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October 2, 2013     
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Saints and Seasons

Believe it or not, “fall has fell.” With the season of autumn come celebrations of Halloween, All Saints, All Souls’ Day, and Thanksgiving. Each of these holidays or holy days has a connection to our lives as Christian Catholics. Let’s make the most of these upcoming celebrations within our homes, parishes, and classrooms!

Saint Lino?
by Joan McKamey

If you’re looking for a way to engage adults—both young and not-so-young—in real conversation and reflection on the call to become saints, check out Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away by Lino Rulli. This ordinary Catholic adult humbly acknowledges his sinfulness yet shares his faithful and funny efforts to live a holy life in today’s world. Read his hilarious stories of crying like a schoolgirl, aspiring to be a rapper, developing kissing skills, and riding a circus elephant. Lino helps make holiness relatable and presents sainthood as a realistic goal for each of us.

Host of The Catholic Guy program on Sirius XM radio, Lino is hilarious, brutally honest, and ready for his canonization. Saint picks up where his book Sinner left off. His humble—and sometimes humiliating—stories of triumph and failure suggest that, with God’s grace, each of us—though flawed—is destined for sainthood.

This book could make for great sharing and discussion among young adults. It’s a book that any Catholic who takes faithful living in the real world seriously—but not too seriously—will enjoy! It’s available as both a print book and audiobook (read by Lino himself!). Listen to a sample from the audiobook here.

Celebrating Saints and Seasons
by Joan McKamey

Tired of the same old ideas? If you’re tired of them, you can bet your students will sense this. Bring new energy to your classroom celebrations with Celebrating Saints and Seasons by nationally known catechist, Jeanne Hunt. This handy resource will help parents, grandparents, teachers, and catechists celebrate the seasons and special people of the calendar and Church year in both home and classroom settings.

With humor and a prayerful spirit, Jeanne taps her experience and creativity as mother, grandmother, catechist, artist, and writer to show us how to look more deeply at ordinary things and so enter into the sacred way. She offers hundreds of activities, rituals, and prayers to make living our faith tangible, spiritually enriching—and fun! Activities include a New Year’s campout, morning prayer for Christian Unity week, a Lent poor box, an Emmaus walk, a Pentecost meal, an All Saints’ festival, a St. John the Baptist Advent wreath—and many more.

A great gift for catechists, Catholic school teachers, and parents, this book is a must-have in every catechetical leader’s library of resources.

A Holy Halloween and Thanksgiving
by Angela Glassmeyer

Give your parishioners a treat—with a special Catholic Update on Halloween! 
Have you ever wondered about the origins of Halloween? Find out what the tricks and treats are all about, and how Halloween has a message of holiness for all. This new “special edition” of Catholic Update, Halloween: A Season of Saints, sorts through the facts and fiction surrounding this often misunderstood holiday . . . or is it holy day? Check it out! (A new shipment will arrive from the printer later this week, so plan to place your order on or after Friday 10/4.)
We also invite you to join us as we talk saints with Father Jim Martin, SJ, and Father Pat McCloskey, OFM. The free online event starts at 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, November 1. Register after 10/28 at Your registration will allow you access to a recording of the presentation for a short time afterward (in case you’re busy at the time of the event). Check the Web site often for other events too. 
As Thanksgiving approaches, you might wonder: How can I relate this holiday to Catholicism? We have a “special edition” Catholic Update, Thanksgiving: It’s What We Do All Year, that explores the deeper meaning of this secular holiday when viewed through the eyes of our Catholic faith. 
Here are a few other resources that are also appropriate for this time of year:
     °  Catholic Update
           · How Halloween Can Be Redeemed
           · Nine Reasons for Going to Mass: Thanksgiving Every
     °  Meal Prayer Card (sold in packs of 50)

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