August 6-12: 18th Week of Ordinary Time
Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord + St. Dominic + St. Theresa Benedicta + St. Clare + St. Lawrence + St. Jane Frances de Chantal
Be Yourself: A Journal for Catholic Girls
The Be Yourself! journal for Catholic girls is finally at the printer…and you can get a sneak peek at the finished product over at Gracewatch Media. You can download a full-book preview in PDF format, or watch the preview trailer (bottom of page), which flips through the entire book.
We’re still a couple weeks out from shipping, so please note that while we’re accepting pre-orders, your book will not ship immediately. Stay tuned for updates!
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8 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
1. Eat family meals together. Yeah, you’ve heard it all before: eating family meals together makes for strong families and strong, healthy kids. But how can families find time for shared meals…and keep a lid on the mealtime craziness? We’ve got suggestions for both, including games you can play to make family meals more fun (and a little less crazy!)…plus a great outside resource for family meal time. Here;s how to eat family meals together (the fun way).
2. In a world spinning out of control, one man gas the power to save it. Or so might go the trailer for this week’s readings, if they were a summer blockbuster. It’s the Feast of the Transfiguration this Sunday, and Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry is ready with questions and comments for your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
3. Learn about holy stubbornness with St. Clare. Got stubborn kids in your house? Then St. Clare may be just the saint for them. Read about her “holy stubbornness” and get a couple of printable coloring sheets to celebrate her feast day this week.
4. Tell a joke with St. Lawrence. Christine Henderson’s latest Playing with the SAINTS! tells the story of St. Lawrence. With all the references to chocolate chip cookies at the beginning of her story, we thought we might get a recipe at the end…but instead, we get jokes kids can tell in the spirit of St. Lawrence, whose levity in the face of death is a testament to his hope in the resurrection. Hey, it’s a no-mess activity…and not nearly as fattening!
5. Get a St. Lawrence coloring sheet. Get your St. Lawrence coloring sheet here!
6. Quote a saint. It’s one of those weeks packed with saints who are towering figures of the Church…and quotable, to boot. Check out the saints of the week (below), and choose one or more of their quotes to write on your kitchen dry erase board so your kids can see it throughout the week. Bonus: Change the quote up daily!
7. Watch Moana. Disney’s latest musical princess movie Moana, currently available on DVD and Netflix streaming, does suffer from a typical Disney problem but nonetheless provides some solid themes and good fun. Here’s our review for Catholic families. by Adrienne Thorne
8. Set SMART goals for your family. What do you wish for your children this year? What about for your family? Here’s how to take those wishes and turn them into SMART goals. by Heidi Indahl
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SAINTS FOR YOUR KIDS TO KNOW & LOVE
Monday: St. Victricius (330-407), the Roman soldier who laid down his weapons and refused to fight after converting to Christianity. He became the bishop of Rouen, traveling on extensive preaching tours to establish the Church in France. He earned a reputation as a peacemaker, and was called upon to settle disputes as far away as Britain. “I inspired the wise with love of peace. I taught it to the teachable. I explained it to the ignorant. I imposed it on the obstinate, insisting on it in season and out of season.”
Tuesday: 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.”
Wednesday: 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.”
Thursday: 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.”
Friday: 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.”
Saturday: 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.”
Peanut Butter & Grace recommends families use Give Us This Day or another daily missal for daily readings, saint stories, and prayers. Give Us This Day is available at Amazon or directly from Liturgical Press. The app is available from your favorite app store.
MORE GREAT IDEAS FOR CATHOLIC PARENTS
A roundup of wisdom from around the web….
Nightly Examen with Children (The Littlest Way): “A couple of years ago my sister and I each decorated a canvas to hang in our homes. Mine started out being a “Family Rules” canvas. After I was finished and hung it on our wall, a visiting priest commented on how it read more like a nightly “Family Examen” rather than a “Family Rules” board. This board has now become our nightly examen with children as we go through it, word by word or phrase by phrase.” Click through for the entire examen.
