This week in The Bread:
- Respect Life Sunday is coming up…we’ll point you to prayers, posters, and social media cards.
- Celebrate the feast day of a fifteen-year-old courtesan-turned-hermit; plus, it’s the feast of St. Faustina and Our Lady of the Rosary. We share a mysteries of the rosary card-sorting game to celebrate.
- Get a new St. Francis of Assisi coloring sheet (PDF version only) to celebrate his feast day October 4.
- In the PB&J Game, play I Spy with a Christian twist.
- Have you seen War Room? Read how Becky Arganbright made “war rooms” for her own kids, with great results.
- Break open the Word of God with Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry; this week’s Sunday readings focus on community, marriage, and the blessing of children.
- Heidi Indahl talks about how to make a rule of life for your family
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In this Sunday’s Scriptures, we hear an affirmation of community (“It is not good for the man to be alone”), of marriage (“The two of them become one flesh”), and of children (“The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these”). Families are the “seed” of society—with children leading the way.
This week, ask your family: How do children, at their best, reveal the kingdom of God?
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one flesh.
May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.
—Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
“Therefore what God has joined together,
no human being must separate.”
For more resources for studying and reflecting on this Sunday’s Scriptures, check out Breaking Open the Word at Home by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry.
SUNDAY October 4
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
» Respect Life Sunday
» Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
MONDAY October 5
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)
The mystic to whom Jesus revealed the depth of his divine mercy.
TUESDAY October 6
St. Bruno (1030-1101)
Founder of the Carthusian Order, known for its austere life of solitude and prayer.
WEDNESDAY October 7
Our Lady of the Rosary
A feast day celebrating the victory of the rosary.
THURSDAY October 8
St. Pelegia (fourth century)
The beautiful 15-year-old courtesan and dancer who, after her conversion, put on plain clothes and became a hermit.
FRIDAY October 9
St. Denis (d. 258)
The martyred first Bishop of Paris, and one of the patron saints of France.
SATURDAY October 10
St. Daniel Comboni (1831-1881)
Founder of the Comboni Missionaries, who promoted the cause of African catechists.
THE WEEKS AHEAD
2 weeks to World Mission Sunday (Oct. 18)
4 weeks to All Saints Day
Start planning an All Saints Day party at your parish or for your family.
THE PB&J GAME
Color in a star for every item your family tries this week. Add up the points and celebrate your accomplishment next Sunday with a small treat or reward!
- October is Respect Life month, and this Sunday is Respect Life Sunday. The U.S. Catholic bishops have a whole bunch of cool resources on their Respect Life page, including cover and profile pics for your social media, printable posters and prayer cards, suggested prayer intentions, and articles. 15 points
- Although the Church doesn’t mark feast days that fall on Sunday, this Sunday would have been the feast day of St. Francis. Sneak in a blessing of your pets or backyard animals during family prayer! 5 points
- Pray the rosary (or part of it) on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. If you haven’t prayed the rosary with your kids yet, check out 9 Tips for Praying the Rosary with Kids. 20 points
- Make a War Room for your kids (see the article at pbgrace.com). 60 points
- Check out the Mysteries of the Rosary Sorting Activity by Heidi Indahl; it’s a free download of printable cards, and a great way for older kids to learn the mysteries of the rosary. 20 points
- Play a Christian version of I Spy: Challenge your kids to find something beautiful in their immediate surroundings. How many beautiful things can they find? 1 point per beautiful thing
- Go to confession with your kids this week; see Celebrating Reconciliation with Kids for ideas. 60 points
- Who’s that saint? Which of this week’s saints, after being beheaded, picked up his/her head and preached a sermon on repentance? 25 points
EVEN MORE FOR YOUR WEEK
The Gift of Marriage and Family | Breaking Open the Word at Home
by Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry
Go to your War Room! How I got my kids to “battle it out” with God
by Becky Arganbright