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August 2, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Return of the Twelve and the Feeding of the Five Thousand

MT 14:13-21

When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over — twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.


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St. John Vianney (Feast Day August 4)

MAY 8, 1786 – AUGUST 4, 1859

John Vianney was a man with vision: he wanted to become a priest. But he had to overcome his meager formal schooling, which inadequately prepared him for seminary studies. His failure to comprehend Latin lectures forced him to discontinue. His vision of being a priest, however, urged him to seek private tutoring. After a lengthy battle with the books, John was ordained. John Vianney’s most remarkable accomplishment was his work as a confessor. In the winter months, he would spend 11 to 12 hours daily reconciling people with God. In the summer months, this time increased to 16 hours. As his fame spread, more hours were consumed in serving God’s people. Even the few hours he would allow himself for sleep were disturbed frequently by the devil. In 1929, Pope Pius XI named him the patron of parish priests worldwide.


Take time to chat

  • In what way does today's Gospel remind you of the Eucharist?
  • What is your favorite meal?
  • Who would you like to have over for dinner? Plan the meal and invite them over!


Recipe of the week

Sunflower Seed Bread

The sunflower, which blooms in August, is a symbol of Christ. It also symbolizes man turning towards Christ because of the way the sunflower turns toward the sun. This recipe is fitting for this week as it reminds us of how St. John Vianney’s whole life was oriented toward Christ.

²/₃ cup warm milk
1 tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg
2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
¹/₃ cup sunflower seeds

In a bowl of a stand mixer, using your paddle attachment, combine milk, honey, and yeast. Allow to bloom for 5 minutes. Add the oil and the egg; mix to combine. Switch attachment to the dough hook. Add in the flour, salt, and most of the sunflower seeds. Reserve a handful to sprinkle over the top. Mix just until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 5 minutes. Pour dough into a lightly greased bowl and allow to rise for about 2 hours. Dough should be doubled in size. Knock the dough down and shape into an oval shape. Place into a lightly greased loaf pan. Cover and allow to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 F. Brush the top of the loaf with a little oil and sprinkle the remaining sunflower seeds over the top. Bake loaf for about 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing.



Family Fun

Go Fishing

Casting a line with the kids is a classic, relaxing way to spend a lazy summer day. It also helps us to reflect on the miracle
of the multiplication of the loaves and fish in today’s Gospel. Find a local lake or stream and go fishing as a family. It’s an opportunity to get away from hectic schedules to enjoy the fresh air, learn about the environment, and even develop patience. Best of all, fishing is quality time spent together talking, laughing, and sitting quietly side by side.


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Family Prayer

Prayer of St. John Vianney

I love you, O my God, and my only desire is to love you until the last breath of my life.

I love you, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving you, than live without loving you.

I love you, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love you eternally ...

My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love you, I want my heart to repeat it to you as often as I draw breath.

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Liga a la Liturgia

During which part of the Mass does Jesus feed us?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The family lives its spirituality precisely by being at one and the same time a domestic church and a vital cell for transforming the world." (Marker 7.3)

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August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Make sure you have an ice cream sandwich today!