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May 27- June 2: Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

The Most Holy Trinity + St. Melangall of Wales + Pierre Toussaint + St. Madeleine Sophie Barat + St. Joan of Arc + Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary + St. Justin + Sts. Marcellinus and Peter

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WE’RE ON INSTAGRAM

Thanks to the suggestion of one of our readers, we’re now on Instagram @pbgparents. We’ll be posting our content there, plus a few random goodies…but mainly, we’re hoping you’ll tag us with photos of how you practice the Catholic faith with your kids at home. Sara Dethloff will be looking for your photos and re-posting to our page.

 

8 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS

1, Take charge of the stay-at-home-parenting blues. Plenty of stay-at-home moms (and dads) struggle with depression. What factors contribute to happy stay-at-home parents? And what can they do when depression strikes? Dr. Gregory Popcak digs into the research (and his own Catholic counseling experience) to provide some answers in Depression and the Stay-at-Home Mom: 4 Things You Need To Know.

2. Celebrate the Trinity. Sunday is the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the day we mark our Christian belief in the triune God (God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). What do your kids know about the ? Holy  Sunday is a good time to brush up on this central mystery of the faith…and to celebrate, too. Here are a few ideas and resources, including videos, recipes, and a little quiz.

3. Reflect God’s love with your family. Families are the most perfect reflection of the Trinity that God put on earth. How does your family exemplify God’s love to the world and one another? In the readings for the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, we consider the mystery of our triune God. Preview this Sunday’s readings and help make it all accessible to your kids with age-appropriate questions in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home with Jen Schlameuss-Perry.

4. Get your kids to Sunday Mass. In this edition of Brick by Brick, Father Brooke answers your question, “How do I explain to my kids that they have to go to Sunday Mass?” While “because I said so” is a fine answer (albeit ineffective at times), Father Brooke offers additional practical suggestions in video and text format to get your family going every Sunday.

5. Mark Memorial Day the Catholic way with a story about a brave priest and serving others. Memorial Day is here. Celebrate with the usual burgers and dogs, then talk, pray and serve.

  • Tell your kids about Father Emil Joseph Kapuan. A Catholic priest and an Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War, he was awarded the presidential Medal of Honor in 2013, and his sainthood cause is in its initial stages. He bravely stayed with his “boys” while under fire, ministering to them last rites. He eventually was captured and imprisoned, but did not give up his ministry, changing the lives of many regardless of their religion.
  • Pray for the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Here is a prayer for Memorial Day from the United States Council of Catholic Bishops. More prayers can be found here.
  • Serve in memory of those who have served us. Volunteer to help clean up a cemetery, raise and lower flags where needed, properly dispose of and pick up trash where you are picnicking, host a garage sale to raise proceeds for veterans groups, and discuss other ways to help veterans in the future.

6. Purge your kids’ toys. Experts say it’s best to get rid of three-quarters of your kids’ toys. Here’s how Jerry Windley-Daoust and his family spent one Saturday getting rid of most of the toys in their house … and why fewer toys may be better for your kids’ spiritual health in The Toy Purge Challenge.

7. Meet St. Joan of Arc. Learn all about this fiesty teen saint whose feast day is Thursday in Saints for Kids. It includes a coloring page, a story, and two video clips.

8. Celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a big, printable coloring poster. If you’re a Gracewatch patron, download it for free at our Patreon blog; search under the downloads tag.

 

Celebrate the Visitation of Mary with this big coloring poster.

 

 

WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE

Follow us on our new Instagram page and tag us with photos of all the ways you practice the faith with your kids…we’re looking forward to seeing what you’re up to!

Our parenting page on Facebook, PB & Grace Parents, has been buzzing lately with a lot of talk about the Church’s teachings on marriage, depression and parenting, movies, books on Blessed Oscar Romero in light of recent news on his upcoming canonization, and end-of-school gifts for Catholic kids and teachers. It is a closed group to keep threads private so you will have to ask to be included. Welcome!

 

CAN YOU HELP US REACH OUR MAY GOAL?

In order to stay on track for our end-of-year membership goal, we need to raise about $50 in Patron pledges by the end of this month. Can we do it? If just 5% of the people reading this e-mail pledge $1 a month, we sure can. Patronage comes with perks, and helps defray the expense of developing our digital materials. Thanks for your support!

 

YOUR CATHOLIC CALENDAR

Our calendar web app features saints’ feast days and important Church events, with links to more resources, images, a variety of viewing options, and the option to sync with your own calendar.

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COMING UP . . .

  • Corpus Christi Sunday (June 3)
  • Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 8)
  • The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (June 9)
  • Religious Freedom Week (June 22-29)

 

ALL THE COOL CATHOLICS…

… are signing up their middle-grade kids for a different kind of summer reading club. In this program by Virtue Works Media, young teenagers pick their books from a pre-selected list. The kids then identify virtues in the material, record the virtues and earn points. Your kids can participate for fun or join a competitive team.

… and to start off your summer Catholic book club right, why not check out this award-winning Catholic fiction for teens and adults, “Cinder Allia” by Karen Ullo? With a female lead embroiled in war, politics and family turmoil, it promises to be a good one. Let the summer reading begin!

 

RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: TITLE X FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM, GUN VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said “the new regulations to separate abortion from the federal Title X family planning program is greatly needed and deeply appreciated.”

In a statement, which can be found on the U.S. bishops’ website, Cardinal Dolan said: “Abortion always takes the life of a child and often harms the mother, her surviving children, and other family and friends as well. Most Americans recognize that abortion is distinct from family planning and has no place in a taxpayer-funded family planning program. For too long, Title X has been used to subsidize the abortion industry.”

Title X is a federal family planning program that provides funding for clinics serving low-income women. Under the new regulations, the Trump administration will pull funds from groups that provide abortions or make referrals for abortions.

Also, in the wake of the deadly Santa Fe High School shooting, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of USCCB, said: “We as a nation must, here and now, say definitively: no more death! Our Lord is the Lord of life. May he be with us in our sorrow and show us how to honor the precious gift of life and live in peace.” To read the full statement, click here.

 

PARTING WORDS

“A Church that is a mother goes along the path of tenderness. It knows the language of such wisdom of caresses, of silence, of the gaze that knows compassion, that knows silent. It is, too, a soul, a person who lives out this way of being a member of the Church, knowing that he or she is (like) a mother (and) must go along the same path: a person (who is) gentle, tender, smiling, full of love.”

— Pope Francis in his homily for the first feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church 

 

Family Time! is edited by Regina Lordan and Jerry Windley-Daoust.

 

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OUR BOOKS

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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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Regina Lordan, a digital editor at Peanut Butter & Grace, is a mother of three with master’s degrees in education and political science. She currently reviews books for Catholic News Service and is a former assistant international editor of Catholic News Service.

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