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September 24-30: 25th Week of Ordinary Time

St. Vincent de Paul + Feast of the Archangels + St. Wenceslaus + St. Jerome





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.)



1. Accept God’s love and forgiveness in humility and gratitude. The readings for this Sunday continue to build on the theme of God’s mercy, and how we can’t earn what God offers; we can only accept it in humility and gratitude. Preview the Scriptures with your kids and Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.

2. Teach your family about Mary by making a timeline of Marian apparitions. Heidi Indhal and her kids recently made a timeline of Marian apparitions as a way of learning about Marian theology, geography, and history—and now you can, too, because she explains how in Make A Timeline of Marian Apparitions.

3. Celebrate the feast of Sts. Gabriel, Michael and Rafael with a simple and fun party plan. Are you ready for the big feast of the archangels this coming Friday (Sept. 29)? Don’t fret—no Pinterest-induced stressing on this one! Tracy Bua Smith lays out A Feast of the Archangels Party Plan complete with books about angels, angel crafts, and an angelic lunch.

Looking for even more ways to celebrate the feast, plus a collection of links to resources for talking about angels with your kids? Check out 7 Ways to Celebrate the Feasts of the Angels.

4. Get a Feast of the Archangels coloring sheet. We’ve got another awesome coloring sheet to share from artist Carly Lobenhofer, plus the story of how St. Raphael helped out two families on the brink of despair, plus four short videos you can show your kids…get it all in Meet the Archangels! Saints for Kids. 

5. Participate in the special collection for victims of Hurricane Irma. It’s this weekend; see the statement of the U.S. Catholic bishops, below, for details.

6. Try out a “community review” in your family. Religious communities have long practiced some sort of Community Review, in which community members publicly seek pardon for their faults. As Sister Lisa Laguna D.C. shares, she’s had great success trying this practice with her middle school students for years. Could it work for your family? Here’s how to try it out.

7. Get coloring pages for six great saints from the Be Yourself! Journal for Catholic Girls. The coloring sheets by acclaimed Catholic artist Vicki Shuck are FREE for a limited time, so download them now! Get them here.

Bonus: Celebrate the birthday of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed. You knew he planted apple trees all across frontier America, but did you know he was also an itinerant preacher and missionary? The Quiet Grove has 5 Ways to Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day with Your Kids. Note that we haven’t vetted the links, so you’re on your own . . . but just based on the pictures alone, we’re going to want to check out some of those apple recipes for sure.




Write an encouraging quote from Scripture or from one of this week’s saints on an index card and slip it in your child’s lunch bag or spouse’s briefcase.



Blessed Hermann of Reichenau (1013-1054)
Born with congenital birth defects and unable to walk after an aggressive childhood disease, this 11th-century Benedictine monk and scholar composed “Salve Regina.”



St. Therese Couderc (1805-1885)
Founder of the Religious of the Cenacle, Therese gave retreats for women. She had a vision in which she saw the word goodness stamped on everything, leading her to understand that God had given some of his goodness to everything in the world. “Oh! If people could understand beforehand the sweetness and the peace enjoyed by those who would hold nothing back from the Good God!”

It’s also the birthday of Johnny Appleseed, the pioneer who planted trees and preached the Gospel.



St. Vincent de Paul (1580-1660)
The priest who worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor in the French countryside. Others joined his work, and they became known as the Congregation of the Mission (now the Vincentians). Later, he teamed up with St. Louise de Marillac and her Daughters of Charity to form mutual aid societies in each parish. “Go to the poor: you will find God.”



St. Wenceslaus (907-935)
Good King Wenceslaus (cue Christmas music here) defied his own mother’s anti-Christian ways in an effort to support Christian values, make peace with warring Germany and promote nationalism for his country. He was ultimately murdered by his brother for his political views. Older children can read more about him in “Treachery and Truth” by Katy Huth Jones.



Sts. Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael
Angels appear many times in the Bible, but the only ones who are named are Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael. Gabriel appears in the visions of Daniel, and appears to Mary in the Gospel of Luke. Michael appears in the Book of Daniel as the defender of Israel, and in the Book of Revelation leading God’s army against Satan. Raphael is featured in the Book of Tobit, guiding a young man on a fantastic quest. “God sent me to heal you . . . I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.”

Today is also known as Michaelmas (short for St. Michael’s Mass)



St. Jerome (345-420)
The hot-tempered, outspoken scholar who spent years learning the languages in which the books of the Bible were written. Then he spent an even longer time translating them into Latin, the language of the people. St. Jerome didn’t hesitate to defend the truth, sometimes with harsh words and sarcasm. At the same time, he was also critical of his own sharp tongue and hot temper. St. Jerome completed his translation of the Bible in 400. “Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.”



  • Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux (Oct. 1)
  • Feast of St. the guardian angels (Oct. 2)
  • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4)
  • Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (Oct. 7)


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.



… are checking out the John Paul II Foundation for the Sacred Arts. What happens when a young Christian man whose faith in Jesus Christ had fallen by the wayside takes a carefree, aimless, low-budget trip to Europe? He encounters the love of Christ and the beauty of the Catholic Church through the power of sacred art. Then he becomes a Catholic priest and the founder and director of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sacred Arts, which “helps to fund the creation of original works of sacred art” and “collaborates directly with the artist to make their vision a reality.” Read more and discover how you can support this foundation by visiting John Paul II Foundation for the Sacred Arts on the web.

… all the cool Catholic moms are heading to Doylestown, Pennsylvania for the second annual Prayer, Wine, Chocolate retreat on Nov. 5. “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 Brooks, author of Be Yourself! A Journal for Catholic Girls, at Prayer, Wine, Chocolate.



“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” 1 Peter 3:15



The U.S. bishops are asking Catholics to help support victims of Hurricane Irma by donating to a special collection Sept. 23-24. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the bishop’s conference, said: “I am aware that this call comes on the heels of the emergency collection for Hurricane Harvey. That storm, which hit Texas and Louisiana and held on for days before moving inland, caused catastrophic damage and compelled us to respond. Likewise, Hurricane Irma has been devastating and our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean, especially the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, and the southern U.S. need our help.

“The Church is a channel for grace and solidarity in the wake of natural disasters as it offers solace and support in their aftermath. However, as is so often the case, the Church itself in these regions is both a long-standing provider of aid and now is in need of tremendous assistance itself. So many of the Church’s structures have been damaged and their resources depleted which makes it even more challenging to provide assistance and pastoral outreach to those in need.”



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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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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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