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September 16-22: 24th Week of Ordinary Time

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian + St. Hildegard of Bingen + St. Joseph of Cupertino + St. Emily de Rodat + Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gŏn and Companions + St. Matthew + Martyrs of the Theban Legion

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1. Catechize your kids. This weekend the Church observes Catechetical Sunday; this year’s theme is “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ.” Catechesis (a Greek word pronounced cat-a-kee-sis) is the process of helping people who have already accepted the faith (at some level) to understand it more deeply. Your parish faith formation program probably has volunteer catechists (you may be one yourself), but did you know that parents are also responsible for catechizing their kids? Here are some resources to get you started:

  • Although the U.S. Catholic bishops’ web page for Catechetical Sunday is geared toward parishes, it offers plenty of resources that can be adapted for home use, including a prayer of family commitment.
  • Allison Gingras offers simple strategies parish catechists can use to support families with faith formation at home. She calls it the “grace trifecta.”
  • Check out all our articles about ways to do family catechesis, including table catechesis, couch catechism, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, “stump the parents,” and more.

2. Talk to kids about divorce. Divorce can be confusing and painful for kids. If your family or a family you know is affected by divorce, James Otremba M.Div, M.S. offers five ways to talk to kids about divorce from a compassionate, Catholic perspective.  This is the first of two articles on divorce and Catholic families.

3. If you’re going to follow Jesus, you have to take up your cross. That’s the theme of this Sunday’s readings, and it prompts Jen Schlameuss-Perry to ask families to examine how they approach suffering. Check out her reflection questions in this week’s edition of Breaking Open the Word at Home.

4. Make potato pancakes and plum applesauce for the feast of St. Hildegard. Theresa Wilson and her kids are making plum applesauce and “kartoffelpuffer” (German potato pancakes) to celebrate the feast of St. Hildegard on Monday, Sept. 17. Join Theresa and her kids as they make this yummy treat and share the story of a real-life “wonder woman” in Cooking with Catholic Kids.

5. Make Chicken San Gennaro for the feast of St. Januarius. Not to be outdone, Ryan Langr also has an installment of Cooking with Catholic Kids for us, this one celebrating St. Januarius, whose feast day is Wednesday (Sept. 19). An early fourth-century martyr and bishop of Naples, St. Januarius is perhaps most famous because at least three times a year, his dried blood miraculously liquefies. Italians traditionally celebrate his feast with this simple-yet-delicious chicken sandwich.

6. 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.

7. Talk like a pirate. Yeah, we just can’t resist International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Wednesday, Sept. 19). You’d think the Catholic connection would be tenuous, but then you Google “Talk Like a Pirate Catholic” and discover that, well, apparently not! Numerous Catholic websites have their own spin on the day, including the Catholic Geeks. Have fun!

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Sigh. Our calendar app is still on the fritz. Here’s an old-style rundown of this week’s saints and feasts!

Sunday, Sept. 16

Catechetical Sunday
Get parish resources to re-purpose for your family at the link (U.S. Catholic bishops).

Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian
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.

Monday, Sept. 17

St. Hildegard of Bingen (1032-1179)
The abbess of a Benedictine convent, Hildegard studied and practiced medicine, composed music, wrote poetry and spiritual books, preached throughout Germany, and founded the science of natural history in Germany. She is also a Doctor of the Church. She said: “There is the Music of Heaven in all things and we have forgotten how to hear it until we sing.”

Tuesday, Sept. 18

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.”

Wednesday, Sept. 19

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.”

Thursday, Sept. 20

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. He said: “If I have talked with foreigners, it has been for my religion and for my God. . . . My immortal life is about to begin.”

Friday, Sept. 21

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.

Saturday, Sept. 22

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.”

Fall Equinox
Get ideas for how to celebrate at the link (Rhythms of Play).

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  • St. Padre Pio (Sept. 23)
  • 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)


With the feasts of St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Francis coming up, you might want to check out our children’s picture books on these October saints. Get the Little Flower Book Bundle for three great books on St. Therese, or introduce kids to the Prayer of St. Francis with Little Lessons from St. Francis. Plus, now that stores are putting out Halloween supplies, it’s time to stock up on The All Saints’ Day Party…the perfect book to help kids focus on the real reason for this favorite fall celebration! Be sure to get 15% off by using GRACE15 at checkout.


…are encouraging their kids to enter the Culture of Life Studies Program’s annual Pro-Life Essay Contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade! At stake: more than $1,000 in prizes, including cash and awesome pro-life gear. Also, the future of humanity, which your kids can help secure with their essays. The contest officially opens on October 1. 
Visit cultureoflifestudies.com/prolifeessay/ for details.


“God is the good
and all things which proceed from him
are good.”

― St. Hildegard of Bingen

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

First Communion Journal
This beautiful First Communion journal is full of fun ways for Catholic kids to prepare for, remember, and live out their First Holy Communion. With its colorful design, prayers, devotions, special activities, and quotes from the saints and Scriptures, the My First Communion Journal can be used both before and after the child’s First Communion day.

The Way of the Cross Journal for Children
In The Way of the Cross Journal for Children, young readers are invited to enter into the story of Jesus’ suffering and death through story, prayer, coloring, and action. Appropriate for ages 5-8; younger children will need adult assistance. 62 pages.

The Stations of the Cross for Children
The Stations of the Cross for Children was designed especially for younger children, with colorful illustrations and simple text that introduces them to the Passion of Jesus Christ on their level. Each station takes about two minutes to complete, including about thirty seconds of silent prayer. Optional prayers and Scripture references for each station offer a variety of ways to adapt and expand The Stations of the Cross for Children for older kids. And the opening and closing prayers place the Passion in the larger context of Jesus’ mission…and every Christian’s call to continue that mission in the world today.

Molly McBride and the Party Invitation
Molly McBride is turning six, and her momma is planning a BIG party. Everyone in Molly’s class is supposed to get an invitation. But should a certain class bully be invited, too? Or would it be better if his were “lost”? Join Molly and friends as they learn that doing acts of charity, while always a good thing, isn’t always a party. It’s Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity.

The Catholic Family Book of Prayers
Do you want to introduce your kids to the richness of the Christian prayer tradition? The best way to do that is to pray with them, and now there’s a beautiful collection of Catholic prayers and meditations designed just for that purpose: The Catholic Family Book of Prayers: A Treasury of Prayers and Meditations for Families to Pray Together. It’s packed with prayers, blessings, meditations, saintly wisdom, and artwork—all selected specifically for Catholic families to pray together. Available in digital, softcover, hardcover, and handcrafted editions.

Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You
Lectio Divina for Teens: Reading God’s Messages to You introduces young people to the ancient prayer practice of lectio divina in a guided journal format. It features a brief, accessible introduction to lectio divina, walking readers through the method step by step, then turns them loose to try the method themselves in eight pre-selected readings. Seven additional blank journal entries provide space for readers to choose their own readings; a list of suggested texts is included. The colorful, beautifully designed interior provides a warm and welcome space for reflection and prayer. Lectio Divina for Teens has received an imprimatur from the Diocese of Winona.

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.

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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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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