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April 26, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Road to Emmaus

LK 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.” And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.


meet our extended family

St. Gianna Beretta Molla (Feast Day April 28th)

OCTOBER 4, 1922 – APRIL 28, 1962

St. Gianna was a faithful pediatrician from Italy, who was also a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She had three children at home and was pregnant again in 1961 when she developed a tumor in the same place she was carrying the baby. She allowed the surgeons to remove the tumor
but not to perform the complete hysterectomy that they recommended, which would have killed the child. She chose to preserve her child’s life showing she was willing to give her own life to save the life of her baby. St. Gianna passed away a week after giving birth to her daughter. When she was canonized a saint, her husband and children were there, which marked the first time a husband was present for his wife’s canonization. She is the patron saint of mothers, unborn children, and physicians.


Take time to chat

  • In the beginning of today's Gospel story, the disciples were frustrated and discouraged when Jesus came along side and began to converse with them. Share a time when you talked to Jesus about something that frustrated you. What did Jesus say back to you?
  • When do you find it easy to invite Jesus to walk with you? When do you find it difficult?
  • In what way does today's story remind you of Mass?


Recipe of the week

Chicken and Apples

4 boneless, skinless chicken-breast halves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 firm apple, such as Braeburn, cored, halved, and cut into ½-inch slices
1 cup apple juice
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
kosher salt, and black pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Place each chicken-breast half between 2 sheets of wax paper, and pound with a meat mallet until about ¾ inch thick. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the chicken until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Add the apple slices, apple juice, onion, garlic, thyme, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¹/₈ teaspoon pepper. Simmer covered, 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender. Remove the chicken, apple slices, and onion to a serving platter and keep warm. Bring the sauce to a boil for about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Whisk in the mustard. Pour the sauce over the chicken.



Family Fun

Have a Family Picnic

Pack a meal to share together at a park or in the yard. It can be a formal meal, or just have everyone bring a snack to share. Bring a large blanket, towels, or lawn chairs to sit in while you eat. If the weather isn’t nice, have the picnic inside!  Set up a blanket on the floor and eat there!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Emmaus Prayer

Lord, as we walk down the journey of life, we ask that you would be our constant companion, particularly on those days when we are disheartened or when we have strayed off of your path. When we are downcast, we ask that you lift our spirits. When we are confused, we ask that you enlighten our minds. When we are disappointed, we ask that you give us hope. You, Lord, have blessed us with your gospel. Open our minds and hearts to receive your word, and send your Holy Spirit to give us understanding. May your teaching take root in our lives and guide us in your ways. While we have faith in you, Lord, we also have our moments of doubt. We ask that you would deepen our faith, so that rededicated to you, we would give bolder witness, and freely and gladly give generous service. You gently ask us to invite you into our hearts and homes. With a spirit of welcome and humility, we invite you to dwell with us always. We offer our praise and thanks for the many ways that you feed us and provide for our many needs. Keep us closely connected to our brothers and sisters in faith. Help us to see others with the eyes of love. Fill us with your compassion. May we work tirelessly to foster relationships in our community built on the foundations of truth, mutual respect, cooperation, and trust. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Find the Paschal Candle in your church. What do you see on it? What makes it different than any other candle in the Church?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"...all of the members of the Church of Detroit are 'on the road' together toward the goal of becoming a band of joyful missionary disciples." (Guidepost Introduction)

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Sunday, April 26 is National Pretzel Day!  A young monk first started baking pretzels around the year 610. He folded the dough into a shape resembling a child crossing its arms in prayer. It is said that the three holes in a pretzel twist represent the Holy Trinity.