September 4-10: 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Canonization of Mother Teresa + Nativity of Mary + St. Peter Claver + St. Teresa coloring sheet + Processing retreats with teens + Let your kids make their own prayer book
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In September, the church is praying for . . .
Here are the prayer intentions of Pope Francis for September:
That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become
more aware of their mission to evangelize.
MISSIONS for Your Kids
Your kids can switch out these special missions for one or more of the daily missions.
- Bless someone
- Sing a song to God
- Give up (sacrifice) something for the good of someone else
SUNDAY, September 4
MISSION: In the second reading, Paul urges Philemon to free his slave, Onesimus, so that he might become “more than a slave”—a brother in Christ. YOUR MISSION: “Free” someone you treat like a “slave”—or, if not as a slave, with less dignity than they deserve.
For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans.
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Philemon 9-10, 12-17
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever,
no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother. . . .
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not fi rst sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?
PARENTS: Preview the Sunday readings, using these basic questions as a starting point for conversation:
- What is the common theme in these readings?
- What line or phrase most spoke to you?
- How is God’s Word in these readings calling you to live?
Get a family-friendly look at the readings plus reflection questions for kids, teens, and adults in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
MONDAY September 5
TODAY’S MISSION: People love Mother Teresa not only for her charitable work, but for the warmth of her personality, which came from her closeness to God. MISSION: Practice the words of Mother Teresa: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. . . .”
Th e law says he shouldn’t work on the Sabbath, but Jesus sees a man who needs healing. Th e Pharisees are watching, waiting to trap him. What will Jesus do?
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Th e newest Catholic saint. Mother Teresa was admired worldwide for her simple service to the poorest of the poor.
“Be the living expression of God’s kindness:
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile.”
Christianity was brought to India by St. Thomas the apostle in 52 AD
TUESDAY September 6
TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus prayed the whole night before calling his disciples. But the men he chose weren’t perfect—far from it. MISSION: Pray about how you choose your friends. In your report, jot down some thoughts about the kind of friends you want to have.
Jesus spends the night in prayer before choosing those who would be on his “team.” Will he pick only the best—or does he have other ideas?
St. Phoebe (first century)
The woman who was a friend and co-worker of St. Paul in the early Church. Paul introduced her to the Church at Rome in this way:
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well.” (Romans 16:1-2)
Read a Book Day: Can’t fi nd a good book? Write one instead!
WEDNESDAY September 7
TODAY’S MISSION: Frédéric Ozanam had doubts about his faith as a teen. When prayer and reading didn’t help, he turned to a priest friend; their long walks together helped answer Frédéric’s questions and strengthened his faith. MISSION: Find an adult who can talk with you about your faith questions.
What is wealth, and what is happiness? Not what you might expect, Jesus says.
Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813-1853)
As university students Frédéric and his friends began serving the poor of Paris. Their group
became the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Frédéric went on to become a newspaper publisher
and a professor of literature, as well as a devoted husband and father.
“The saints were out of their minds when it came to love. Their love was limitless, embracing
God, humanity, nature.”
Grandma Moses Day: Celebrate the life of a great American folk artist!
THURSDAY September 8
TODAY’S MISSION: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” This was Mary’s joyful song, known as the Magnificat. MISSION: Sing Mary’s song from Luke 1:46-55 in honor of Mary’s birthday—then, live it out.
It’s Mary’s birthday today! (The word nativity means “birth” in Latin.) And for her birthday, the Gospel of Matthew gives her . . . a long list of names! Actually, that genealogy honors Mary by showing that she is in a long line of men and women who played important roles in God’s plan of salvation. Tradition says that Mary’s parents were named Anne and Joachim.
If you have a bird feeder, here are some migrating birds to watch for this month: dar-eyed juncos, white-crowned and white-throated warblers, hummingbirds, and warblers. Also, watch the skies for large numbers of hawks, eagles, osprey, and falcons, sometimes migrating in flocks called “kettles.”
Ampersand Day: Celebrate by writing & instead of and!
FRIDAY September 9
TODAY’S MISSION: The United Nations estimates that about 30 million people worldwide are enslaved today. MISSION: Continue the mission of Peter Claver by doing something to combat modern slavery.
Jesus wants you to know you’ve got something in your eye. It’s his way of telling us to pay attention to our own behavior before correcting others.
St. Peter Claver
Th e Jesuit priest who spent forty years ministering to more than 300,000 African slaves in Columbia. He boarded the slave ships as they arrived in order to give the slaves food and medicine; later, he visited them on the plantations, staying in the slave quarters instead
of the main house. He signed his name, “Peter Claver, slave to the Africans forever.”
“I must dedicate myself to the service of God until death, on the understanding that I am like a slave.”
Teddy Bear Day: Salute your local teddy bears!
SATURDAY September 10
TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus says that our actions are the fruit of what is in our heart. MISSION: Keep a “store of goodness” in your heart.
Jesus wants his followers to do more than listen to his words. He wants action!
Saints Natalia and Adrian (died 304)
Natalia was a young Christian woman and Adrian an officer in the imperial court. The two
had been married only a year when Adrian witnessed the scourging of some Christians. Their faith moved him to proclaim, “I am also a Christian.” He was condemned to be tortured and killed.
“You are blessed, Adrian,
for you have found the riches
your father and mother did
not leave to you.”
—St. Natalia to Adrian
aft er his conversion
St. Adrian was one of many Christians killed from 303 to 311 during the Great Persecution
Exaltation of the Cross (Sept. 14)
Jubilee for Catechists (Sept. 23-25)
Feast of the Archangels (Sept. 29)
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POWER TO THE PARENTS
Meet St. Teresa of Calcutta! • Saints for Kids
Meet Saint Teresa! Her way of peace is not complicated: It starts with prayer, and a smile, and seeing Jesus in each and every person.
4 Reasons To Run For A Cause
Our family has found a new passion: running (or strollering!) for a cause. It gets us active, raises money for a good cause, connects us with others, and—oh yeah—it’s fun! by Heidi Indahl
Finish the Work | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Be prepared! For the Christian, being prepared means being willing to trust that God will get us through every difficulty and challenge. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Regina’s Birth Story: “After the C-Sections, I See the Hand of God in All Things”
I’ve had six c-sections. During my fifth, I was feeling tremendous pressure to have my tubes tied: I was tired. I was sick. I was so ready to be done. . . .
4 Ways to Process Your Teen’s Retreat
Processing a retreat experience is essential for teens. Here are 4 ways adults can help. by Ryan Langr
5 Saints Who Lived the Gospel of Life
Let the stories of these five pro-life saints inspire you to continue building a culture of life in your home. We’ll provide links to great resources to get you started with each saint. By Laura Kizior and Mary Kizior
Let Your Kids Make Their Own Book of Prayers
Let your kids make their own book of prayers, then let them chose their favorites to say at family prayer time.
STUMP THE PARENTS
STUMP THE PARENTS is on break this week!
How to use M:CEE
MISSION:CHRISTIAN; EXTRA EDITION (M:CEE) is the parent supplement to the MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal for kids ages 8-12. • Each day, read the day’s Scripture and/or saint with your child. Then give your child his/her mission for the day. (Use the Special Missions to replace daily missions that don’t work for your child.) • Beginning in August, your child will be able to file a “mission report” at the end of each day using his/her journal, which can be ordered in book form or printed out from the linked PDF. • Every week, check out articles just for parents in the Power to the Parents section of M:CEE. • Play Stump the Parents every week to help your children learn about their faith. • E-mail subscribers get special discount codes for 15%, 20%, or 25% off items in the Gracewatch Media store every month.