This week in The Bread:
- It’s the feast day of Martin of Tours; we’ve got a coloring sheet and a kid-friendly story about Martin’s cloak. It’s also the feast days of Mother Cabrini, two early popes, and the pope’s cathedral.
- Veteran’s Day and the World Day of Kindness are also celebrated this week; we’ll suggest activities and resources.
- Play the Stump the Parents! game; this week’s category is We Were Made for God.
- Challenge your kids to earn points throughout the week with the Get Your Grace On game; this week features mix tapes, Martinmas lanterns, and the Sign of Peace. You’ll find a handy scorecard on page 2 of the PDF version.
- Plus: Heidi Indahl on what your family can do to take on poverty, and Becky Arganbright on asking the Blessed Virgin to walk with us through our muddy, messy days.
- And as always, Jen Schlameuss-Perry brings us Breaking Open the Word at Home, with insights and tools for getting more out of the Sunday Scriptures.
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
“…For the LORD, the God of Israel, says,
‘The jar of flour shall not go empty,
nor the jug of oil run dry,
until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.'”
—1 Kings 17:10-16
Praise the Lord, my soul!
Christ did not enter into a sanctuary made by hands,
a copy of the true one, but heaven itself,
that he might now appear before God on our behalf.
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury….”
You don’t need to be rich to have a generous heart, this Sunday’s readings suggest. Indeed, sometimes it is when we have very little to give, but offer it for God’s purposes anyway, that we are most generous—and thus, most open to God’s generosity toward us. What is your family’s “handful of flour” or “two small coins”?
For more resources for studying and reflecting on this Sunday’s Scriptures, check out Breaking Open the Word at Home by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.
THE CHURCH THIS WEEK
SUNDAY November 8
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
MONDAY November 9
Dedication of St. John Lateran
The day we remember the dedication of the pope’s cathedral, and therefore the unity of the Church.
TUESDAY November 10
St. Leo the Great (d. 461)
The fifth-century pope who peacefully defended Rome from invasion and who taught about the two natures of Christ.
WEDNESDAY November 11
St. Martin of Tours (316-397)
Conscripted into the army at age 15, he left at age 23, saying that as a Christian it was not lawful for him to fight; he became a monk, and was later made bishop of Tours against his will.
» Veteran’s Day
THURSDAY November 12
St. Josaphat (1580-1623)
The bishop and martyr who devoted his life to the reunion of the Orthodox church with Rome.
FRIDAY November 13
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)
A missionary to the United States from Italy, and the first U.S. citizen to be canonized.
» World Kindness Day
SATURDAY November 14
St. Callistus (165-222)
The pope and martyr who taught that even murderers could be forgiven, and that the rich could marry the poor.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to National Bible Week (Nov. 15-21)
2 weeks to Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)
3 weeks to Advent (Nov. 29)
THE GRACE THIS WEEK
Try out a handful of these ideas this week . . . and if you want to “play for points,” record your points in the Get Your Grace On game in the PDF version of The Bread. You can add up your points at the end of the week, and give your kids an appropriate prize. Points are roughly equivalent to minutes, so adjust your points for extra time spent on family faith formation.
- Preview the Sunday Scriptures with your kids. [20 points]
- Read, reflect, and respond to the Sunday readings. 1. Read this week’s Scriptures (or the story of a saint). 2. Prayerfully reflect on what you read. (See “Lectio Divina for Kids” for a simple method.) 3. Record your family’s response to the reading. To what action or commitment is God calling you? [30 points]
- Try having your kids write their prayer sometime this week; see Five Ways Kids Can Write Their Prayer at pbgrace.com. [30 points]
- Celebrate the feast day of Martin of Tours with the coloring sheet on page 3 (see the PDF). [20 points]
- Celebrate the feast day of Martin with Martinmas lanterns; find directions at the Shower of Roses website. [30 points]
- Go to Sunday Mass and participate in the Sign of Peace respectfully. [60 points]
- Make a special Sunday brunch together after Mass. [60 points]
- Take a field trip to your local food bank with your kids. Read Heidi Indahl’s article, What Our Family Did to Fight Poverty This Week, for inspiration and ideas. [120 points]
- Brainstorm as a family what your “handful of flour” or “two small coins” might be to give away this week—and then give it away. [80 points]
- Help your kids to make a “mix tape” of upbeat songs to send to a friend or relative who might need it. [25 points]
- Listen to the story of a veteran. If you do not know a veteran, check out “Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death,” by Admiral Jeremiah Denton, about the power of prayer during his years as a POW in Vietnam. [45 points]
- Begin keeping a Gratitude Journal every day in the weeks running up to Thanksgiving; use the resulting list as the basis of your Thanksgiving meal prayer. [30 points]
- Play Stump the Parents with older children and teens. This week’s category: We Were Made for God! Use the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1-10, or the equivalent sections of your favorite youth catechism. [points = game score]
- Play “Who’s That Saint”: Which of this week’s saints was arrested twice, once for being involved in a bank failure and again for fighting? [10 points]
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
The Intentional Family: What Our Family Did to Fight Poverty This Week
Join the Indahl family as they visit their local food shelf and senior center—just two of the ways they’re fighting poverty as part of Catholic Charity’s #End45 campaign.
by Heidi Indahl
Saint Stories for Kids: St. Martin of Tours: The Soldier Who Gave Half His Cloak to Jesus
Read your kids the story of the Roman soldier who refused to fight for anyone but Christ, then spent his life doing just that.
by Becky Arganbright
Breaking Open the Word at Home: Economy of Love
Reflection questions and additional Scripture resources for this Sunday’s readings.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Confessing the Blessings: Walk with Me Through This Messy Day, O Blessed Virgin
It was the worst day ever that made me give up on trying to imitate the Blessed Virgin—and instead, ask her to walk with me through my day.
by Becky Arganbright
Stump the Parents
The quick and easy family catechesis game for older kids, teens, and their parents.