June 4-10: Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
Pentecost + St. Boniface + St. Columba + St. Antonina of Constantinople
Notice something new this week? We’ve changed our name again. “Family Time” is what our family used to call our daily family meeting and prayer…and now it’s the name of our weekly newsletter, too. Don’t worry, we’ve kept all the good stuff!
7 CATHOLIC THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS THIS WEEK
Comfort a grieving mom. When a friend or loved one loses a baby during pregnancy or at birth, it may seem there’s not much we can say or do. But here are three simple ways to ease their burden, offered by someone who’s been there more than once. Regular contributor Heidi Indahl is also the author of our newly released book, Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb: Rosary Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss. You can head over to Gracewatch Media to preview the whole book, then buy a copy there or at Amazon. (Your reviews on Amazon and elsewhere are appreciated, and critical to the success of our books!)
End the Easter season with a bang (literally). Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season, and deserves its own celebration with noisemakers, balloons, fire, wind—well, you get the idea, or you will once you read Nine Things to Do with Your Kids on Pentecost.
Receive the Holy Spirit. It’s Pentecost, which commentators usually connect with the birthday of the Church and the sacrament of Confirmation. But Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry makes another connection in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home, this time to the sacrament of Reconciliation, which also gets its day in the sun during the Gospel reading. Preview the Scriptures with Jennifer (and your kids) to sort it all out.
Extend a sign of peace. Becky Arganbright dreads the sign of peace because it involves social interaction with strangers. So she was less than thrilled about the talkative young woman in line with her at the post office…but what began as an awkward encounter turned into something beautiful, and an insight into how God wants our encounters with one another to lead to peace.
Get a family prayer time habit started. The start of summer is a great time to start (or re-boot and/or refresh) your family prayer time. Setting aside a regular time to pray together as a family is the first step towards a lifelong habit of prayer for your kids. Here are nine strategies for getting started, plus tips for dealing with those “prayer time crazies.”
Get 101 ideas for summertime screen-free fun. Remember your own childhood, back in the days when there was one screen in the house, and Mom and Dad had fir5st dibs on it—and laid down the rules for when it was on and off? Remember what you spent your summers doing? Make sure your kids don’t miss out on real summer fun; get Sara Estabrooks‘s 101 ideas for screen-free fun over at Her View From Home.
Read a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins. The anniversary of this ground-breaking Jesuit priest-poet’s death is this week; you can share his story with your kids and then read one or two of his poems, the theme of which was often “reading” nature as a book that points toward God. The Poetry Foundation makes 21 of his poems available (you’ll need to click on the poems tab); The Wreck of the Deutschland, Pied Beauty, God’s Grandeur, and The Windhover are all good candidates with religious themes.
SAINTS FOR YOUR KIDS TO KNOW & LOVE
St. Boniface (Monday), who spent much of his life (675-751) starting the Church in Germany and converting its people to Christianity. Before being killed by armed bandits, he told his friends: “Cease fighting. Lay down your arms, for we are told in Scripture not to render evil for good but to overcome evil by good.”
Gerard Manley Hopkins (Thursday); Hopkins, a Jesuit priest (1884-1889), is best known for his ground-breaking poetry, as the Poetry Foundation notes in its extensive biography: “Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of the three or four greatest poets of the Victorian era. He is regarded by different readers as the greatest Victorian poet of religion, of nature, or of melancholy. However, because his style was so radically different from that of his contemporaries, his best poems were not accepted for publication during his lifetime, and his achievement was not fully recognized until after World War I.” Much of his poetry regarded “nature as a book written by God which leads its readers to a thoughtful contemplation of Him.”
St. Columba (Friday) got into a fight with another monk, St. Finnian, over who owned a book; the fight led to a battle in which many men died. In sorrow, Columba sailed to a lonely island called Iona; the monastery he founded there is famous worldwide.
St. Antonina of Constantinople (Saturday) escaped prison when a Roman soldier named Anthony gave her his uniform for a disguise; when she learned he was being tortured for letting her escape, she returned and was killed, too.
Peanut Butter & Grace recommends families use Give Us This Day
or another daily missal for daily readings, saint stories, and prayers.
» The price of ILLUMINATED ROSARY books will be going up June 1 due to pricing changes at our print vendor. Order now to get your books before the price hike. We’ll be coming out with a revamped second edition in the fall that should be priced more affordably for most families. «
RAISING FAITHFUL CITIZENS: HOW TO BE A MISSIONARY
Among the questions Pope Francis took from four youth during a recent visit to Genoa was one about how to be a missionary in the face of modern challenges. Above all, the pope said, being a missionary “means letting yourself be transformed by the Lord…. Normally when we live these activities, we are joyful when things go well, and this is good, but there is another transformation that you don’t see, it’s hidden and is born in the lives of all of us.” To be a missionary “allows us to learn how to look, how to see with new eyes.” You can read more about what the pope told the youth at Catholic News Agency.
MARK YOUR (CATHOLIC) CALENDAR FOR . . .
- Most Holy Trinity Sunday (June 11)
- Father’s Day (June 18)
- World Refugee Day (June 20)
Silence is precious;
by keeping silence and knowing how
to listen to God,
the soul grows in wisdom
and God teaches it
what it cannot learn from men.
—Blessed Anne of St. Bartholomew (Wednesday)
WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT ONLINE
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BOOKS FOR SPRING
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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!
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 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.
Molly McBride set. Kids love the spunky young Molly McBride and her feisty sidekick, the wolf-pet Francis. Get books one and two for one low price while supplies last.