September 17-23: 24th Week of Ordinary Time
Catechetical Sunday + St. Joseph Cupertino + St. Andrew Kim Tae-gon + St. Matthew + St. Padre Pio
FALL DEALS ON BOOKS FOR CATHOLIC KIDS
Fall is in the air, and we’re celebrating fall feast days with promotional deals on some of our most popular books for Catholic kids! Choose one or more of these great deals:
Celebrate the feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) with The Little Flower Book Bundle . . . get three books about the saint (The Little Flower, Little Lessons from St. Therese of Lisieux, and Flowers for Jesus) for just $30 . . . or $25.50 when you apply coupon code GRACE15 at checkout.
Celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4) with Little Lessons from St. Francis of Assisi: A Prayer for Peace. Get 10 or more softcover copies for 50% off with coupon code FRANCIS50 at checkout. (Or get five or more hardcover copies for $15.50 each.)
Celebrate the Feast of All Saints (November 1) with The All Saints’ Day Party. Get 10 or more softcover copies for 50% off with coupon code PARTY50 at checkout. (Or get five or more hardcover copies for $16.50 each.)
8 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
1. Cook up a humble Italian dish to celebrate the feast of a humble (yet oh-so-beloved) Italian saint. After reading about St. Padre Pio here, mix together sausage, pasta, tomatoes, and a good chat about saints as superheroes … and voila—you got some food for thought to help celebrate his feast day Saturday.
2. Take last week’s readings a step further, and forgive with your mind and your heart. This week’s Sunday readings remind us that it’s time to let go of anger and take forgiveness to the next level. If God can forgive us time and again, we must forgive one another. You can preview this Sunday’s readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in the latest Breaking Open the Word at Home.
3. Celebrate the feast of St. Joseph Cupertino with a story and a cootie-catcher craft. St. Joseph wasn’t the brightest kid in his neighborhood, and he wasn’t the most pleasant, either. But then the Holy Spirit began working on him. Read Christine Henderson’s story to help celebrate his feast day on Monday, and find out why this unruly kid became a great saint.
4. Feel all those feels with your family and watch Inside Out again . . . if you can handle it, that is. Oh Pixar, you’ve done it again. First with Up and again with Inside Out. Take a look at Adrienne Thorne’s review for Catholic families, and see why she thinks it is one of Pixar’s best movies for Catholic families.
5. Hey moms and dads, this one is for you: Let go and let live. In this back-to-school reflection, author Becky Arganbright shares her story of opening up her heart to God’s response in prayer, even if it wasn’t what she had expected or wanted to hear. Let her story inspire a different approach to facing back-to-school fears.
6. Encourage your kids to be like Father Stanley Rother, an ordinary priest on the path to sainthood. Use this story of selfless love for the poor of Guatemala’s highlands to inspire your children to be extraordinary for Jesus. Father Rother, the first American martyr, will be beatified Saturday.
7. Get a wealth of infant and pregnancy loss resources. Our friend Ginny Kochis at Not So Formulaic has compiled a wealth of Catholic pregnancy and infant loss resources, including several from Peanut Butter & Grace. If you or a friend have experienced infant or pregnancy loss, you’ll want to check it out.
8. Talk like a pirate. Did you know that Tuesday (Sept. 19) is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Yeah, you’d think the Catholic connection here would be tenuous, but then you Google “Talk Like a Pirate Catholic” and discover that, whoa! Apparently not! Numerous Catholic websites have their own spin on the day, including the Catholic Geeks. So, if you need an excuse, our official Peanut Butter & Grace parenting advice is: It’s important to have fun with your kids, which includes a bit of silliness now and then. Hmmm…do you think Pope Francis would talk like a pirate on his Twitter feed? Stay tuned!
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
…are entering our Be Yourself! photo contest! We’re looking for photos of Catholic girls “being themselves” to use in a Facebook slideshow ad campaign to promote the journal. Send photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “photo submission”. Details:
- We’re looking for photos of girls approximately ages 9-16, either actively doing something or posed (senior portraits would be fine). Either way, photos should convey girls who are happy and confident being who God made them to be.
