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TRUST IN GOD

Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Sunday Gospel Message - Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
The readings in the Gospel for a few weeks will be
from John’s Gospel. It will be on the teachings of Jesus
about the Eucharist. Jesus shows the power that He has by
multiplying the loaves and feeding a very large crowd. By
working this miracle, Jesus proved that He had the power
and could fulfill the promise that He was about to make. He
was going to promise that He would give us His flesh to eat
and His blood to drink. Perhaps the miracle of the
multiplication of the loaves and fishes may not have
happened had the little boy not shared his five barley loaves
and two fish. The miracle of Jesus giving of Himself in the
Eucharist may not happen if we do not do our part in
preparation for a worthy reception of Him.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Family Bible Study - July 26th, 2009 -17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage: Read John 6:1-15
John 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. 5 When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” 10 Jesus said, “Make
the people sit down.” Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all. 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” 15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he
withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Questions:
1) The Passage says that Jesus took the loaves of bread, gave thanks to God, and gave them
to others. What part of the Mass does this remind you of? Does Jesus still feed lots of people today? How, when, and where?

2) Jesus started this miracle by asking for help from the boy with the five loaves and two fish. He could have fed everyone by Himself, but He wanted the young boy’s help. It’s the same way now. God wants us to give Him help, however we can, so that He can take that help and do great things with it. Even little children can help God. What are you going to do this week to help Jesus?

3) Jesus did this miracle during the Feast of the Passover. What’s the Passover? Why
would Jesus do this miracle during the Passover? Is there a connection (do they belong together for some reason) between the miracle and Passover? (Hint: if you get the right answer to #1, you’ll have a big clue)
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Mondays with Mary - A Celebration of Marian Feasts Throughout the Year


I just wanted to share the news of a wonderful book by Meredith A. Henning called Mondays with Mary - A Celebration of Marian Feasts Throughout the Year. This book was inspired from pondering the Litany of Loreto and is beautifully written. It contains prayers, Scripture, devotional activities, teatime recipe ideas, and other ways for teaching your children about their Heavenly Mother! There are also helpful appendices at the back of the book as well!
From Mondays with Mary:
It is my deep desire that this book will enrich your life and bestow upon your family the grace of Our Lady and her Son, Jesus Christ. This is what Mondays with Mary is all about. - Meredith A. Henning

Mondays with Mary provides a special way for your family to deepen your knowledge and love of Our Lord through His Most Holy Mother by exploring aspects of Mary's life that the Church reverences and celebrating Our Lady's feasts throughout the Liturgical year together!
Thank you, Meredith for this wonderful book!
You can get your copy of Mondays with Mary here and Meredith also keeps a blog at http://happyheartsmom.typepad.com/sweetness_and_light/

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Feast day is July 26th.

"Glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee, with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take the present affair which I recommend to thee under thy special protection. Vouchsafe to recommend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy issue. Cease not to intercede for me, St. Anne, until my request is granted. Good St. Anne, pray for us! St. Joachim, pray for us! Good St. Anne.

The Chaplet of Saint Anne

Each part consists of the Our Father, 5 Hail Marys and the Glory Be. After each Hail Mary say, “Jesus, Mary, Anne, grant us the favors we ask.”

1st part: In honor of Jesus, the grandson of Good Saint Anne

2nd part: In honor of Mary, the glorious daughter of Good Saint Anne

3rd part: In honor of Good Saint Anne, our great Patroness and Protector

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Family Bible Study - Sunday, July 19th, 2009 - Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage - Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Mark 6:30 The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they
had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away to a deserted place
all by yourselves and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and
they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a
deserted place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going and
recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and
arrived ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he
had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Questions

1) In the Gospel today, we see an example of prayer. The apostles told Jesus all they had done and taught and he took them away to a quiet place in order to rest with them. How often do you go to a quiet place and talk to Jesus about all that you’ve done, taught, and learned? What could you do to make more time to pray each day?

