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Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away + National Bible Week | The Bread for Nov 15 – 21

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This week in The Bread:

  • It’s National Bible Week, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dei Verbum; we’ve got activity ideas and links to resources.
  • We celebrate the feast days of a couple of very generous queens this week, St. Elizabeth of Hungary and St. Margaret of Scotland; plus, it’s the Memorial of the Presentation of Mary.
  • How do you learn to see the Holy Spirit preparing you for childbirth? Read an exclusive excerpt from Susan Windley-Daoust’s forthcoming book, The Gift of Birth.
  • Play the Stump the Parents! game; this week’s category: Tradition & Scripture.
  • Challenge your kids to earn points throughout the week with the Get Your Grace On game; this week features a gratitude journal, 30 seconds of silence, noon prayer, and more. You’ll find a handy scorecard on page 2 of the PDF version.
  • How do you do faith formation with active little kids? Heidi Indahl explains a hands-on approach, with three great lesson examples.
  • Plus: Becky Arganbright on the day her kids “left” the Church…and what got them back.
  • 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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Sunday, November 8, 2015
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


“But the wise shall shine brightly
like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to
justice shall be like the stars forever.”
—Daniel 12:1-3



You are my inheritance, O Lord!
—Psalm 16



But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God….
—Hebrews 10:11-14, 18



“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
—Mark 13:24-32


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 love for us.

For more resources for studying and reflecting on this Sunday’s Scriptures, check out Breaking Open the Word at Home by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.



» National Bible Week°

MONDAY November 16
St. Margaret of Scotland
The queen who helped reform the Church in Scotland, washed and fed the poor, and funded the arts.

TUESDAY November 17
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
The young German queen who gave all she had to Christ and the poor.

WEDNESDAY November 18
Venerable Henriette DeLille
Rejected by existing religious congregations, she founded an order of Creole women to serve slaves and the poor in New Orleans.

THURSDAY November 19
St. Agnes of Assisi (1197-1253)
The strong-willed sister of St. Clare.

FRIDAY November 20
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852)
A missionary on the U.S. frontier nicknamed “Woman-Who-Prays-Always” by the Native Americans.

SATURDAY November 21
Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The feast recalling Mary’s dedication to holiness from the time of her childhood.


1 week to Thanksgiving (11/26)
2 weeks to Advent (11/29)



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 this Sunday’s readings with your kids. [20]

Reconnect with God and reset your kids’ day by praying a noon prayer.* [10]

Practice 30 seconds of silence before saying your mealtime or bedtime prayers.* [10]


Celebrate the feast day of St. Elizabeth of Hungary with the coloring sheet on page 3 of the PDF version. [20]

Give your kids a prayer book to use after Communion at Sunday Mass. [60]


Teach your kids first aid; have older kids and teens get CPR certified. [120]

Give away something precious you own in honor of this week’s generous “queen saints.” [80]

Teach your kids a new chore or helpful skill this week. [40]


Use the resources at the USCCB’s National Bible Week website to help you begin a habit of family Bible reading. [40]

Begin (or continue) a daily Gratitude Journal in the run-up to Thanksgiving; use the resulting list as the basis of your Thanksgiving meal prayer. [20]

Choose one book of the Bible to read and talk about as a family this week. Use the New American Bible Revised Edition’s extensive notes as a reading guide. [60]

Stump the Parents!

This week’s category: Tradition and Scripture.

Use the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #11-24, or the equivalent sections of your favorite youth catechism. Some sample questions:

  • What is Apostolic Tradition? (#12)
  • To whom is the deposit of faith entrusted? (#15)
  • Why does Sacred Scripture teach the truth? (#18)
  • How is Sacred Scripture to be read? (#19)
  • What is the importance of the Old Testament for Christians? (#21)

How to play: Older kids and teens skim the text to come up with questions to ask their parents. Parents score 10 points for correct answers; kids score 20 points for stumping the parents. All points get added up for the Get Your Grace On game. See “Stump the Parents” at pbgrace.com for more ideas.



The Day My Kids “Left” the Church—and Why They Came Back
Did my kids really understand what it meant to be Catholic? I decided to find out, with a lesson that just might have been a little bit mean.
by Becky Arganbright

Behold! Learning to See the Holy Spirit During Childbirth
The Holy Spirit is right there with us as we prepare to give birth—but we don’t always know how, or where, to look. We need to be taught, by the Holy Spirit himself, where to see God at work.
by Susan Windley-Daoust

Hands-On Family Faith Formation: The Way to Go with Young Children
Can you do faith formation lessons with wiggly, active children at home? Definitely, if you use a hands-on approach. Here are three examples we’ve adapted from the Godly Play religious education program.
by Heidi Indahl

He Will Come Again | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Today’s readings have a strong foreshadowing of what we will be celebrating next week, and all throughout Advent—the Coming of Jesus.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

30 Seconds of Silent Prayer: A Little Practice for Contemplation
Prepare for Mealtime Prayers or Family Prayer with thirty seconds of silence, a practice that helps everyone (including parents) settle down and refocus their attention.

Noontime Prayer: Helping Kids Reconnect with God and Reset Their Day
If you are trying to pray an adapted form of the Liturgy of the Hours as a family, incorporate some form of noon prayer (the traditional Latin name is Sext) into your routine.


Follow Jerry Windley-Daoust:

Publisher, Gracewatch Media

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.