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April 21-27: Octave of Easter

St. Adalbert of Prague + Blessed Maria Gabriella Sagheddu + St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen + St. Mark + Venerable Nano Nagle + St. Zita


12 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY

Are you having a good Holy Week? Check out our resources for Triduum.

1. Celebrate Easter! It’s the high point of the entire liturgical calendar, after all! Check out 10+ Ways to Celebrate Easter with Your Kids. It’s a roundup of liturgical things your kids can watch for, traditional foods to try, games to play, and prayers to pray. Hey, the Easter season lasts seven weeks…plenty of time to try them all!


2. Mark the Octave of Easter by reading a different account of the Resurrection every day. Every day during the Octave of Easter, we hear a different Resurrection story. Share these stories with your kids to learn not only about the Resurrection, but its implications for all of us. Here are all eight readings, along with some brief notes and discussion questions for each one.


3. Run to the empty tomb. It is not the glorified Christ who greets us this Easter morning, but the shocking fact of an empty tomb. Do you share the disciples’ first confused reactions? Preview the Scriptures for Easter morning with your kids and Breaking Open the Word at Home.


4. Plant an Easter garden. Gardening with young children is like cooking with them: messy, stressful, and unlikely to produce perfect results. Still, helping your kids get their hands dirty in a small backyard garden can be worth the trouble, especially from a faith perspective. See how planting an Easter garden with your kids can help grow their faith.


5. Cook a vibrant vegetable side salad to complement your main Easter dish. This Easter, be inspired by signs of new life by getting your kids to help you make a simple spring vegetable side dish featuring seasonal asparagus, radishes, sugar snap peas, and hard-boiled eggs. Chef and mom Theresa Wilson shares her recipe in this week’s Cooking with Catholic Kids.


6. Pray a traditional Easter hymn with your teens and older kids. The Te Deum is an ancient (fourth century) hymn of praise traditionally sung during Easter. During your family prayer time or before a meal, try praying it slowly and meditatively. Here is the prayer, accompanied with some background and ways to pray.


7. Celebrate Earth Day the Catholic way. The Church preached respect and care for the natural world long before it was cool. This Earth Day (Monday, April 22), share some of that tradition with your kids with these six ways to put a Catholic spin on Earth Day. For more resources, check out our other articles tagged Earth Day.


8. Cast lots and read a cool story about a saint slaying a dragon to save a princess. Do you know the regal story of St. George killing a dragon? He also gave all his wealth to the poor and sacrificed his life for the faith. Read about him in this week’s Playing with the Saints! by Christine Henderson. As always, she includes a fun game to help mark his April 23 feast day, too.


9. Be quiet, fast and pray together on Good Friday. How do you observe the most solemn day of the Church year with your kids? Here are a few suggestions and links to more resources..


10. Cook an Egyptian dish to celebrate the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist. Called Koshari, this hearty meal will provide you an opportunity to talk about St. Mark, an Evangelist and the bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Ryan Langr of Cooking with Catholic Kids shares the recipe, a little history and geography, and a prayer to help mark the April 25 feast of St. Mark.


11. Catch the Messy Family Project podcast. Looking for a fun and funny Catholic parenting podcast? Catch Michael and Alicia Hernon’s Messy Family Project, which includes a regular podcast about marriage and parenting, available at their website, on Google Play, or the iTunes store. The couple live in Steubenville, Ohio, with their 10 children.


12. Pray as you go. Finally, a great way to help parents and older kids practice Ignatian imaginative and meditative prayer is Pray As You Go, a free website and app from the British Jesuit Media Initiative . Each of the daily prayer sessions features music (from a variety of choirs and artists) for prayerful contemplation, followed by an invitation to prayer, and a reading from one of the Scriptures for the day’s Mass. The reading is read twice, with music and prompts for contemplation and prayer mixed in. Each session lasts between ten and thirteen minutes. Here at Peanut Butter & Grace, we’ve been using the app for family prayer for several days with kids ranging in age from 9 to 17, and it’s been a hit…so much so that we shelled out for a voluntary donation to support the service.

RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS

BISHOPS ENDORSE DREAM ACT AND SECURE ACT

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration endorsed the “Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors” (DREAM) Act of 2019, S. 874 and the “Safe Environment from Countries Under Repression & Emergency” (SECURE) Act of 2019, S. 879. The DREAM Act of 2019 would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for qualifying Dreamers. The SECURE Act of 2019 would provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship to qualifying Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders.

“We support legislative efforts to fully integrate hard-working Dreamers and TPS holders into the United States. We need a permanent legislative solution for those who have spent their lives contributing and living in the United States, the country they know as home,” said Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “Dreamers and TPS holders are vital members of our community who are going to school, working to make our communities better and raising families.”

Please see the USCCB Committee on Migration letters of support for the DREAM Actand Secure Act.

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