August 28-September 3: 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Augustine of Hippo + St. Gregory the Great + World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation + Jubilee for Volunteers and Workers of Mercy
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MISSIONS for Your Kids
Your kids can switch out these special missions for one or more of the daily missions.
- Do a chore (like cleaning the kitchen or sweeping the floor) . . . in secret
- Compliment three people
- Make an examination of conscience, and receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
SUNDAY, August 28
TODAY’S MISSION: On Sundays, the first reading and the Gospel reading are usually connected in some way. This Sunday, both readings are about the virtue
of humility. MISSION: Be humble, drawing on today’s readings as your guide.
FIRST READING Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
Humble yourself the more,
the greater you are,
and you will fi nd favor
God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor.
SECOND READING Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Brothers and sisters: You have
not approached that which
could be touched. . . .
GOSPEL Luke 14:1, 7-14
“For every one who exalts
himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles
himself will be exalted.”
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s birthday (1774)
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 29
TODAY’S MISSION: King Herod killed John the Baptist because he made a promise to his step-daughter in front of a lot of important people. He went along with the crowd instead of his conscience. MISSION: Stand out from the crowd by doing what is right even if it is unpopular.
King Herod offers his stepdaughter anything she wants, up to half his kingdom. What do you think she asks for?
Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
The man who spent years searching for the truth before converting to Christianity; he told the story of his conversion in his famous book, Confessions. He became one of the most important bishops of his time, and one of the greatest theologians of the Church.
“Too late have I loved you, O Beauty ancient yet new! Too late have I loved you—
and behold, you were with me all the time.”
Rome was ransacked by the Visigoths in 410, prompting Augustine to write City of God
TUESDAY August 30
TODAY’S MISSION: St. Jeanne Jugan and her friends dedicated themselves to caring for the elderly poor, especially those who were alone. MISSION: Reach out to someone elderly with an act of kindness.
While Jesus is teaching in Capernaum, everyone is amazed by his authority and power—especially a bunch of pesky demons!
St. Jeanne Jugan
Th e former house servant who, with two friends, rented an attic apartment where they off ered hospitality to the poor and elderly. Others joined them, opening more houses of hospitality; they became known as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“Never forget that the poor are Our Lord. In caring for the poor, say to yourself, ‘This is for my Jesus.’”
Birthday of Mary Wollenstone Shelley, author of Frankenstein, in 1797
WEDNESDAY August 31
TODAY’S MISSION: Peter and the disciples “interceded” with Jesus on behalf of Peter’s sick mother-in-law—that is, they asked him to heal her. We can ask Jesus
to heal the sick, too, in prayer. MISSION: Care for someone who is sick; or, if you cannot, pray for their healing using a special prayer.
Jesus heals Peter’s mother-inlaw, along with half the town. Why is healing so important to his mission?
St. Aiden (590-651)
The Irish bishop who traveled all over northern England, spreading the Gospel.
Thomas Edison patented the first movie projector on this day in 1897
THURSDAY September 1
TODAY’S MISSION: Both Simon (Peter) and St. Dryhthelm “left everything” so that they could “gain everything” by following Jesus. MISSION: Get rid of something (a behavior or possession) that is keeping you from “gaining everything.”
Jesus gives Simon some fishing advice that changes his life forever.
St. Dryhthelm (died 700)
Th e man who died, only to come back from the dead the next day, scaring away the
neighbors and shocking his wife. He gave away all his property (giving some to his wife) and became a monk. He told few people what he saw in the afterlife, but impressed everyone with his holiness.
“Hereafter I am to live not as I have, but in a very different way.”
September is National Suicide Prevention Month
FRIDAY September 2
TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus explains to the religious leaders that his new teaching about God’s love and mercy won’t fit inside their old teaching and ways of being.
MISSION: Do something new to celebrate Jesus’ presence in your life. Jesus uses the images of a wedding feast, fi ne wine, and new clothes, if that helps give you some ideas. (Skip the wine in favor of something more kid-friendly, though!)
Some of the Jewish religious leaders challenge Jesus on why his disciples don’t do
things the way they do. But Jesus tells them to cheer up and celebrate, because he’s bringing something new.
French Martyrs of September (died 1792)
During the French Revolution, religion was outlawed. Catholic priests and religious
were arrested, sent into exile, or executed. Th is included 192 clergy and religious who were massacred by a mob in Paris on this date.
“Here I am at your disposal, gentlemen, ready to die.”
More than 40,000 people, many of them priests and nuns, were executed during the French Revolution (1789-1799)
SATURDAY September 3
TODAY’S MISSION: Gregory preferred the quiet life of his monastery, but answered the call to serve, building up both the Roman government and the Church. MISSION: Do something to serve the city you live in.
Those pesky Pharisees are aft er Jesus again, this time about his disciples picking grain on the Sabbath, when they shouldn’t be working.
Saint Gregory the Great (540-604)
The monk who went on to become one of the greatest popes of his time. He made big changes to the Mass, kept civic order as the Roman Empire was collapsing, prevented Rome from being invaded, and emptied the Church’s treasury to ransom hostages and help the needy.
“Wisdom is born of wonder.”
When Gregory was pope, the population of the entire world was about 208 million people
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POWER TO THE PARENTS
Send Your Kids to School with a Prayer
When you pray for God’s blessing on your kids’ school day, you’re equipping them with something far more valuable than a #2 pencil or textbook. Here are three simple ways to go.
Parenting with Reverent Wonder: Four Lessons the Theology of the Body Teaches Families
Parents are flooded with advice about how to raise their kids, but Theology of the Body scholar Bill Donaghy says what they really need is a spirituality rooted in the fundamental reality of what it means to be a human family.
Kendra’s Birth Story: “I Feel Closer to God in My Weakness”
My first few births I approached as a challenge, something to be accomplished. Now, I see the opportunity to offer up my suffering in prayer for others. by Susan Windley-Daoust
Know Thyself | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Last Sunday’s readings spoke of the importance of accepting correction. This week’s readings unpack that value with a discussion on humility—a necessity for any Christian.
Kubo and the Two Strings | Bigger on the Inside
Kubo and the Two Strings is visually beautiful, has a good soundtrack and an engaging story. If you are going to see it with your kids, here’s a quick review of what you’ll experience. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
STUMP THE PARENTS: Christian Funerals
Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #354-356, 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 happens to Christians when they die? (354)
- What is expressed in a Christian funeral? (355)
- What are the four main moments in a Christian funeral? (356)
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.