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September 11-17: 24th Week in Ordinary Time

National Day of Service and Remembrance + Most Holy Name of Mary + Our Lady of Sorrows + St. Hildegard of Bingen

How to Use M:CEE • Daily Missions • Power to the Parents • Stump the Parents

The October-January MISSION:CHRISTIAN is here…order yours today!


MISSIONS for Your Kids

Your kids can switch out these special missions for one or more of the daily missions.

  • Bless someone
  • Sing a song to God
  • Give up (sacrifice) something for the good of someone else

SUNDAY, September 11

TODAY’S MISSION: Christians who want to succeed in their missions need to examine themselves with God’s help on a regular basis. That’s why Catholics have the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: It’s not a punishment, but a tune-up (and sometimes, a repair).
MISSION: Prayerfully examine your life for sins (or failing to be as good as you could be).
Promise God to take them to him in the sacrament of Reconciliation this week.

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jubilee of Universities and Research Centers

Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
So the LORD relented in the
punishment he had threatened
to infl ict on his people.

1 Timothy 1:12-17
Christ Jesus came into the
world to save sinners.

Luke 15:1-32
. . . there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine
righteous people who have no need of repentance.

Get a family-friendly look at the readings plus reflection questions for kids, teens, and adults in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.

MONDAY September 12

TODAY’S MISSION: The Roman centurion surprised everyone with his extraordinary faith in Jesus, even though he was not even Jewish. MISSION: Connect with someone who is
from a diff erent group of people than you usually relate to.

Luke 7:1-10
A Roman centurion—the commander of one hundred soldiers—asks Jesus to heal his slave.
But will Jesus help one of the hated Roman occupiers?

Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Th e Church has always called Mary “mother,” because she was the mother of Jesus, in
whom all Christians are “born” into new life—and because Jesus said she was our mother (John 19:26-27). And just as Jesus called on Mary’s name as a child, we can call on her name as well. St. Bernard of Clairvaux offers this advice:

“in danger, in distress, in doubt, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart. . . . ”

Video Games Day: “Isn’t everyday Video Games Day?” Yes, but today we play blindfolded!

TUESDAY September 13

TODAY’S MISSION: The Church is Christ’s “hands and feet” in the world today, and each person in it has a role to play in continuing his mission. MISSION: Pray to know the gifts you have been given by the Holy Spirit for your role in the mission of the Church. List some of those gifts in your report.

1 Cor. 12:12-14, 27-31a
Paul urges the Corinthians to work together as a team, with each person playing a special role.

St. John Chrysostom (died 407)
The monk who was tricked into becoming bishop of Constantinople. Known for his holiness and his eloquent homilies (his name means “golden-mouthed”), he urged the rich and powerful to change their ways, which annoyed the rich and powerful so much that the empress sent him into exile. He is a Doctor of the Church.

“If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.”

Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day: Make a meal for your parents!

WEDNESDAY September 14

TODAY’S MISSION: In today’s Gospel, Jesus says he has to be lifted up on the cross “so that everyone who believe in him may have eternal life.” MISSION: Throughout the day, pray this simple prayer based on Mark 9:24: “Lord Jesus, I believe in you; help my unbelief.”

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross

John 3:13-17
Jesus reveals why God sent him into the world, and the ultimate purpose of his mission.

St. Notburga (1264-1313)
Th e Austrian servant girl who once lost her job for feeding kitchen scraps to the poor instead of the pigs. Another time her employer said she had to keep harvesting the field instead of going to church. In reply, she threw her sickle into the air, where it remained suspended until she returned from church.

“Let my sickle be the judge between you and me.”

Today is the anniversary of the dedication in 335 of the church over Christ’s tomb

THURSDAY September 15

TODAY’S MISSION: When they see their children hurting or sad, most parents suff er, too. Mary was no different. This “suffering with” another person is called compassion, and it moves us to want to comfort the suffering person. MISSION: Comfort someone who is suffering.

