Sunday Brunch Specials for October 4, 2015: Great Reads from This Week

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Welcome to the CatholicMom.com 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.

The Catholic Guy+Leah Darrow+Closet Challenge+Novena to St. Therese!

Celeste Zepponi focused on her own closet while listening to Catholic radio! Her enthusiasm for the idea led her to turn Leah Darrow and Sarah Kroger’s Closet Challenge into a novena, accompanied by prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux, on whose feast this Closet Challenge began. If you missed the beginning, don’t worry–you can start this at any time!

CM Hangout Episode #4: Grief to Grace w Jeannie Ewing

Erika Marie and Lisa Jones welcome our guest and fellow CatholicMom.com contributor, Jeannie Ewing. They chat about caregiving for our loved ones, grief, and grace.

How One Simple Act Challenged Me To Love Better

Rakhi McCormick has often said that she and Pope Francis are “simpatico.” Here she shares a profound lesson on love from one simple act during the Holy Father’s time in the United States.

How to Become the Evangelist that the Pope Encourages Us to Be!

“I thought I was being welcoming, but I was only being polite.” Mary Lou Rosien explores how to increase her fire to spread the Catholic Faith the way Pope Francis encourages us to.

Papal Mass in New York City Recharges Our Spiritual Batteries

From the press bridge atop Madison Square Garden, Karee Santos describes how Pope Francis energized and unified the faithful at the papal Mass on Friday, September 25.

A Catholic School Welcomes Pope Francis

Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS describes how one Catholic school in suburban Cinnaminson, New Jersey marked the occasion of the Pope’s trip to the USA.

Unpacking Philly: From the Bubble in the Belly of the City

Roxane Salonen shares her experience during the World Meeting of Families, observing that she stayed away from the mainstream news and focused on the beautiful gift of the worldwide gathering unfolding before her.

Pope Francis on the Family

Kimberly Cook examines the threads of family and mission that were woven through the Papal Visit and World Meeting of Families.

All in The Family: Pope Francis’ Philadelphia Family Reunion

Kelly Wahlquist shares her personal experience of the World Meeting of Families and the opportunity to pray with and see Pope Francis.

Book Notes: The Man Who Founded California (Ignatius Press)

Stuart Dunn reviews The Man Who Founded California, a biography of newly-canonized St. Junípero Serra.

CatholicMom.com Virtual Progressive Dinner

Readers and CatholicMom writers shared their favorite recipes for a 7-course meal including everything from cocktails to cake!

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week as we begin the Month of the Holy Rosary: do you have a favorite rosary? Tell us about it!

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Copyright 2015 Barb Szyszkiewicz

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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan and freelance writer. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb volunteers at the school library and is a music minister at her parish. She is also an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Barb blogs at FranciscanMom and shares her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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