Sunday Brunch Specials for November 15, 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

Catch up on this week’s CM Hangout with Erika Marie, Gina Felter and guest Judith Costello. This week’s topic: Art as Prayer and Stress Reliever.

Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Join us as we prepare for the Year of Mercy by participating in a 33 day Marian Consecration retreat using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

From Our Table to Yours: Mary Lou Rosien

Join our contributors around the family table in this special feature. Today, Mary Lou Rosien shares a recipe for Cheesy Potatoes.

New Faith Lessons Waiting to be Discovered in Colombia

Lisa Hendey invites you all along on her next #CRSMedia mission: to Colombia! Learn how your support of Catholic Relief Services is making a difference for families in this part of the world.

Patron Saints that Endure: Confirmation Saints Can Provide a Lifetime of Spiritual Fruit

Our choice of patron when receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation can lead to a lifetime of spiritual companionship and intercession. Tiffany Walsh describes how her unlikely choice of St. Cecilia has become a relationship of ever-deepening meaning and joy.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – But Not for Everybody

Kelly Guest encourages us not to forget those who struggle during the holidays, offering some ideas and a prayer from them.

The Wonder in Life!

Life holds many wonders…little miracles that remind us of Heaven. Judith Costello shares how she learned to take notice of these wonders. Are you paying attention?

A Selfie Culture: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Theresa Ceniccola examines the good, the bad and the ugly of our selfie culture–and offers a few solid solutions to try.

How Fifteen Minutes a Day Can Change Your Child’s Life

Reading aloud is the single most important factor in raising a reader–not whether you have a Ph.D. or a high school diploma. It’s whether or not you’re reading aloud to your children. Maureen Wittmann explains that the habit of reading is caught, not taught.

Great reading for all ages–The Chime Travelers series by bestselling author Lisa M. Hendey

Give your mind a vacation and the child in your life a great gift: read the Chime Travelers series by Lisa Hendey. Susan Bailey talks with Lisa about how the Chime Travelers series came to be after a fanciful conversation with her nephew.

“When is the exact day you will die?”

Catherine Mendenhall-Baugh maintains that it’s important to approach life with enthusiasm and to live it as happily as we can and that preparation for the next life should always be included with the life we are living now.

Time Goes So Fast! Do We Make Time to Enjoy Our Kids AND TEENS?

Janet Moore reminisces: “I was good at playing with my kids when they were young, but…how often I forgot or was too overwhelmed to enjoy and play with my teens?” Here she reminds moms why it’s important to take the time, no matter what age the child is.

Four Ways to Cultivate a Spirit of Thanksgiving All Month Long

Even in the midst of discouragement, Sarah Damm found peace and hope when she focused her attention on giving thanks to God. Here, she gives four simple ideas for cultivating a spirit of thanksgiving in our hearts and homes, as we anticipate Thanksgiving Day.

Why Disciplining Children is Crucial Even Though No One Likes It

Sterling Jaquith has read a lot of parenting books but nothing has affected her parenting style more than this one phrase. Find out what it is and how we can help our children have more self-control and hopefully be stronger in their faith as adults!

Curl Up with a Story

As the nights get longer and the weather cools, families might want to devote more time to reading together. Grace Mazza Urbanski reflects on how curling up with books provides lifelong companionship and an intimate encounter with God.

Beer Advent Calendar: Spiritual Tool or Sacrilege?

Lisa Hendey asks whether the “Beer Advent Calendar” can be a unique and creative way to celebrate the season of Advent, or if it’s actually something that mocks the season when we prepare to commemorate Christ’s birth.

Question of the Week

Our Question of the Week: Do you read Catholic novels? Which ones would you recommend?

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About Author

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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