Select Page

This Week’s Free Thing!

Nope, we’re not passing the collection plate for these. Although you can hit that donate button anytime!
These are not the only free things on the site, just where our weekly Free Thing is that everybody talks about.

We WOULD love it if you gave us your email address so we can notify you each week when the next Free Thing is available (are you really gonna remember to check each week? 83% of our downloaders don’t!).
It isn’t required, though. But, please? Pretty please?

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Fifth Sunday of Easter – The Lord Makes All Things New

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord proclaims that He makes all things new.

New life in Christ is the promise He makes to us and is fulfilled in the love He bears for us through the Cross and Resurrection.

And He calls us to love one another as He loves us.

New life through love – the basics of the Christian life.

Read on to find out how we can embrace and imitate this love and new life!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

read more

Beth and Kristofer explain what This Week’s Free Thing is all about.

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Third Sunday of Easter – Feed My Sheep

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

“Do you love me?” Jesus asks. We reply with Peter, “Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus gives us a job to do – feed the sheep. We are addressed in this week’s Gospel as much as Peter is. How do we feed the sheep? What are we to do with this mandate?

Read on and get some insights into how we are shepherds and what we can do to learn how to be a better one!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Divine Mercy Sunday – Witness and Bear Fruit

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

And He comes to offer His Divine Mercy!

The work of Jesus, through His Apostles down to us is mercy. The unconditional love He has for each of us is a gift of mercy.

We are not worthy that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ should come to us, to heal and forgive us, yet He does! In His Church, His ministers, His people – you and me.

Learn more about how we can allow Jesus to work His Divine Mercy through us. Read on and be ready to be changed!

Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Easter Sunday – Eyewitness Accounts

Our life in Christ, through His Resurrection is what we celebrate at Easter. This gift of salvation is something we are commanded to share!

The readings for Easter this year include several eyewitness accounts of what happened that day. The first reading is Peter’s testimony in Acts; the Gospel is Mary Magdalene’s witness to the Apostles; and the Psalmist declares his own witness.

And if the Psalmist is true, then we will declare the gift of salvation because we are excited about it! Our witness to Christ’s work in our lives is part of being a member of Christ’s Church.

When Mary, Peter, John, and all the other disciples shared their eyewitness accounts, they invited their listeners into relationship with Jesus, so everyone who hears has the opportunity to the new life in Christ. It is too good to keep to ourselves…it is too good not to share with others.

Our Discussion section invites us to remember those who witnessed to us, and our activity rises to the occasion!

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday of the Passion of The LORD

Palm Sunday Mass is pretty long, just getting out of the gate! The Gospel reading gives all of us an opportunity to participate, and being ready for that is what this week’s TWMWU is all about.

Who are you in this narrative? Who are the people you know? Who do we want to be?

As we enter into Holy Week, kids may be anticipating eggs and candy and a bunny – but making it through the passion-play we all re-enact can be distracting and even boring for the best of us if we aren’t focused. Getting children focused, and helping them understand what is going on as the congregation says “Crucify Him!” is a breeze with the aids and coloring book we have for free download.

And, yes, we encourage these to accompany little ones to Mass!

Not only will you be better prepared for Mass with this week’s Warm-Up, so will children you help, and this will make for a much more profound, meaningful, and convicting Holy Week.

Do we dare something different this year, or are we just glad Lent is over? Your choice is in This Week’s Mass Warm-Up…

5th Week of Lent – The Adulteress

5th Week of Lent – The Adulteress

Most likely, you do not want to talk about adultery with your children.

Well, St. John talks about Jesus dealing with it in this week’s Mass Gospel reading, so we figure a little help in explaining things to children would be a good Warm-Up.

The story of Jesus, the Adulteress, and the Crowd lends itself to an inappropriate joke about Mary you have probably heard, and it gives us an opportunity for a hard look at our own sins, let alone the ones we condemn in others.

Jesus gives a matter-of-fact lesson in hating the sin, loving the sinner, and our activity gives you the opportunity for that.

Chances are, you won’t like it, though.

4th Week of Lent – The Prodigal Son

4th Week of Lent – The Prodigal Son

We know this parable forwards and backwards, so why is it every time we hear Jesus’ lesson about the Prodigal Son, it seems we hear something different?

