Sunday Brunch Specials for 9/20/2015: Great Reads from This Week


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Welcome to the Sunday Brunch! We’re serving up a buffet of articles from the past week. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in to enjoy some great reads.

CM Hangout #2: Teens, Tech and Schooling at Home

Join us for the latest episode of CM Hangout, our new audio and video podcast. This week, we chat about homeschooling, teens and safe use of technology in our homes! Use #CMHangout to share your feedback. Takes You to World Meeting of Families & Pope Francis’ Visit to US

Lisa Hendey shares the plans for’s coverage of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit and the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis: 3 Basic Features of Christian Families

What characteristics identify Christian families? In preparation for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Marc Cardaronella reflects on 3 aspects of Christian families as highlighted by Pope Francis.

7 Things You Need to Know About Popeadelphia

Native Pennsylvanian Erin McCole Cupp shares a local perspective on where you can go for the best coffee, food, and transportation during the World Meeting of Families next week–plus the inside track on cathedral architecture.

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Deanna Bartalini explains the process of Total Consecration of Jesus through Mary and encourages readers to join the community in beginning the Total Consecration process this November.

Praying for Innocence: The Beads of the Child Jesus

Meg Matenaer shares the story behind the devotion known as The Beads of the Child Jesus, a chaplet to which Our Lord attached graces of purity of heart and innocence, a powerful prayer we can offer on behalf of all the children we know.

Helping Our Girls To Navigate the World’s Challenges and To Know They Are Loved

Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle observes that life is filled to the brim with challenges and our culture certainly does not make it easy for women. Let’s be encouraging to all those young women in our lives and let them know how beautiful they really are!

Meeting the Relatives at the Graveyard

As Catholics, we are called to live out the Spiritual Works of Mercy by praying for the living and the dead.  In the busyness of life, it is important to find moments to teach our children the perspective provided by our Catholic Faith about the cycle of life and death. Emily Jaminet shares the beauty of praying for the family members who have gone before us.

Back to School with STYLE: Kids, Desks and Styles

Lisa Hess learned the hard way that the workspace needs to match the kid who’s using it. Here she shares 5 questions that will help parents and kids get their workspaces better organized.

Laudato Si: Which edition to get?

Stuart Dunn recommends that instead of reading Laudato Si’ online, you purchase a hard copy and provides advice on choosing the best edition of the encyclical to read and study.

Having a Daughter with Down Syndrome Changed Our Lives for the Better

Leticia Velasquez explains how her daughter’s Down syndrome has been a blessing in her life and urges readers to help parents who are feeling overwhelmed with a baby with Down syndrome find support, resources, or in truly difficult cases, an adoptive family.

Virtues for the Heart of a Girl

What does it mean to be a girl? Megan Swaim offers a follow-up post on helping daughters have an authentic understanding of femininity by fostering virtues and relationships with the saints.

Virtuous: A Movie Review

Tanya Weitzel reviews the movie “Virtuous” and examines its explanation of what Proverbs 31 truly means.

The Holy Name of Mary

The Holy Name of Mary is powerful—and Kate Towne thinks it’s perfect for any girl. Learn more about the history of the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary and the many ways you can honor Our Lady by naming your little girl after her.

Meatless Friday: Grilled Margherita Pizza Sandwiches

The start of school and fall sports might mean your family is eating in split shifts, or on the run, but these yummy pizza-flavored sandwiches will keep everyone happy no matter where dinner might be. Barbara Stein shares a sandwich recipe that helps use up those garden tomatoes and is ready in a flash.

Practical Gardening: Perennializing or Naturalizing Bulbs? What’s the Difference?

Buying fall bulbs for spring beauty? Margaret Rose Realy, Obls OSB, helps you know what you’re really getting!


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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