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November 25–December 1 • 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Bl. James Alberione + St. Leonard of Port Maurice + St. Catherine Labouré + Servant of God Dorothy Day + St. Andrew + St. Edmund Campion

Are you ready for December?

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A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.

(Psst…scroll down for this week’s “thank you” sale!)

  1. Celebrate the new (liturgical) year. The old liturgical year ends this coming week, with the new liturgical year beginning Dec. 2. Regina Lordan has a handful of videos, activities, and games for you to mark the occasion with your kids. [Last chance to get Jessica Connelly’s 2019 Year of Virtue liturgical calendar! before the new year!]
  2. Celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Church year ends with a bang on the Feast of Christ the King. Here’s some background on the solemnity, some talking points for your kids, and a fun printable activity that asks: What if we celebrated the Feast of Christ the Superhero?
  3. Speaking of kings…. This Sunday’s readings assure us that Christ is the ruler of all kings (and presidents and prime ministers)…but his rule looks very different from that of earthly rulers. Check out the readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
  4. Cue up December! Ready for December? Brian Smith has his monthly roundup of December highlights, devotional practices, prayers, and activities…because December is about so much more than Christmas!
  5. Purge those toys. With the Christmas toy-buying season formally getting underway this week, we thought now would be a good time to revisit the toy purge challenge. The experts said we should get rid of three-quarters of our kids’ toys, so we took up the challenge…you’ll have to read the article to find out how we did. Plus: Why fewer toys are better, and how to figure out what to get rid of.
  6. Practice hospitality. Celebrate the feast of Dorothy Day (Nov. 29) by practicing hospitality this week. Need inspiration? Read about the connection Susan Windley-Daoust made between motherhood and the Catholic Worker. (Bring a tissue.)
  7. Turn Black Friday upside down. More and more people are turning their backs on Black Thursday and Black Friday. If your family is one of them, here are some other ways to spend your Thanksgiving weekend.
  8. Miss our Thanksgiving issue? It’s not too late to catch up on all our tips, tricks, activities, and prayers for Thanksgiving.
  9. Tell your kids the story of St. Cecelia and St. Edmund Campion. Christine Henderson has stories and activities for celebrating the feast days of St. Cecelia (Thursday) and St. Edmund Campion (Saturday)!


It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re giving thanks for our community of more than 10,000 Catholic families with a little sale…now through Monday, Nov. 26, get 30% off practically everything in our Gracewatch store when you use coupon code THANKS.

And…you’re welcome! (Now you’re going to have that song from Moana  earworming your head for the rest of the week. You’re welcome for that, too.)


Our hugely popular sale of slightly damaged rosary books continues this week: Use coupon code dents&dings to get 50% off softcover copies of the new Illuminated Rosary books. Sorry, we’re all out of the dented & dinged hardcover copies! (You can still get them new for 20% off the cover price using GRACE20 at checkout.) Get these beautifully illustrated rosary books for kids here.


Have you seen the new hand-bound Ovenbird Bindery edition of The Illuminated Rosary? If you haven’t, head over to the Gracewatch store to watch a short video of master bookbinder Jill Krase explaining how she printed and constructed these special books to last generations. Remember to apply coupon code GRACE25 at checkout.


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Jerry Windley-Daoust is a writer, editor, and father of five. He writes essays and stories at Windhovering and is the show-runner for Gracewatch Media, a small Catholic publisher. You can follow his latest publishing projects at gracewatch.org.

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