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October 16-22: 29th Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Paul II + St. Luke + Ideas for Celebrating Halloween, All Saints’ Day, & All Souls’ Day


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 daily missions plus live web links to the daily readings and biographies of each day’s saint.

At the download page, you can purchase the PDF for $5 or download it for free. You can also get daily missions, with saints and readings, at our Facebook page: @peanutbutterandgrace.



St. Jose Sanchez Del Rio (Sunday), the young Mexican teen who will be canonized this Sunday by Pope Francis. He joined the Cristeros movement that sprang up in resistance to the persecution of the Church by the Mexican government; he was captured, tortured, and executed in 1928. Throughout his ordeal, he never wavered in his faith, but welcomed his martyrdom because, as he said, “Never has it been so easy to obtain heaven!”

St. Jose Brochero (Sunday), known affectionately as “the cowboy priest” for his practice of traveling his huge parish on the back of a burro while wearing a sombrero. Fr. Brochero will also be canonized by Pope Francis this Sunday. His extensive work with the poor and sick resulted in him contracting leprosy, of which he died in 1914.

St. Ignatius of Antioch (Monday), who said: “It is better to be silent and be a Christian than to talk and not be one.” Martyred in 107, his letters offer a rare peek into the state of the early Church.

St. Luke (Tuesday), unique among the four evangelists for being the only Gentile convert to Christianity; according to tradition, he was a Syrian from Antioch, the same Luke mentioned in Colossians 4:14, Philemon 24 and 2 Timothy 4:11. His Gospel is the first of a two-part work that includes the Acts of the Apostles, and concern with the early Church shapes his interpretation of the ministry of Jesus.

St. John Paul II (Saturday), the pope who needs no introduction and who told millions of his fellow Poles: “Do not be afraid to insist on your rights. Refuse a life based on lies and double thinking. Do not be afraid to suffer with Christ.” Those words sparked movements within Poland and throughout Eastern Europe that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain. You can show your kids a trailer from the movie Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism.



  • Canonizations of Blessed Jose Brochero and Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio (Sunday, Oct 16)
  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (Monday, Oct 17)
  • Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity (Tuesday, Oct 18 . . . on Facebook at @prolifeday)
  • Halloween (Oct 31)
  • All Saints Day (Nov. 1)
  • All Souls Day (Nov. 2)



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

Teach your kids compassion, an essential Christian virtue and one of the keys to a happy life; Ryan Langr has five ideas for what to do.

Put the Catholic back into Halloween: Meagan Daoust argues that Catholic parents should embrace Halloween as part of their Catholic heritage . . . and she has some great ideas for how to celebrate.

Meagan is also going to help you plan your All Saints Day party; she has 30+ ideas covering decorations, food, games, and more. Plus, check out 6 Ideas for the Best All Saints Day Party Ever for even more ideas.

Preview this Sunday’s Scriptures with your family; this Sunday’s readings are all about persistence in faith and prayer.

Get more help planning an All Saints’ Day party from our board of party ideas on Pinterest.



“While still comparatively small, we will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.”

—Mike Maturen, presidential candidate for the American Solidarity Party, whose platform is rooted in Catholic social teaching principles




Get a snazzy Advent and Christmastide journal for your kids with the MISSION:CHRISTIAN Advent + Christmastide 2016 journal, available now while supplies last.

You wanted the Illuminated Rosary in an affordable hardcover, and we listened . . . now you can purchase a hardcover set for just $80. That’s $20 per book, each of which runs about 130 pages and includes more than 60 works of sacred art. Get it exclusively from Gracewatch Media.

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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