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September 10-16: 23nd Week of Ordinary Time

Exhalation of the Holy Cross + Our Lady of Sorrows + Patriot Day + Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian + St. John Chrysostom + St. Notburga + St. Catherine of Genoa




1. Remember Sept. 11 with eyes of faith. In the wake of 9/11, everyone said, “Never forget.” It’s important to teach our kids about the events of September 11 and its aftermath…and for Catholics, that involves a larger lesson: teaching them how to respond to a crisis as Jesus calls us to. Jen Schalmeuss-Perry has ways to remember the day with your kids, and a backgrounder on Church teaching.

2. Keep Sunday holy. Sunday . . . a day to prepare for the week ahead, tie up loose ends, finish the weekend’s to-do list . . . right? Wrong! To Catholics, Sunday is the Sabbath, a day to keep holy, praise and worship God. Amid this busy world filled with got-to-get-done distractions, here are four ways to keep Sunday holy…plus a dozen (or so) great ideas from parents in our PB & Grace Facebook group.

3. Celebrate the Exaltation of the Cross with a garden cross craft and some background on the feast, which is Thursday. 

4. Recall the law of love by giving others a chance to be good and cutting them a break when they aren’t. Being accountable, giving others an opportunity to be good and forgiving are the themes of this week’s Scripture readings. In the Gospel, Jesus gives us ways to have good relationships and to work through conflict. You can preview the Sunday readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in the latest Breaking Open the Word at Home.

5. Observe the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is celebrated Friday, recalls the “spiritual martyrdom” of Mary. Get a backgrounder on the feast day and ways to celebrate with your kids.

6. Make personal prayer boxes for your kids. Heidi Indahl has a great way to help even the youngest children take five minutes a day for personal prayer by making them personal prayer boxes. Here’s how.




Maggie and Max can’t wait for their parish’s All Saints’ Day party…and if your kids feel the same, maybe you or your parish should think about ordering a party pack of the book! Before we can offer the book at a special bulk discount price, though, we need to gauge interest (we’ll have to order 1000 copies of the book). Interested? Fill out our All Saints’ Day Party party pack interest form (that’s a mouthful!), and if we get enough interest, we’ll contact you with a link to the order page.


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Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help is now available from Gracewatch Media or at Amazon.com.

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.



…are giving Jesus five minutes of their time every day with Give Him Five, a ministry devoted to that simple practice. Click through to the website for tools and resources.



Post one or more quotes from this week’s saints in a prominent place in your home.



Patriot Day
Get ways to remember the day with your kids.

Fr. Mychal Judge (1933-2001)
The first recorded casualty among the 9/11 responders, known for his holiness even before his death, and known for praying: “Lord, take me where You want me to go, let me meet who You want me to meet, tell me what You want me to say, and keep me out of Your way.” Find out more at the Saint Mychal Judge website. (He’s not a saint yet, but the website promotes his cause.)



Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Church has always called Mary “mother,” because she was the mother of Jesus, in whom all Christians are “born” into new life—and because Jesus said she was our mother (John 19:26-27). And just as Jesus called on Mary’s name as a child, we can call on her name as well. St. Bernard of Clairvaux offers this advice: “In danger, in distress, in doubt, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart. . . . ”



St. John Chrysostom (died 407)
The monk who was tricked into becoming bishop of Constantinople. Known for his holiness and his eloquent homilies (his name means “golden-mouthed”), he urged the rich and powerful to change their ways, which annoyed the rich and powerful so much that the empress sent him into exile. He is a Doctor of the Church. “If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the church door, you will not find Him in the chalice.”



Feast of the Exhalation of the Cross
Exaltation of the Cross: Make a Garden Cross with Your Kids

St. Notburga (1264-1313)
The Austrian servant girl who once lost her job for feeding kitchen scraps to the poor instead of the pigs. Another time her employer said she had to keep harvesting the field instead of going to church. In reply, she threw her sickle into the air, where it remained suspended until she returned from church. “Let my sickle be the judge between you and me.”



Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)
The noblewoman who once left the confessional before her confession was over because she was so overwhelmed by God’s love. Her life changed so much after this that even her awful husband repented, becoming a monk; she served in a hospital for the rest of her life. “I see clearly . . . that the sweet God loves with a pure love the creature that He has created, and has a hatred for nothing but sin.”



Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian (third century)
St. Cornelius, a pope, and St. Cyprian, a bishop, teamed up to fight Novatianism, a heresy (wrong belief) that said Christians who denied their faith could not come back into the Church. At the time, the Church was being intensely persecuted by the Roman Empire, and many Christians had denied their faith to save their lives.



  • Feast of St. Joseph Cupterino (Sept. 18)
  • Feast of Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang and companions, Martyrs (Sept. 20)
  • Feast of St. Matthew (Sept. 21)
  • Feast of St. Padre Pio (Sept. 23)
  • Beatification of Father Stanley Rother, first American martyr (Sept. 23)


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.




The U.S. Catholic bishops have condemned the administration’s appeal of the administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a statement issued Sept. 5: “”The cancellation of the DACA program is reprehensible. It causes unnecessary fear for DACA youth and their families. These youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home. The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education. Now, after months of anxiety and fear about their futures, these brave young people face deportation. This decision is unacceptable and does not reflect who we are as Americans. … As people of faith, we say to DACA youth – regardless of your immigration status, you are children of God and welcome in the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church supports you and will advocate for you.” Read the full statement here.



“When it seems that we are on the verge of perishing, we must wake up the Lord in our united prayers for personal need and for all of our brothers and sisters who are suffering.”

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston



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Remember to grab 15% off your order at Gracewatch Media with coupon code GRACE15.

Here’s a list of most of our books, ordered by publication date (most recent first).

The All Saints’ Day Party
Maggie and Max can’t wait for the All Saints’ Day party. There’s just one problem: they can’t decide which saint to dress up as…and the party is just a week away! Join Maggie and Max as their friends and family tell them about six holy men and women who offer living examples of what it means to be a saint…even if you’re a kid!

Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help
Drawing on her own personal experience of pregnancy loss, Christine Hendersen offers practical and spiritual advice—as well as a hopeful path forward—for grieving mothers and the people who love them.

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 BookThe 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 WisdomLittle 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 PrayersSense 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.

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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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