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August 16, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

MT 15:21–28

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her. Jesus’ disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.


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St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Feast Day August 20)

1090 – AUGUST 20, 1153

At the age of 20, Bernard left his home to join the monastic community of Citeaux. His five brothers, two uncles, and some 30 young friends followed him into the monastery. Within four years, a dying community had recovered enough vitality to establish a new house in the nearby valley of Wormwoods, with Bernard as abbot. The valley was soon renamed Clairvaux, the valley of light. Bernard developed a rich theology of sacred space and music, writing extensively on both. He was instrumental in re-emphasizing the importance of lectio divina and contemplation on Scripture within his order.

His ability as arbitrator and counselor became widely known. More and more, he was lured away from the monastery
to settle long-standing disputes. Bernard intervened in a full-blown schism and settled it in favor of the Roman pontiff against the antipope. The Holy See prevailed on Bernard to preach the Second Crusade throughout Europe. His eloquence was so overwhelming that a great army was assembled, and the success of the crusade seemed assured; however, the project ended as a complete military and moral disaster. Bernard felt responsible for the outcome of the crusade. This heavy burden possibly hastened his death, which came August 20, 1153. In 1830, Pope Pius VIII bestowed upon Bernard the title “Doctor of the Church."


Take time to chat

  • When you really want or need something, it matters how you ask for it. What do you say when you really want or need something?
  • Share a time when you prayed about something you really wanted/needed.
  • Why does Jesus help the woman in today's Gospel?


Recipe of the week

St. Bernard of Clairvaux Dijon Chicken

St. Bernard of Clairvaux was born in Fontaines-les-Dijon, France in 1090. Dijon is the capital of the Burgundy region in France. The region is world famous for its Burgundy wine and its mustard. It had become a recognized center for mustard making by the 13th century. It seems a fitting feast day meal for this recipe.

½ cup butter
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
¾ cup dry breadcrumbs
½ cup grated parmesan cheese (fresh or jarred)
2-3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in strips

Heat oven to 375 F. Melt butter in small saucepan with minced garlic. After garlic has sautéed, add mustard and mix. Let cool and whisk mixture to combine until creamy. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and parsley in shallow bowl or pan. Dip chicken into butter/mustard mixture, then dip in bread crumb mixture to coat both sides. Place in glass 9x13 pan. Bake uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.



Family Fun

Make Crafts

  • Turn a wall into a prayer wall with sticky notes. Have each family member write their prayer intentions on sticky notes and put them on the wall.
  • Make the first day of school something to look forward to by crafting a paper countdown chain. Each day, tear one link off the chain and ask the kids to name something they're looking forward to about the school year.
  • Use egg cartons to make creative crafts. Search the Internet for ideas and inspiration.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

The Memorare Prayer

St. Bernard of Clairvaux is the author of this Marian prayer:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The Canaanite woman’s plea to Jesus was, “Have pity (or mercy) on me, Lord.” During Mass, we sing or say a prayer with similar words. Which prayer is it?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“I encourage families who are living the Gospel to exercise radical generosity in inviting others to share in your family life, even if you are well aware that it is not perfect.” (Marker 7.3)

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Fun Facts!

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The cities of Tyre and Sidon are in present day Lebanon.