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God Gave Us a Spirit of Power & Love & Self-Control | MISSION:CHRISTIAN Parents

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October 2-8: 27th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Francis of Assisi + St. Faustina + St. Bruno + Our Lady of the Rosary


We’ve streamlined your weekly family faith formation newsletter! Click to open the overview below, or scroll on and dive right in!

Dear parents,

With this issue, we’re changing things up a little to improve your experience of our weekly newsletter. (Yeah, this is about the eighth iteration of this newsletter, as the veterans among you know . . . but hey, it’s an election year—we’re all about hope and change!)

We’re aiming for a streamlined read, broken up into four skimmable sections:

  • Friends Your Kids Should Hang Out With This Week: A quick take on the saints, blesseds, and venerables whose feast days are celebrated in the coming week. For a more in-depth look at the week, we’re sending you to our monthly MISSION:CHRISTIAN printable PDF, which is now enhanced with live web links to the daily readings, saint bios, and other relevant resources.
  • Catholic Calendar: A heads up about upcoming events, so you can think ahead about whether and how to participate with your family.
  • Power to the Parents: A one-minute roundup of stuff to inspire and power up your Catholic parenting in the coming week. We’ll include new activity ideas on Peanut Butter & Grace as we have in the past, but also excellent resources from third-party content providers as well as media and merchandise reviews and recommendations.
  • Parting Words: A quotable bit of wisdom to carry you through the week.

That’s it! We hope you find the new format more readable and useful. As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback!


Jerry Windley-Daoust


Get an in-depth look at the week by downloading MISSION:CHRISTIAN (October 2016), which includes live web links and a St. Francis coloring page. At the download page, you can purchase the PDF for $5 or download it for free.



Theodora Guerin (Monday), who you might remember as the tough French nun who taught kids on the American frontier: “We are not called upon to do all the good possible, but only that which we can do.” Practical advice from a real pioneer . . .

Francis of Assisi (Tuesday) who needs no introduction; you can celebrate his feast by blessing your pets, reading one of his prayers . . . and maybe kissing the hand of a leper, or the modern equivalent . . . or just read about it in our feature Meet St. Francis of Assisi! • Saints for Kids, which includes a coloring page . . . also, you may be interested in the new book Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi: A Prayer for Peace (softcover, $10.99) . . .

Maria Faustina Kowalska (Wednesday), the force behind the image of Divine Mercy; you can take the opportunity to talk about mercy with your kids, or practice a work of mercy (it’s still the Year of Mercy, after all!) . . .

Bruno (Thursday), a hermit who founded the Carthusian Order . . . this is your big chance to explain to your kids all about hermits! . . .

Our Lady of the Rosary (Friday), who encourages you to say the rosary with your kids (yes you can!) . . .

And everyone’s favorite pharmacist, John Leonardi (Saturday) who took care of St. Philip Neri’s cat (and founded CCD, by the way).





Get 20 percent off Peanut Butter & Grace books at the Gracewatch Media store in October by using the code JP20 at checkout.

Plan the Best All Saints Day Party Ever
It’s not too early to begin planning an All Saints Day (Nov. 1) party for your kids, your neighborhood, or your parish. Here are six ideas for what to do.

Increase Our Faith | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Feeling discouraged in these tumultuous times? Sunday’s readings encourage us to not despair, but to trust in God.     by Jen Schlameuss-Perry

The Unceremonious Story of Our Family Giving Box
My kids love the annual CRS Rice Bowl so much, it has (accidentally more than intentionally) evolved into a year-round “giving box.”   by Heidi Indahl

Community Review: A Way for Families to Grow in Virtue and Love
Religious communities have long practiced some sort of Community Review, in which community members publicly seek pardon for their faults. As Sister Lisa Laguna D.C. shares, she’s had great success trying this practice with her middle school students for years. Could it work for your family?     by Jerry Windley-Daoust

Bullied to Better: Helping Our Girls Thrive After Being Bullied
This is the hope that I would like to give to bullied girls and their parents: You can emerge better, or heal to better. Here are seven hard-earned qualities that can serve you well if you can become aware of them, consciously cultivate them, and forgive.     by Marcy Van Fossen, Ph.D., L.P.

Pinterest: Rosary Art
Sara Dethloff has collected 50+ works of sacred art from our Illuminated Rosary series in four Pinterest boards (one for each mystery)—the perfect resource for the month of the rosary.



“Humanity needs Christ intensely, because he is our measure . . . there is no problem that cannot be solved in him.”

St. John Leonardi



Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl (softcover, $10.99)
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.” With vibrant watercolors and storytelling, Flowers for Jesus introduces kids to St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s spirituality of “the Little Way.”

Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi: A Prayer for Peace (softcover, $10.99)
“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. Join award-winning artist Jeanine Crowe as she meditates on this powerful prayer in words and watercolors.

Molly McBride and the Purple Habit (softcover, $10.99)
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.

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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