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I Am the Gate for the Sheep • MISSION:CHRISTIAN Parents

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May 7-13: Fourth Week of Easter

Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich + Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger +
St. Damien of Molokai + Venerable Edel Quinn + Our Lady of Fatima 100th anniversary



Let something go! That’s what we’re doing this week with this slimmed-down, late edition of MISSION:CHRISTIAN PARENTS, ‘cuz frankly? We’re swamped! Unlike Prince Humperdinck of Princess Bride renown*, BOOKS are our excuse: a beautiful book of rosary reflections for moms experiencing miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss; ongoing production on Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls; the next MISSION:CHRISTIAN journal; and a new children’s picture book about turning feelings around . . . all of which we’re aiming to get out in the next month!

Thanks for your understanding!

*”Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder, and Guilder to frame for it. I’m swamped!” —Prince Humperdinck

“Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” —Count Rugan



Mark the World Day of Prayer for Vocations this Sunday. Good Shepherd Sunday is also the day we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, which has author Jeanie Egolf thinking about how we go about raising our kids to be open to those vocations. She interviewed members of six families to find out; check out what they said in How to Raise Kids to be Open to Religious Vocations.

Gate-crash Jesus. The Sunday Gospel is all about Jesus as the “gate” through which we enter the Kingdom. Preview all the Scriptures with your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.

Cook Easter foods with your kids. We’re not quite halfway through the Easter season, which means it’s still not too late to celebrate the season. Ryan Langr has been cooking with his little one, and has four suggestions for Easter foods that can help your kids learn about God.

Play with St. Pachomius. The feast day of St. Pachomius is coming up May 9. Storyteller Christine Hendersen shares his story in a kid-friendly way that highlights the saint’s conversion; it’s a lesson in how little acts of kindness can make a big difference.

Mark the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparition. Saturday, May 13, marks the beginning of the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparition, because the Virgin Mary first appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917, under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary. She would appear to them six more times; the last apparition, on November 13, 1917, culminated in the Miracle of the Sun witnessed by some 70,000 people, including newspaper journalists. You can mark the occasion with your kids by telling them the story using Fatima Through the Eyes of a Child, a kid-friendly book available as a PDF download. Another option is the Fatima video series for kids developed by CCC of America to mark the jubilee year (some videos require a small rental fee).Catholic Icing has a Miracle of the Sun craft, and EWTN has a large Fatima 100th anniversary website with facts, prayers, and programming highlights.

Take your kids on a prayer walk. If the weather in your area is nice, it might be the perfect time to do a prayer walk with your wiggly little kids…you know, the ones who won’t sit still in Church? Try it and see whether you have a different experience! Check out this article: Take Your Kids on a Quiet Walk to Teach Contemplative Prayer for inspiration!

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



A new journal just for Catholic girls? Yes, please! Catholic blogger and journal fanatic Amy Brooks has written a fun, faith-filled journal just for girls: Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls. The title is based on a quote from St. Catherine of Siena, who said, “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Every page is colorfully designed by Agape Design Studio, with contributions from award-winning Catholic artist Vicki Shuck.

You can check out sample pages and a table of contents at our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign and while you’re there, you can pre-order the journal to help us pay for art and design costs. Pre-order today and we’ll get it to you by the end of June, making it a perfect mid-summer activity for the Catholic girls in your life!

We’re happy to say we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal by a wide margin; thanks to all our early supporters! However, we’re still short on journals to donate to the middle school girls at St. Helena-Incarnation Catholic school in inner city Philadelphia, and the crowdfunding campaign, which ends May 18, is the best way to get the journal autographed by author Amy Brooks with a personalized note for your Catholic girl. Check it out today!



Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (Monday) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey, in 1901 to Slovakian immigrants. Salutatorian of her high school class, Miriam Teresa entered the Sisters of Charity, where she so impressed the priest who was giving talks to the novices (including her) that he asked her to write the talks for him; only after her death did he reveal that she had been the spiritual genius behind his words.

St. Damien of Molokai (Wednesday), the Belgium priest who went to Hawaii to minister to people who had been sent to the island of Molokai because they had leprosy. He lived with them for years, improving their living conditions and advocating for their rights. He eventually caught the disease and died.

Venerable Edel Quinn (Friday), an Irish woman who traveled to East Africa in 1936 to establish the Legion of Mary there. She traveled extensively, relying on her deep faith to overcome many obstacles. She actively combated racism, establishing centers where white and African Catholics worshiped side by side. Even as she slowly died of poor health, people noticed her constant joy, peacefulness, and generosity.


  • Mother’s Day (May 14)
  • Solemnity of the Ascension (May 28)
  • Memorial Day (May 29)



“Why can’t we trust Our Lady?”

—constant refrain of the Venerable Edel Quinn (Friday)



We’re taking a poll of moms about what they want for Mother’s Day; the results will appear in a future article here, so be sure to join us 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.

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.

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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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