Current issues for bulletins and weekly handouts

OCTOBER: October is Respect Life Month, Rosary Month, and additionally a month highlighting: National Fair Trade, National Disability Employment Awareness, LGBTQ History, and Down Syndrome Awareness. Respect Life Sunday (4) is a day that likewise celebrates the Blessing of Animals. World Mission Sunday (18) and Priesthood Sunday (25) are observed, and many of our country’s holy ones are honored: Mother Theodore Guerin (3), Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos (5), Jesuits Isaac Jogues and companions (19), and five martyred Adorer missionaries: Sisters Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Mary Joel Kolmer, Agnes Mueller, and Kathleen McGuire (23).

Our nation recognizes Columbus Day, though many prefer to commemorate Indigenous Peoples’ Day (12), salutes chaplains during Pastoral Care Week (25-31), and enjoys Halloween (31). The Jewish Community ends Sukkot with the harvest festival Shemini Atzeret (9-11) and Simchat Torahthe “backwards” celebration (10-11)Muslims observe Muhammad’s birth on Eid Milad (28-29). International observances include World Teachers Day (5), World Mental Health Day (10), World Food Day (16), Poverty Eradication Day (17), and United Nations Day (24), working toward a time when nations live in peace and cooperation.

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, October 04, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, October 11, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, October 18, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, October 25, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, November 01, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, November 08, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, November 15, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, November 22, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, November 29, 2020 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.