April 8-14: Second Week of Easter
Divine Mercy Sunday + Solemnity of the Annunciation + Blessed Katarzyna Faron + St. Therese of Los Andes
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8 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
1. Celebrate Easter! Wait a minute…isn’t Easter over? No! If your family observed 40 days of Lent, then by all means observe the 50 days of Easter! Check out all our Easter ideas. Color eggs, or be more ambitious and cook something symbolic of the season with your kids. And be sure to read and compare all these stories of the Resurrection with your kids.
2. Believe! This week’s readings focus on believing in the Resurrection…although there’s a lot of disbelief, too. Do you believe? Check it out with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
3. Mark Divine Mercy Sunday. It’s the Sunday of Divine Mercy this week. Have you ever prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy during your family prayer time? The devotion is easy to learn. We’ve got the words and instructions (including in a printable format), plus a history of St. Maria Faustina and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and two videos you can share with your kids: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy • Prayers for Catholic Kids.
You can also celebrate the day with Divine Mercy Pierogies and a discussion about the relationship between empathy and mercy. Ryan Langr has the recipe and a discussion guide in Cooking with Catholic Kids.
Finally, do your kids think they’re good enough for God? Becky Arganbright’s eight-year-old son didn’t think he’d go to heaven because he wasn’t “good enough.” Read about how she responded in A Story of Mercy for the Challenging Child.
4. Mark the Solemnity of the Annunciation. It’s Monday, April 9, this year, because it got bumped by Passion Sunday. (The feast is normally on March 25.) You can find the readings for the day here. And you can pray the first decade of the rosary together using sacred art as an object of meditation.
5. Celebrate the St. Julia Billiart. Her feast day, April 8, falls on a Sunday this year…but that hasn’t stopped Christine Hendersen for writing a little story to share with your kids in the latest Playing with the Saints!
6. Sign your kids up for Catholic camp! Some of the parents in our PB & Grace Parents group were asking for suggestions for good Catholic summer camps for their kids, so we grabbed their suggestions and put them into a list that we called, appropriately enough, Catholic Summer Camps! It’s just enough to get you started…feel free to add your own favorite Catholic camp in the comments, and we’ll update the article accordingly!
7. Bring that holy water home! All throughout the Easter season, the sprinkling of the assembly with holy water replaces the penitential rite—a reminder of our own death and rebirth with Christ in the waters of baptism. Imitate this rite at home with your kids: Get some holy water from your parish; keep it in a homemade holy water font on your prayer table. Then, bless your kids with the holy water before saying your meal prayer, or before your family prayer time.
8. Teach your kids to stay safe. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, talk to your kids about how to stay safe. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has discussion guides for kids ages 5–17 at its website, missingkids.org. The organization recommends that you keep a card of your child’s identifying information; teach Internet safety with NetSmartz.org; and educate children about abduction prevention with KidSmartz.org. “Stranger danger” is out; young kids don’t understand it, and it can actually make them less safe. The website offers alternative messages for keeping kids safe.
ABOUT THAT FIRST COMMUNION JOURNAL…
We’ve had several inquiries about when our First Communion Journal will be ready to purchase. If all goes well (say a prayer!), it should be ready for immediate purchase from Amazon by April 15 or so, and for pre-order at a discount from our website at the same time. You can still check out a free preview of the journal at our Patreon site; our patrons ($1 and above) also get a free download from the book. Stay tuned…it’s going to be great!
…to Kaitlin Ketchum, Sara Sheeley, Cheryl Hentz, Joan Dodd, and Lynda Mills for becoming patron-members of Peanut Butter & Grace this past week. It costs about $2,000 a month to produce our free digital products for thousands of Catholic families; your support is going to help us to keep this ministry going and growing!
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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE
Over in PB & Grace Parents, we’re talking about baptism gift ideas! We’re also going to be running another crowdsourcing contest this week, and getting your ideas for Fr. Geoffrey’s new feature for Catholic parents. Join the closed group by requesting to be added, and introduce yourself on our introductions thread.
YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR
Read the Resurrection narratives all week. During the Easter Octave, the readings at Mass focus on the Resurrection. Try reading them all, focusing on the difference versions of the same great and glorious story.
Our new calendar web app features saints’ feast days and important Church events, with links to more resources, images, a variety of viewing options, and the option to sync with your own calendar.
Sunday, April 8
Monday, April 9
Tuesday, April 10
Wednesday, April 11
Thursday, April 12
Friday, April 13
Saturday, April 14
COMING UP . . .
- Earth Day (April 22)
- World Day of Prayer for Vocations (April 22)
- Ascension of the Lord (May 13)
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
…are checking out a new movie about the rosary, The Power in My Hands. You can see the trailer at the website, and find a showing location near you.
“Every time I leave Mass I must leave better than I went in,”
— Pope Francis
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The Stations of the Cross for Children
The Stations of the Cross for Children was designed especially for younger children, with colorful illustrations and simple text that introduces them to the Passion of Jesus Christ on their level. Each station takes about two minutes to complete, including about thirty seconds of silent prayer. Optional prayers and Scripture references for each station offer a variety of ways to adapt and expand The Stations of the Cross for Children for older kids. And the opening and closing prayers place the Passion in the larger context of Jesus’ mission…and every Christian’s call to continue that mission in the world today.
Molly McBride and the Party Invitation
Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly’s class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were “lost”? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn’t always a party. It’s Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity.
The Catholic Family Book of Prayers
Do you want to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition? The best way to do that is to pray with them, and now there’s a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers: A Treasury of Prayers and Meditations for Families to Pray Together. It’s packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, saintly wisdom, and artwork—all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together. Available in digital, softcover, hardcover, and handcrafted editions.
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You introduces young people to the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina in a guided journal format. It features a brief, accessible introduction to lectio divina, walking readers through the method step by step, then turns them loose to try the method themselves in eight pre-selected readings. Seven additional blank journal entries provide space for readers to choose their own readings; a list of suggested texts is included. The colorful, beautifully designed interior provides a warm and welcome space for reflection and prayer. Lectio Divina for Teens has received an imprimatur from the Diocese of Winona.
The All Saints’ Day Party
Maggie and Max can’t wait for the All Saints’ Day party. There’s just one problem: they can’t decide which saint to dress up as…and the party is just a week away! Join Maggie and Max as their friends and family tell them about six holy men and women who offer living examples of what it means to be a saint…even if you’re a kid!
Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help
Drawing on her own personal experience of pregnancy loss, Christine Hendersen offers practical and spiritual advice—as well as a hopeful path forward—for grieving mothers and the people who love them.
Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Ages 9 and up.
I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss invites grieving mothers to let the Blessed Mother accompany them on their journey of grief and healing. Mary not only understands their loss, but wishes to bring mothers to healing through the saving work of her son. For each mystery of the rosary, author Heidi Indahl compassionately shares her own experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss, offering insights about how those losses are connected to the experience of Jesus and Mary as revealed by the mysteries of the rosary.
In the Realm of Mist and Mercy, our new YA fantasy/adventure novel with a Catholic heart and sensibility; it comes with an accompanying Lesson Plan book that helps parents and kids connect the story to teachings of the Catholic faith.
The Illuminated Rosary hardcover complete set. “I can lead the rosary now!” That’s what we hear kids saying when they have one of the Illuminated Rosary books in their laps. The words of the prayers are printed on every page, opposite a sacred artwork depicting the mystery of the rosary being said. Kids love these books, but so do adults and grandparents! Available in hardcover (allow extra time for shipping) or softcover sets.
The Stations of the Cross for Children. Here’s a downloadable PDF with sacred art depicting each of the Stations of the Cross, along with a simple reflection and prayer, geared for young children.