2) Jesus understood and had compassion for the crowd and so He began to teach them. Do you know that Jesus’ teachings are part of His compassionate love for you? Do you have compassion on others by teaching them what Jesus has to say?

3) The people were like sheep without a shepherd; in other words they were lost. We all know people who are lost, who don’t know about God and are going away from
Heaven. What can you do this week to help those people who are like lost sheep to
come back to Jesus, the Good Shepherd?
Used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Another prophet is in the forefront today.
Jeremiah is speaking a tough word to those shepherds
who were serving themselves. Jesus comes as the
Good Shepherd for He comes to serve others and He
has compassion on the abandoned flock. The Lord
formed the Apostles and sent them out to preach. Now
the Apostles are returning to report on their success.
Jesus invites even the new shepherds to an out of the
way place in order that He might renew them. Jesus
taught both the sheep and the shepherds because He
brought refreshing words of truth and compassion.
Used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Family Bible Study - Sunday, July 12th, 2009 - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Read Mark 6:7-13

Questions for discussion:

1) Jesus sent His apostles out two-by-two to tell people to stop sinning and be
sorry for their sins. Why do you think He sent them out in pairs? Was it just
to keep them safe?

2) Why do you think Jesus sent the apostles out poor, with no bread, no money,
no change of clothes? Was it so they would be dependent on God and keep mindful of God's presence?

3) The apostles told everyone that they should repent. What does this mean?
used with permission of Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus knew that it would be difficult for all of us
sent to bring the good news of Jesus to people each day. He
sent the disciples out two by two. Go where you are sent,
armed with the Lord’s word and the power of the Holy
Spirit. Have another person whom you can encourage and
who can encourage you. Know that you are about the Lord’s
work and He will sustain you. The prophet Amos tells us
how he answered his obstacle: “I was no prophet, nor have I
belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a
dresser of sycamores. The Lord took me from the flock, and
said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to me people, Israel.’”
Used with permission of Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Go Cooking Moms - Quick Healthy Burgers

Here's a family recipe for Healthy Hamburgers:
Ingredients:
1lb. Ground Turkey
1 Medium Carrot (grated)
1 Packet of Chicken Boullion
1 Zucchini (grated)
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 box. Frozen Chopped Spinach (cooked and squeezed dry)
1/4 C. BBQ Sauce (optional)

Just mix all ingredients together and shape into patties. Grill until done.

Prayer of St. Francis de Sales

Be at Peace
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
The same Everlasting Father, who takes care of you today, will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at Peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
Amen.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sunday Gospel Message - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Being a prophet was not easy. In fact, most
prophets tried to get out of their call. The Lord told
Ezekiel that the people were “hard of face and obstinate
of heart.” He, however, was to go and proclaim the
truth; the results were up to God. Jesus Himself
experienced a difficult time as He preached in His own
native place. Some of the obstacles were lack of faith;
others were false teaching; others were preconceived
ideas of what the Lord was going to do; still others
were what they were used to doing. Jesus came to
bring the truth and to teach about a special relationship
with His Father. Our response is to listen to the Lord
and to His Spouse, the Church. That is how Jesus
established His kingdom.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Family Bible Study - Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Reading: Mark 6:1-6

Questions for Family Discussion:

1) The people of Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth did not believe in Him. He was sad and
surprised that they did not believe. In your home, do you think Jesus would be proud of how much you believe in Him or sad because you don’t believe in Him enough?

2) Jesus was a carpenter and went to work each day like most grownups do. He did His
job the best He could. That means that if you do your work the best you can, God is
happy. What kind of work can you do to please God when you grow up? What
work can you do now?

3) The Gospel story seems to say that Jesus had “brothers”, but the word “brother” here means “relatives” in Hebrew. The same word is used for brothers, cousins, and other relatives. Why do we know the Jesus didn’t have any true brothers or sisters? What do we know about Mary that makes this impossible?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Bl. Junipero Serra - July 1st

Bl. Junipero Serra - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online

Daily Readings for Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Daily Readings for Wednesday July 01, 2009 - Bible - Catholic Online