December 2-8 • First Week of Advent
St. Francis Xavier + St. John Damascene + St. Sabas + St. Nicholas of Myra + St. Ambrose + The Immaculate Conception
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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 the debut of a new children’s book about vocations!)
- Inspire your kids with the story of Dorothy Day. Servant of God Dorothy Day’s feast day is Thursday, Nov. 29; she is one of four Americans that Pope Francis held up as worthy of imitation in his 2015 address to Congress. Here’s a short sketch of her life, five lessons to pass along to kids, a free coloring page, and one of her childhood stories imagining a world in which love and justice prevail.
- Get ready for Advent. Are you ready for Advent? Of course you’re not. Neither are we. Fortunately, here’s a quick roundup of eight practical family practices for Advent, including a calendar of important feast days.
- Preview this Sunday’s Scriptures. This Sunday’ marks the beginning of Advent, and a new liturgical year (Year C, featuring readings from the Gospel of Luke). Check out the readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
- Light that Advent wreath and sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel. We have lyrics and a song sheet you can print out for the whole family. Do you have a prayer table or home oratory? Have your kids switch up the linens and other prayer objects on it to mark the new season.
- Celebrate Advent to the fullest. If you really want to do Advent big this year, check out our Advent articles archive, including The Advent Angel: A Catholic Alternative to Elf on the Shelf … 11 Advent Videos to Share with Your Kids (updated) … Prepare for Christmas with a Works of Mercy Advent Calendar … 8 Advent Books Every Family Needs … and Advent Reflections from the NICU.
- Observe the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It’s Saturday, December 8. Do your kids know what the Immaculate Conception is? Hint: It ain’t about Mary’s virginal conception of Jesus. Need another hint? Check out this kid-friendly explanation and collection of activity ideas.
- Get out the shoes…it’s St. Nicholas’s feast day! The feast of St. Nicholas is Thursday, December 6. It’s a great feast to celebrate with kids! Here’s a sketch of his life and five activity ideas…and a Cooking with Catholic Kids cookie recipe…and a story and coloring page to share with kids.
- Miss out on some of our wall-to-wall Advent coverage? Get it all at Peanut Butter & Grace. And pick up lots of nifty resources from the USCCB Advent page.
A NEW BOOK ABOUT VOCATIONS
We’re excited to announce a new children’s picture book from author Kristen M. Soley, So Many Ways to Be Holy: A Child’s Book about Vocations. You can preview the book at the Gracewatch store, where it is available for pre-order, or get it right away from Amazon.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” So Many Ways to Be Holy: A Child’s Book about Vocations invites young readers to playfully imagine how they might answer that question in light of God’s intention for them…because everyone, even the youngest child, is called to holiness.
This is a great way to introduce the youngest children to the idea that they are destined to be more than just workers. Whatever their calling might be, it has meaning and purpose precisely because of its potential to be a path to holiness.
EVEN SANTA HAS A SHIPPING DEADLINE
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- Almost all of our titles are available on Amazon.com and BN.com. If you’re ordering past our “delivery by Christmas” deadlines, consider ordering from these companies instead. You’ll find a link to the Amazon page on most of our titles’ catalog pages.
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INTRODUCING: OVENBIRD BINDERY GIFT EDITION ROSARY BOOKS
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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