May 12-18: Fourth Week of Easter
Our Lady of Fatima + St. Matthias + St. Isidore + St. Brendan + St. Paschal Baylon + St. John I + Blessed Alciun of York
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8 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
1. Manage Mass with kids. Is your Sunday Mass a mess? Are your kids the “zoo in a pew”? Try these tips and strategies for a more peaceful (and meaningful) Mass experience:
- Preview the Sunday Scriptures with your kids so they can better hear the Word of God during Mass—and yes, even younger children can benefit from the practice. Here’s what to do.
- Help kids stay focused at Mass with these cool tools.
- Manage kids’ behavior using the strategies suggested by parents in our PB & Grace Parents Facebook group.
- Try some of our 25+ tried and true strategies for a better Mass experience.
- Remember that no matter how hard it gets, God is smiling on you and your family.
2. Pray for vocations. Sunday marks the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, a day the Church prays for those considering vocations in the priesthood and consecrated life.
- Do you think your kids might be suited for religious life? Here are ways to open your children’s hearts to considering the vocation by author of the Molly McBride series Jean Schoonover-Egolf.
- Have you seen the reality TV series The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns? This reality documentary series followed five young women as they visited three convents during a six-week discernment period. The show plays up the emotional drama the young women go through, but it also takes its subject seriously. Besides introducing kids to the concept of actively discerning a religious vocation, the questions and struggles experienced by the young women, as well as the wisdom of the religious sisters guiding them, raise many good issues for discussion. Tweens and teens will enjoy this show the most.
3. Follow the Good Shepherd. This Sunday’s readings are all about Jesus as the victorious Lamb of God and the Good Shepherd. Preview the Sunday Scriptures with your kids in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
4. Follow up on your child’s first holy Communion. Now that your child’s first holy Communion day has come and gone, what should you do next? Cindy Coleman, a veteran catechist, offers three practical and doable suggestions for parents in Everything is Grace.
5. Celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, which is celebrated Sunday, revealed herself to the three young children as Our Lady of the Rosary. Here are ways to mark the feast day with your kids.
- Our Lady of Fatima is one of only 11 approved Marian apparitions. Help your children learn about the theology, geology, and history of Marian apparitions by making a timeline with them.
- You can honor Mary the entire month of May by trying to pray the rosary with your children. That’s not always easy for our littlest ones, so here are 12 tips on how to pray the rosary with young kids.
- Learn more about Our Lady of Fatima in this fantastic multimedia presentation from EWTN.
- In case you missed it, here is Brian Smith’s monthly devotion article in honor of Mary.
- And finally, you’ll find lots of gorgeous Marian coloring pages in Dominic De Souza’s Sense of the Sacred coloring book.
6. Celebrate the feast of St. Isidore by gardening with your kids.
This patron saint of farmers was teased by his peers for showing up late to the fields due to lingering too long in church! He’s also the patron saint of Catholic Rural Life, a national conference that works on behalf of farmers. Click through the link to learn more about St. Isidore and the work they do to promote faith-based ethics and the food system in our country. Then, plant an Easter garden with your kids, and ask St. Isidore to bless it.
8. It’s still Easter! How are you reminding your kids that it’s still Easter? The Easter Octave lasts eight days (culminating this Sunday), and the Easter season lasts fifty days (culminating on Pentecost). Check out all the ways to celebrate. All throughout the Easter season, the sprinkling of the assembly with holy water replaces the penitential rite—a reminder of our own death and rebirth with Christ in the waters of baptism. Imitate this rite at home with your kids: Get some holy water from your parish and keep it in a homemade holy water font on your prayer table. Then, bless your kids with the holy water before saying your meal prayer, or before your family prayer time.
POPE ISSUES NEW RULES ON SEXUAL ABUSE
Pope Francis has issued new rules about how to handle sexual abuse in the Church. The rules, promulgated in the Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”) “calls for the establishment of easily accessible reporting systems, clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families, timeliness and thoroughness of investigations, whistleblower protection for those making allegations, and active involvement of the laity,” according to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. You can read his full statement here, including a handy Q & A about the new rules.
Family Time! and Peanut Butter & Grace is edited by Regina Lordan and Jerry Windley-Daoust. Find out about our contributors.