Appearance to the Disciples in Jerusalem

April 18, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

ACTS 3:13-15, 17-19 PS 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9 1 JN 2:1-5A

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LK 24:35-48

The two disciples recounted what had taken place on the way,
and how Jesus was made known to them
in the breaking of bread.

While they were still speaking about this,
he stood in their midst and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
But they were startled and terrified
and thought that they were seeing a ghost.
Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled?
And why do questions arise in your hearts?
Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself.
Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones
as you can see I have."
And as he said this,
he showed them his hands and his feet.
While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed,
he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of baked fish;
he took it and ate it in front of them.

He said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you,
that everything written about me in the law of Moses
and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
And he said to them,
"Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things."


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St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (Feast Day April 24)

January 5, 1577 – April 24, 1622

Mark Rey was born in 1577 in Sigmaringen, Germany. As a practicing lawyer, he traveled across Europe as a tutor to aristocrats but then started defending the poor. Nicknamed “the poor man’s lawyer,” Rey upheld the causes of the poor and oppressed people. If a poor man needed some clothing, Rey would often give the man the clothes right off his back. His life was characterized by complete generosity to others. In 1612, he became a Franciscan Capuchin monk, taking the name of Fidelis. Before entering the order, he divided his wealth between needy seminarians and the poor. During a severe epidemic in a city where he was guardian of a friary, Fidelis cared for and cured many sick soldiers. When he was sent to Switzerland as a missionary to preach against the Calvinists and Zwinglians (Christians who belonged to congregations that broke away from the Catholic Church), he was accused of opposing the peasants’ national aspirations for independence from Austria. Fidelis was stabbed to death in a church in Seewis. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XIV in 1746. Fifteen years later, he was recognized as a martyr. The ministry of Fidelis exemplifies Jesus’ command in today’s Gospel to preach in his name and to witness to his life.


Take time to chat

·       In today’s Gospel story, Jesus asked his disciples why they were troubled. Why do you think they were troubled?

·       Share a time when you went to Jesus when you were troubled.

·       Why did Jesus ask the disciples to look at his hands and his feet?

·       Share a time when you had difficulty believing something about the faith. St Fidelis of Sigmaringen helped the poor and oppressed. Why is it important for us to help the poor?


Recipe of the week

Easy Artisan Bread

Remember Jesus’ triumph on the cross by making this bread.

3 cups all-purpose flour (one may be whole wheat white)

1/2 tsp. yeast

1 tsp. salt

1.5 cups warm water (100-110 F)

In a bowl, stir all ingredients until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and set at room temperature for 8 to 24 hours. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface and form a ball by pulling the dough from the sides to the top. Rest for 30 minutes as you preheat oven to 450 F. Place baking dish with high sides into the oven while preheating. Slash a cross on top of the bread and carefully place into baking dish.

Cover and bake 30 minutes; uncover and bake 10-15 minutes more until golden brown. Cool before slicing.

Submitted by the Frederick Family of St. Colette in Livonia


Family Fun

Playground Fun

In today’s Gospel, the disciples were “incredulous for joy.” Playgrounds bring great joy to children. Celebrate the joy of the season at a playground in your favorite park or a new park that you’ve always wanted to visit.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry

God of infinite Mercy,

you sent your Risen Son

to encounter the disciples on the way to Emmaus.

Grant us today a missionary spirit

and send us forth to encounter

our sisters and brothers:

to walk with them in friendship,

to listen to their hopes and dreams with compassion,

and to proclaim your Word with courage,

so that they might come to know you once again

in the breaking of the Bread.

Make us all missionary disciples, and stay with us always,

as we seek to share the joy of the Gospel

with people of all generations,

from every race, language, culture, and nation.

We ask you this with burning hearts,

filled with the Holy Spirit,

in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and through the loving intercession of

our Blessed Mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe,

Star of the New Evangelization in the Americas.


From the Prayer for the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry:

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Outside the Easter season, the first reading is typically from the Old Testament. During the Easter season, the first reading is from which book in the New Testament?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, decide on one way your family can help the poor this week.

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Fun Facts!

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Jesus’ resurrected body was different from his earthly body – he appeared and vanished instantly, yet he had flesh and bones and he ate food.

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