Churchgoing Dad = Churchgoing Kid (Lion of Design): “The percentage of children who continue to attend Mass as adults is based on one key variable, according to a study conducted in Switzerland. “The question was asked to determine whether a person’s religion carried through to the next generation, and if so, why, or if not, why not. The result is dynamite. There is one critical factor. It is overwhelming, and it is this: It is the religious practice of the father of the family that, above all, determines the future attendance at or absence from church of the children.”
Secrets Your High School Student Doesn’t Want You to Know (Prayer Wine Chocolate): “I am not a mother of a teen…. However, I do know what I have observed as a teacher and coach. I can tell you that the ‘secrets’ I am revealing in this article come from the conversations I had with parents about their struggling child’s progress in my history, psychology or criminal justice classes. … The ‘secrets’ I reveal below are the “secrets” I shared with parents when we met at a parent teacher conference.”
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- St. Maximilian Kolbe (Aug 14)
- Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug 15)
- Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Aug 22)
- St. Augustine (Aug 28)
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: IMMIGRATION LIMITS
The Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, says that the newly proposed RAISE Act would cause our nation to turn its back on those setting out to build better lives, weaken family bonds and impact the nation’s ability to respond to those in crisis.
“I express strong opposition to the RAISE Act…. Had this discriminatory legislation been in place generations ago, many of the very people who built and defended this nation would have been excluded. The United States supports families and should not throw up obstacles to their unity. Unfortunately, the RAISE Act would have our nation turn its back on this long and storied tradition of welcoming families setting out to build a better life. The RAISE Act would permanently cap the number of refugees allowed safe passage, thereby denying our country the necessary flexibility to respond to humanitarian crisis. As a Church, we believe the stronger the bonds of family, the greater a person’s chance of succeeding in life. The RAISE Act imposes a definition of family that would weaken those bonds.”
The bishop’s full statement, along with other recent statements on current legislation, can be found at the website of the U.S. Catholic bishops.
“What does it mean to be Christian? It means to look to the light, to continue to practice the profession of faith in the light, even when the world is wrapped in night and darkness.”
—Pope Francis on Aug. 2
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Here’s a list of most of our books, ordered by publication date (most recent first).
I Can Be Happy, Too: A Book about Attitudes uses simple rhyme accompanied by Scripture verses and sweet, expressive illustrations, to teach children that while we can’t control the bad things that happen to us, we can control how we respond to disappointment and adversity.
Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss invites grieving mothers to let the Blessed Mother accompany them on their journey of grief and healing. Mary not only understands their loss, but wishes to bring mothers to healing through the saving work of her son. For each mystery of the rosary, author Heidi Indahl compassionately shares her own experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss, offering insights about how those losses are connected to the experience of Jesus and Mary as revealed by the mysteries of the rosary.
MISSION:CHRISTIAN June-July 2017 includes features on Pentecost, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, St. Pierre Toussaint, St. Kateri Tekawitha, and more. A checklist of fun summer activities, plus “Christian missions,” Scripture readings, prayer prompts, and saint profiles for every day will keep your kids busy!
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 hardcover 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.
The Stations of the Cross for Children. Here’s a downloadable PDF with sacred art depicting each of the Stations of the Cross, along with a simple reflection and prayer, geared for young children.
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. Whether you are just getting started with family prayer or wish to broaden your horizons, 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids can help, offering practical, kid-friendly guides to Christian prayer practices both ancient and new. Features include: age-appropriate adaptations for young children, older kids, and teens; articles on a wide range of practices; Talking Points…explanations of prayer practices that kids might have questions about; cross-references to the Catechism, Scripture, and church documents; an appendix containing thirty-three common and useful Catholic prayers; a quick-find index makes it easy to find prayer ideas, and doubles as a checklist to track your progress.
