November 5-11: 31st Week of Ordinary Time
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity + St. Leo the Great + St. Martin of Tours + National Vocations Week
DON’T MISS. . .
- Molly McBride author/illustrator Jeanie Egolf talking about kids and vocations on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” this Friday (11/3) at 10:30 a.m. EST. You can stream it live here or catch it on your local cable provider; or, if you miss it, catch it on the show’s home page.
- Catch Peanut Butter & Grace at the Mothering with Grace conference in Charlotte, N.C. this Saturday (11/4). We’ll have a table there staffed by Jill Miller (and her mom, and her baby!).
- Be Yourself! author Amy Brooks is working on a leader’s guide for the popular journal…you can catch a preview at Prayer, Wine, Chocolate: Be Yourself Prayer Journal Parties for Girls: Themes, Prompts and Mini Lesson Plans.
- Get up to 35% off the retail price on our new Catholic Family Book of Prayers during our crowdfunding campaign. The book is at the printer, and we expect to be shipping most editions shortly after the campaign ends Nov. 15. (Ovenbird Bindery handmade editions will take a bit longer but will arrive with plenty of time before Christmas.) Pre-order now through IndieGoGo.
- We’re shipping copies of The Children’s Little Advent Book and MISSION:CHRISTIAN December-January, with special sections for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
7 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
1. Don’t be a hypocrite. This Sunday’s readings call out religious leaders for not practicing what they preach. But do we fall into the same trap? Preview the Sunday Scriptures in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
2. Normalize your kids. “Normalization” is the process by which kids come to own what they learn, and it’s our goal when passing on the faith to our kids. Sound complicated? It’s simpler than you might think, says Heidi Indahl in the latest installment of The Intentional Family.
3. Raise kids who are open to religious vocations. National Vocations Awareness Week begins Sunday, which makes it a good time for parents to think about how they are fostering an openness to vocations in their kids. As Molly McBride author Jeanie Egolf says in her article, How Parents Influenced the Vocations of Two Priests and a Seminarian, parents have more influence than they might think.
You can explore more vocations resources at Vocations.com.
4. Encourage your kids to “put on Christ” every morning by giving them the option to wear their prayer with a Catholic medal, rosary bracelet, prayer wristband, or a fun Catholic t-shirt (get ideas at the post).
5. Play with St, Martin of Tours. It’s his feast day on Saturday (Nov. 11), and storyteller Christine Henderson has a story to tell about him: Are you brave enough to go into battle without a sword? St. Martin was! check out Saint Martin of Tours • Playing with the SAINTS!
6. Get prepped for election day. You can read a summary of Church teaching about responsible citizenship at the USCCB website before you head to the polls on Tuesday. Be sure to take your kids when you go, and tell them how your faith connects to your politics.
7. Pray for veterans. This Veterans’ Day, remember to pray for veterans, and for an end to war; you’ll find suggested prayers at the USCCB website.
A NEW PRAYER BOOK FOR CATHOLIC FAMILIES
The best way to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition is to pray with them, and now there’s a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers. It’s packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, devotions, saintly wisdom, and artwork—all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together. Pre-order during our crowdfunding campaign, and you’ll help us pay for the art…and you’ll save with big discounts! The crowdfunding campaign runs to Nov. 15.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE…
Over in PB & Grace Parents we’re talking about physician-assisted suicide in Canada, and the growing phenomenon of parents asking Canadian doctors to euthanize their kids. It’s a closed Facebook group, so you’ll need to request to be added.
GET YOUR ADVENT JOURNALS
We’re happy to announce that our Advent journals are ready to order. The Children’s Little Advent Book is great for younger children; it features a simple coloring page and five-minute prayer service for each day of Advent. And MISSION:CHRISTIAN December-January covers the entire Advent and Christmas seasons, with special features on both; you can now preview the entire journal on the product page. Check them out here.
YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR
Say a short prayer for a soul in purgatory each morning of the week.
Sunday, Nov. 5
Monday, Nov. 6
Blessed Joan Mary de Maille (1332-1414)
As a girl, Joan’s prayers managed to save a neighbor boy, Robert, after he nearly drowned in a pond. When the they grew up, Robert and Joan married and adopted three orphan children. Later, Robert was kidnapped by an invading army; he escaped, and he and Joan devoted themselves to ransoming other prisoners of war. Joan continued this work long after Robert’s death.
Tuesday, Nov. 7
St. Didacus (1400-1463)
The Franciscan brother who was a wandering hermit and a missionary in the Canary Islands; he miraculously cured some of his fellow brothers who were sick by making the sign of the cross over them. His generosity to the poor sometimes irked his fellow brothers. “O faithful wood, O precious nails! You have borne an exceedingly sweet burden, for you have been judged worthy to bear the Lord and King of heaven”
Election Day: Get resources from the U.S. Catholic bishops: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Wednesday, Nov. 8
Blessed John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308)
Blessed John Duns Scotus was one of the most influential theologians of the High Middle Ages, as the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy admits. “His brilliantly complex and nuanced thought, which earned him the nickname ‘the Subtle Doctor,’ left a mark on discussions of such disparate topics as the semantics of religious language, the problem of universals, divine illumination, and the nature of human freedom.” Wow, right? And they forgot to mention that he also laid the foundation for the doctrine that Mary was conceived without original sin (i.e., the Immaculate Conception).
