOSPEL FOR THE PROCESSION
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He said in reply, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”
—Luke 19:28-40

FIRST READING
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.
—Isaiah 50:4–7

PSALM
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
—Psalm 22

SECOND READING
. . . he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
—Philippians 2:6–11

GOSPEL
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”
—Luke 22:14—23:56

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 21
Blessed John of Parma (1209–1289)
The humble priest who restored a spirit of poverty and simplicity to the Franciscan Order.

TUESDAY March 22
St. Nicholas Owen (d. 1606)
The artisan who designed and built secret hiding places for priests throughout England, and masterminded the escape of two Jesuit priests from the Tower of London.

WEDNESDAY March 23
Blessed Oscar Romero (1917–1980)
The archbishop of El Salvador who was assassinated while saying Mass for speaking out on behalf of the poor.

THURSDAY March 24
Holy Thursday
“Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.”

FRIDAY March 25
Good Friday
“When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
‘It is finished.’ And bowing his head,
he handed over the spirit.”

SATURDAY March 26
Holy Saturday + Vigil of Easter
Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her,
ablaze with light from her eternal King,
let all corners of the earth be glad,
knowing an end to gloom and darkness.

THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to Divine Mercy Sunday (April 2)
2 weeks to the Solemnity of the Annunciation (April 3)

 

GET YOUR GRACE ON

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

PRAY

Pray the Stations of the Cross as a family in anticipation of Holy Week. See “The Stationso f the Cross for Families.”*[30]

Pray the Seven Sorrows of Mary in the days leading up to Good Friday. Pray an Our Father and seven Hail Mary’s for each of her seven sorrows. You can find ways to pray by searching “Chaplet of Our Lady of Sorrows” or “CRS Seven Sorrows.” [30]

If you have a prayer table or home oratory, strip it bare on the evening of Holy Thursday or the morning of Good Friday, and keep it that way through Saturday evening. Make a connection to the altar at your parish being stripped bare on Holy Thursday. Prepare festive decorations to place on your prayer table on Easter morning. [20]

If you own a crucifix, place it on your prayer table or in another accessible place where it can be reverenced throughout Good Friday. [15]

If you do not attend Good Friday services with your kids, maintain an atmosphere of quiet prayerfulness between noon and three on Good Friday. [20]

CELEBRATE

Celebrate the first day of spring this Sunday by planning or planting a garden with your kids. See “Plant a Garden with Your Kids” for ideas about how to use this activity to help kids better understand their faith. [30]

For Palm Sunday, encourage your kids to make a “beautiful road” to welcome Jesus. The people of Jerusalem used coats and palm branches; your kids might decorate the front sidewalk with colorful chalk drawings and flowers. [30]

Bake a loaf of unleavened bread with your kids for your evening meal; tell the story of the Last Supper as you work together. [40]

Help your kids make grape juice from real grapes, and let them drink the juice at supper on Holy Thursday. Point out that just as the grapes are crushed to make wine, Jesus was “crushed for our iniquities” (Isaiah 53:5). [30]

Remember to fast on Good Friday. [75]

SERVE

Have your kids bring their CRS Rice Bowl donations to church this week. [20]

Have your kids contribute to the Collection for the Holy Land on Good Friday. [25]

Did you do a Giving Jar* for Lent? Go over your family’s Lent plan to see how much each person did for Lent. Fill the jar with coins accordingly, and bring them to church to donate this week. [30]

TALK

Talk to your kids about what they can expect to see and hear during the liturgies of the Triduum. See “Prepare Your Kids for the Triduum: 21 Things to Look For.”* [30]

Make a Good Friday Timeline with your kids, updating it throughout the day to track the Passion of Jesus. See “Making Our Good Friday Timeline.”* [50]

 

Stump the Parents! Triduum

This week’s theme: Triduum.

Have your kids look at the article “Prepare Your Kids for Triduum” at pbgrace.com, then let them make up 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:

  • How are the three days of Triduum like one day?
  • What happens to the altar at the end of the Holy Thursday service?
  • What does “Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est” mean?
  • What are the three oils presented to the church at the beginning of Triduum used for?
  • What is missing from the Good Friday liturgy?
  • How many readings do we hear during the Easter Vigil?
  • What is the paschal candle?
  • When does Lent end?
  • When does Easter begin?

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

Prepare Your Kids for Triduum: 21 Things to Look For
What’s different about the liturgies of the Triduum? Give your kids a heads up, and have them watch for things we don’t do at church any other time of year.

From Palms to Passion | Breaking Open the Word at Home
This is one of the strangest days of the liturgical year. There are two Gospels, we get palms to wave around, we help read the second Gospel and, in some cases, we are invited to walk together in procession

Plant a Garden with Your Kids
The point of gardening with kids isn’t to grow fruits and vegetables as much as it is to help kids grow in faith.

Take, Lord, Receive: The Spiritual Nature of Giving and Receiving
Our very bodies are designed for giving and receiving love. Being open to this divine purpose makes us more receptive to the gift of birth. This is chapter 3 from The Gift of Birth, by Susan Windley-Daoust

Raise Your Family Saint Smarts with a Daily Litany of Saints
Reciting our own family litany of saints over breakfast every morning has had lots of benefits for our family, and has become a favorite part of the kids’ daily routine.   by Heidi Indahl

Making Our Good Friday Timeline
A picture timeline that I updated throughout the day was just the thing to help my kids appreciate Jesus’ Passion on Good Friday and beyond.   by Becky Arganbright

 

 

 

Bonus resources

Pope Francis’s Prayer Intentions for March
Some clever group of people decided to put out the pope’s video intentions in video format. Here’s the video for his March intentions:

 

Molly McBride and the Purple Habit
Here’s another picture book possibility for Easter…Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. This isn’t a Peanut Butter & Grace title, but maybe it should be…! It’s about a precocious five-year-old girl who won’t remove her purple nun’s habit because she wants to be a nun so badly. Problem is, big sister is getting married…and you can see where the story’s headed, right? Shades of St. Therese of Lisieux there. You can preview the interior by clicking through to the Kindle edition.

 

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