Current issues for bulletins and weekly handouts

JANUARY: January is the month for looking ahead. Yet it's rarely good to move forward without reflecting on what went before. We ground ourselves in the wisdom of the past in order to face the future discerningly. This year, we'll spend a little extra time catching up on people and events that shaped the church and the world we know today. Along with this month's saints, we'll consider the contributions of Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick (10), liturgist Lambert Beauduin, O.S.B. (11), Hollywood priest Daniel Lord, S.J. (15), gospel singer Mahalia Jackson (17), activist Mary Kenney O'Sullivan (18), AA founder Bill W. (24), the crew of the space shuttle Columbia (Feb. 1), and Servant of God Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange, O.S.P. (Feb. 3) on their death anniversaries.

We also honor Martin Luther King, Jr. (17), the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25), Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children (22), Word of God Sunday (23), Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 30-Feb. 5), and World Day for Consecrated Life (Feb. 2). We continue to observe the Amoris Laetitia Family Year until June 26, 2022. Blessings on this new year of grace!

You may download TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH in the following file formats:

PLEASE NOTE: To offer parish bulletin editors and web editors more flexibility, TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH weekly inserts do not include artwork. If you are looking for artwork, we encourage you to search under Google Images online. (Hint: Select the tools link in Google Images to search for art labeled for reuse.)

Issue English PDF English/Spanish RTF
Week beginning Sunday, January 16, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, January 23, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, January 30, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, February 06, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, February 13, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, February 20, 2022 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, February 27, 2022 Download Download

File instructions

  • PDF: Paste into word-processing program as art or print as one-page handout. See details below for placing PDFs in WORD or PUBLISHER or converting PDFs to black and white. 
  • RTF: Open in word-processing program and adapt/reformat as you wish.

To VIEW a file: 

  1. Click the desired PDF or RTF file link. 
  2. The file will automatically download into and be visible in your web browser OR you will be prompted to download the file.

To DOWNLOAD a file:

  1. Right-click the desired PDF or RTF link (or simply click the link, depending on the browser you are using). 
  2. Select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link Target As..."
  3. Indicate where to save the file on your computer and file will download.
  4. Open PDF file in Adobe Acrobat Reader or RTF file in a word-processing program.

Note if you are working in a program that doesn't allow for PDF files to be inserted as images (such as WORD or PUBLISHER):

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat.
  2. Choose "File" and then "Export to."
  3. Select "Image" and then "jpeg."
  4. Name and save.
  5. Go into your layout program (Publisher/Word), choose Insert/Pictures, and insert the jpeg of the Take Five.
  6. To convert to black-and-white, go to the image control: color section and select the drop down menu that says automatic and change it to grayscale. Then hit ok.


Save the final file as a grayscale pdf. To do so:

  1. Open the document and select Print to pdf format.
  2. When the print menu appears, select output and change the color to composite gray. The pdf file saved will be in black and white rather than color. 

* Many other desktop publishing programs have similar steps as those mentioned above to convert color graphics to grayscale.