Are we the Prodigal Son? Are we the Faithful Son?

Or are we the Forgiving Father?

This week in a short TWMWU (We are all sick so production is at a standstill!) we explore each of the characters in this story to discover who we are at this point in our lives and to prepare ourselves for who we will be tomorrow.

3rd Week of Lent – God’s Mercy Brings Life

3rd Week of Lent – God’s Mercy Brings Life

Who in the history of the world has ever asked for more work, except the Gardener, who knows that God’s mercy brings life to the world – to us.

We are the fig trees deserving to be uprooted because we steal nutrients from the paradise God has given us. In thought, word, what we have done or failed to do, we deserve to be removed and yet Jesus fertilized our life with His blood, and tends to us always.

This week we ask ourselves a hard question: Can we do this with an invisible Gardener – or is He really there, nurturing us and helping us bear fruit, fruit that we never get to see nourishing others? Are we okay with that?

You may be doing the activity already. If not, we give you reason and permission to, so that the family doesn’t look at you funny when you bring it home.

2nd Week of Lent – The Lord Is My Light

2nd Week of Lent – The Lord Is My Light

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation – or at least that’s what we say. And we say it a lot with this week’s Mass readings!

But do we think about what that means? And do we ever stop to realize how much that concept is truly expressed in the Old Testament, prefiguring and foreshadowing Our Lord?

St. Paul and the Psalmist conspire with the reading from Genesis to set us up for the Transfiguration as shared by Luke this week.

It is a powerful calling for us to see the Great Light and be imitators. But to do so, the Light must first shine in us!

Some helpful questions for discussion around the dinner table or at donuts after Mass, followed by an activity that you already know – or at least you’ll remember!

1st Week of Lent – 40 Days In The Desert

1st Week of Lent – 40 Days In The Desert

Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, and that is our model for Lent. Can we spend 40 days there? Yes – and here’s everything you need to do it!

Just add one thing: Jesus!

Whether your first Lent or you want to make this the most meaningful yet; or want to help your loved ones really get into it, this short message gets you going and sticks with you.

The short reflection, discussion, and activity for all ages gives simple yet powerful guidance on not just starting our Lenten journey, but finishing it.

And really check out the activity. We guarantee you’ve never done it before, and we’re pretty sure you’ll recognize how powerful this simple thing can be for this and every Lent!

Words Matter

Words Matter

While we know they do not do what sticks and stones do, words matter a lot because they do much more.

Why else would the God of the Universe, Jesus, be The Word?

This week is a great opportunity to have some frank discussions as a family with the words of Jesus as the backdrop and discussion starter.

Spread the word that words matter! Starting with your loved ones…

Ash Wednesday: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

Ash Wednesday: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

This year, Ash Wednesday is taught to us by Jesus Himself!

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are important parts of Catholic life, and they are the three pillars of Lent. But how do we DO them?

And how do we remain accountable and lead our family on this wonderful day that kicks off forty amazing days of life-changing observance, celebration, and growth?

In this special addition to our TWMWU for Year C, we dive in deep with one short page of reflection, discussion, and activity.

Can you spare five minutes for making this a meaningful Ash Wednesday? C’mon…give it a shot!

Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

As Catholics, we talk a lot about loving our neighbor. But there is a group of neighbors we only give lip-service to when it comes to that love. This week, Jesus calls us on it: Love your enemies.

Enemies. We all have them. Presumed, known, and unknown. Worse yet and more in our control – we are others’ enemy.

This week it’s all about the uncomfortable – Jesus specifically commanding us to love and pray for our enemies. Take a moment with this simple and short Mass Warm-Up to reflect on how less-stressed and joy-filled your life would be if you genuinely forgave your enemies. It’s a peculiar sensation.

How different would our lives and those of our children and future generations be if we did that? How different would the world be if the entire Church forgave our enemies in our Universal Prayer every week?

Jesus calls us to forgive our enemies this week, and tells us what happens if we do…and if we don’t. When was the last time we did?

A short reflection, some deep discussion questions, and a simple activity for our hearts and minds are This Week’s Mass Warm-Up offering. Plus, a bonus activity involving your priest – if you have the guts.

Blessed Are We

Blessed Are We

How blessed are we? Jesus uses his stump speech this week in the lesser known Sermon on the Plain to tell us.

