Current issues for bulletins and weekly handouts

JUNE: June is that awkward month with no female saints on the current calendar. Apart from the Mother of God, that is, whose newest memorial as Mother of the Church was observed on the first. Her Immaculate Heart is also honored (20) and the usual BVM Saturday memorials resume with Ordinary Time (20, 27). To balance things out, we might note the death dates of mystic Evelyn Underhill (15), abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe (July 1), and pioneer Amelia Earhart (July 2). Or consider International Widows’ Day (23).

The calendar is packed with solemnities: Most Holy Trinity (7), Body and Blood of Christ (14), Sacred Heart of Jesus (19), Nativity of John the Baptist (24), and Saints Peter and Paul (29). U.S. Saint Junipero Serra appears at the top of July (1). Along with secular observances of Flag Day (14), Father’s Day (21), and Independence Day (July 4), the global community observes World Oceans Day, since two-thirds of the planet’s surface is ocean (8), Blood Donor Day (14), Elder Abuse Awareness Day (15), and International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26). This has been a truncated and disrupted academic year for most students, but one way or another, the school year does end. Happy summer; get some fresh air!

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 no longer 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, May 31, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, June 07, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, June 14, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, June 21, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, June 28, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, July 05, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, July 12, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, July 19, 2020 Download Download
Week beginning Sunday, July 26, 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.