Journey with the Pope 

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2022

“What truly happens in life — that is — that trials that are too heavy fall on a person, on a family, on a people, trials that are disproportionate in relation to human lowliness and frailty. It often happens in life that “when it rains it pours”, as the saying goes. And some people are overcome by an accumulation of evil that truly seems excessive and unjust. It is like this for many people. We have all known people like this. We have been struck by their cry, but we have also often admired the firmness of their faith and love in their silence. I am thinking of parents of children with serious disabilities, those who live with a permanent illness, those who assist a member of their family… These situations are often aggravated by the scarcity of economic resources. At certain junctures in history, the accumulation of burdens gives the impression that they were given a group appointment. This is what happened in these years with the Covid-19 pandemic… If you have some wound in your heart, some pain, and you want to object, object even to God. God will listen to you. God is a Father. God is not afraid of our prayer of protest, no! God understands.
Pope Francis      General Audience ~ May 18, 2022
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With puzzles, games, and activities, Bible verses, and prayers, this summer activity booklet makes a perfect year-end gift for families.
When Jesus appeared to his disciples on the seashore after his resurrection, they did not recognize him at first. In God: Discovering the Divine, Henri Nouwen helps us open our eyes to see the Lord's true nature.
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This beautiful booklet guides parishioners through the new synodality - Pope Francis’s call for a worldwide Synod where ALL the faithful are asked to share their experience, strength, hope, frustrations, and questions.
This Divine Mercy Sunday, share the news that our Lord and God now stands among us, risen from the dead. He bears the marks of the nails as a sign of his victory over death and the grave. And he shares them, openly, with his followers.
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This engaging activity booklet introduces kids to the children and teens of the Bible—and the lessons they teach about the Christian virtues.
Reflect on the writings of author Henri Nouwen throughout these final days of Lent as we are Drawn to the Cross and beyond to our Lord's Resurrection!
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Fr. Dan Daly offers a fresh take on both the remarkable episodes from Jesus’ life as well as the delightful parables that he shared with the crowds.
This Holy Week, let the reflections in From Palms to Passion help focus your attention on the the steps our Lord took toward the cross.
 

"God of newness and discovery,

help us to find new ways to seek you,

always mindful of the journey,

not just the destination."


From A Church Renewed: 30 Days with Pope Francis on the New Synodality

  LPI CONNECT! Sunday Reflection

"O gentle God. Give us the grace to unite ourselves with the mind and heart of Christ Jesus, the Incarnate One, as we approach ourselves and one another, without judgement and with unconditional love."
From Prayerfully We Prepare: A Lenten Examination of Conscience

"Lord, help me to feel your love, to know you are always with me. Help me to open my heart to you in intimate friendship and to, in turn, share your love with others."
From Heart-to-Heart Talks with Jesus: Intimate Encounters with Our Loving Savior

"Lord God,

how I want to be a true disciple of Jesus your Son!

Teach me the discipline of small steps so that I may become, one day, a saint among the saints."
From Stations of Strength: Praying the Stations of the Cross in Times of Suffering

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"Lord,

help me to embrace aging and to grow older gracefully.

Give me a deep appreciation of every day.

Give me the courage to live my life to the fullest.

Instill in me the gift of wisdom. Amen."
From The Wisdom Years: Prayers & Practices for Finding Joy in Life's Second Half

This week, reflect on 

The Road Back to God.

God’s forgiving and renewing power

is what animates us in our Christian walk

of active love and service,

revealed as we draw near to Christ’s cross.

