June 11-17: Tenth Week of Ordinary Time
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity + St. Anthony of Padua + St. Germaine Cousin
7 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
|Preview the Sunday Scriptures with your kids. We suggest it every week, but this time, we’ve got a comprehensive guide to previewing the Sunday Scriptures with your kids—what to do and why, with age-appropriate approaches from toddlers to teens, and links to resources.|
|Explore the Holy Trinity as a prototype for your family. The Trinity is a community of love, and therefore a model for every Christian family, says Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry; she breaks open Sunday’s Scripture readings for your family in Breaking Open the Word at Home.|
|Celebrate the Trinity with food… At dinner this Sunday, share some foods with a Trinitarian theme. Italian Rainbow Cookies have three colors—they make a good dessert! Or cook something that includes “the trinity”; onion, celery and carrots, or onion, celery and green peppers.|
|…and fun! If you have younger children, make or find a traditional symbol of the Trinity and place it on your home prayer table. Traditional symbols include trefoil (the shamrock), the pansy, or the Trinitaria, a delicately perfumed white flower with three petals. Or make a triangle surrounded by rays, with an eye looking out from the center. As you make your symbol of the Trinity, talk about the unity of the three persons in one God. You can also plant a Trinitarian garden. In medieval gardens, strawberries were planted because of their three point leaves. What other plants could you put in there? This might become a family prayer garden.|
|Teach younger kids to pray the Sign of the Cross this week, and teach older kids about the meaning behind this basic prayer with Stephen Beale’s “21 Things We Do When We Make the Sign of the Cross” at CatholicExchange.com.|
|Catch Wonder Woman with older teens, says Ryan Langr in his review: the movie’s positive aspects outshine its flaws. (Catholic News Service rates the movie A-III, adults only, for its treatment of religion, stylized violence, and an implied sexual encounter.)|
|Play with St. Anthony. You know him as the saint that everyone invokes when they’ve lost something, but do you know why? Introduce your kids to this popular Franciscan preacher, whose feast day is Tuesday, with Catholic storyteller Christine Hendersen’s latest Playing with the Saints!|
SAINTS FOR YOUR KIDS TO KNOW & LOVE
St. Anthony of Padua (Tuesday) was a popular Franciscan preacher. People closed their stores to hear him! Today, people pray for his help finding lost things. “The problem with many preachers in Anthony’s day,” says the website of the St. Anthony Shrine, “was that their life-style contrasted sharply with that of the poor people to whom they preached. … People wanted more than self-disciplined, even penitent priests. They wanted genuineness of gospel living. And in Anthony they found it. They were moved by who he was, more than what he said. Despite his efforts, not everyone listened. Legend has it that one day, faced with deaf ears; Anthony went to the river and preached to the fishes. That, reads the traditional tale, got everyone’s attention.”
G. K. Chesterton (Wednesday), the Catholic writer and philosopher who is widely revered for his wit and wisdom, especially in defense of the faith. “G. K. Chesterton was one of the dominating figures of the London literary scene in the early twentieth century,” declares the Poetry Foundation in its biography of the man. “Not only did he get into lively discussions with anyone who would debate him, including his friend, frequent verbal sparring partner, and noted Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, but he wrote about seemingly every topic, in every genre, from journalism to plays, poetry to crime novels. … Most of Chesterton’s literary output was nonfiction, including thousands of columns for various periodicals, but today he is best remembered for his fictional work–a mystery series about Father Brown, a Catholic priest and amateur detective.”
St. Germaine Cousin (Thursday). Born with deformities, Germaine was scorned by her own family. But her kindness, holiness, and a small miracle helped others see her true beauty. “The most celebrated incident in Germaine’s life occurred shortly before her death,” according to the website for St. Germaine Catholic Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “One wintry day the village people saw the stepmother pursuing Germaine as she drove her flock down the road. The woman was screaming loudly and she shrilly accused Germaine of having concealed in her apron some bread that she had stolen from the stepmother’s home. Threatening to strike the girl with the club, she demanded that Germaine unfold her apron. The girl did so, and fragrant flowers, of a kind unknown in the region, cascaded to the snow-covered ground.”
St. John Francis Regis (Friday) John traveled long distances to preach to French peasants, with whom he was very popular. He set up services for them, such as houses where single women learned to make lace to earn a living, and a granary to store food for the poor.
Peanut Butter & Grace recommends families use Give Us This Day or another daily missal for daily readings, saint stories, and prayers. Give Us This Day is available at Amazon or directly from Liturgical Press. The app is available from your favorite app store.
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: THE BISHOPS ON HEALTH CARE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
The U.S. Catholic bishops sent a letter to the U.S. Senate outlining key principles to follow as they take up health care reform legislation; among the principles are universal access, respect for life, true affordability, the need for high quality and comprehensive medical care, and conscience protections. You can read the full two-page letter with older kids here.
The bishops also issued a statement of regret in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change accord: “The Scriptures affirm the value of caring for creation and caring for each other in solidarity. The Paris agreement is an international accord that promotes these values. President Trump’s decision will harm the people of the United States and the world, especially the poorest, most vulnerable communities. The impacts of climate change are already being experienced in sea level rise, glacial melts, intensified storms, and more frequent droughts. I can only hope that the President will propose concrete ways to address global climate change and promote environmental stewardship.” You can read the full statement here.
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (June 18)
- Father’s Day (June 18)
- World Refugee Day (June 20)
“I have what
God wished me
to have, and I
want no more.”
—St. Germaine Cousin (Thursday)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE
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Here’s a list of most of our books, ordered by publication date (most recent first).
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.