May 19-25: Fifth Week of Easter
St. Bernadette of Siena + Blessed Columba of Rieti + Blessed Franz Jägerstätter + Christian de Chergé + Mary, Help of Christians + St. Rita of Cascia + Emil Kapaun + Maria of Jesus + St. Bede the Venerable
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10 WAYS TO DO FAITH & FAMILY
1. Pray throughout the day. Is it possible for families to “pray without ceasing” throughout their busy days? Super-short, frequent prayers may be the way to go. Here’s how one dad does it.
2. Change a diaper or two, or two thousand. Secular society may tell you that changing diapers is the most menial of tasks, but by spending most of her adult life in such menial tasks, Mary gave them a special dignity. Jerry Windley-Daoust reflects on how we can recover the dignity of parenting through Mary’s quiet example.
3. Love one another. Easier said than done sometimes, but it’s the command Jesus leaves for his disciples in this Sunday’s Gospel. Preview the Sunday Scriptures with your kids in this week’s Breaking Open the Word at Home.
4. Teach your kids about the unique treasures of the Catholic Church. How do you teach kids the unique beauty of the Catholic faith? With a treasure chest and a lesson plan, of course! Becky Arganbright shares her experience and a ready-to-go lesson plan in the latest Confessing the Blessings.
5. Cook up creamy polenta and play a game of cards to celebrate the feast of St. Rita. The feast of this patroness of impossible causes is celebrated this Wednesday. Her story is one of dashed hopes and a joyful future. Cook up a simple recipe using ingredients from her home region with Theresa Wilson in this week’s Cooking with Catholic Kids.
While you are waiting to dig in, read your kids the story of St. Rita in Playing with the Saints! by Christine Henderson. As always, Henderson includes a fun card game, too.
6. Try these best practice to raise faith-filled kids. How do you raise faith-filled kids? By integrating the practice of the faith into the everyday life of your family, Here’s a roundup of the research from Catholic family faith formation expert John Roberto— including a list of the best practices of faith-filled families.
7. Pray for seafarers and sea merchants. Tuesday’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea gives your children an excellent example of how the Church is fully and naturally integrated into every part of life and society. If you do not live in a port community, your kids might not be aware of the hardships and benefits of working with and living near or on the ocean: sustainable fishing, transport of goods, securing national borders, tourism. Read about the Catholic maritime ministry, the Apostleship of the Sea, and say a special prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, for the 1.5 million seafarers in our country.
8. Practice saying “thank you.” Don’t you wish you heard the words “thank you” more often in your home—even for the small stuff? Here’s a simple, easy activity to make saying thank you fun for your kids…and a prayer session to make the habit stick.
9. Make dandelions for dinner. “Can we make dandelions for dinner?” You might think they’re a weed, but the lowly dandelion actually has deep roots in Catholic culture…and was a favorite of G. K. Chesterton. Mom and wildlife biologist Lynda Marie shares her family’s enjoyment of harvesting and appreciating this first sign of spring in this edition of Of Heaven and Earth.
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Thank you, and may God bless your family.