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Take a “slow look” at the Lord’s Prayer with Fr. David Knight, who brings his famously fresh, inspiring, and often exciting insights to the prayer Jesus taught.
Place your heart and mind in the hands of God this week of Lent. In just minutes a day, author Sarah Thomas Tracy shares a daily prayer, calling believers to abandon sin and Come to the Light.
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This latest volume in the popular Threshold Bible Study book series focuses on the fascinating book of Hebrews.
Find daily encouragement to pray for the graces needed to make positive changes in your life. The devotions in Growing in Grace will lead you toward a more meaningful Lent, and ultimately, a more joyous celebration of Easter
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Children “meet” Jesus and some of his Gospel friends in these kid-friendly reflections, stories, puzzles and activities.
In need of healing? From illness, pain, stress? In The Healing Mysteries of the Rosary, Fr. Thomas Connery shows how the treasured practice of prayer brings us closer to true wellness.
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Bestselling author Gunilla Norris shares reflections from her experience as a caregiver that offer hope, strength and support for each day.
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus challenges us to love one another as God loves. Let the words of Henri Nouwen guide you to deeper understanding of that Love this week.
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In these uncertain times, Connie Clark invites families to see Lent as a season to “deepen our trust in God, who walks us through all the question marks in our lives.”
As you celebrate Valentine's Day with your family this week, recall God's greatest gift with the reflections in For God So Loved the World.
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Drawing upon some of the most vital moments in the New Testament, Leo Gafney calls us into a life-changing conversation with Jesus in the gospels.
In this Sunday's gospel reading, Jesus calls his first disciples. That same calling, that same welcome, is for all of us. Welcome, You Belong!
This powerful encyclical is Pope Francis’ “cry from the heart” to all people of the earth to see beyond their differences and begin to grow together to build a new and peaceful world.
May the reflections and prayers in 365 Devotions for Catholics guide your thoughts and strengthen your relationship with the Lord this week.
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Engage confirmation candidates in deeper prayer this Lent with these forty conversations and prayer starters.
On Tuesday, Jan. 25, we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul. When he encountered Christ, Paul found a new identity. Reflect on your own Identity this week with the writings of Henri Nouwen.
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If you are seeking practical, caring, and experienced help in any of your relationships, Healing Wounded Relationships is an excellent companion for your journey.
Keep the celebration of Jesus' birth going and growing throughout all 12 Days of Christmas!
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Through imaginative stories popular author Leo Gafney helps readers place themselves into the Scripture accounts. A wonderful gift for those who love Bible stories!
As your family continues its Advent preparation this week, let the familiar scenes from "It's a Wonderful Life" provide the backdrop for reflection on the lifelong blessings we receive through Christ.
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Guided by the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, this in-depth examination of conscience booklet offers a fresh approach for reflecting on our daily discipleship journey.
During the second week of Advent, focus your thoughts and prayers on the heavenly peace announced by God's angelic messengers as they shared good tidings of great joy to all the earth.
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The latest book in the award-winning Threshold Bible Study series examines the questions Jesus asks his listeners.
As your family begins its Advent preparation this Sunday, share the devotions and prayers in Season's Greetings. These prayerful reflections focus our seasonal celebrations on the Christ Child!

Catechist: The Gift of Song
Catholic Digest: How To Say “I Do” Every Day

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This all-new collection of wisdom from spiritual master and renowned religious leader Sr. Joan Chittister is essential reading for all who long to grow closer to God and one another.
This Thanksgiving, reflect on the practice of thankful LIVING with this seasonal pamphlet that encourages us to share our bounties with others
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Awaken new possibilities for living the Sunday gospels each week with these unique and inspiring reflections for liturgical year C.
As we celebrate Veterans Day next week, share the devotions in Onward Christian Soldiers with those you know who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces.
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In this small gem of a book, best-selling author and longtime pastoral minister Lorene Duquin offers a spiritual boost for anyone experiencing the aging process.
 
Let the thoughtful reflections in 365 Devotions for Catholics guide you this week and through the feasts of All Saints and All Souls.

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In this immersive exploration of the gospels, Fr. Dan Daly offers a fresh take on both the remarkable episodes from Jesus’ life as well as the delightful parables that he shared with the crowds.
 
