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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.


  1. My kids are young, 4.5, 2 and 3 months so we keep it really simple. We have several kids books about saints including a few board books. We’ll read those together and talk about how awesome it is to have so many wonderful people in Heaven cheering for us. We’ll talk about how God uses kids to do great things and that we’re so blessed to have good examples that we can follow!

  2. Several years ago our priest told us to take our children to the cemetery on All Saints day to visit the deceased members of our family. We try to do this every year. Since our family is spread out between 5 cemeteries, we make a day of it and take along snacks and hot chocolate. We’ve even taken along the camera because Michigan is a beautiful state in the fall. We talk to our children, now teenagers, about our ancestors and how they served God while they were alive. I’m pretty sure we have a few Grandmas that are saints now in heaven with God.

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