August 21-27: Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Queenship of Mary + St. Rose of Lima + St. Monica + Meditative Prayer for Catholic Kids + 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids
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MISSIONS for Your Kids
Your kids can switch out these special missions for one or more of the daily missions.
- Fast for a special prayer intention.
- Pray the Angelus in the morning, at noon, and at night.
- Plan a party to raise money or donated goods for your favorite local charity
SUNDAY, August 21
TODAY’S MISSION: Using the websites of the U.S. Catholic bishops (usccb.org), Catholic Relief Services (crs.org), or the Maryknoll Missionaries (maryknoll.org) as resources, make a plan for how you might live out today’s Psalm.
FIRST READING Isaiah 66:18–21
I come to gather nations
of every language; they shall
come and see my glory.
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.
SECOND READING Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Make straight paths
for your feet. . . .
GOSPEL Luke 13:22-30
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
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 August 22
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
TODAY’S MISSION: Make a list of religious qualities that describe you (e.g., fair, just, truthful, patient, kind). Spend today paying attention to whether you actually live those qualities, then report the results.
Jesus is not happy with the scribes and Pharisees. But are we guilty of being hypocrites, too?
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we celebrate Mary as the queen of heaven. This title for Mary became especially popular in the 11th and 12th centuries. We call Mary “queen” because she is the mother of Jesus, the one who rules in the Kingdom of God.
Tooth Fairy Day: Remember to send a card to your dentist!
TUESDAY August 23
TODAY’S MISSION: In today’s reading, Jesus criticizes the Pharisees for paying more attention to the less important requirements of the law and ignoring the more important matters, such as justice, mercy, and faithfulness. MISSION: Do what is most important to God.
Jesus is still not happy with the scribes and Pharisees—but he gives a clue about what they (and we) should be doing.
St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617)
The young woman from Peru whose devotion to the Eucharist led her to bring homeless children to her room in her parents’ house; she sold flowers, lace, and embroidery to raise money for her family and the poor.
“Apart from the Cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism
WEDNESDAY August 24
TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus says (teasingly) of Nathanael, “There is no duplicity in him.” Duplicity is pretending or wanting to be someone you are not. MISSION: Be the person God made you to be.
Nathanael doesn’t think Jesus could be any good, since he comes from Galilee—but Jesus has the last laugh on Nathanael.
St. Bartholomew (apostle)
The apostle of Jesus also known by the name Nathanael.
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel!”
Mount Vesuvius erupted on this date in 79 AD
THURSDAY August 25
TODAY’S MISSION: Today’s reading is from the beginning of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, in which he gives thanks to God for all the riches and gifts God has given them.
MISSION: Ask a parent or another adult to write you a letter of encouragement, listing the gifts God has given you.
1 Corinthians 1:1–9
Paul begins his first letter to the Corinthians with words of encouragement. Look especially
at his words in verse 7! (“You are not lacking. . . .”)
St. Genesius (died 303)
The actor who played the part of a Christian in a play for the Emperor Diocletian. At the beginning, he played the part for laughs; but after his fellow actors pretended to baptize
him, he had a change of heart. He confessed his new faith to the emperor and was tortured
“No torments shall remove Jesus Christ from my heart and my mouth.”
Banana Split Day: Share a sweet treat with a friend!
FRIDAY August 26
TODAY’S MISSION: Paul says that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom.” In other words, sometimes those who do God’s will are judged to be foolish
by others. MISSION: Do something foolish for God.
1 Corinthians 1:17-25
Who is foolish and who is wise? Paul tells all. You can read more about foolish and wise people in Matthew 25:1–13.
St. Emily de Vialar (1797-1856)
Th e young woman who, with three friends, began helping children, the poor, and the sick, especially in northern Africa; they became the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition.
“Since God does so much for me, what could I not do for him?”
Pope John Paul I elected on this day in 1978
SATURDAY August 27
TODAY’S MISSION: St. Monica spent years praying for her son, St. Augustine. After his conversion, they shared a deep spiritual friendship. MISSION: Say a rosary (or another special prayer) for someone who needs the light of God’s truth.
Jesus tells a parable about a servant who buries his master’s money instead of putting it in the bank. What will you do with the treasure God has given you?
St. Monica (322-387)
The mother who prayed ceaselessly for the conversion of her son, who became St. Augustine, one of the Church’s greatest theologians.
“Nothing is far from God.”
NIGHT SKY MEETUP
The moon will meet up with the visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn)
at different times during the month, usually just aft er sunset. And on the night of August 27,
Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter will form a bright cluster just above the horizon aft er sunset.
Oil was discovered in Pennsylvania on this date in 1859
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POWER TO THE PARENTS
Celebrate the Queenship of Mary with Your Kids
Background, a kid-friendly narrative about the Coronation of Mary, and ideas for ways to celebrate.
From the East and the West | Breaking Open the Word at Home
God wishes to save not just a few, Sunday’s readings tell us, but all the people of every nation on the Earth.
Meditative Prayer for Catholic Kids
Teach your kids the many ways that Catholics practice meditative prayer so they can experience the fruits of this rich spiritual tradition, now and as adults. Here’s how.
77 Ways (More or Less) to Pray with Your Kids
Whether you’re just getting started praying with your kids or you’re a “veteran” of family prayer who wants to mix things up or take your prayer deeper, our list of 77 ways (more or less) to pray with your kids can help.
Karen’s Birth Story: “Praying Through the Pain in a New Way”
As my husband and I sang the Chaplet of Divine Mercy together, I was reminded that labor can be about more than just the pain that I’m experiencing right now.
STUMP THE PARENTS: Sacramentals
Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #351-353, 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.”
- What are sacramentals? (351)
- What is exorcism? (352)
- What types of popular piety accompany the sacramental life of the Church? (353)
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.