This week, we learn a little history and a little more than we might like when Jesus starts talking about the woe we may be in for!

The discussion questions are a bit more probing than may be comfortable, and our activity gets us out into the neighborhood for a little soul-searching.

As a bonus: We have some free Valentine Cards for you to download if you get far enough down the page!

Fishers of Men

Fishers of Men

What does it mean to be a Fisher of Men?

It’s a great analogy…or is it? Jesus calls all of us to cast a wide net and be great bait.

What? Bait?

This week we dive into the fishing waters of Catholicism based on the Gospel reading coming up.

Are you a good fisher? What kind of bait are you?

These and other questions are addressed and the activity is one that take courage – and Love!

Are you up to the challenge? Grab your fishing pole!

Love is Patient

Love is Patient

“Love is Patient, Love is Kind…”

We’ve heard that a million times! But have we reflected on it?

Who or what is Love, actually? Are we any of those things?

This week we reflect on Jesus’ profound love for the people of Nazareth who want to throw him off a hill, and explore St. Paul’s famous description of Love.

And the activity gives you an opportunity to meet Love face-to-face!

One Body in Christ

One Body in Christ

We are One Body in Christ – One body, many parts. Okay, so we understand that because we hear it all the time, and we even sing hymns about it.

But what does that really mean? And what does it mean to us individually?

This week we warm-up for Mass by digging in and getting to know ourselves better by coming at our roles and vocations – which are different things! – from a different perspective.

And we give you permission to stop doing what you are doing in the Church, because it may actually be a bad thing for you right now!

Our activity is pretty straightforward. But if you don’t get through the discussion, you won’t even look at the activity.

Are you up to the challenge of this week’s Mass warm-up?

We dare you. Beware: It might change you!

Glory to God

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest! Glory be to God! Glory Hallelujah! Good glory…what is all this “glory”?

In English, we use this one word so much, while the original languages of the Bible use many different words for different types of glory. In this week’s readings, we see the glory of God manifested in Jesus, who shows us how to glorify the Lord – give glory to Him – by His example, which glorifies Him. Wow!

Wrapping up this week’s TWMWU, we look at how we can “glorify The Lord by our lives.” That’s a familiar phrase, isn’t it? This week, find out where it comes from and what to do about it.

Grace Revealed, Grace Received

Grace Revealed, Grace Received

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord gives us the opportunity to learn about our own Baptism and the sanctifying grace we receive.

But what is sanctifying grace? And what is actual grace?

This week we explore these very important topics through the Mass readings, and learn to understand more about the indelible mark on our soul that reveals us as chosen by God and never abandoned by Him.

We look at the Sacraments and how they continually offer and provide for us that grace to be in union and communion with God – and each other!

The activity gives us an opportunity to practice that communion, and includes a free, downloadable wallet card suitable for all ages.

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord

The Feast of the Epiphany of The Lord is the celebration of the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles (non-Jews).

Learn more about what this means to us Catholics and other Christians, and what we should do to evangelize the Good News to our neighbors – hint, it doesn’t require words!

It’s as simple as leaving the lights on for them…

Have an epiphany, and be an epiphany! And watch a really cool video with ALL of the verses of “We Three Kings.” We provide the lyrics, too!

Honor Your Father and Mother

Honor Your Father and Mother

How do we honor our father and mother, and our children? How do we treat one another? And if I honor my father and mother, what’s in it for me? What are the benefits of an attitude of love and respect for my father and mother? Well, the first paragraph of the first reading lists a treasure trove!

The Christmas season we began on Christmas Day is a time for family. We know that because the first time it was celebrated was by the Holy Family. If you are Catholic, you are commanded to “Honor Your Father and Mother”. As children and adults, sometimes that is hard! As our global, universal, Catholic Family continues the celebrating and feasting of the Christmas season, the Church gives us the gift of this wonderful feast to reflect on our individual, personal, unique part in our families.

Spoiler: Our activity this week sets you up for all those goodies in that first reading!

Luckily, we have some great role models to help us out: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We hope and pray that your preparations for this wonderful season celebrating the birth of Our Lord have been fruitful.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we reflect on His humble beginnings, and our hearts. Can we make our hearts a comfortable and desirable place for Jesus to dwell?

