January 6-13 • Christmas Season
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord + St. Raymond of Peñafort + Blessed Eurosia Fabris + St. Adrian of Canterbury + St. Gregory of Nyssa + Blessed William Carter + St. Marguerite Bourgeoys
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6 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
A few options for Catholic moms and dads to try with kids next week.
1. Celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. Hey, birthday announcements don’t get fancier than hanging a star in the sky! Here are six ways you can celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord with your kids, including songs, rituals, recipes, and helpful videos. Break out the blessed chalk!
- Plus, check out Cindy Coleman’s reflection on three gifts your family can give the baby Jesus at Epiphany.
2. Speaking of strangers from far-away lands. . . . Catholics across the country will be marking this coming week as National Migration Week. Yeah, the connection to the Magi is no coincidence. You can find a ton of easy ways to plug in and help out over at the Justice for Immigrants website and related social media sites.
3. A birthday party with strange gifts. Who gives a baby gold and frankincense, much less myrrh? Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry will help you break open this Sunday’s readings with your kids in Breaking Open the Word at Home.
4. Get your family’s spiritual life in shape. New Year’s resolutions aren’t exactly a Christian thing, but maybe they should be. Here are three powerful resolutions for improving your family’s spiritual life this year.
5. Mark Poverty Awareness Month. Looking for ways for your family and parish to answer Pope Francis’ call to live in solidarity with the poor? Here’s an interactive calendar with reflections, facts, readings
6. Take one child on a date to Mass. Have you ever considered taking one of your children on a Mass date—just your child, you, and God? Regina Lordan did just that with her 7-year-old son and found it to be a completely different experience compared to the whole-family-at-Sunday-Mass routine. She offers tips and talking points in Take Your Child on a Date to Mass.
MOLLY MCBRIDE IS A WINNER
Molly McBride and the Party Invitation was just voted the best children’s book of 2018 by Catholic Reads! We always knew she was a winner. See what all the fuss is about by previewing the book.
WIN AN ILLUMINATED ROSARY SET FOR YOUR PARISH
Win an Illuminated Rosary four-book set for your parish! We’re giving away one set per month. A set of Illuminated Rosary books is great for religious ed classrooms, adoration chapels, or prayer groups. Enter here.
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