77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, now in hardcover from Dynamic Catholic; to celebrate, we’re offering hardcover copies for $12, about 50% off the cover price, while supplies last. Whether you are just getting started with family prayer or wish to broaden your horizons, 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids can help, offering practical, kid-friendly guides to Christian prayer practices both ancient and new. Features include: age-appropriate adaptations for young children, older kids, and teens; articles on a wide range of practices; Talking Points…explanations of prayer practices that kids might have questions about; cross-references to the Catechism, Scripture, and church documents; an appendix containing thirty-three common and useful Catholic prayers; a quick-find index makes it easy to find prayer ideas, and doubles as a checklist to track your progress.
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. In this book, Molly faces off against the dreaded plaid jumper that she’s going to have to wear when she starts school in the fall. Along with her new friends, Dominic and Fr. Matt, she learns all about uniforms and our true identity in God.
Paddy and the Wolves. Young Paddy can’t sit still during morning prayers, but he’s more than happy to help the shepherd, Barra, watch sheep for the day! But who will watch Paddy when he wanders into the woods? As he explores the wilderness of coastal Britain, Paddy encounters many delights and dangers—and ultimately, the One who watches over him through it all. Available as a hardcover or softcover storybook, or a coloring book with complete text; also available is a downloadable board game. Features the art of Catholic folk artist Jen Norton.
The Children’s Little Advent Book. The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to help parents with children ages 4-7 on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
Corporal Works of Mercy Cards. Teach a lesson about the Works of Mercy with these downloadable cards and teaching guide.
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi. “Make me an instrument of your peace.” The Peace Prayer of St. Francis, beloved by people of all faiths around the world, beautifully captures the spirit of “the poor little man” from Assisi, as well as the aspirations of our time: for hope, for reconciliation, for peace.
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl. Little Thérèse Martin could be a very stubborn young girl. All too often, if someone wanted her to say “yes,” she wanted to say “no”! But then, as she is preparing for her First Communion, Thérèse discovers a way to turn her everyday trials and tribulations into something beautiful for Jesus. Join Thérèse (and her family) as she learns to “gather roses from amid thorns.” Available in hardcover and softcover editions.
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús. This is the Spanish-language edition of The Little Flower. La autora Becky Arganbright ha adoptado las enseñanzas de las orecitas de santa Teresita en esta encantadora parábola para niños. La joven Teresita aprende que aunque es pequeña, con la ayuda de Dios, su pequeñez puede ser una manera de hacer grandes cosas para Dios. La ilustradora Tracey Arvidson da vida a la joven Teresa Martín, y a sus ores en la parábola, con sus maravillosas ilustraciones.
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. Meet Molly McBride! Molly loves her new purple habit — it’s just like the ones her friends, the Children of Mary Sisters, wear. She loves it so much, in fact, that she doesn’t want to take it off…not even for her sister’s big day! Join Molly and her wolf-pet Francis as they learn all about nuns, habits, and giving your heart to Jesus.
Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color. Here are fourteen lively two-minute stories to introduce young Catholics to some of the Church’s most beloved saints. Each story is accompanied by two coloring pages: a gorgeously detailed portrait of the saint, and a scene of the saint in action.
The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth. Is the process of giving birth a medical problem to be solved, a hurdle to be overcome on the way to motherhood . . . or is it something more? Could it be, as Susan Windley-Daoust proposes, that giving birth is a gift from God, laden with signs that speak to women about their identity, their calling, and their destiny? If so, then learning to read those embodied signs during pregnancy and labor could transform the way women experience childbirth. These signs reveal that God is not only powerfully present in the whole birthing process, but desires to actively work with women to bring forth new life.
Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: An Introduction to Her Words and Wisdom. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux presents brief excerpts from Story of a Soul as a way of introducing those unfamiliar with Thérèse to some of the essential themes of her spirituality. The words of St. Thérèse are accompanied by the artwork of award-winning watercolorist Jeanine Crowe, a wonderful aid to prayerful meditation on the words and wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux includes twenty-one selections from the words of St. Thérèse, twenty artworks, and ten questions for reflection and discussion.
The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux. Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations.
Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers. Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers contains thirty traditional Catholic prayers every child should have at hand, each accompanied by a beautiful, hand-drawn illustration to aid in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the faith.
Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Now, your child can follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. This book contains 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith.