October 30-November 5: 31st Week in Ordinary Time
Halloween + All Saints Day + All Souls Day + St. Martin de Porres + St. Charles Borromeo
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CATHOLIC STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
Go trick-or-treating, Catholic style, with these ten ways to celebrate the victory of grace over darkness and evil this Halloween.
Go to Mass on Tuesday to celebrate the Feast of All Saints . . . yup, it’s a holy day of obligation as well as a major feast day, which means that getting take-out for supper is entirely justified.
Pray for the dead with your kids . . . ideally at a cemetery, because we Catholics are all about tangible experiences of divine realities, right? But don’t worry if you can’t get to a cemetery; we’ve got lots of other ideas for teaching your kids to pray for the dead, plus a quick primer on talking about death.
Start a Catholic youth group at your parish . . . and don’t worry if your kids aren’t high school age yet, because it may take a few years, according to YM Ryan Langr. (Don’t whimper . . . he’ll hold your hand with five key steps.)
Pray for innocent people being used as human shields in Mosul, and for the defeat of the IS fighters there (ideally, as St. Augustine would say, in a way that saves their souls). Use this as an opportunity to teach older kids and teens that when we can’t help in person, prayer is a powerful way of taking action.
Get your kid ready for canonization by making his or her own holy card. Be sure to save it to impress the investigators into his/her cause; failing that, it makes a great little cfatechesis activity for All Saints Day.
Preview this Sunday’s Scriptures with your family; this Sunday’s readings continue last week’s theme of God’s attention to the lowly, and it features the kid-friendly story of Zacchaeus.
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Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy: How God’s Love Transforms Your Heart, a great little book ideally suited to closing out the Year of Mercy with younger children and older kids. It features bright and warm illustrations of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, with each spread showing a child doing one of the works of mercy on the left and, on the right, Jesus doing the same work of mercy in an episode from the Gospel. You can’t do better than that for teaching kids that doing the works of mercy is essential to following Christ. Check out our full review.
FRIENDS YOUR KIDS SHOULD HANG OUT WITH THIS WEEK
All Saints (Tuesday) . . . a great day to pull out all of the saint paraphernalia and knick-knacks you might have, or to print out pictures of your kids’ favorite saints. The punt option: At dinner (over that celebratory take-out), ask your kids to name their favorite saints.
Martin de Porres (Thursday), the Peruvian who began life with two strikes against him as the son of a Spanish nobleman and a freed African slave; although he once offered that his monastery sell him as a slave to raise money, he was hailed as a living saint long before his death. Frequently pictured with a broom and a menagerie of animals to symbolize his humble beginnings at his Dominican monastery as well as his mysterious connection with animals, he might as well also be pictured with scissors (he was a barber), medicine (he practiced medicine and was known for his miraculous cures of people and animals), and an airplane (he is also known for bilocating).
Raissa Maritain (Thursday), the great Catholic philosopher, poet, and mystic known during her lifetime mostly for her relationship with Jacques Maritain; after her death, the extent of her spirituality became more widely known, thanks to her extensive journals; today, she is regarded as a modern contemplative. The process for the beatification of Raissa and Jacque Maritain got underway in 2011.
Blessed Bernard Litchtenberg (Saturday), the German priest who said, “I recognize the Jews as my neighbor, who possess an immortal soul shaped after the likeness of God” at a time when such words could get you killed. But he went further, publicly condemning Nazi leaders for their persecution of the Jews. When they arrested him, they offered to let him go free if he would be silent. Instead he asked to be sent to a concentration camp for Jews.
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- Halloween (Monday Oct 31)
- All Saints Day (Tuesday Nov 1)
- All Souls Day (Wednesday Nov 2)
- National Vocations Awareness Week (Nov 6-12)
- National Bible Week (Nov 13-19)
- First Sunday of Advent (Nov 27)
“When you do good, do it quietly, as if throwing a stone into the sea.”
—Drana Bojaxhiu, mother of St. Teresa of Calcutta, to her daughter
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The Children’s Little Advent Book: Daily Reflections and Coloring Pages for Children Ages 4–7, an Advent resource that helps parents guide their younger children on a journey through Advent to Christmas. Each day’s entry includes a brief Scripture reading, a reflection, discussion questions, a brief prayer, and a simple coloring page for children to complete after praying with their families. With The Children’s Little Advent Book, parents have an Advent resource specifically designed for short family prayer services with young children.
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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.