This week’s activity is perfect, and we bet you are already doing it!

May the love of Christ be with  you and your loved ones today and always! Merry Christmas!

God’s Will Be Done

God’s Will Be Done

When we say, “Thy will be done,” do we really mean it? Do we recognize how dangerous that is to our daily routine and lives? Do we see that we are asking for the disruption and then fight against it as we insist upon our will the rest of the week? God’s Will, is our key to joy and happiness, and our path to holiness. There is no more futile effort than to fight against God, and no reason to do so.

God knows what is best for us, and for all of creation. This week, we learn that from Mary’s acceptance that God’s Will be done in her life, for the benefit of all of mankind. Was she the first to say, “Thy Will be done”?

The activity may be something you do already, with a slight twist.

And there is an infographic of the Our Father!

Rejoice in The Lord

Rejoice in The Lord

Rejoice in The Lord always! Again, I say rejoice! This third week of Advent is more than just priests wearing pink…it’s about the coming of The Lord and His birth is nearly upon us!

So this week’s readings lead us to The Lord in a unique way, and they give us a sense of salvation – the cross – while we anticipate an innocent baby being born.

Our activity is a simple but not easy moment or two each evening with our family. Do you dare approach The Lord and anticipate His arrival with such a small sacrifice?

Prepare The Way Of The Lord

Prepare The Way Of The Lord

“Prepare the Way of The Lord” is an urgent call not unfamiliar to us. But how do we do that? What exactly is “the Way”? Is this something we do on our own?

We look into this familiar yet mysterious calling we all receive from John the Baptist in this week’s Mass readings, and we recognize the call in the first reading from Baruch, Psalm 126, and Paul’s letter to the Philippians – so it must be important!

And it is most appropriate to look into this as Advent gears up. The Lord is coming, and amidst the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, this is the time for a gut-check to learn how to prepare the way of The Lord all year, and to kickstart that renewed effort now.

There’s a fun activity the kids can help setup, and some discussion questions perfect for donuts after Mass or Sunday dinner as you plan your holiday season!

Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph

This is the beginning of the new liturgical year, and what better way to celebrate the New Year than with a reflection on the last year, where we honored, explored, and celebrated the life of the most obscure yet obvious saint we know: Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph is perhaps the most anonymous of all the saints. Everybody knows about him…but do we really know him?

We explore how Saint Joseph leads us to Christ and how Christ honors him and makes Saint Joseph Holy…without this humble Man, Husband, and Dad being immaculately conceived.

A simple yet divine and humble prayer awaits you and your loved ones in our activity, and if you want to dig deeper, there are a few more prayer options.

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega

The humorous or uninformed might call it “Catholic Aerobics,” but we were doing it 2000 years before Jane Fonda put on leg warmers! But why?

As the end of our Liturgical Year is upon us, Catholics are having a big year-end party: The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe!

We honor and worship Our Lord with our bodies at every Mass, and this end of our Liturgical Year is a great time to understand that, so we can move into the New Year at Advent fully giving of ourselves in Mass to The Lord.

He gives entirely of Himself to us – Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Eucharist, and this week we reflect on that, on how He is everywhere and in everything good always, and a fun game that can be played all week without taking any extra time at all!

We Believe In The Resurrection

We Believe In The Resurrection

Why do Catholics believe in the resurrection of their bodies? Aside from it being as true as the day is long, so it’s a simple thing to believe in, there is scriptural, natural, and traditional evidence.

This week, we explore resurrection – ours, not Jesus’ – and Purgatory. This is sort of a hint or taste of things to come this month as we delve into Purgatory as the whole month of November is dedicated by The Church to focusing on prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Without Purgatory, there would be a LOT of empty rooms in Our Father’s mansion!

So, start this month’s reflection with this TWMWU that is a lot shorter than the last couple of weeks and opens the door to a better understanding of what we know about and mean by eternal life!

Stewardship: Give to God First

Stewardship: Give to God First

It seems this is the time of year every priest and bishop is asking for your money. Maybe you should read This Week’s Mass Warm-Up first.

In the TWMWU this week: Game of Thrones! Downton Abbey! Podcasts! Video! Bishops! St. John Bosco! Distributism! Subsidiarity!

