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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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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!

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 and even an essay and creative works contest to enter; the theme this year is “A Time to Heal Racism.” (Click through to the PDF for young artists for contest details, plus a great resource on Catholic teaching about racism and portraits of several Catholic heroes.) The Catholic Campaign for Human Development offers an excellent website for its initiative Poverty USA. Click on the link to access more resources and stories of hope.

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 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 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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Family Time! and Peanut Butter & Grace is edited by Regina Lordan and Jerry Windley-Daoust. Find out about our contributors.

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Jerry Windley-Daoust is a writer, editor, and father of five. He writes essays and stories at Windhovering and is the show-runner for Gracewatch Media, a small Catholic publisher. You can follow his latest publishing projects at gracewatch.org.

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