This week we celebrate the feast days of St. Paul of the Cross and St. John Paul II. The words of these saints help us to reflect on Christ's arrival and to prepare our hearts for his glorious return.
Tom Elliott guides us into the depths of God’s love and acceptance as we contemplate Jesus’ life through Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.
 
Fall is time for family fun! Try out this family game focused on the things we're thankful for this time of year. A pumpkin-spiced recipe is also included!
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Catechist: Saint Costume Ideas
Catholic Digest: What’s Stopping You?
In October we honor "The Rosary". This study explores the biblical roots of each of the mysteries of the rosary and the meditative tradition of this popular prayer.
 
The rosary, by its very nature, is a healing prayer. Fr. Thomas Connery's Healing Mysteries of the Rosary  provides a calming companion to the traditional meditation and prayers. We celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.
 
 
Just the right book for young children ages 5-8 all about the Mass. Including colorful artwork, Mass prayers and rites.
 
Celebrate the many saint and feast days this week, including The Holy Guardian Angels and St. Francis of Assisi, with these colorful and contemplative prayer cards.
Lord, help me to love the way you desire:
unreservedly, with no expectation of reward.

From 365 Hopeful Devotions for Catholics
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This beautifully written resource gently offers practical advice for people of all ages who live with anxiety, as well as for their family, friends and the larger community.
 
Finding God is fundamental to our nature as Christians in this world, so it is no wonder that Henri Nouwen reflects in his works on where God can be found and how God finds us
Catholic Digest:  Praying With Our Kids
 
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Help children prepare to receive the sacrament of reconciliation with this engaging, story-based activity booklet.
Focus on God's eternal love this week! The reflections in For God So Loved the World help give a clearer understanding of God's great love for us through the gift of Jesus.
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Inspired by Pope Francis call to all young people of the world to read the Beatitudes, this booklet offers short reflections, plus simple questions and things teens can do to make the Beatitudes their own.
 
Celebrate the grandparents in your family. If you are a grandparent, celebrate the example of faith that you are to your family as you Pray, Play and Proclaim!
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Study the dynamics of forgiveness and how it can bring healing to your personal life, family, and our church.
 
Start the month of September off right with a week's worth of daily devotions from 365 Devotions for Catholics.
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This booklet offers solid advice for how to make the Mass more accessible and relevant to even the youngest child.
 
This week, focus your prayers on those around you. The thoughtful intercessions in Living Faith: Prayers for Catholics will help to guide your reflection and prayer.
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This brand new activity booklet introduces kids to the children and teens of the Bible—and the lessons they teach about the Christian virtues.
 
Learn more about the saints as a family this week! The questions and answers in this Trivia Card set help to get the conversation started.
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A marvelous booklet for parents and caregivers to renew, refresh, and restore.
 
On Sunday, August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Follow Pope Francis' example and focus on your devotion to Mary throughout this week.
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Sister Joan offers great spiritual reading for all who long to break open the psalms and pray with them more attentively.
The morning prayers found in Living Faith: Prayers for Catholics provide a prayerful start to each day. Add this powerful practice to your morning routine.
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No matter how long we’ve been participating in the Mass, there is always the possibility of seeing it in a new way, with fresh eyes.
Celebrate Jesus, The Bread of Life, whenever you break bread with family or friends this month. This printable placemat can be used a meals and gatherings.

 

Part 2
In April of this year, the St. John Bosco Ensemble recorded some favorite songs (Part 1) that they played at Mass through the years. They have now released Part 2 of the musical celebration. Although they have returned to 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays, you don't want to miss this celebration! 

 

Beautiful musical celebration ! Each and everyone did such a fantastic job with solo and ensemble. Thanks Clare and Jodi especially. You have been using your musical talents and voices for many years ! Great !
 
Indeed, God is great and worthy to be praised. We thank God for the gift of faith and for our St. John Bosco Faith Community. Thank you Jodi and co for the heart uplifting songs. Beautiful!!!
Blessed be God
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Catholic Digest: The Blessing Of A Forgiving Heart

When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.

