This week in The Bread:
- Pope Francis arrives in the United States for the World Meeting of Families; we’ve got three great ways to participate even if you can’t attend.
- Celebrate the feast days of Sts. Padre Pio, John Henry Newman, and Pope Paul VI—plus, a legion of Roman martyrs, and a holy husband and wife.
- The PB&J Game: We go to the moon to play “Who’s that saint?”
- Raise your hands to end poverty with the new #End45 campaign from Catholic Charities.
- Becky Arganbright on persistence in teaching those little buggers how to pray.
- Heidi Indahl walks us through her family mission statement, line by line
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“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (while putting his arm around a child, no less) (Mark 9:36). What beautiful words for the beginning of this week’s World Meeting of Families—an event that celebrates the way families welcome children.
This week, ask your family: What does it mean to be “the last of all and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35) in our family?
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.
—Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
The Lord upholds my life.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.
—James 3:16 – 4:3
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
SUNDAY September 20
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
» Catechetical Sunday
A celebration of all who teach the faith.
» Pope Francis visits Cuba
MONDAY September 21
St. Matthew (apostle)
The Jewish collector of taxes for the Romans who got up and followed Jesus.
TUESDAY September 22
St. Maurice and companions (d. 287)
One of the 6,000+ Christian Roman soldiers in the Thebes Legion who were executed for refusing to shed innocent blood.
» Pope Francis arrives in USA
» World Meeting of Families begins
WEDNESDAY September 23
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)
The world-renowned Capuchin friar who bore the stigmata, heard confessions ten hours a day, and took special care of the sick.
» Canonization of Junipero Serra
THURSDAY September 24
Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
The English theologian whose emphasis on Church history opened new horizons.
FRIDAY September 25
Blesseds Louis Martin (1823-1894) and Zelie Guerin (1831-1877)
The husband and wife who raised a household of holy children, including St. Thérese of Lisieux.
SATURDAY September 26
Bl. Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
The pope who steered the Church through the turbulent decade following Vatican II.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to Respect Life Month, Black Catholic History Month, and Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
5 weeks to All Saints Day
Start planning an All Saints Day party at your parish or for your family.
THE PB&J GAME
Color in a star for every item your family tries this week. Add up the points and celebrate your accomplishment next Sunday with a small treat or reward!
- As you reflect on this Sunday’s readings, ask your kids to figure out what the common theme is. (The Book of Wisdom describes how the wicked will put the Son of God to the test; in the Gospel, Jesus predicts his suffering, death, and Resurrection.) 35 points
- Share coverage of the papal visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families with your kids; you can follow events on any Catholic news site, such as News.va or Catholic News Service, among others. 50 points
- Pray the World Meeting of Families Prayer, or sing the hymn, during your family prayer time in support of the meeting and the papal visit. You can find both, plus additional resources, at www.worldmeeting2015.org.
- Have your kids write a letter to the pope in response to his visit. You’ll probably get a nice response! See the article Have Your Kids Write a Letter to the Pope for ideas (and the address).
- Have your kids participate in the #End45 social media awareness campaign sponsored by Catholic Charities USA. Simply take a photo of your hands with the hashtag written on them, then share the photo on your social media account with the #End45 hashtag to “raise your hand” on behalf of the 45 million people living in poverty in the U.S. 75 points
- Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints wrote a message that was left on the surface of the moon by Apollo 11 astronauts? 25 points
MORE THIS WEEK
Have Your Kids Write a Letter to the Pope
from The Ultimate Catholic Bucket List: Teen Edition
Those little buggers! They know a lot more than they let on
by Becky Arganbright
Our Family Mission Statement, Line by Line
by Heidi Indahl