The Bread: PDF version
This week in The Bread:
- We’re celebrating All Saints Day and All Souls Day with food, prayer, and fun activities.
- We have a kid-friendly saint story for the feast day of Martin de Porres; plus, we celebrate the feast days of Charles Borromeo, and a brave German priest who denounced the Nazis.
- It’s National Vocations Awareness Week; we’ll point you to prayers and vocation stories.
- Play the Stump the Parents! game; in honor of Election Day, this week’s category is Politics & Voting.
- Get Your Grace On: We’ve got a whole bunch of challenges to choose from, including a holy card for your child. You’ll find a handy scorecard on page 2 of the PDF version.
- Just in time for Halloween: a handy “little saint” pumpkin-carving template from Carly Lobenhofer.
- Lynn Marie makes her debut with an occasional column on raising kids to find God in the natural world.
- Plus: Jen Schlameuss-Perry teaches kids gratitude (with Star Wars overtones); Heidi Indahl gives her kids a “virtue workout”; and Becky Arganbright learns a lesson from a haunted house disaster.
- And as always, we have this Sundays Scriptures and tools for breaking them open.
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THE WORD THIS SUNDAY
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”
—Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Beloved, we are God’s children now….
—1 John 3:1-3
“Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.”
This Sunday, the readings for the Solemnity of All Saints celebrate the triumph of God’s grace in his people. A saint is anyone who stands in the presence of God, and as the readings make clear, we are all called to be saints. Ask your family: Based on the readings, what does it take to become a saint?
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 1
Solemnity of All Saints
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MONDAY November 2
All Souls Day
The day we remember and pray for all of the dead.
TUESDAY November 3
St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)
The Dominican brother who was scorned for his race, but whose service of the sick, the poor, and even animals was often accompanied by miracles.
WEDNESDAY November 4
St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)
The bishop who kept the Council of Trent from breaking up and who went into debt feeding 60,000 people a day during a famine.
THURSDAY November 5
Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg (1875-1943)
The brave German priest and martyr who denounced the Nazis and preached friendship with the Jews.
FRIDAY November 6
St. Theophane Venard (1829-1861)
The French priest and martyr who served the people of Vietnam, converting even his jailers with his kindness.
SATURDAY November 7
Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266-1308)
The great Franciscan scholastic theologian who emphasized God’s love and marcy.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
2 weeks to National Bible Week (Nov. 15-21)
3 weeks to Thanksgiving (Nov. 26)
4 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.
- Put pictures of your favorite saints on your family prayer table and pray the Litany of the Saints, the oldest of all the litanies, sometime this week. [30 points]
- Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead sometime this week. Say an Our Father, a rosary, or use the Order for Visiting a Cemetery (available in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers or online). [45 points]
- Put pictures of deceased loved ones in your home oratory or prayer table; light a candle there, and pray for them. [20 points]
- Pray a prayer for vocations; go to the National Vocations Awareness Week website for prayers. 10 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]
- Make Soul Cakes, Fave de Morti, Eggs in Purgatory, or Dry Bones cookies for All Souls Day. [30 points]
- Celebrate the feast of St. Martin de Porres with the coloring sheet on page 3 of the PDF version, and read his story* to your kids. [20 points]
- Go to Sunday Mass and find two things that are different from the usual Sunday liturgy. [60 points]
- Take your kids along with you when you vote on Election Day. [40 points]
- Secretly rake a neighbor’s yard. [45 points]
- Explore vocations.com with your older kids and teens; submit a question, browse others’ questions, or watch a LifeStories video about vocation journeys. [30 points]
- Have younger children make a holy card of what they might look like as a saint. Cut out a picture of them, place it in the center of the paper, and then have them decorate the rest of the paper with appropriate words and images. [30 points]
- Play Stump the Parents with older children and teens. This week’s category: Politics! Use the Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship bulletin insert (available at USCCB.org), or Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church #405-410, 519. Advanced players can check out chapter eight of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
- Play “Who’s That Saint?” Which of this week’s saints was a barber and a surgeon? [10 points]
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
Of Heaven and Earth: Venus, Mars, and So Many Stars
It all began with my five-year-old’s sighting of a bright star out the window early one morning. Was baby Jesus under it?
This week, we welcome Lynda Marie (a pen name)…she will be writing an occasional column, Of Heaven and Earth, about raising kids to find God in the natural world.
Saint Stories for Kids: St. Martin de Porres: Friend of All (Even the Mice!)
Read your kids the story of the Dominican brother who was scorned for his race, but whose service of the sick, the poor, and even animals was often accompanied by miracles.
by Becky Arganbright
Breaking Open the Word at Home: Saints Come Marching In
Reflection questions and additional Scripture resources for this Sunday’s readings.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
Confessing the Blessings: The Lesson of Our Haunted House Disaster
The lady at the ticket booth said the haunted house wasn’t “too scary” for little kids. Boy, was she wrong. It all got me thinking: What’s the difference between fun scares and reveling in evil?
by Becky Arganbright
Every Great Mother Teaches Her Children the Way Of Gratitude (and the Force)
The guy in the grocery store line wanted to know how moms teach their kids “the way of the Force.” (He saw my Star Wars t-shirt.) How about starting with gratitude? Here are seven great strategies even Obi Wan would approve of.
by Jen Schlameuss-Perry
The Intentional Family: Give Your Kids a Virtue Workout
What does it mean to show high moral standards and how on earth do we teach our kids to do it? Virtue training is a great way to start.
by Heidi Indahl
Stump the Parents
The quick and easy family catechesis game for older kids, teens, and their parents.