(Mark 11:25)

 

In silence, let’s all think … of a person with whom we are annoyed, with whom we are angry, someone we do not like. Let us think of that person and in silence, at this moment, let us pray for this person and let us become merciful with this person.

(Pope Francis, Angelus, Sept. 15, 2013)

 

Nothing is clearer in the Gospel than our call to forgive life’s hurts, and yet nothing can be more difficult than acting on this command of Jesus. Many Christians do not even try because the forgiveness of some hurts seems impossible. Yet all of us know of Jesus’ inspiring examples of forgiveness: forgiving his disciples who betrayed, denied, and abandoned him in his hour of greatest need; forgiving his executioners from the cross.  Keep Reading . . .

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This unique retreat experience encourages readers to profoundly reflect on five key questions that Henri Nouwen himself wrestled with. 
Celebrate the "Grands" in your family and the special role they play in sharing their faith: Grandparents Pray, Play and Proclaim!
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This book is a powerful compass for anyone interested in Ignatian spirituality and growing closer to God through contemplation and discernment.
On July 26 we celebrate the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Anne, the parents of Mary and grandparents of Jesus. Use the activity pages of Thank God for Grandparents to strengthen the generational bond in your family this week.
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Bernadette Snyder brings laughter, love, and common sense wisdom to all of her prayer “mutterings” and helps us remember to thank the good Lord for treasures like old coffeepots and dear friends.
Summertime is great time to focus on Faith and Family.  Gather, reflect and pray with these family-focused messages from Pope Francis.
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This delightful book from a beloved writer is "just what the doctor ordered" to lift your own spirit or the spirit of someone you love.
This Independence Day, we thank God for our freedoms and pray for those in service and their families with the prayers in Keeping Watch.
 
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In this booklet Carole Eipers offers a compassionate and honest guide to talking with children about death, loss, and grief.
Continue your Father's Day celebration throughout the week with the devotions in A Father's Love.

Pope Francis and Prayer

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021

“A prayer that alienates itself from life is not healthy. A prayer that alienates us from the concreteness of life becomes spiritualism, or worse, ritualism… The time dedicated to being with God revives faith, which helps us in the practicalities of living, and faith, in turn, nurtures prayer, without interruption. In this circularity between faith, life and prayer, one keeps alight that flame of Christian love that God expects of us.”
Pope Francis      GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021
 

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2021

“Let us repeat the simple prayer that it is so good to repeat during the day. All together: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”… I invite everyone to grow in a spirit of constant prayer, capable of uniting our daily lives and making them a sacrifice pleasing to the Lord. Upon you and your families I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!”
GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2021

“Little prayers: “Lord, have mercy on us,” “Lord, help me.” So, prayer is a kind of musical staff, where we arrange the melody of our lives. It is not in contrast with daily work; it does not contradict the many small obligations and appointments; if anything, it is the place where every action finds its meaning, its reason and its peace.”
GENERAL AUDIENCE JUNE 9, 2021
 

MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021

“Even if our prayers were only stuttering, if they were compromised by a wavering faith, we must never cease to trust in Him: I do not know how to pray but He prays for me. Supported by Jesus’ prayer, our timid prayers rest on eagle wings and soar up to Heaven. Do not forget: Jesus is praying for me. Now? Now. In the moment of trial, in the moment of sin, even in that sin, Jesus is praying for me with so much love.”
Pope Francis      ANGELUS MAY 30, 2021
 

TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2021

“When we pray we must be humble, so that our words are actually prayers and not just idle talk that God rejects… I go to pray but You, Lord, convert my heart so that it asks for what is convenient, for what will be best for my spiritual health… On some occasions, therefore, the solution to the problem is not immediate… Then, over time, things have worked out but in God’s way, the divine way, not according to what we wanted in that moment. God’s time is not our time.”
Pope Francis    GENERAL AUDIENCE MAY 26, 2021

