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This week in The Bread:
- It’s the end of the liturgical year and the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe; we’ve got reflections for you.
- Ten ways to give thanks at your Thanksgiving feast
- The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Therese of Lisieux is (finally) here; we’ve got an exclusive discount for you.
- A St. Catherine of Alexandria coloring sheet for the feast day of the 18-year-old theologian; plus, it’s the feast of St. Catherine Laboure and Andrew Dung-Lac and companions.
- You’re pregnant…can you choose wonder? Read an exclusive excerpt from Susan Windley-Daoust’s forthcoming book, The Gift of Birth.
- Play the Stump the Parents! game; this week’s category: Faith and Belief.
- Earn points with the Get Your Grace On game; this week, reverse Black Friday, check out the U.S. bishops’ pastoral statement on pornography, and give to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. You’ll find a handy scorecard on page 2 of the PDF version.
- Teach kids Bible stories with these hands-on strategies
- Plus: Becky Arganbright and her kids put God on the Curious Case of the Missing Shoes.
- And as always, Jen Schlameuss-Perry brings us Breaking Open the Word at Home, with insights and tools for getting more out of the Sunday Scriptures.
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, November 22, 2015
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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…the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
The LORD is king; he is robed in majesty.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, “ says the Lord God,
“You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.”
As Americans, we don’t have a very positive image of kings…or other political leaders, for that matter. But what do the readings tell us about how Christ’s rule is different from earthly rulers?
THE CHURCH THIS WEEK
MONDAY November 23
St. Columbanus (540-615)
The Irish monk and missionary who established dozens of monasteries across Europe.
TUESDAY November 24
St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions
A Vietnamese priest and one of 117 martyrs among the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics killed for their faith.
WEDNESDAY November 25
St. Catherine of Alexandria (c. 310)
The legendary 18-year-old theologian and martyr who debated fifty of the emperor’s philosophers, converting them and 200 soldiers.
THURSDAY November 26
A day for practicing gratitude.
FRIDAY November 27
St. Josaphat (unknown)
The legendary Indian prince who renounced his throne to seek “the pearl of great price” as a monk.
SATURDAY November 28
St. Catherine Laboure (1806-1876)
The nun whose vision of Mary led to the Miraculous Medal.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to Advent (11/29)
2 weeks to the Feast of St. Nicholas (12/6)
2 weeks to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (12/8)
2 weeks to the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (12/8)
THE GRACE THIS WEEK
Try out a handful of these ideas this week . . . and if you want to “play for points,” record your points in the Get Your Grace On game in the PDF version of The Bread. You can add up your points at the end of the week, and give your kids an appropriate prize. Points are roughly equivalent to minutes, so adjust your points for extra time spent on family faith formation.
Preview this Sunday’s readings with your kids. 
Pray a prayer of thanks at your Thanksgiving table. See 10 Thanksgiving Prayer Ideas.* 
Consider getting a Miraculous Medal for your older children and pray the Miraculous Medal Novena. 
Celebrate Thanksgiving by going to Mass or holding a special family prayer service. 
Let your kids give to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection this Sunday. 
Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, find opportunities for your family to serve. Check out VolunteerMatch.org, AllForGood.org, or NetworkforGood.org. 
Celebrate a “Reverse Black Friday” by going through your home and gathering things to donate or sell for charity. Google “Kon Mari” for a de-cluttering method focused on joy. 
Read and discuss the USCCB’s newly released pastoral statement on
pornography, “Create in Me a Clean Heart, O Lord,” or one of the related resources at the statement’s web page. 
Take Pope Francis’s advice: make the dinner table a technology-free zone, and use meal time to share your highs and lows* from the day. 
Discuss a Christian response to the Paris attacks and the refugee crisis using our guide at pbgrace.com. 
Stump the Parents! Faith and Belief
This week’s category: Faith and Belief
Use the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #25-32, or the equivalent sections of your favorite youth catechism. Some sample questions:
- How do we respond to God’s revelation? (#25)
- What does it mean to believe in God? (#27)
- What are the characteristics of faith? (#28)
- Why does faith not contradict science? (#29)
- Why is faith both personal and communal? (#30)
- How is the faith of the Church one faith? (#32)
How to play: Older kids and teens skim the text to come up with questions to ask their parents. Parents score 10 points for correct answers; kids score 20 points for stumping the parents. All points get added up for the Get Your Grace On game. See “Stump the Parents” at pbgrace.com for more ideas.
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
Two Hands-On Ways to Teach Children Bible Stories
Here are two more hands-on, Montessori-based strategies for family catechesis; this time, we look at teaching children Bible stories.
by Heidi Indahl
“Why Doesn’t God Ever Answer My Prayer?” Or: The Curious Case of the Missing Shoes
“Mom, I don’t pray anymore, because God never answers my prayers.” How does a parent respond to such honesty from their kids? In our case, God provided a little lesson in the form of a pair of lost shoes.
by Becky Arganbright
Christ our King | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Jesus is the King that God always intended to be our leader. In the Incarnation, he restored the relationship that we broke.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry