August 20-26: 20th Week of Ordinary Time
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary + St. Pius X + St. Rose of Lima + St. Bartholomew + Blessed Maria Troncatti
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A NEW BOOK FOR PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS
Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help is now available on Amazon.com. In it, author Christine Henderson shares her own stories of loss and offers practical and spiritual advice for both moms and their families and friends in a heartfelt, conversational style. Look for this title to be available directly from Gracewatch Media and on Amazon Kindle in the next few weeks.
6 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
1. Celebrate the Queenship of Mary. Tuesday is the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary—a liturgical celebration connected with the Feast of the Assumption. Why do we call Mary “queen,” anyway? Check out Celebrating the Queenship of Mary with Your Kids for answers you can share with your kids…plus ways to mark the feast day. Then check out the super-simple crown cupcakes Ryan Langr and his toddler daughter made to celebrate the feast day!
2. Do the total solar eclipse. In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a rare total solar eclipse of the sun happening across most of North America on Monday. You can get all the details pretty much anywhere at this point, but if you need a quick crash course, check out the NASA Eclipse website for everything from times to weather and traffic updates. What’s the faith connection here? Mainly that the wonders of nature have the potential to draw us closer to God; after the event, you can not only talk about it, but pray about it: see Help Your Kids Encounter God in Nature for lots of ideas. Also, a fun bit of trivia to share with your kids: Scholars believe Amos 8:9 refers to the total eclipse of 768 B.C.: “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.” And a total solar eclipse occurred in the area of Palestine on November 21 of the year 29…although attempts to connect that event with the darkness that accompanied the crucifixion of Jesus don’t quite work out, date-wise.
3. Get some table scraps. This week’s Sunday readings feature the strange interaction between a Canaanite woman (that is, a non-Jew) and Jesus. What’s going on with Jesus in this reading, anyway? Is he having a bad day…or is there something deeper going on? Check out the Old Testament reading from the prophet Isaiah for some context, and get help previewing the Scriptures with your kids from Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
4. Ditch Despicable Me in favor of Megamind. Adrienne Thorne has a confession to make: “I didn’t love Despicable Me. Partly, it had too much cutesie/gimmicky humor. And partly, I am bitter that it went on to become a massive hit while its DreamWorks doppelganger, Megamind, didn’t.” Remember Megamind? Adrienne Thorne offers a refresher geared especially for Catholic families.
5. Start a Catholic kids’ book club. Starting a Catholic kids’ book club is a great way to help kids explore culture and ideas in light of their faith—plus, they love leading the conversation themselves. Here’s how to get started.
6. Do kids’ sports the Catholic way. The start of the school year means the start of school sports. Did you know the Church has a surprisingly robust teaching about sports? Check it out—and take our little quiz to see whether your kids are doing sports the Catholic way.
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE
Over at our Facebook group, Peanut Butter & Grace Parents, people are sharing the different ways that they pray with their kids before school. There are a few cool ideas posted there! It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to request to be added.
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SAINTS FOR YOUR KIDS TO KNOW & LOVE
Post one or more quotes from this week’s saints in a prominent place in your home.
Monday: St. Pius X (1835-1914): Best remembered for his humility, Pope Pius X also encouraged the frequent reception of the Eucharist, and moved the age of First Communion from 12 to 7. Upon the outbreak of World War I, he said: “This is the last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.” He died a few weeks later.
Wednesday: St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), the young woman from Peru whose devotion to the Eucharist led her to bring homeless children to her room in her parents’ house; she sold flowers, lace, and embroidery to raise money for her family and the poor. “Apart from the Cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
Thursday: St. Bartholomew (apostle). St. Bartholomew is traditionally associated with the apostle Nathanael, which is why for his feast day we hear the reading from the Gospel of John in which Nathanael teases Jesus about his birthplace—and Jesus responds with a tongue-in-cheek retort of his own, and a statement that so impresses Nathanael that he is moved to proclaim, “You are the Son of God.”
Friday: Blessed Maria Troncatti (1883-1969), who joined the Salesian Sisters, then served as a Red Cross nurse during World War I. In 1922, she was sent as a missionary to work with the Shuar Indians in a remote part of Ecuador. Her first challenge was to heal the chief’s daughter, which she managed to do. She spent the next forty years among the Indians, serving as nurse and doctor and catechist—and defending them from the encroachment of outside forces. Despite facing many hardships and dangers, she became beloved among the Indians, and she for her part said she loved her missionary work more each day than the last. She said: “The Lord does not leave us without rays of sun amid the clouds and storms that sometimes surround us.”
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.
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
…are kicking in to help fund a new Catholic comic book, THE LAST MONKS OF SKELLIG MICHAEL: “In the midst of the 9th century a small remote monastic community lives independently from the world atop a rocky island off the coast of Ireland. Life on the island is extremely difficult and few men are admitted to join. Most are turned away upon arrival. Finnian, a fiery and adventurous young eighteen year old boy from the mainland, rebelliously leaves a monastic school with the intention of joining the monks on the distant isle. What happens next is most unexpected and through a series of mysterious events the young boy is caught up into an adventure he never thought possible.” You can check out (and support) the comic book on its Kickstarter page. This isn’t one of our own projects, but we’re happy to support it—and, cool fact, Peanut Butter & Grace coloring book artist Michael Lavoy is part of the creative team!
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: RESPONDING TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
In response to the violent events in Charlottesville last Sunday, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a strongly worded statement urging unity and condemning racist ideologies: “We stand against the evil of racism, white supremacy and neo-nazism. We stand with our sisters and brothers united in the sacrifice of Jesus, by which love’s victory over every form of evil is assured. At Mass, let us offer a special prayer of gratitude for the brave souls who sought to protect us from the violent ideology displayed yesterday. Let us especially remember those who lost their lives. Let us join their witness and stand against every form of oppression.” You can read the full statement here.
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- St. Augustine (Aug 28)
- World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept 1)
- Labor Day (Sept. 4)
“Go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
—Sister Mary Luke Tobin (1908 – 2006)
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Here’s a list of most of our books, ordered by publication date (most recent first).
Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire!” Those words are at the heart of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, which is designed to help girls explore their identity and purpose in life in light of the wisdom of the Catholic Church, including half a dozen female saints. Ages 9 and up.
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.