Thursday, Nov. 9
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906)
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity is often compared to St. Therese of Lisieux for the similarity of their life stories. Elizabeth entered a Carmelite convent when she was 21 and died just five years later. The notebooks of her spiritual writings were published after her death, revealing a wisdom beyond her years. She said: “I feel I have found heaven on earth, because heaven is God and God is in my soul. The day I understood this a light went on inside me, and I want to whisper this secret to all those I love, so they too, in whatever circumstances, will cling increasingly to God.”
Dedication of St. John Lateran
The day we remember the dedication of the pope’s cathedral, and therefore the unity of the Church.
Friday, Nov. 10
St. Leo the Great (d. 461)
Pope Leo I helped the Church sort out true beliefs about Christ from false beliefs (heresies); he presided over Church councils; he argued for the authority of the pope; and if that weren’t enough, he had to persuade Attila the Hun not to invade Rome. “There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord the destroyer of sin and death finds none free from charge, so is He come to free us all.”
Saturday, Nov. 11
St. Martin of Tours (316-397)
St. Martin of Tours was conscripted into the Roman army as a teen but later (famously) refused to fight because of his conversion to Christianity; he is also well known for cutting his cloak in two in order to give half to a beggar. He went on to become a monk, founding the first monastery in France; the residents of Tours tricked him into becoming their bishop by sending word that a sick person needed his presence. When he showed up, he was escorted to the church instead, where some of the consecrating bishops questioned his suitability on the grounds that he was apparently having a bad hair day. Nice to know the saints had hair issues. “I am a soldier of Christ and it is not lawful for me to fight.”
COMING UP . . .
- November is Black Catholic History Month
- November is Native American Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month
- National Bible Week (Nov. 12-18)
- World Day of the Poor (Nov. 19)
- Thanksgiving (Nov. 23)
- Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Nov. 26)
- First Sunday of Advent (Dec, 3)
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
…are using the new book of prayers drawn from the appendix of the first official English-language translation of the ritual book on the rite of Exorcism, Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness. Father Andrew Menke, executive director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Divine Worship, notes that these prayers can strengthen and assist anyone who prays them. “The book is meant to facilitate a very reflective kind of prayer. It’s meant to be a meditative, patient, trusting, quiet sort of prayer,” says Father Menke. Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness can be ordered online from the USCCB bookstore.
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: FIGHTING RACISM
In a new pastoral letter on racism, the Archbishop of Washington has encouraged Catholics to recognize the dignity of every human person, and to address the challenges—both subtle and obvious—posed to that dignity by various kinds of racism and discrimination in the United States. “Racism is defined as a sin because it offends God by a denial of the goodness of creation,” Archbishop Donald Wuerl states in the letter. “It is a sin against our neighbor, particularly when it is manifested in support of systemic social, economic and political structures of sin. It is also a sin against the unity of the Body of Christ by undermining that solidarity by personal sins of prejudice, discrimination and violence.” You can read the full letter here at the Archdiocese of Washington website.
“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.”
—St. Anthony of Padua
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MISSION:CHRISTIAN December-January includes a saint, Scripture reading, Christian mission, prayer prompt, and fun facts in every daily entry…plus, special features and activities for Christmas and Advent.
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You introduces young people to the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina in a guided journal format. It features a brief, accessible introduction to lectio divina, walking readers through the method step by step, then turns them loose to try the method themselves in eight pre-selected readings. Seven additional blank journal entries provide space for readers to choose their own readings; a list of suggested texts is included. The colorful, beautifully designed interior provides a warm and welcome space for reflection and prayer. Lectio Divina for Teens has received an imprimatur from the Diocese of Winona.
The All Saints’ Day Party
Maggie and Max can’t wait for the All Saints’ Day party. There’s just one problem: they can’t decide which saint to dress up as…and the party is just a week away! Join Maggie and Max as their friends and family tell them about six holy men and women who offer living examples of what it means to be a saint…even if you’re a kid!
Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help
Drawing on her own personal experience of pregnancy loss, Christine Hendersen offers practical and spiritual advice—as well as a hopeful path forward—for grieving mothers and the people who love them.
Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Ages 9 and up.
I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss invites grieving mothers to let the Blessed Mother accompany them on their journey of grief and healing. Mary not only understands their loss, but wishes to bring mothers to healing through the saving work of her son. For each mystery of the rosary, author Heidi Indahl compassionately shares her own experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss, offering insights about how those losses are connected to the experience of Jesus and Mary as revealed by the mysteries of the rosary.
