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August 7-13: Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Dominic + St. Theresa Benedicta + St. Clare + Bite-Sized Bible Prayers for Kids + coloring sheet

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

Doing MISSION:CHRISTIAN with your kids?
It works best with the MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal.
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MISSIONS for Your Kids

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


SUNDAY, August 7

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

TODAY’S MISSION: The reading from the Letter to the Hebrews is all about the power of faith and what it accomplished in Abraham, who had faith in God’s promise. MISSION: Pray for faith, and ponder this question: What has God promised to accomplish in you?

FIRST READING Wisdom 18:6-9
THe night of the passover was known beforehand to our fathers . . .

SECOND READING Hebrews 11:1–2, 8–19
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.

GOSPEL Luke 12:32–48
“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

PARENTS: Preview the Sunday readings, using these basic questions as a starting point for conversation:

  • What is the common theme in these readings?
  • What line or phrase most spoke to you?
  • How is God’s Word in these readings calling you to live?

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 August 8

TODAY’S MISSION: Dominic spent ten years preaching to the Albigensians, who believed that all matter (and especially the human body) is evil, and only the spirit is good. MISSION: Do something to respect and honor the goodness of your body. Bonus: Check out paragraphs 364-365, 1004, 2288-2291, and 2521 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for more about this mission.

Matthew 17:22-27
Jesus gives Peter very strange directions on how to pay the temple tax. (Don’t try this with the IRS!)

St. Dominic (1170-1221)
The priest and theologian who traveled Europe on foot preaching the Gospel; he founded the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans).

“Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword; be clothed with humility instead of fine clothes.”


TUESDAY August 9


TODAY’S MISSION: In the Gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” MISSION: “Receive” a child by doing something nice for him or her. Pray about this: What does it mean to be humble like a little child?

Matthew 18:1-5, 10, 12-14
The disciples ask Jesus who the greatest person is in the Kingdom of Heaven. What will the answer be?

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)
The brilliant philosopher and Carmelite nun who was arrested and killed by the Nazis because of her Jewish heritage.

“Do not accept anything as the truth which lacks love. Do not accept anything as love which lacks truth.”

The Perseid meteor shower is August 9-11; ask your parents to let you stay out late to watch for the “shooting stars.” Lay on your back and look straight up for the best view.

Atomic bomb dropped on Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki, Japan, on this day in 1945.




TODAY’S MISSION: St. Lawrence gave away money to the poor, declaring them the true treasure of the Church. MISSION: Take some money with you today and find someone to give it away to.

2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Paul tells the Christians in Corinth that God will multiply their good works.

St. Lawrence (died 258)
The deacon who cared for the poor out of the Church’ s treasury and who was martyred by the Romans.

“The poor are the treasure of the Church.”

S’mores Day: Don’t burn the marshmallows . . . unless you like them that way


THURSDAY August 11

TODAY’S MISSION: Jesus says to forgive those who sin against us “seven times seventy-seven times”—that is, always. MISSION: Forgive someone or ask for forgiveness from someone, or talk to an adult about what Christian forgiveness means.

Matthew 18:21–19:1
Peter asks Jesus how many times he must forgive his brother. Is seven times enough?

St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253)
The young woman who ran away from home at age 18 to join St. Francis, and who lived in prayer and holy poverty for more than forty years, serving the poor and advising Church leaders. She is founder of the Poor Clares.

“Do not be afraid. Trust Jesus.”

Europeans f rst used compasses when St. Clare was about 5 years old (1199)


FRIDAY August 12

TODAY’S MISSION: Jane Frances de Chantal and her close friend and adviser, St. Frances de Sales, wrote many letters of spiritual advice and encouragement to one another. MISSION: Share your thoughts about God in a letter to a friend. If you do not have a friend who you can share spiritual thoughts with, pray for one, and write a letter to that future friend.

Matthew 19:3–12
The Pharisees are surprised when Jesus tells them that marriage is meant to last forever.

St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1562-1641)
The wife and mother who, after the death of her husband, became a friend of St. Frances de Sales; with his help, she founded the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.

“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him.”

Middle Child Day: Do something nice for a middle child


SATURDAY August 13


TODAY’S MISSION: Fr. Jakob Gapp followed God’s law of love rather than the law of the Nazis—even though it cost him his life. MISSION: Find out what laws go against God’s law of love. Bonus: Check out the issue of religious freedom at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ website, usccb.org.

Matthew 19:13–15
When children are brought to Jesus, the disciples turn them away. Wrong move, disciples!

Blessed Jakob Gapp (1897-1943)
The Marianist priest who boldly spoke out against the Nazis, teaching his students that they must love all people, regardless of race or ethnicity. “God, not Hitler, is your God,” he said. He was arrested, tried, and executed.

“Everything passes; only heaven remains.”


Coming Up

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary (August 15)

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 22)

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Bite-Sized Biblical Prayers for Kids
The Bible is replete with prayers you can adapt for family prayer time. These bite-sized prayers are perfect for kids to memorize so they will always have a quick devotional prayer handy.

Carla’s Birth Story: “I’m Going to Feel This Birth
“As I reached down to feel my son crowning, the OB slapped my hand away. “Get your hand out of there,” she yelled. So I thought: If I can’t feel him with my hands, I’m going to feel him as I give birth to him.”

5 Pro-Life Picture Books Your Kids Will Love
In a home that celebrates the culture of life, storytime should also be a time to reflect on the sacredness of every human being’s life and a teaching moment to remind your children that every person matters.   by Laura and Mary Kizior

Where Our Treasure Is | Breaking Open the Word at Home
Our (very poetic) readings this week continue on the theme of God’s faithfulness, and our trust in God, which gives us the freedom to keep our priorities straight and not to get caught up in worry.     by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry



STUMP THE PARENTS: The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Have your kids look at the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (available online) #321-336, 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.”

Sample questions:

  • What are the sacraments in the service of communion and mission? (#321)
  • What is the sacrament of Holy Orders? (#322)
  • Why is this sacrament called Holy Orders? (#323)
  • What are the effects of the sacrament of Holy Orders? (#335)



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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