Oct 28-Nov 3: 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed Chiara Badano + Halloween + All Saints’ Day + All Souls’ Day + St. Martin de Porres
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11 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.
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- Welcome November with family prayer & faith practices. It’s November, the month traditionally devoted to praying for the Souls in Purgatory. Brian Smith has some kid-friendly background on that practice, plus family prayer and activity ideas, a Bible verse, and a heads up on saints to celebrate this month.
- Take your family to Mass on All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day (Thurs., Nov. 1) is a “Holy O Day,” as we say around here…short for Holy Day of Obligation, a day to gather and celebrate God’s grace. Here are the readings for the Mass, because we know you’ll want to prep your kids on the way. Put pictures of your favorite saints on your family prayer table and pray the Litany of the Saints, the oldest of all the litanies, sometime this week.
- Visit a cemetery to pray for the Holy Souls with your kids. Speaking of praying for the dead, Allison Gingras wants you to take your kids to Mass and a cemetery to pray for the dead for the first eight days of November. She explains why (and how), with links to resources, in Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory with Your Kids.
- Venerate the relics of a saint with your kids. Did you ever wonder why the Church has a thing for relics, pieces of saints’ bodies that have been saved for veneration by the faithful? While visiting the relics of St. Anthony of Padua, Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry found out more about this ancient practice so you can share about it with your kids.
- Make All Souls’ Day brownies. Talk to your children about tradition, family stories and purgatory while making these delicious All Souls’ Day of the Dead Brownies. It’s the latest Cooking with Catholic Kids by Ryan Langr.
- Ask for healing. This week’s Sunday readings feature God’s promise of healing and restoration. Check the readings out with Jen Schlameuss-Perry in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
- Encourage your child to be a saint. Okay, your kids may not act like saints all the time (ahem!), but they’re definitely called to be saints. In preparation for All Saints’ Day, have your kids make their own holy cards, and use them as a springboard to talk about what makes a saint. We have all the details, plus a demo, right here.
- Celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day with games and activities. We’ve been running ways to celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day all month long…but here are thirty more ideas for games, activities, food, and things to do, courtesy of Meagan Daoust.
- Celebrate St. Martin de Porres. The saint who was nice even to the mice has a remarkable story full of heroic virtue and miracles. Get our kid-friendly story: St. Martin de Porres: Friend of All (Even the Mice!).
- Introduce your kids to Blessed Chiara Badano. She’s the Italian teenager whose faith-powered joy and courage in the face of painful, terminal bone cancer inspired all around her. In many ways, she was an ordinary teen who liked tennis and swimming, and dreamed of becoming a flight attendant. She attended her parish youth group and joined the Focolare Movement. But it was as she was dying of cancer that her true spirit shone out, amazing everyone with her holy joy and love of God even as she suffered. So striking was her attitude that the local cardinal visited her. “The light in your eyes is splendid. Where does it come from?” he asked. Her reply: “I try to love Jesus as much as I can.” A doctor remarked: “Through her smile, and through her eyes full of light, she showed us that death doesn’t exist; only life exists.” You can read more about her here, and get a coloring page of her (and St. Martin de Porres) in the Living Sparks of God coloring book.
- 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.
Didn’t get your copies of The All Saints’ Day Party yet? There’s still time to pick it up from Amazon or your local Catholic bookstore. And Living Sparks of God: Stories of Saints for Kids to Color is always available as a printable PDF download.
THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS….
…over in the PB & Grace Parents Facebook group, where we’re running dueling crowdsourcing threads…one on Christian Christmas gifts for under $20, and another on Advent ideas. You’ll need to ask to join, because the group is closed for member privacy.
ON SALE THIS WEEK…
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GET THE MOLLY MCBRIDE 3 PACK
Meet Molly McBride, the mischievous purple-habit-wearing give year old whose wardrobe adventures teach kids about charity, vocations, the Eucharist, and more. And now you can get all three Molly McBride softcover books for just $25! Woo-hoo!
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.
Hey, these calendars are so popular, they’re backordered by a week…just a heads up.
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