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Bread-mastAs some of you may know, last week’s edition was pared down due to a messy website migration from one hosting provider to another. We’re all better now, but if you missed last week’s edition of THE BREAD (which covers events for this week through Saturday), you can get it here in PDF format only.

What’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?

  • This week we’re celebrating the Sixth Week of Easter . . . plus the Solemnity of the Ascension, St. Athanasius, and a Roman army commander who wanted to climb to heaven on flames.
  • Jeanie Schoonover-Egolf, author/illustrator of Molly McBride and the Purple Habit (coming soon from Gracewatch Media), has a coloring sheet to celebrate the feast day of Sts. Philip and James.
  • This week’s readings get us ready for the Ascension . . . and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Preview and discuss the readings with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
  • This Mother’s Day, take time to honor all women who give us life; Heidi Indahl has a list based on Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Women in The Intentional Family.*
  • Our bookstore is debuting two new resources from American Life League to help you teach your younger children respect for life: the Life Is Precious parent-led unit study, and the Miracle of Life coloring book. Check them out in our store!
  • As we continue our mini-retreat for expectant moms in The Gift of Birth, Susan Windley-Daoust leads us through a reflection on the beginning of contractions and the first stage of labor. It’s all about making room for the work of labor . . . and the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • May is Mary’s month, and we have ideas for how to mark it with your kids. Check out the article at Peanut Butter & Grace.*
  • Check out even more new content in Even More for Your Week at the end of this e-mail.
  • Use your April coupon code (e-mail edition only) for 20% off at the new Gracewatch Media Store, where you’ll find books from Peanut Butter & Grace and other Catholic partners!

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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY, May 1, 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter

FIRST READING
It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
—Acts 15: 1-2, 22-29

PSALM
O God, let all the nations praise you!
—Psalm 67

SECOND READING
The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb.
—Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

GOSPEL
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.”
—John 14:23-29

REFLECTION QUESTION
Have you ever had special help sent to you in a time of need?

Breaking Open the Word at Home has more Sunday Scripture resources, including reflection questions for kids and adults; by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.

THE CHURCH THIS WEEK

MONDAY May 2
St. Athanasius (295-373)
An Egyptian bishop and Doctor of the Church who was exiled five times for preaching against the Arian heresy, which denied the divinity of Christ.

TUESDAY May 3
Sts. Philip and James (Apostles)
Two of Jesus’ apostles, called to announce the Gospel to the world.

WEDNESDAY May 4
St. Florian (250-304)
A Roman army commander who refused to worship Roman gods and was sentenced to be burned at the stake; he responded by saying he would climb to heaven on the flames.

THURSDAY May 5
St. Hilary of Arles (400-449)
The young bishop who did manual labor to earn money for the poor, sold altar vessels to ransom captives, and traveled everywhere on foot, preaching the gospel.

The Solemnity of the Ascension

National Day of Prayer

FRIDAY May 6
Sts. Marian and James (d. 259)
Marian was a lector and James was a deacon. Both were martyred for their unwillingness to deny their faith. They had visions during their persecution.

SATURDAY May 7
St. Rose Venerini (1656-1728)
Rose thought she might want to be a nun, but became a teacher in a free school for girls. A prayer group she started became a religious order.

THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to Mother’s Day (May 8)
2 weeks to Pentecost (May 15)

GET YOUR GRACE ON

Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.

PRAY

Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. The Gospel talks about how Jesus is going to come back to us; what would you say to him if he were right in front of you?

Meditation is one of the oldest prayer forms, and a major Christian prayer tradition. Take some quiet time to follow a guided meditation with your kids; see Meeting Jesus: A Guided Meditation at the Saint Mary’s Press website (smp.org).

Have your kids write a letter or draw a picture for Jesus, telling him how they feel about him.

Participate in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5. This year’s theme is taken from Isaiah 58:1a: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.” You’ll find many resources at NationalDayofPrayer.org; also, see the Prayer link at Peanut Butter & Grace, where you can read or purchase 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids.

CELEBRATE

Thursday is the Solemnity of the Ascension, the day we remember the ascension of the resurrected Christ into heaven. (It might be celebrated on Sunday in your diocese.)

Make a special meal to share together for this day. The Catholic Cuisine website offers suggestions for an Ascension picnic, since it is traditional in some countries to picnic on a hilltop on this day.

SERVE

This is the time of year that many First Holy Communions, baptisms, weddings, and confirmations are happening. Find out how many people are receiving one of these sacraments in your parish and do something for them: have your kids make cards for them; say some extra prayers for them; or have your older kids reach out in person to offer advice.

If your teen is being confirmed this month, encourage him or her to follow through by volunteering to be a lector, extraordinary minister of communion, sacristan, or altar server.

TALK

We know very little about many of the saints we remember this week. Even Phillip and James—two of the apostles—have very little biographical information to offer. And yet, their lives affected all of us in deeply important ways. Ask your kids: How do you feel knowing that very little of what you do will be remembered hundreds of years from now? If you were going to be remembered for something, what would you want it to be? What lasting impact would you like to make on your community, your family, your Church?

Check out the new pro-life coloring book and curriculum resources from American Life League at www.gracewatch.media. They’re a great way to introduce younger children the rights and dignity of every human life.

Stump the Parents!

The Forgiveness of Sins and the Resurrection of the Body

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #200–206, 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” at pbgrace.com.

Sample questions:

  • How are sins forgiven? (#200)
  • Why does the Church have the power to forgive sins? (#201)
  • What is the meaning of the term “body” (or “flesh”) and what importance does it have? (#202)
  • What is meant by the “resurrection of the body”? (#203)
  • What is the relationship between the Resurrection of Christ and our resurrection? (#204)
  • What happens to our body and our soul after death? (#205)
  • What does it mean to die in Christ Jesus? (#206)

EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK

I’ll Be Back | Breaking Open the Word at Home
This weekend’s readings prepare us for the Ascension this week and Pentecost next week. It’s a lead-up to Jesus going back to heaven, but making way for the Spirit to be our help. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

Making Room for the Work of Birth—and the Holy Spirit
When labor finally begins, you can truly say, “This is the day the Lord has made!” And then, work to make room for the work of labor . . . and the work of the Holy Spirit.    by Susan Windley-Daoust

Build a Culture of Life Through Prayer
Building a culture of life and teaching your children about pro-life topics doesn’t have to be something “extra.” One of the simplest ways to build a culture of life in your family is through family prayer time.    by Laura and Mary Kizior

Women to Honor This Mother’s Day
This Mother’s Day, go beyond flowers and breakfast in bed by taking time to honor all women who give us life. Here are four possibilities.   by Heidi Indahl

May Is Mary’s Month: Ideas and Resources for Celebrating with Your Kids

Waiting for Baby: A Time to Live the Mystery of Coexistence
The gestation of your child is a time with its own rhythm and beauty, and you will never live out the reality of coexistence more radically.   by Susan Windley-Daoust

Leaving My Child at Daycare . . . and Embracing the Emptiness
Missing my wife and child has helped me realize I should be longing for heaven even more than I long for them.    by Ryan Langr

4 Ways Your Kids Can Do Random Acts of Electronic Kindness
Technology isn’t always the bad guy we make it out to be. In fact, sometimes it can be a tool for doing good. Here are four ways your kids can do random acts of kindness around technology. by Heidi Indahl

 

 

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