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You are Chosen and Precious • MISSION:CHRISTIAN Parents

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May 14-20: Fifth Week of Easter

St. Isidore the Farmer + Blessed Alcuin + St. Brendan + Mother’s Day



Have you been waiting for MISSION:CHRISTIAN June-July 2017? Well, it’s finally here! Check it out and pre-order for shipping by Memorial Day. It’s going to be a great summer!

And we’re also pleased to release Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss, by Peanut Butter & Grace contributor Heidi Indahl. Preview the entire book and pre-order for shipping by Memorial Day at Gracewatch Media.

N.B. We have one week left in our crowdfunding campaign for the Be Yourself! journal for Catholic girls. This is your best opportunity to get copies of the journal with an author signature and note for the journal recipient! Pre-order now for July delivery.



Celebrate Mother’s Day . . . every day. Most moms in our PB & Grace Parents poll said they wanted special time with their family for Mother’s Day…but nearly as many also wanted some time to themselves. But why should moms have to wait until Mother’s Day to get time to rest and recharge? Find out in Every Day Should be Mother’s Day. Plus: Heidi Indahl shares four Women to Honor This Mother’s Day.

Be meek like Jesus. This Sunday, we hear about the kingship of Jesus—one that is humble, and offers to lighten our burdens. Plus, Luke tells us about the events that led to the formation of the deaconate. Preview all the Scriptures with your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.

Celebrate the feast of St. Isidore by blessing your garden. Monday is the feast of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers (and gardeners) everywhere. You can take the opportunity to bless your garden or even plan a Mary garden.

Start (or re-boot) a habit of daily family prayer. It’s never to early (or late) to start a habit of daily family prayer. It doesn’t need to be fancy! Check out our 9 Tips for a Successful Family Prayer Time to get started.

Better than orange juice, starting your kids’ day with prayer sets a positive tone for the rest of the day: The day is God’s, given to us so we can do something wonderful with it and give it back at the end. Now that you’re properly motivated, check out 7 Ways to Say Morning Prayers with Your Kids.


Hey, it’s still Easter! Check out 10+ Ways to Celebrate the Easter Season.




St. Isidore (Monday) was a simple farmer who spent his life plowing his field to support his family. Isidore was noted for his great faith; he is said to have prayed
constantly as he worked, and some said they saw angels working with him in the field. He was generous to those poorer than himself, giving the hungry his supper while he took the leftovers. He is the patron saint of farmers and gardeners.

St. Brendan (Tuesday). Within a generation of St. Patrick’s death, Ireland was
overflowing with monks, some of whom left their monasteries to journey to other lands. One of these was St. Brendan (486-575), the abbot of Clonfert who traveled to Scotland and Wales. A fictional tale called The Voyage of St. Brendan described how the saint and his followers went on a seven-year voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, accompanied by birds who fed them.

Blessed Alcuin of York (Friday). Alcuin (735-804) was a mathematician, educator, theologian, and advisor to Emperor Charlemagne who founded schools and invented the earliest form of the question mark. He may have
also authored a textbook of word problems for math students, a fact that your math-challenged kids will no doubt greatly appreciate. He said: “Remember to care for the soul more than the body, since the former remains, the latter perishes.”



  • Solemnity of the Ascension (May 28)
  • Memorial Day (May 29)



You can do better. That’s the U.S. bishops’ tempered reaction to the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives late last week. An exerpt from their statement: “Even with efforts to improve the bill before passage, the American Health Care Act still contains major defects, particularly regarding changes to Medicaid that risk coverage and affordability for millions; it is deeply disappointing that the voices of those who will be most severely impacted were not heeded.”

On a more positive note, President Trump was met with encouraging words from the bishops for his executive order relieving provisions of the Health and Human Services mandate that required religious organizations to provide services contrary to their beliefs. The bishops struck a cautious note, however, saying they were waiting for specifics on how broad the relief would be.



“If you look at God as merely the thing that started the Big Bang, then you get a nature god, like Jupiter throwing around lightning bolts. That’s not the God that we as Christians believe in. We must believe in a God that is supernatural. We then recognize God as the one responsible for the existence of the universe, and our science tells us how he did it.”

—Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., director of the Vatican observatory, speaking at a Vatican event celebrating the Big Bang, which was discovered by a Catholic priest



We’re sharing our best family prayer practices over at our Facebook group, Peanut Butter & Grace Parents. Join us! It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to request to be added.



Join us on Facebook @peanutbutterandgrace and on Pinterest.



Remember to grab 15% off your order at Gracewatch Media with coupon code GRACE15.

MISSION:CHRISTIAN June-July 2017 includes features on Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, St. Pierre Toussaint, St. Kateri Tekawitha, and more. A checklist of fun summer activities, plus “Christian missions,” Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and saint profiles for every day will keep your kids busy!

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 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.

Molly McBride set. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. Get books one and two for one low price while supplies last.

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.

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.

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