It’s all in the Mass readings if you know where to look for it! HOO knew!

Seriously. Jesus visits the idea of Stewardship this week, as does Elijah and even the writer of Hebrews and the Psalmist slyly give hints of the First Fruits as a gift to God. We know the HOO (That’s you!) But what, how, where, when, and why Stewardship? Those answers and explorations are in this week’s TWMWU, without an agenda that you might get from some pulpits.

Just saying…

This week there is a deeper conversation than usual, and a rather demanding activity. Do you dare define stewardship by giving to God first?

The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

The Greatest Commandment, Hear O Israel

Hear O Israel the Greatest Commandment in this week’s TWMWU…and hear the commandment we give God without even thinking about it.

Watch out!

We share insights into the Commandments, particularly the Greatest, and show how all of them fall under these two.

And the activity is so short you won’t remember it, but the effects will last through eternity!

Jesus Died For Us

Jesus Died For Us

This week the Sons of Thunder ask Jesus a peculiar question, while first practically demanding He grant what they ask. Jesus died for us and in this exchange foretells the Apostles’ – and our – opportunity to serve with Him – to die for others.

Are we ready for that? Do we know what that means? How can we help ourselves and our loved ones recognize that and be who we are supposed to be and do what we are supposed to do?

That’s what we explore this week.

All these questions in one of our shortest TWMWUs ever. But still with lots of resources and a simple activity.

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

With a personal reflection on his own blindness and miraculous healing, Kristofer and Beth explore this week’s readings with a perspective nearly twenty years in the making.

Do we see Jesus healing countless blind people nine times in the Gospels as just causing them to see again? There has to be more to it. The promised Messiah would be known for healing the blind, and Jesus is the only One Who does it. And Who continues to do it.

An activity that will open your eyes awaits, if you dare do it, and resources galore – including a perennial hit from the United States Marine Band!

And as always, a freely downloadable PDF is yours for the taking.

All Things are Possible For God

All Things are Possible For God

This week Jesus has his famous encounter with the rich young man. And that story is so misunderstood it would take a book – so we only touch on it rather matter-of-factly below. In the context of the idea that all things are possible for God, one would think that if Jesus wanted the young man to follow Him, he would just command it.

But Love is the reason why He does not. In fact, His love for us and our refusal to let Him and to follow Him, is the reason that, while God can do anything, He doesn’t.

Annoying? Perhaps. Which is why in the dig deeper section there’s a fun activity that will annoy any of your kids or other people you want to drive the message home to.

All this and over a dozen free supporting resources, including the free download of the entire lesson, videos, podcasts, articles, and previous similar TWMWUs.

What is Marriage?

What is Marriage?

This week Jesus deals with the Pharisees who, once again, are trying to trap him – this time by using Moses against Him. They ask about divorce and Jesus takes this opportunity to answer the real question – What is Marriage?

This is a controversial topic nowadays, but it is one the Church will never waver from because she can’t. Jesus defines marriage quite specifically in this answer to the rather foolish looking Pharisees. Much like many look today when they try to define Holy Matrimony with the laws of the state. There are two meanings to Marriage, and the one the Church teaches is God’s meaning. Let Caesar have what is Caesar’s – man’s law.

We answer to a higher power, and this discussion and activity explain that, and help anyone truly interested (and not just looking for a fight) learn what Marriage is, what Catholics understand it to mean, and why it is Holy Matrimony.

There is a great activity that will prove Marriage is from God, which includes some storytelling, and lots of resources including a podcast episode we did about Marriage and Marriage Preparation.

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is For Us

This week, Jesus sounds like a cowboy out of the Ol’ West, making sure no bandits try to get any of the good stuff. Or is He?

“If you ain’t with us, yer agin’ us” is an old adage made famous by cowboys, presidents, and even ancient Romans. Jesus, in his usual style of humor and relatability, flips it over and uses it to teach us something very important: Whoever is not against us is for us.

The Truth of Jesus and the Good News of the Gospel is not ours to keep, withhold, or deny to or from others who may not have the fullness of it as we do. Many a lesson can be learned from the ignorant, unlearned, and even impious. An atheist might stumble across Truth and share it, too!

