This week in The Bread:
- We mark the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows . . . plus, we celebrate the memorial of a flying friar, St. Joseph of Cupertino, and three other saints.
- Pope Francis arrives in Cuba, and we get ready to cover the World Meeting of Families.
- Printable art of Our Lady of Sorrows and a simple activity to go with it (PDF version only).
- The PB&J Game: Check out the “Geek Priest,” give away winter clothes (thanks, St. James!), and play “Who’s that saint?”
- Becky Arganbright on her accidental ten-minute family rosary.
- Heidi Indahl on five ways to use your mission statement to thrive as a family
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Have your kids noticed how we’ve been making our way through the Gospel of Mark (with a few detours)during the weeks of Ordinary Time?
This week, we hear about Peter’s confession that Jesus is the Christ…the long-awaited Messiah. But then, Jesus rebukes Peter for denying that the Messiah would have to suffer and die, a reality foretold in the reading from Isaiah. Moreover, anyone who wishes to follow Christ must also lose his life for the sake of the gospel.
This week, ask your family: Who do you say Jesus is? What does it mean to lose your life for the sake of the gospel?
I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.
I will walk before the Lord,
in the land of the living.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works?
And he asked them,
“But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said to him in reply,
“You are the Christ.”
SUNDAY September 13
24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
MONDAY September 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross
The feast day commemorating the recovery of Christ’s cross by St. Helena.
TUESDAY September 15
Our Lady of Sorrows
The memorial commemorating the spiritual martyrdom of Mary as she witnessed the suffering of her son.
WEDNESDAY September 16
St. Cornelius (d. 253)
The pope who affirmed that the Sacrament of Penance can reconcile even apostates to the Church.
THURSDAY September 17
St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621)
The Church historian who clothed the poor with draperies from his Vatican apartment.
FRIDAY September 18
St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)
The humble friar who became famous for levitating during prayer.
SATURDAY September 19
» Pope Francis arrives in Cuba
St. Januarius (d. 305)
The martyr whose preserved blood liquefies several times a year.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
1 week to the Canonization of Junipero Serra (September 23)
3 weeks to Respect Life Month, Black Catholic History Month, and Domestic Abuse Awareness Month
6 weeks to All Saints Day
Start planning an All Saints Day party at your parish or for your family.
THE PB&J GAME
Color in a star for every item your family tries this week. Add up the points and celebrate your accomplishment next Sunday with a small treat or reward!
- Have your teens and pre-teens check out Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, the self-styled “Geek Priest” who blogs on everything from how to properly peel a banana to the latest science fiction fare. Check out his LEGO-based “Adventures of Father Black” video series. 35 points
- Mark the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Do you know what the seven sorrows of Mary are? Have your kids find out (or guess) by looking up these Bible verses: Luke 2:34–35; Matthew 2:13; Luke 2:43–45; Luke 23:27-31 and John 19:17; John 19:25; Matthew 27:57–59; John 19:40–42. You can find the answers in the printable on page 2. 50 points
- Live out the words of St. James from this Sunday’s Second Reading by going through your kids’ old winter clothes this week; sort through them to find out what doesn’t fit, then donate extra items to your local thrift store to clothe other kids. 75 points
- Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints was friends with Galileo? 10 pts
Which saint wore chains? 25 points
MORE THIS WEEK
Our Accidental Ten-Minute Family Rosary
By Becky Arganbright