Bayard Faith Resources at Home

Must read articles for all parents 

Catholic Digest: The Great Leap

Catholic Digest: The Gift Of Imperfect Parents

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This recently revised, expanded edition answers the questions most commonly asked by both Catholics and non-Catholics. Also makes a great housewarming or wedding gift!
In this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus speaks "Peace, be still" to the storm, and peace comes. Reflect on this peace in the pages of Freedom: Finding Peace in Anxious Times.
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Marriage expert John Bosio offers couples a blueprint for happiness based on the wisdom of the Christian Tradition.
These prayers will help bolster your relationship with the Blessed Virgin Mary, growing closer to her son as well, as we observe the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary this week.
 
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June 11th is The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Discover how devotion to the Sacred Heart can be revitalized in our day through a spirituality that is biblical and contemporary.
We celebrate The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ this weekend. Reflect on Christ's gifts and how we receive them with the thoughtful resource First Holy Communion All Over Again.
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This thoroughly Catholic summer activity book makes a perfect year-end gift for families in Catholic schools and parish programs.
As we near the end of May, reflect on your relationship with our dear Mother Mary in the pages of Pope Francis: Devoted to Mary.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Enjoy John Burland's new song for sending out from the “Gathered as Your People Lord” collection,

called “Go Out to All of the Earth”. "

...and they were sent out to all of the earth to proclaim the message of God's great love."

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Popular and beloved author Joyce Rupp offers us the spiritual assurance that God is always with us, a loving, enduring presence.
Use this collection of Pentecost prayers around your table this week as you celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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This inspiring book of prayers can help anyone who seeks to understand Mary or who wishes to deepen their relationship with this most powerful intercessor and true friend. 
Continue the celebration of Mother's Day throughout this week with a bright bouquet of devotions in Blessed Are You!
APRIL 28, 2021 Pope Francis GENERAL AUDIENCE April 14, 2021

“Do I pray, certain that I am in the Church and that I pray with the Church? Or do I pray a bit according to my idea  and then make my ideas become prayer?... Without faith everything collapses; and without prayer faith is extinguished. Faith and prayer together. There is no other alternative.

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From the Introductory Rites to the concluding Rites of the Mass, this illuminating booklet helps us explore the sacred mystery that is the source and summit of our Catholic life. 
Author, pediatrician and religious educator Pat Fosarelli's booklet, Let's Talk About Bullying, provides a faith-centered way for parents and children to open up with each other about bullying.
 
SONG OF THE WEEK
A new gathering song from the “Gathered as Your People Lord” collection, called “We Are Your People Lord”. As we gather one body, one spirit in Christ, we are strengthened together.
©2021 John Burland. John Burland is the National Music Consultant for Bayard.

Children’s Bedside Prayer

Bless me, Lord, as this day ends,
Bless my family and a

ll my friends,
Keep me safe throughout the night,
and wake me with the morning’s light

 

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.

 

Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

Canticle of Simeon

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
you have prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.

 

An Evening Family Prayer (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded to us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Amen.

 

Phos Hilaron

O radiant light, O sun divine
of God the Father’s deathless face,
O image of the light sublime
that fills the heav’nly dwelling place.

Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades,
as shine the lights of eventide,
we praise the Father with the Son,
the Spirit blest and with them one.

O Son of God, the source of life,
praise is your due by night and day;
unsullied lips must raise the strain
of your proclaimed and splendid name.

For more family prayers, get The Catholic Family Book of Prayers.

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Celebrate Arbor Day on April 30th!  Based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home), this user-friendly book presents 30 well-designed lessons and activities on what we can do to help make care for the Earth part of our faith lives. 
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we will hear Jesus compare his followers to branches growing from him, the Vine. Reflect on Jesus' metaphor through the pages of Wine and the Word.
 