In fact, you and I are not fully versed in the Truth, no matter how much we know or how much we share. So, are we agin’ Him, or for Him?

This week’s Mass warm-up gets your thoughts and feelings flowing with things to talk about and think about, as well as our family-friendly podcast episode covering this topic. We end with a couple of prayers to join with Jesus and the whole world in praying for what Jesus is talking about in Sunday’s Mass Readings.

So, git yer boots on and saddle up, pilgrim! There’s some Truth to be rustled up!

What is Humility? Overcoming our Passions

What is Humility? Overcoming our Passions

What is Humility? That is the BIG QUESTION raised in this coming Sunday’s Mass Readings.

It’s hard to be humble when you are from Texas – but that’s not what God is talking about this week. Even though we are from Texas, we submit to the Highest Power.

Humility is granted to us in Baptism, but we only manifest it when we practice it. And perfect practice makes perfect, in the words of Vince Lombardi.

So how do we do that?

This week we have some fun questions and a calming prayer to download as we take up the fight against the several vices Satan uses against us when we are seeking Humility. And we have a free prayer card and bookmark for you, too! As a special bonus, you can listen to our podcast episode #38 from this past winter all about humility, right from the lesson!

Take Up Our Cross!

Take Up Our Cross!

Wow! Here’s where we take up our cross and go deep into suffering – and why and how we should handle it!

This week’s lesson is chock full of ideas prompted by the prophetic writings of Isiah about the Suffering Servant. It’s Jesus talking to the disciples, and that famous moment where he calls Peter, “Satan.”

How do we take up our cross? Why would we want to? Didn’t Jesus do that for us?

We have links galore and resources at your fingertips for this simple subject – simple once you’ve read this and shared it with your family. It just makes sense!

Video, infographic, podcasts, downloadable prayers – everything is in the week’s lesson because Holy Owned and Operated teaches about suffering and taking up our cross all the time.

C’mon – grab some wood! Let’s take up our crosses and change the world! And share some cross-bearing in the comments so we can carry your cross with you in our prayers!

What Does Ephphatha Mean? Be Opened!

What Does Ephphatha Mean? Be Opened!

Open up! This week’s readings point to the absolute Truth of Jesus being the Messiah. And this is the only place it happens in Scripture! Well, at least it is the icing on a pretty big cake of that Truth…

Jesus does something this week He does not do anywhere else in the Gospels. You gotta hear it to believe it!

This week we answer the question, “What does “ephphatha mean?” and so much more. In fact, you get to know how to pronounce it, why it is so important to our Catholic faith, and what it means to all of us!

Be opened by thes scripture readings that are so entwined we can’t help but know they are from God!

And learn a bit about Old and New Testament geography while you are at it!

Our activity this week is simple yet profound, and the follow-up activity really places us in the moment we should always be in: Open.

Be Doers of the Word

Be Doers of the Word

Being Catholic is a good start. Doing Catholic is where the supernatural happens.

This week’s readings call us to be Christ-like, which is the very essence of being a Saint.

This Sunday at Mass we are called to DO more than just HEAR the Word. It seems we can get into a habit of hearing the readings and listening to the nice homily and then go about our business. But when we are at donuts after Mass, are we even talking about the good things that we heard – let alone doing something about it?

The last words we hear at Mass are the deacon or priest telling us, “Hey, Mass is over. Go do something with what you just heard!” Okay, maybe not exactly in those words – but certainly with that meaning!

This week’s activity is a deeper discussion maybe you can have at the donut shop after Mass. And if you want to go deeper, there’s a follow-up activity that defines what a word we use all the time really means, and a couple of Saints who were great Doers of the Word.

When we are Doers of the Word we are authentic Catholics.

TWFT Archives

If you missed one or more of This Week’s Free Thing! then just click here to find it. Everything from last month all the way back to the beginning in March 2020 is available. And don’t forget to sign up to receive TWFT straight to your inbox so you won’t miss it again!

Get Connected

Community is an essential, basic part of the Catholic faith. Click here to get to our community area of the web site, which we are building and set to fully launch on April 10. Or you can get on our general contact list with the form on the right and we will personally let you know when it is ready. This will be perfect for parents, catechists, and religious educators to engage, learn from each other, ask questions, and realize the wonderful universal nature of our Church!