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He Will Baptize You with the Holy Spirit • Family Time!

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January 13-19 • First Week in Ordinary Time

The Baptism of the Lord + Blessed Peter Donders + St. Macarius the Elder + St. Joseph Vaz + St. Anthony of Egypt + St. Margaret of Hungary + Ven. Frederic Baraga


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A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.

1. Remember your child’s baptism on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. This Sunday is the feast of the Baptism of the Lord…the perfect time to talk about your own kids’ baptisms and plan to celebrate their baptismal anniversaries. Here are nine ways to celebrate, and a helpful baptism backgrounder.

  • If you want to teach your kids about baptism in a hands-on way, try out Heidi Indahl’s simple yet elegant Child of Light activity.

2. Help your kids memorize their prayers. When you help your kids memorize prayers, you give them a “mental prayer book” that they’ll carry with them wherever they go for the rest of their lives—plus, you’ll help to connect them with the rest of the Church . . . and God. Here’s how.

3. Celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. This Sunday’s readings are centered on the first event in Jesus’ public ministry…his baptism in the Jordan River. Listen for echoes of the first reading (Isaiah) in the Gospel. (Note that multiple options are available for the readings.) Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry will help you break open this Sunday’s readings with your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.

4. Get ready for your child’s First Communion. Even though parishes usually take the lead in preparing children for First Communion, parents still have an important role to play, according to veteran catechist Cindy Coleman, who offers five ways parents can help their kids prepare for First Communion.

5. Participate in Nine Days for Life. The annual nine-day prayer experience sponsored by the U.S. Catholic bishops begins Monday, January 14. Find out the many ways to participate at the USCCB website.

6. Pray for Christian unity. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins Friday, Jan. 18, and runs until Jan. 25. During this time, the Church asks Catholics to pray that all Christians are united as brothers and sisters, and work to answer Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). A little confused why there is so much division between all of us Jesus-loving people? Sin, of course. Some helpful information on the topic is listed below:

7. Change up your prayer table or home oratory. The Christmas season ends this Sunday, so change your prayer table or home oratory to reflect our move into ordinary time.

Bonus: Check out the share thread in PB & Grace Parents. This is the monthly thread where Peanut Butter & Grace parents share stuff they want to promote, from blog posts to stuff they sell. You’ll find blogs about raising intense children, homeschooling, being a Catholic working mother, and more, plus moms selling for Usborne, Norwex, Thirty One, and more…including a few promotions, free downloads, etc. Check it out in the PB & Grace Parents Facebook group; you’ll need to ask to be added.


Get a free full-book preview of the My First Communion Journal at the Gracewatch store.


Win an Illuminated Rosary four-book set for your parish! We’re giving away one set per month. A set of Illuminated Rosary books is great for religious ed classrooms, adoration chapels, or prayer groups. Enter here.


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