November 11–17 • 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Josaphat + St. Frances Cabrini + St. Gertrude the Great + St. Albert the Great + St. Margaret of Scotland + St. Elizabeth of Hungary
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9 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.
(Psst…scroll down for this week’s sales!)
- Raise your kids to be saints. The hope of heaven is the only thing you can give your children that the world can’t take away. Dr. John Wood argues for why raising saints ought to be every parent’s primary mission…and six tips for getting started.
- Adopt a child. November is National Adoption Month. Are you called to adoption? Maybe Lynda Marie’s own story of heartache, puppy love, and adoption will help your discernment.
- Give God all that you have. In the readings for Sunday, Nov. 11, God tells us that when we give from our poverty, we will never be empty. Preview the Sunday readings with your kids and Breaking Open the Word at Home with JenniferSchlameuss-Perry.
- Include the U.S. Catholic bishops in your prayers. The U.S. Catholic bishops will hold their fall meeting Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 12-14), with the clerical abuse crisis at the top of their agenda. The meeting will begin with a day of prayer and discernment. Public portions of the meeting will be live-streamed at the USCCB website.
- Meet Elizabeth of Hungary. She’s one of a trio of awesome women saints whose feast days are celebrated at the end of the week; you can read a short story about her adventures, watch a 3-minute video biography, and download a free coloring page at Meet Elizabeth of Hungary! • Saints for Kids.
- 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.
- Celebrate St. Martin of Tours. Speaking of veterans, Sunday would be the feast day of St, Martin of Tours. 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!
- Start thinking about how to celebrate Advent. You know Advent is only a few weeks away (Dec. 3) when the USCCB posts its online Advent resources. We’ll be posting our own Advent resources beginning next week.
- Teach your kids how to read, understand, and pray the Bible . . . because this coming week is National Bible Week. Get these Bible-related resources:
- Teach your kids to pray with Scripture with our handy guide: Lectio Divina for Kids: Teach Your Kids to Pray with Scripture
- Get Two Hands-On Ways to Teach Children Bible Stories from Heidi Indahl
- Get our journal, Lectio Divina for Teens, for a super-easy way to teach older kids and teens lectio divina in a guided journal format.
- Learn how to preview the Sunday readings with your kids.
- Over at the USCCB-sponsored Catholic Bible website, pick up these resources: Excerpts from the General Directory of Catechesis, Excerpts from the National Directory of Catechesis, Excerpts from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, and Enthroning the Bible in the Family—a cool ritual perfect for family prayer.
ON SALE THIS WEEK…
50%OFF DENTED & DINGED ROSARY BOOKS
We all acquire a few dents and dings along the journey of life, right? Well, so did a shipment of our new Illuminated Rosary books. Grrr.
On the bright side, while these books aren’t perfect enough to sell new, they’re still in “good” condition, with minor flaws or damage: banged-up corners, dented page edges, ink smudges on the last (blank) page, imperfections in the glossy coating on the spine, etc. You can give these less-than-perfect illustrated rosary books for kids a home for 50% off the sale price using coupon code dents&dings at checkout. Quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
We’re so confident that you’ll be satisfied with these books, we’ll honor our usual no-hassle return policy…we’ll send you return postage and a full refund if you don’t like them.
Watch for the special Ovenbird Bindery heirloom gift edition of The Complete Illuminated Rosary coming out early next week.
GET READY FOR ADVENT
The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to be used with younger kids…each day’s entry contains a short reading, reflection, and prayer, plus a coloring page. Download it as a PDF or order the book in time for Advent!
TELOS ART & DESIGN 2018-2019 LITURGICAL CALENDARS
We’re happy to be partnering with Jessica Connelly to sell her gorgeous, oversized 2018-2019 liturgical calendars, designed especially with families in mind. This year’s calendars focus on the virtues. Check out more preview images at the Gracewatch store.
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