Anytime this week:
- Read the Gospel.
- Why do you think the people who listened to Jesus were amazed by His teaching?
- How do you think you’d react if you saw Jesus doing mighty things like He did in today’s reading?
- We hear in the reading that Jesus’ fame spread everywhere. What is something important about Jesus that you’d tell others?
January 24: Celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God
The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is designated as the Sunday of the Word of God to remind us to read the Bible regularly and to put God’s Word at the center of our lives.
- Read: Read Pope Francis’ letter about this day.
- Eat: Make simple Fig Newton Bible cookies.
- Pray: To show that God is at the center of your life, enthrone the Bible-the Word of God-in a visible place in your home decorated with flowers or artwork. Gather at the spot each day for prayer. Use this short prayer service to enthrone or gather around your family Bible.
January 25: Celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle
St. Paul persecuted the early Christians but, after his own conversion, became the greatest of the early Christian missionaries.
- Read: Read about St. Paul’s conversion.
- Eat: Bake a cake or cupcakes and decorate with symbols for St. Paul, like a book or scroll representing his letters or a sword representing his martyrdom.
- Eat: An easy snack idea is pita chips and hummus, which are common foods in the region St. Paul lived.
- Pray: Pray A Prayer for Conversions.
January 26: Celebrate the Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus
Sts. Timothy and Titus worked closely with St. Paul to spread the Gospel. St. Paul wrote two letters to St. Timothy and one to St. Titus that are included in the New Testament.
- Read: Read or watch a video about St. Timothy and St. Titus.
- Eat: Sts. Timothy and Titus were from and traveled around the region of Greece. Plan on eating Greek food for supper tonight! With the cold of winter, this Greek beef stew is a hearty meal.
- Pray: Pray for the intercession of Saints Timothy and Titus.
January 28: Celebrate the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the great teachers of the Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor. St. Thomas Aquinas is a patron saint of schools and students.
- Read: Read about St. Thomas Aquinas.
- Eat: St. Thomas Aquinas was from Aquino, Italy. Enjoy your favorite Italian food today!
- Pray: Pray one of several prayers by St. Thomas Aquinas.
- Do: Listen to some of the hymns written by St. Thomas Aquinas: