March 4-March 10: Third Week of Lent
St. Casimir + St. Keiran + St. Gerasimus + Sts. Perpetua and Felicity + St. John of God + St. Frances of Rome + St. Macarius + Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
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8 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
1. Bust those myths about what a Catholic family looks like. Seriously, it could be keeping you from fulfilling God’s plan for your particular way of being a Catholic family, says Heidi Indahl, who shares some of the myths she had to get over after her family’s conversion. She shares all in the latest edition of The Intentional Family.
2. Be as passionate as God. In the readings for this Sunday, March 4, we’re given the Ten Commandments, Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, and a vision of what righteous anger looks like. It’s an example of how passionate God is about our relationship with him, according to Jen Schlameuss-Perry; check out her latest Breaking Open the Word at Home to preview the readings with your kids.
3. Make a quiche for your family…and one to give away. Inspired by her young daughter’s giving nature, chef and mom Theresa Wilson shares a double melted leek quiche recipe for this week’s Cooking with Catholic Kids. Feed one to your family, and share the other with a family that needs a little help with dinner. It sounds a little fancy, but with pre-made pie crust and store-bought shredded cheese, it’s something you can master, even with your kids’ help.
4. Fast from the negative self-talk, wasteful screen time, and yelling. Try these three fasts for Catholic parents this Lenten season and reap the joyful benefits of the sacrifice. That’s what part-time stay-at-home father, clinical social worker and author James Otremba suggests in his article on three fasts for Catholic parents.
5. Devote the month of March to St. Joseph. In popular practice, March traditionally has been devoted to St. Joseph, whose feast we celebrate March 19. St. Joseph was Jesus’ father on earth and is the patron saint of the entire Church. Brain Smith shares some ways to practice this monthly devotion with your family, including a really neat story about a special staircase your kids will love.
6. Eat your veggies! We know, we know. Veggies can be a mealtime drag for some kids (unless, of course, they are melted leeks in olive oil and cheese!). Use this week’s Playing with the SAINTS! with Christine Henderson as why a little extra greens isn’t all that bad. (St. Macarius ate nothing but vegetables and breadcrumbs dipped in water for seven years!)
7. Stick toothpicks in a pot filled with dirt. …then take them out every time someone does a good deed without complaining! By Easter, you will have a pot ready for your Easter flowers. Read about this activity and learn more about St. Frances of Rome, a perfect saint to model this Lent, in an encore edition of Playing with the SAINTS!
8. Go see “Black Panther” with your teens. “Black Panther,” is timely, beautiful and an important commentary on our responsibility toward one another. Find a parental overview, the official trailer, and excellent discussion questions in Jennifer Shlameuss-Perry’s Bigger on the Inside for the “Black Panther.”
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE…
Do you homeschool? What does homeschooling look like for you? That’s one of the many topics we’re talking about in PB & Grace Parents, a lively and friendly community of Catholic parents sharing ideas and suggestions for celebrations, movie-viewing, preparations for the sacraments, and the liturgical calendar. Join the conversation and find unique ways to teach and celebrate the faith with your kids. You’ll need to request to be added, because it’s a closed group to keep the threads private.
YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR
Reflect and discuss: How is our family Lent plan going?
Our new calendar web app features saints’ feast days and important Church events, with links to more resources, images, a variety of viewing options, and the option to sync with your own calendar.
Sunday, March 4
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7
Thursday, March 8
Friday, March 9
Saturday, March 10
COMING UP . . .
- Daylight Savings Time (March 11)
- St. Patrick’s Day (March 17)
- feast of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19)
- first day of spring (Mar 20)
- Holy Thursday (March 29)
- Good Friday (March 30)
- Easter Sunday (April 1)
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
… are watching the inspirational video “Solidarity,” from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles for a mid-Lent faith boost. It reminds us that our little Lenten acts as a family unite us with the universal Church. Click on the upper-lefthand icon to scroll through and access all of the videos appropriate for Lent from the U.S. bishops’ conference.
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: CHURCH LEADER URGES IMMEDIATE SOLUTION FOR DREAMERS
In response to the recent Supreme Court decision to not hear a case regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, known as DACA, Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, chairman of the Committee on Migration, called for an immediate solution for Dreamers.
“Monday’s Supreme Court decision does not reduce the urgency of finding an immediate legislative solution for Dreamers, people who were brought to the United States as children and have known only our country as their home. The anxiety and uncertainty that Dreamers and their families face remain unabated,” Bishop Vasquez said in the statement, which can be read in full here.
“Dreamers” is a term derived from the DREAM Act proposal and the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Both are meant to provide certain criterion-contingent protections to immigrants under the age of 35 who immigrated to the United States illegally before they were the age of 16, and who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years.
“We are all called to live the joy that comes from the encounter with Jesus, to overcome our selfishness, and to move beyond our comfort zone.”
— Pope Francis
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The Stations of the Cross for Children
The Stations of the Cross for Children was designed especially for younger children, with colorful illustrations and simple text that introduces them to the Passion of Jesus Christ on their level. Each station takes about two minutes to complete, including about thirty seconds of silent prayer. Optional prayers and Scripture references for each station offer a variety of ways to adapt and expand The Stations of the Cross for Children for older kids. And the opening and closing prayers place the Passion in the larger context of Jesus’ mission…and every Christian’s call to continue that mission in the world today.
Molly McBride and the Party Invitation
Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly’s class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were “lost”? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn’t always a party. It’s Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity.
The Catholic Family Book of Prayers
Do you want to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition? The best way to do that is to pray with them, and now there’s a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers: A Treasury of Prayers and Meditations for Families to Pray Together. It’s packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, saintly wisdom, and artwork—all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together. Available in digital, softcover, hardcover, and handcrafted editions.
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You introduces young people to the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina in a guided journal format. It features a brief, accessible introduction to lectio divina, walking readers through the method step by step, then turns them loose to try the method themselves in eight pre-selected readings. Seven additional blank journal entries provide space for readers to choose their own readings; a list of suggested texts is included. The colorful, beautifully designed interior provides a warm and welcome space for reflection and prayer. Lectio Divina for Teens has received an imprimatur from the Diocese of Winona.
The All Saints’ Day Party
Maggie and Max can’t wait for the All Saints’ Day party. There’s just one problem: they can’t decide which saint to dress up as…and the party is just a week away! Join Maggie and Max as their friends and family tell them about six holy men and women who offer living examples of what it means to be a saint…even if you’re a kid!
Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help
Drawing on her own personal experience of pregnancy loss, Christine Hendersen offers practical and spiritual advice—as well as a hopeful path forward—for grieving mothers and the people who love them.
Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Ages 9 and up.
I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
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.
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.