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What’s happening in the Church next week, and how can your family participate?
- This week we’re celebrating St. Barnabus, St. Norbert . . . and a young woman who escaped prison disguised as a soldier.
- Two boys are brought back from the dead in today’s readings; preview them with your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.*
- This weekend (June 3-4) we’re going to be at the Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference, where Susan Windley-Daoust will be presenting on The Gift of Birth (6:30 pm Friday); we will also be debuting three new resources: MISSION:CHRISTIAN, the new picture book Molly McBride and the Purple Habit, and a fantastic new story book that kids can color, Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color.
- In the latest Caffeine and Grace, Ryan Langr has five words to help toddlers pray.*
- It’s summer, and we’re re-running our super-popular checklist, 101 Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer (Catholic Edition).*
- The pushing stage of labor is all about choseness, cooperation . . . and crowning. Read more in the latest excerpt from The Gift of Birth.*
- Jen Schlameuss-Perry reflects on grief in the wake of the tragic murder of a young man in her parish in After the Repast.*
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
SUNDAY, June 5, 2016
Tenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Elijah said to her, “See! Your son is alive.”
—1 Kings 17:17-24
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.
I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the gospel preached by me
is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being,
nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
—Galatians 1:11-14, 15, 16, 17, 19
And he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.
How does Jesus give life to us?
THE CHURCH THIS WEEK
MONDAY June 6
St. Norbert (1080-1134)
The man who cried out, “What would you have me do, Lord?” when he was thrown from his horse; he became a bishop and founded the Norbertine Order.
TUESDAY June 7
Servant of God Joseph Perez (1890-1928)
The Franciscan priest who wore disguises as he traveled around Mexico saying Mass in secret due to the persecution of the Church; he was eventually caught and martyred.
WEDNESDAY June 8
St. William of York (d. 1154)
The man who held no resentment toward those who blocked his nomination to be bishop of York for fourteen years.
THURSDAY June 9
St. Ephrem (306?-373)
The Syrian poet, teacher and defender of the faith who pretended to be mentally ill to get out of becoming a priest; he is a Doctor of the Church.
FRIDAY June 10
St. Antonina of Constantinople (died 313)
The young Christian who escaped prison when a Roman soldier named Anthony gave her his uniform; later, both were tortured and killed.
SATURDAY June 11
St. Barnabas (first century)
Barnabas lived up to the meaning of his name, “Son of encouragement.” He was an original member of the Church in Jerusalem, and a companion of St. Paul.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to Father’s Day (June 19)
2 weeks to World Refugee Day (June 20)
2 weeks to Fortnight to Freedom (June 21-July 4)
GET YOUR GRACE ON
Try out a handful of these ideas this week! Numbers in brackets are points for the #GetYourGraceOn game.
Prayerfully preview the Scriptures for this Sunday with your kids. Our readings talk about the life God gives us—physical and spiritual. How do you invite God to give you life?
Many families bear the burden of having lost children, often through miscarriage or stillbirth. This week, take time to pray for parents who have lost children.
This week we celebrate a Syrian saint, St. Ephrem. The Church encourages us to pray for the persecuted. This week take time to pray for those suffering persecution. There is a prayer on the USCCB website called “A Prayer for the People of Syria.” Include this during your family prayer time this week.
Celebrate summer with our annual list of 101 Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer (Catholic Edition). It includes a handy PDF checklist! Find it at pbgrace.com.
The next time you celebrate a birthday, start a birthday party tradition by having everyone else in the family tell that person why they are glad he or she was born. You may find it helpful to model this for younger kids. Or purchase a large piece of colored poster paper and have your older kids and teens write their words of affirmation on it before the birthday party, making a large card with birthday messages that can be displayed during the week of the birthday.
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Check out the Shower of Roses website for a few great suggestions on how to celebrate. You’ll find Sacred Heart cupcakes and tie dyed tee shirts, among other ideas.
It’s planting season—and weeding season! Check on neighbors who aren’t fit enough to get their gardens and flower beds ready, and spend some time helping them with your kids.
Alternatively, sign up to volunteer with your local community garden or farmer’s market.
In this Year of Mercy, feeding the hungry is something we’re called to particularly. This week, have your kids color placemats for your local Meals on Wheels program or soup kitchen.
This week during a family meal, tell a story as a family. One person starts off by offering an opening line or two, such as: “Once upon a time, there was a boy named Harry who dug a hole in his sandbox.” The next person (in age, or in seating order) adds a few sentences onto the story.
Set up some ground rules, such as: Don’t dominate the story (add a few sentences and hand it over to the next person); everyone gets three turns, after which the story has to be wrapped up, etc.
In the first reading and the Gospel this week, the healing of the boy by Elijah took place because the boy’s mother took Elijah in when he
needed somewhere to go; she offered hospitality. What does “hospitality” mean to you? How can offering it to others bring healing to you? How did the welcoming of Jesus bring healing to the people he encountered? How do you offer hospitality to people?
Stump the Parents: The Liturgical Year
Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #241–246, then let them choose questions to pose to you; they get points if they can “stump” you, you get points if you answer correctly. See the full rules at “Stump the Parents” at pbgrace.com.
- What is the center of the liturgical season? (#241)
- What is the function of the liturgical year? (#242)
- What is the Liturgy of the Hours? (#243)
- Does the Church need places in order to celebrate the liturgy? (#244)
- What are sacred buildings? (#245)
- What are the privileged places inside sacred buildings? (#246)
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
101 Things to Do with Your Kids This Summer (Catholic Edition)
It’s summer, and the kids are sure to be asking, “What can I do?” before long. Never fear! We’ve got 101 things to do with your kids this summer, including a few Catholic items.
5 Words for Toddler Prayer
These five words can help teach your toddler what the Catholic faith is all about. Plus, a five-word prayer for bedtime. by Ryan Langr
After the Repast
Despite eighteen years of parish ministry, helping families grieve the death of a loved one is still really, really hard—especially when it’s the tragic death of a child. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Pushing Baby Out: Choseness, Cooperating, Crowning
Despite jokes about the “impossibility” of pushing a baby out, in fact a woman’s body is created to do this very thing. God calls you to this moment; how will you respond? by Susan Windley-Daoust
God Visits His People | Breaking Open the Word at Home
This Sunday’s readings features the resuscitation of two sons . . . and the rekindling of hope in those experiencing loss. by Jen Schlameuss-Perry