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An essential reminder for moms of all ages, this little booklet is filled with the many ways we meet God in the daily moments of motherhood.
Focus on the familiar words of Psalm 23 as you prepare for Good Shepherd Sunday this week: The Lord is My Shepherd.
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Christ’s call to love thy neighbor has taken on new importance in our time. This little booklet presents an easy way  to integrate acts of mercy into daily life.
As we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday this week, let the words of Fr. Joe Kempf guide you to a deeper understanding of God's love and forgiveness in The Joy of Mercy.
 

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This bestselling way of the cross follows Jesus on his journey to Calvary through the eyes of his mother, Mary.
On Palm Sunday, we will hear Jesus' Passion story as he enters Jerusalem on his path to the cross. Reflect on this Holy Week journey with the devotions in From Palms to Passion.

From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has devoted much of his attention to the family. At World Youth Day in Brazil in 2013, he spoke often and profoundly to young people about faith and family, noting in one instance: "How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!"

 

With Pope Francis Celebrates Faith and Familywe honor family life and Pope Francis' commitment to the important role families play in nurturing our faith in God.

This wonderful booklet

invites teens

to consider the many ways we grow spiritually:

through the sacraments,

prayer,

and attentiveness to God’s presence in everyday occurrences.

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This beautiful booklet is filled with ways to keep the Easter spirit alive throughout the fifty days of Easter and beyond! 
This Sunday's Gospel reading includes one of the most beloved passages of scripture: John 3:16 "For God so loved the world..." Reflect on those words this week in For God So Loved.
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With a unique focus on the Lenten readings, this powerful booklet offers over 50 questions to explore our daily habits, choices, and actions throughout this penitential season and beyond.
Reflecting on the kindness and generosity of the Lord, the “Compassionate One,” through prayer can be nothing short of transformative. Allow the short but substantive prayers in Sr. Chris Koellhoffer's In Your Kindness to enrich you and accompany you this week.
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Best-selling author and spiritual writer Fr. David Knight fervently reminds us that to live a Christian life means actively embracing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
While Lent can be a somber time, it is also a celebration of what Jesus has done for us. Father Thomas Connery encourages us to observe Lent With Grace and Gladness. 
 
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Find comfort in these inspirational devotions written in the form of messages from Jesus as he speaks to a beloved and treasured friend.
As the season of Lent begins, commit to Practicing Love within yourself, your family, your community.
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On Thursday, February 11, we celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes. Strengthen your own devotion to Mary through thoughtful reflection from Pope Francis in Devoted to Mary.
This surprising and enlightening volume from the Threshold Bible Study series offers 30 lessons to help individuals and groups “open the door” to the heart of Scripture.
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Our Lord Jesus cures the sick in this Sunday's gospel reading. Learn the history and basics of the Sacrament, Anointing of the Sick this week with God's Healing Embrace
SONG OF THE WEEK

Here is the video for John Burland's new song “I Forgive”.
It will be used to launch the “I Forgive Day” in Sydney on February 1, 2021 at Parliament House.

A great resource for Lent!

Wanting to pray better is the first step in praying better. In How to Pray, Fr. Thomas Connery couples wit, wisdom and practical storytelling with tips on how to improve one’s prayer life.
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In her imaginative and engaging style, Marci Alborghetti introduces us to a spiraling Pilate, a penitent Dismas, a brooding Roman soldier, and an agonized mother who bears suffering with uncanny strength.

In Peace Begins With Us, author Connie Clark offers  ideas, prayers and activities to help us start bringing peace back into our homes.
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Each of these 30 exercises provides preparation for prayer, a brief reflection, guidelines for entering the Scripture passage, and a beautiful closing prayer.

Reflection for SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021

“Saints remind us that holiness can blossom even in our lives, however weak and marked by sin. In the Gospels we read that the first saint to be “canonized” was a thief, and he was “canonized”, not by a Pope, but by Jesus himself. Holiness is a journey of life, of a long, short or instantaneous encounter with Jesus, but always a witness.” 

