Sunday Brunch Specials for December 13, 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

Guests and contributors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet.  share their enthusiasm for the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. They also help kick off the new Jubilee Year of Mercy by sharing about the Divine Mercy for Moms ministry and their upcoming bookDivine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

We’re baking up plenty of fun with our Christmas Cookie Exchange! Try our contributors’ favorite cookie recipes!

When life tempts you away from the manger

With to-do lists spontaneously multiplying and the potential for overwhelm at an all-year high, Heather Renshaw ponders: what is keeping us away from Jesus this Advent season?

Straying and Returning: Stories for Concerned Moms

For moms who are hurt because their teens and young adults are straying…there is help. There is hope… Judith Costello shares her own story of straying and returning to the Faith.

Meatless Friday: Easy Spinach Quiche

Mary Lou Rosien proves that quiche doesn’t have to be complicated! Here’s a recipe for a simple quiche that’s great for parties or family dinners.

Small Success: Illustrating Advent

What small successes are you celebrating this week? Join the fun and get some encouragement, too! Sherry Antonetti hosts this fun weekly feature.

From Our Table to Yours: Melanie Jean Juneau

Join our contributors around the family table in this weekly feature. Today, Melanie Jean Juneau shares her favorite family-dinner menu.


A living-room journey to the end of the earth–even beyond Timbuktu, all the way to Timbuk-Three–carries a lesson for Jake Frost in the joy of glowing.

My Savior, Jesus Christ

Lorrie Lane Dyer offers a poem expressing the hope of the season.

A Holiday Survival Guide

Erin Franco realizes that it’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but for many of us, the holiday season comes with complicated relationships and situations that are tough to navigate.

FREE Year of Mercy Gift for YOU!

Living out the Works of Mercy can seem like and abstract idea.  Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet share a great (and FREE) tool to download to help you live out a life of mercy as we begin the Extraordinary Year of Mercy.

Advent Prayers from Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services invites you to use the attached prayers, in solitude or in your families and faith communities or to share as images on social media, and prepare your hearts for the coming of God into the world.

Finding Our Home in the Manger

Nicole Johnson presents a reflection on the stark difference of the manger scene when viewed without the baby Jesus present and how His birth created a home for each one of us to reside.

Climbing the Mountain with Merton

After reading Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain, Michael Carrillo saw his own wife’s journey to Catholicism through Merton’s words.

Staying Inside the Lines: The Ten Commandments

Elizabeth Pardi compares a two-year-old’s coloring outside the lines to failure to live in accordance with the Ten Commandments.

Five Things You Can Stop Feeling Guilty About

Do you feel guilty about things that don’t deserve your attention? Theresa Ceniccola invites you to join her in getting rid of that unnecessary guilt!

Am I Evangelized? Mary Wasn’t Sure, So This Happened…

Jane Korvemaker takes us into a conversion story, the work of her ongoing evangelization. This time, it’s Mary that secretly snags her to bring her in for an embrace from Christ, and she wonders – do you have a story of evangelization with Mary?

Benedicta: Chant in Honor of the Blessed Mother

On a day dedicated to the Blessed Mother, Barb Szyszkiewicz reviews a new album of Marian chant by the Monks of Norsia.

Question of the Week: December 8, 2015

Our Question of the Week: what’s your family’s favorite Advent custom?

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About Author

Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb 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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