- By submitting your photo(s), you’re giving us permission to use them to promote the journal on Facebook and our website. You retain the right to request that your photo(s) be pulled from the promotion at any time.
- Entries selected for the campaign will receive a coupon for $18 to purchase a BE YOURSELF! journal or another product of your choice from Gracewatch Media.
- Contest deadline is Monday, September 18.
…and speaking of Amy Brooks’ Be Yourself! journal, all the cool Catholic moms are heading to Doylestown, Pennsylvania for the second annual Prayer, Wine, Chocolate retreat. “Take some time out of the busy fall season to reconnect with the Lord; enjoy the faith and friendship of others and recharge your soul with prayer, wine and chocolate!.” Favorite line from the info page: “Let’s tour the shrine…then pour the wine!” That’s because the retreat will start at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, with winery tours at two local vineyards to follow. The cost is $80 per day; get the details from Amy at Prayer, Wine, Chocolate.
YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR
Post one or more quotes from this week’s saints in a prominent place in your home.
Get parish resources to re-purpose for your family at the link (U.S. Catholic bishops).
St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)
Nicknamed “open mouth” as a youth because his religious ecstasies would leave him frozen in place, mouth hanging open, Joseph had a rough time making friends and never did well at school; in fact, as Christine Henderson relates, he passed the examination for his ordination mostly by chance (with some divine help, perhaps). Rejected by employers and religious orders alike, Joseph finally was taken in by a community of Franciscans . . . initially, not as a brother, but as a servant. Over time, his reputation for holiness grew. He is widely known as the “flying saint” because his spiritual ecstasies would often send him flying into the air. This actually became a nuisance, and resulted in him being largely confined to his room, notes LifeTeen: “One of Joseph’s most famous flights was in front of Pope Urban VIII (who didn’t start Urban Outfitters, FYI); when Joseph bent down to kiss the Pope’s ring, he flew almost thirty feet into the air in front of everyone, and couldn’t get down until the head of his order asked him to.” He said: “When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this.”
St. Emily de Rodat (1787-1852)
The young woman who began teaching poor children, and soon was joined by other young women. They formed a community dedicated to the care of orphans, the sick, and the imprisoned. The “holy cheerfulness” that Emily de Rodat says we should have is not a fake cheerfulness, but cheerfulness that comes from God, and put on for the good of others. Practice “holy cheerfulness” today. Pray for help being cheerful if you need it! “Keep your enthusiasm. Be brave. Put all your trust in God. And always maintain a holy cheerfulness.”
Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Companions (died 1839-1867)
St. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn, a Korean priest, was among 98 Koreans and three French missionaries who were tortured and killed during the persecution of Catholics in Korea. “If I have talked with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. . . . My immortal life is about to begin.”
St. Matthew (apostle)
Today’s Gospel describes the call of Matthew, a tax collector. The same Matthew is believed
to have written the Gospel of Matthew. He is said to have preached the Gospel in other lands before being martyred.
Martyrs of the Theban Legion (died 287)
A large group of Roman soldiers who were executed because, on the eve of battle, they refused to sacrifice to the Roman gods. “We readily oppose all your enemies, but we cannot dip our hands in the blood of innocent persons. We would rather die innocent than live by any sin.”
Get ideas for how to celebrate at the link (Rhythms of Play).
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)
Th e Capuchin friar who received the stigmata (the wounds of Christ) in his hands and feet. Thousands of people visited him to receive the sacrament of Penance; many said he “read” their souls. Others reported medical cures as a result of his prayers. He used his influence to build a large hospital: “The surest test of love consists in suffering for the loved one, and if God suffered so much for love, the pain we suffer for Him becomes as lovable as love itself.”
COMING UP . . .
- Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (Sept. 27)
- Feast of St. Wenceslaus (Sept. 28)
- Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, archangels (Sept. 29)
- Feast of St. Jerome, doctor of the church (Sept. 30)
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.
“Dear young people, do not be afraid of the future! Dare to dream big! Keep joy alive, a sign of a young heart that has encountered the Lord.”
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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 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.