11 books every Catholic Middle Schooler should read

Hi, I’m Therese, one of your Holy Heroes Adventure Guides! Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I read before breakfast…during breakfast…between school subjects…while I’m waiting for lunch…before swim practice…in the car home from swim practice…and sometimes I even get in trouble for reading when I’m supposed to be doing something else. We even had to make a rule in my family that you can’t bring a book to the table while waiting for everyone to come down for meals (and my siblings say that I’m to blame)! Ah–well: after all that reading (and re-reading–because I like to read some books over and over and over), I have come up with a list of books that I think every Catholic Middle Schooler should read. To make

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Three women talk: The March for Life

Now, as in every January stretching back for four decades, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from across the country are traveling to Washington, D.C., for the annual “March for Life.” Our family has marched many times over the years. Sometimes our entire family could make it. Sometimes just one parent took some of the children. Sometimes our parents had to stay home while children went with other families or in parish buses or with college groups. This year will be no different, with siblings traveling from different parts of the country, using different modes of transportation, with different groups of people. We three oldest decided to write this blog post to share reflections of the impact this annual event has had on our own lives. Margaret In my junior year in high school,

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5 Simple New Year’s Resolutions (and how to persevere all year!)

It is already the second week of January and most people who firmly resolved to “get back in shape” for 2017…have already stopped going to the gym. What kind of resolutions can you make and REALLY KEEP during the craziness of kids, work, and all the responsibilities that come with gearing up for another year? The most important thing you can do is make a resolution that is small enough for you to do every day. This will prevent you from getting overwhelmed while also doing something to better yourself each day. Another thing that helps make a great resolution is choosing something that can help you and your family grow spiritually in their Catholic faith! We have come up with five ideas for the whole family (and simple tips to help you KEEP your resolutions this year)! Number

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Read-aloud books that even (my) dad likes to read

When it’s time for bedtime stories, Dad’s usually tired, so sometimes he’s the one who will fall asleep while he’s reading (well, he dozes off when he is interrupted by DISCUSSIONS and COMMENTS on what he just read–and we have a lot of, er, spontaneous discussions in our family!). But: even though most of us are too old to listen to bedtime stories, we always come to hear him read from the Mitchells three book set (and he NEVER falls asleep, either). This great set by Hilda van Stockum presents a rollicking story of a large Catholic family during the 1940s. From big sister Joan to baby Timmy, the five Mitchell children struggle to adjust to life without Daddy after he leaves to fight during World War II in the first book of the set, Five for Victory. Then Joan

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Finding ways to Truly Celebrate Advent with Family and Friends

The “Holidays” are coming–and don’t they all seem to run together now? The commercials, the radio, and the store fronts won’t let you forget it: all sorts of holidays are just ahead. As the weather cools and the familiar Fall sights and smells invade our senses we look forward to pumpkin pie, seeing family we haven’t in a while, exchanging gifts, and all the traditions the fall and winter brings. As the hubbub and chaos ensues, I often find that everything is over before I really get a chance to reflect on the meaning of these Holy Days, these Holidays. My best laid plans to really teach my kids what this time is all about get pushed aside and before we know it we are packing up the manger after Epiphany and trying to sneak in some lessons as we wrap the Baby Jesus

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