October 14-20: 28th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Callistus I + St. Teresa of Avila + St. Margaret Mary Alacoque + St. Ignatius of Antioch + St. Luke + St. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brébeuf and Companions + St. Paul of the Cross
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10 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.
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- Manage your Mass mess. “How do I manage my kids’ behavior at Mass?” It’s a perennial question for Catholic parents, and one that our PB & Grace Facebook parents tackled a few weeks ago. We’ve rounded up more than a dozen of their best ideas in Zoo in a Pew: Tips for Managing Kids’ Behavior at Mass.
- Call a doctor. Of the 35 doctors of the Church, only four are women: St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Catherine of Siena, St.Therese of Lisieux and St. Teresa of Avila. Here are videos to share with your families to help celebrate these great female saints.
- Exchange earthly wealth for heavenly wealth. The theme of this week’s Sunday readings is all about trading earthly treasure for heavenly treasure. Preview the readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
- Pray to St. Therese to help kids find friends. Did you know that St. Therese of Lisieux had a really difficult time in school? That’s what inspired Becky Arganbright and her daughter to pray to the Little Flower for help. Find out what happened in Little Flowers for Friendship.
- Teach your kids lectio divina, the ancient practice of praying with Scripture. Introduce your kids to meditative prayer and the power and beauty of the Scriptures by trying lectio divina with them this week. Check out Lectio Divina for Kids: Teach Your Kids to Pray with Scripture for an overview of lectio, a family prayer service (from the Catholic Family Book of Prayers), a simplified approach for young children, an extensive list of Scripture texts, and links to additional resources. Also check out our guided journal, Lectio Divina for Teens.
- Seek healing from pregnancy and infant loss. Monday (Oct. 15) marks Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day; in honor of the sadness, suffering and healing after such a loss, Mary Kate shares her own story of loss—and her trust in divine providence. If you’re grieving a loss, you may want to get Heidi Indahl’s book, Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections for Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss, or Christine Henderson’s Turning Grief Inside Out: Surviving Pregnancy Loss with God’s Help. And you can help Heidi thank pro-life care providers by supporting her GoFundMe campaign to raise money to send thank you packages to care providers in all 50 states.
- Show your kids a video about St. Teresa of Avila. Her feast day is Monday (Oct. 15), and this animated 20-minute video is one way to introduce your kids to this amazing saint. The video is translated from the original Spanish script, and the animation doesn’t come close to rivaling Pixar, but the story is beautifully told at a kid’s level. Older kids might prefer this three-minute video from Catholic.org; both include stories of her adventures as a young girl.
- Lose your voice for a day…in order to speak out for the voiceless on Pro-life Silence Day this Tuesday, Oct. 16. Find out more at Stand True.
- Mark the canonization of Oscar Romero. The slain Archbishop of El Salvador will be canonized on Sunday (Oct. 14). Just in time for the feast day, Give Us This Day has released a new video short about our newest saint. Younger kids can watch this gorgeously animated video short that offers a summary of the saint’s words and deeds.
- Raise faithful citizens. Getting ready to vote? Model faithful citizenship for your kids by watching the USCCB’s video series explaining Church teaching on what it means to be a “faithful citizen.” The series is based on the document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.
ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…
…are pitching in to support Finnian and the Seven Mountains: Issue #2, the second installment in a comic book series about Irish monks, Vikings, and a sword of extraordinary power. The series is the work of writer Philip Kosloski and illustrator Mike LaVoy. “We firmly believe in the power of stories to shape minds and hearts. It is our hope to give readers, both young and old alike, a story that is captivating and entertaining, while also upholding the true, good and beautiful.” You can pre-order the second book to support their campaign.
ON SALE THIS WEEK…
We’re celebrating the launch of Sydney and Calvin Have a Baby, the new YA romance for Catholic teens from Adrienne Thorne, by selling the paperback for
$13 $10. And that includes free shipping! You can read the first three chapters of this funny, smart coming-of-age romance at the Gracewatch store. This promotional sale ends Tuesday.
NEW! TELOS ART & DESIGN 2018-2019 LITURGICAL CALENDARS
We’re happy to be partnering with Jessica Connelly to sell her gorgeous, oversized 2018-2019 liturgical calendars, designed especially with families in mind. This year’s calendars focus on the virtues. Check out more preview images at the Gracewatch store.
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