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October 21-28: 29th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Pope Paul II + Martyrs of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ + St. Anthony Claret + Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko + Bl. Contardo Ferrini + St. Frumentius

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A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.

(Psst…scroll down for this week’s sales!)

  1. Pray the universal prayer with your kids. Ignite your kids’ love of special intentions and teach them how the Church prays for the needs of the world by adapting the universal prayer to your family prayer time. Regina Lordan offers an outline and examples in Pray the Intercessions at Home with Your Kids
  2. Get ready for a Catholic Halloween and All Saints’ Day. Find out why Catholics should recover the original meaning of Halloween, plus 10 ways to put a Catholic spin on the holiday, in Make It a Catholic Halloween. Then, get even more Halloween ideas from Meagan Daoust in Halloween Is the Catholic “Holy Day” Your Kids Shouldn’t Miss. And how’s your All Saints’ Day party planning going? Last year, our readers came up with a whole host of party and costume ideas, complete with pictures.
  3. Check out these books about the saints. Get to know and love the Church’s heavenly family with Maria Jansen’s recommended list of books about the saints.
  4. Be a servant to all. The theme of this week’s Sunday readings is all about service, and what it means to be great in the eyes of God. Preview the readings with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
  5. Remember lost children.  As we wrap up pregnancy and infant loss month, Heidi Indahl reflects on the opportunity we have to remember and honor these tiny saints.
  6. Support the Catholic missions. Sunday is World Mission Sunday, a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church’s missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. In addition to contributing to your parish’s collection, which supports more than 1,000 local missionary churches, click on the Missio website, where you can choose a mission to support and get educational resources.
  7. Celebrate the feast of St. John Paul II with his favorite dessert and a movie. The Polish pope who gave us World Youth Day,482 canonizations and so much more, St. John Paul II famously enjoyed this favorite dessert, kremowka papieska (papal cream cake) that you can make, too. Also watch Karol: The Man Who Became Pope (available on Youtube; some scenes are not appropriate for children) or watch Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism
  8. 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.


Get ready for All Saints’ Day with an All Saints’ Day book bundle! Read your kids The All Saints’ Day Party, then invite them to color the stories of the saints with the Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Kids to Color c

Get the bundle for $18…or $15.30 when you use coupon code GRACE15. This sale ends Wednesday, October 24.


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.

Hey, these calendars are so popular, they’re backordered by a week…just a heads up.


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Family Time! and Peanut Butter & Grace is edited by Regina Lordan and Jerry Windley-Daoust. Find out about our contributors.

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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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