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April 12,2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Resurrection

JN 20:1-9

On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don't know where they put him.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.


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St. Mary Magdalene (Feast Day July 22)


Mary Magdalene, or Mary of Magdala, was a friend and follower of Jesus. The Gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus cast out “seven demons” from her, and, throughout the Gospel, we hear how she was present with Jesus and the Twelve Apostles. She stood next to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, at the foot of the cross. Mary Magdalene was the first person to whom Jesus appeared after he was resurrected. She is sometimes referred to as the “Apostle of the Apostles” because she was sent to tell the other apostles the good news of Christ’s resurrection. She is the patron saint of many things, including contemplative life, penitent sinners, perfumeries, and women.


Take time to chat

  • Why is Easter the most important holiday we celebrate as Christians?
  • How would you have felt if you were Mary Magdalene when Jesus appeared? What would it have been like to be Peter and John and hear that Jesus was alive?
  • Discuss the range of emotions Jesus' followers must have felt on Holy Saturday vs. Easter Sunday.


Recipe of the week

Egg and Sausage Casserole

2 ½ cups of Rice Krispies
1 pound of ground sausage (Italian or Turkey)
1 small onion
1 cup cooked rice (brown or white)
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
6 eggs
2 cans Cream of Mushroom soup (can use Cream of Chicken)
¼ cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x13 pan (or use cooking spray). Cover the baking dish with the Rice Krispies. Brown the sausage and drain. Chop the onions. Spread the sausage and onions over the Rice Krispies. Cover with the cooked rice. Spread cheese over the rice. Combine eggs, soup, and milk. Stir well and spread over the cheese. For garnish, sprinkle with additional Rice Krispies. Bake for 50 minutes.


Family Fun

Painted Rocks

Just as the stone was rolled away from the tomb on Easter Sunday to give the ultimate message of hope, take some time today to spread some cheer to others. Gather some smooth rocks, and paint an inspirational message or something cheerful on each one. Use acrylic paint or paint pens (the finer point pens make writing easier). Paint only one side of the rock. Once dry, parents can seal it with a spray on sealer or mod podge. Leave the rocks somewhere for someone to find. Here are some ideas for inspirational messages:

  • Draw a smiley face.
  • Use a Scripture verse.
  • Write out a message for Easter like "Alleluia!" or "He is Risen!"
  • Use a quote from Unleash the Gospel.
  • Write out a note about the kerygma, like this one from Joy of the Gospel: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you."
  • Write a one-word message like "Smile, "Forgive," "Hope," or "Believe."
  • Draw a fun picture on it to make someone smile!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading.”It is a way to meditate on Sacred Scripture. It involves reading a passage of Scripture a few times and letting God speak to your heart. Have someone slowly read the passage below three times with pauses in between. After the first reading, let the words sink in. After the second reading, focus on a word or phrase that sticks out to you. After the third reading, pray about what God is asking of you today. Invite everyone to share what they experienced during prayer. You can use this prayer formula with any Scripture passage.

PSALM 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
For his mercy endures forever.
Let Israel say:  
"His mercy endures forever."

"The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;

The right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
And declare the works of the LORD."

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done; It is wonderful in our eyes.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

At the beginning of Mass, the priest sprinkles the congregation with holy water. What sacrament does this sprinkling rite help us to recall?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“All are invited to encounter Jesus and let their hearts be captured by him.” (Marker 2.1)

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