Our Lady of Sorrows

John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35
Today the Church gives us a choice of two different Gospels, both focusing on Mary’s compassionate suffering as she witnessed the crucifixion of her son.

St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)
The noblewoman who once left the confessional before her confession was over because she was so overwhelmed by God’s love. Her life changed so much after this that even her awful husband repented, becoming a monk; she served in a hospital for the rest of her life.

“I see clearly . . . that the sweet God loves with a pure love the creature that He has created, and has a hatred for nothing but sin.”

Independence Day in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica

FRIDAY September 16

TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus and his companions traveled everywhere proclaiming the Good News: God has sent to us his Son, whose mission is to make us children of God. MISSION: Proclaim the Good News to someone. (For ideas, think of all the many ways
that Jesus and his disciples did this.)

Luke 8:1-3
Jesus is always on the move, urgently going from place to place announcing the Good News;
and everywhere he goes, his many friends go with him.

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian (third century)
St. Cornelius, a pope, and St. Cyprian, a bishop, teamed up to fight Novatianism, a heresy (wrong belief) that said Christians who denied their faith could not come back into the Church. At the time, the Church was being intensely persecuted by the Roman Empire, and
many Christians had denied their faith to save their lives.

Mayfl ower Day: Remembering the day the Mayfl ower set sail from England

SATURDAY September 17

TODAY’S MISSION: Hildegard wrote more than 70 musical compositions, some of which are still sung today. For Hildegard, and for the Church, music is a natural human response to God’s beauty. MISSION: Sing (really sing, from the heart) a song of praise to God.

1 Cor. 15:35-37, 42-49
How are the dead raised? And what kind of body will they have? Paul calls the Corinthians “fool” for asking . . . but then answers anyway.

St. Hildegard of Bingen (1032-1179)
The abbess of a Benedictine convent, Hildegard studied and practiced medicine, composed music, wrote poetry and spiritual books, preached throughout Germany, and founded the science of natural history in Germany. She is also a Doctor of the Church.

“There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.”

U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day

Coming Up

Jubilee for Catechists (Sept. 23-25)

Feast of the Archangels (Sept. 29)

Pope Francis visits Georgia and Azerbaijan (Sept. 30)

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Help even the youngest children take five minutes a day for personal prayer by making them personal prayer boxes. Here’s how.   by Heidi Indahl

Jennifer’s Birth Story: “Mary Became My Lifeline”
When I found out I was pregnant again, I cried for two days. Then one day the Christmas carol “Gabriel’s Message” popped into my head. In that moment, Mary became my lifeline, my beacon, my role model.   by Susan Windley-Daoust

Have Mercy | Breaking Open the Word at Home
God, who is perfect and loves us unconditionally, offers us mercy all the time—and expects us to do the same for others.   by Jen Schlameuss-Perry


Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #358-362, then let them choose questions to pose to you; they get points if they can “stump” you, you get points if you answer correctly. See the full rules at “Stump the Parents.”

358. What is the root of human dignity?

359. How do we attain beatitude?

360. Why are the beatitudes important for us?

361. What is the relationship between the beatitudes and our desire for happiness?

362. What is eternal happiness?

How to use M:CEE

MISSION:CHRISTIAN; EXTRA EDITION (M:CEE) is the parent supplement to the MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal for kids ages 8-12. • Each day, read the day’s Scripture and/or saint with your child. Then give your child his/her mission for the day. (Use the Special Missions to replace daily missions that don’t work for your child.) • Beginning in August, your child will be able to file a “mission report” at the end of each day using his/her journal, which can be ordered in book form or printed out from the linked PDF. • Every week, check out articles just for parents in the Power to the Parents section of M:CEE. • Play Stump the Parents every week to help your children learn about their faith. • E-mail subscribers get special discount codes for 15%, 20%, or 25% off items in the Gracewatch Media store every month.

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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