Pope Francis - General Audience - April 7, 2021

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How do you explain the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to teens?
Through the extraordinary stories of beloved saints in this wonderful book!

Jesus is truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is also our loving Good Shepherd. May the devotions in The Lord is My Shepherd guide you closer to the Lamb of God this week.
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Is it possible to carry on good conversations with people with whom we disagree?
Lorene Duquin's latest booklet can help!

SONG OF THE WEEK

A prayer for the new year presented by Catholic Online.

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Drawing upon some of the most vital moments in the New Testament, Leo Gafney calls us into a life-changing conversation with Jesus in the gospels.

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This powerful encyclical is Pope Francis’ “cry from the heart” to all people of the earth

to see beyond their differences and begin to grow together to build a new and peaceful world.

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Chocked full of stories and questions to reflect upon,

this book is a must-have for any caregiver who seeks nourishment in their call.

 
SONG OF THE WEEK

People from 5 continents, professional or amateur musicians and singers, join together to sing and play Amazing Grace to give hope to those who despair, console those who mourn, and encourage those who are on the frontline!
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In a world beset by the ugliness of war, greed, and injustice,

we all need to seek, find, and let our hearts rest in the experience of beauty.

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 Click on picture to read the compelling story of the man behind the beloved hymn. 

Each of us are called to be Witnesses to God’s love and “Arise and Go Out” and share the Good news with others. 

Official video for "Arise and Go Out" from John Burland's album "ARISE".

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This poignant and often humorous collection of prayers will keep Jesus "at your side" to help with the ups and downs of daily life!
Whether your loss is recent or not, reflect on these thoughtful Prayers for Time of Loss as you remember and pray for all those who have gone before us this month.
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Gerald Straub's dramatic story is a modern-day pilgrimage into the prayerful heart of St. Francis of Assisi.
In her booklet Modern Day Saints, author Amy Welborn writes that the saints help us understand the gospel and, most importantly, how to live it, even in the modern age.
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Fr. Tracy O'Sullivan explores how we petition God and what hinders our authentic prayer in this engaging booklet filled with stories and insights. 
Love God. Love my neighbor. These are the greatest commandments. In The Joy of Mercy, Fr. Joe Kempf provides a warm invitation to live out our love for God and neighbor each and every day.

 

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Sr. Melannie Svoboda is  just one of the many authors in this beautiful book where popular writers share their thoughts and reflections on a favorite Scripture quote.

 

Though our workplaces may look different this year, it is good to remember that we are able to keep (and share) our faith while engaged in our vocation. The brief reflections in Keeping the Faith in the Workplace provide inspiration to your work day.
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In a crisp, reader-friendly style, Sister Janet sets forth countless insights on aging drawn from Scripture, her own experience, and her rich interaction with others.
On October 7 we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary. Learn and reflect on the healing power of The Rosary with these insightful thoughts from Fr. Thomas J. Connery.
SONG OF THE WEEK

Amazing Grace, sung by Fr. Rob Galea feat. Maria Legayada.

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Meyer's insightful and down-to-earth stories are sure to bring joy, tears, laugher, and challenge!
Praying the Peace Prayer of St. Francis can be a valuable exercise, in October, in Lent, any time anxiety and unrest is present. These reflections help in that prayerful practice.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Liturgist and award-winning author Glenn Byer reflects on ways to deepen our experience of Eucharist whether we are present in Church or at home, in this webinar from the Living with Christ Webinar Series

For a limited time, save 20% off Glenn Byer's books and ALL Living with Christ resources on bayardfaithresources.com with promo code GLENNBYER.

Being a good worker in God's kingdom includes stewardship of time, talent and treasure. This book of prayers focuses on that good stewardship.
 
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Reassuring and full of wise and practical suggestions, this lovely book makes a perfect gift for newly married couples. 
SONG OF THE WEEK

Gratia Plena, sung by Andrea Bocelli (From The Soundtrack Of “Fatima”).
Learn more about the film, here.

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