Molly McBride and the Plaid Jumper. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. In this book, Molly faces off against the dreaded plaid jumper that she’s going to have to wear when she starts school in the fall. Along with her new friends, Dominic and Fr. Matt, she learns all about uniforms and our true identity in God.
Paddy and the Wolves. Young Paddy can’t sit still during morning prayers, but he’s more than happy to help the shepherd, Barra, watch sheep for the day! But who will watch Paddy when he wanders into the woods? As he explores the wilderness of coastal Britain, Paddy encounters many delights and dangers—and ultimately, the One who watches over him through it all. Available as a hardcover or softcover storybook, or a coloring book with complete text; also available is a downloadable board game. Features the art of Catholic folk artist Jen Norton.
The Children’s Little Advent Book. The Children’s Little Advent Book is designed to help parents with children ages 4-7 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.
Corporal Works of Mercy Cards. Teach a lesson about the Works of Mercy with these downloadable cards and teaching guide.
Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi. “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.
Flowers for Jesus: A Story of Thérèse of Lisieux as a Young Girl. 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.” Available in hardcover and softcover editions.
La Florecita de Jesús: Una Parábola de Santa Teresita Del Niño Jesús. This is the Spanish-language edition of The Little Flower. La autora Becky Arganbright ha adoptado las enseñanzas de las orecitas de santa Teresita en esta encantadora parábola para niños. La joven Teresita aprende que aunque es pequeña, con la ayuda de Dios, su pequeñez puede ser una manera de hacer grandes cosas para Dios. La ilustradora Tracey Arvidson da vida a la joven Teresa Martín, y a sus ores en la parábola, con sus maravillosas ilustraciones.
Molly McBride and the Purple Habit. 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.
Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Young Catholics to Color. Here are fourteen lively two-minute stories to introduce young Catholics to some of the Church’s most beloved saints. Each story is accompanied by two coloring pages: a gorgeously detailed portrait of the saint, and a scene of the saint in action.
The Gift of Birth: Discerning God’s Presence During Childbirth. Is the process of giving birth a medical problem to be solved, a hurdle to be overcome on the way to motherhood . . . or is it something more? Could it be, as Susan Windley-Daoust proposes, that giving birth is a gift from God, laden with signs that speak to women about their identity, their calling, and their destiny? If so, then learning to read those embodied signs during pregnancy and labor could transform the way women experience childbirth. These signs reveal that God is not only powerfully present in the whole birthing process, but desires to actively work with women to bring forth new life.
Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux: An Introduction to Her Words and Wisdom. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux presents brief excerpts from Story of a Soul as a way of introducing those unfamiliar with Thérèse to some of the essential themes of her spirituality. The words of St. Thérèse are accompanied by the artwork of award-winning watercolorist Jeanine Crowe, a wonderful aid to prayerful meditation on the words and wisdom of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Little Lessons from St. Thérèse of Lisieux includes twenty-one selections from the words of St. Thérèse, twenty artworks, and ten questions for reflection and discussion.
The Little Flower: A Parable of St. Thérèse of Liseux. Becky Arganbright has adapted St. Thérèse’s lesson of the little flowers into a delightful parable for children. The young Thérèse learns that even though she might be little, with God’s help, her littleness can be a way of doing great things for the Kingdom of God. Illustrator Tracey Arvidson brings the young Thérèse Martin (and the flowers of her parable) to life in gorgeous illustrations.
Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers. Sense of the Sacred: Illuminated Book of Catholic Prayers contains thirty traditional Catholic prayers every child should have at hand, each accompanied by a beautiful, hand-drawn illustration to aid in prayerful meditation on the mysteries of the faith.
Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. For centuries, the Catholic Church has used art to illuminate the sacred mysteries of the Faith. Now, your child can follow in that tradition by making sacred art with the help of Sense of the Sacred: Coloring Book for Young Illuminators. This book contains 30 hand-drawn illustrations and accompanying Bible verses, drawing on the rich legacy of statues and stained glass in our Catholic Faith.