This week in The Bread:
- It’s “angels week” around the Catholic Church, what with the feasts of the Archangels and the Guardian Angels, and we’ve got a printable coloring sheet plus other ideas to celebrate.
- Celebrate the feast days of St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Jerome, and the woman who helped him translate the Bible into Latin.
- Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry launches her new column, Breaking Open the Word at Home, with reflection questions for kids, teens, and adults on this Sunday’s Scriptures.
- Catholic resources for Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
- Do you remember how your kids reacted to the election of Pope Francis? Becky Arganbright does, in Confessing the Blessings.
- Heidi Indahl offers seven tips for your family meetings. (Do you have an official “humorist?”)
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Why do we have two readings this week in which people want to stop others from doing the work of God? Both Moses and Jesus affirm that the work of God cannot be limited by human concerns about who is “inside” and who is “outside” the people of God.
This week, ask your family: Who is doing the work of God in our community?
“…Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!
Would that the LORD might bestow his spirit on them all!”
The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.
Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.
“There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name
who can at the same time speak ill of me.
For whoever is not against us is for us.”
SUNDAY September 27
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
MONDAY September 28
St. Eustochium (367-419)
The woman who, with her mother, St. Paula, assisted St. Jerome in translating the Bible into Latin.
TUESDAY September 29
Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels
“With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God.” (Catechism #329)
» This day was once celebrated as Michaelmas.
WEDNESDAY September 30
St. Jerome (345-420)
The sharp-tongued monk (and Doctor of the Church) who translated the Vulgate Bible, the official Bible of the Church for 1,500 years.
THURSDAY October 1
St. Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897)
The Carmelite nun who inspired the world (and became a Doctor of the Church) through her spirituality of the “little way.”
FRIDAY October 2
Feast of the Guardian Angels
“Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.” (Catechism #338)
SATURDAY October 3
St. Theodore Guerin (1798-1856)
The Sister of Providence who founded a new community in a log cabin in Indiana.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to Our Lady of the Rosary
2 weeks to the feast of St. Theresa of Avila
4 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!
- Have your young children and older kids complete the guardian angel coloring sheet included on page 2 of the PDF version of The Bread, or find additional coloring sheets online. 35 points
- Teach your kids about angels this week! Check out our article at pbgrace.com for 7 Ways to Celebrate the Feasts of the Angels. 50 points
- Take a look at this Sunday’s reading from the Letter of St. James. Discuss this question as a family: Who is St. James talking about? How do we know whether he is talking to us? 15 points
- October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. Did you know the U.S. Catholic bishops wrote a pastoral letter about this issue, and offer resources to help? Check out the Domestic Abuse page at the USCCB website to educate yourself and your teens about this issue, or watch the educational videos at CatholicsforFamilyPeace.org. 40 points
- Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints is the patron saint of librarians? 25 points
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
The day my kids “met” the pope
by Becky Arganbright
The Right Use of Authority | Breaking Open the Word at Home
by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry
7 Tips for Family Meetings
by Heidi Indahl