MISSION:CHRISTIAN June-July 2017 includes features on Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, St. Pierre Toussaint, St. Kateri Tekawitha, and more. A checklist of fun summer activities, plus “Christian missions,” Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and saint profiles for every day will keep your kids busy!
In the Realm of Mist and Mercy, our new YA fantasy/adventure novel with a Catholic heart and sensibility; it comes with an accompanying Lesson Plan book that helps parents and kids connect the story to teachings of the Catholic faith.
The Illuminated Rosary hardcover complete set. “I can lead the rosary now!” That’s what we hear kids saying when they have one of the Illuminated Rosary books in their laps. The words of the prayers are printed on every page, opposite a sacred artwork depicting the mystery of the rosary being said. Kids love these books, but so do adults and grandparents! Available in hardcover (allow extra time for shipping) or softcover sets.
The Stations of the Cross for Children. Here’s a downloadable PDF with sacred art depicting each of the Stations of the Cross, along with a simple reflection and prayer, geared for young children.
77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, now in hardcover from Dynamic Catholic; to celebrate, we’re offering hardcover copies for $12, about 50% off the cover price, while supplies last. Whether you are just getting started with family prayer or wish to broaden your horizons, 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids can help, offering practical, kid-friendly guides to Christian prayer practices both ancient and new. Features include: age-appropriate adaptations for young children, older kids, and teens; articles on a wide range of practices; Talking Points…explanations of prayer practices that kids might have questions about; cross-references to the Catechism, Scripture, and church documents; an appendix containing thirty-three common and useful Catholic prayers; a quick-find index makes it easy to find prayer ideas, and doubles as a checklist to track your progress.
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. In this book, Molly faces off against the dreaded plaid jumper that she’s going to have to wear when she starts school in the fall. Along with her new friends, Dominic and Fr. Matt, she learns all about uniforms and our true identity in God.
Paddy and the Wolves. Young Paddy can’t sit still during morning prayers, but he’s more than happy to help the shepherd, Barra, watch sheep for the day! But who will watch Paddy when he wanders into the woods? As he explores the wilderness of coastal Britain, Paddy encounters many delights and dangers—and ultimately, the One who watches over him through it all. Available as a hardcover or softcover storybook, or a coloring book with complete text; also available is a downloadable board game. Features the art of Catholic folk artist Jen Norton.
The Children’s Little Advent Book. The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to help parents with children ages 4-7 on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
Corporal Works of Mercy Cards. Teach a lesson about the Works of Mercy with these downloadable cards and teaching guide.
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi. “Make me an instrument of your peace.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis, beloved by people of all faiths around the world, beautifully captures the spirit of “the poor little man” from Assisi, as well as the aspirations of our time: for hope, for reconciliation, for peace.
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl. Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”! But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.” Available in hardcover and softcover editions.
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús. This is the Spanish-language edition of The Little Flower. La autora Becky Arganbright ha adoptado las enseñanzas de las orecitas de santa Teresita en esta encantadora parábola para niños. La joven Teresita aprende que aunque es pequeña, con la ayuda de Dios, su pequeñez puede ser una manera de hacer grandes cosas para Dios. La ilustradora Tracey Arvidson da vida a la joven Teresa Martín, y a sus ores en la parábola, con sus maravillosas ilustraciones.
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. Meet Molly McBride! Molly loves her new purple habit — it’s just like the ones her friends, the Children of Mary Sisters, wear. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off…not even for her sister’s big day! Join Molly and her wolf-pet Francis as they learn all about nuns, habits, and giving your heart to Jesus.
Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color. Here are fourteen lively two-minute stories to introduce young Catholics to some of the Church’s most beloved saints. Each story is accompanied by two coloring pages: a gorgeously detailed portrait of the saint, and a scene of the saint in action.
The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth. Is the process of giving birth a medical problem to be solved, a hurdle to be overcome on the way to motherhood . . . or is it something more? Could it be, as Susan Windley-Daoust proposes, that giving birth is a gift from God, laden with signs that speak to women about their identity, their calling, and their destiny? If so, then learning to read those embodied signs during pregnancy and labor could transform the way women experience childbirth. These signs reveal that God is not only powerfully present in the whole birthing process, but desires to actively work with women to bring forth new life.
Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: An Introduction to Her Words and Wisdom. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux presents brief excerpts from Story of a Soul as a way of introducing those unfamiliar with Thérèse to some of the essential themes of her spirituality. The words of St. Thérèse are accompanied by the artwork of award-winning watercolorist Jeanine Crowe, a wonderful aid to prayerful meditation on the words and wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux includes twenty-one selections from the words of St. Thérèse, twenty artworks, and ten questions for reflection and discussion.
The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux. Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations.
Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers. Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers contains thirty traditional Catholic prayers every child should have at hand, each accompanied by a beautiful, hand-drawn illustration to aid in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the faith.
Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Now, your child can follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. This book contains 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith.