Pre-order 52 Sundays 2021 for just $7.95, a limited time discount!


August 23, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Peter’s Confession About Jesus

MT 16:13-20

Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.


meet our extended family

St. Augustine of Hippo (Feast Day August 28)

NOVEMBER 13, 354 – AUGUST 28, 430

Augustine was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much that he could not see or understand God. Through the prayers of his mother,
St. Monica, and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. He became a Christian at 33, a priest at 36, and a bishop at 41. His writings influenced the development of the Western Church and Western philosophy and, indirectly, all of Western Christianity. He is viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers of the Latin Church for his writings in the Patristic Period. Among his most important works are The City of God, De doctrina Christiana, and Confessions.


Take time to chat

  • Who is Jesus to you?
  • What does it mean when Jesus says to Peter, "you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church"?
  • Consider the conversion of St. Augustine. Is it hard for someone to change from living a sinful life to a holy life? Why or why not?


Recipe of the week

Easy Lasagna

30 ounces ricotta cheese
2 cups Italian blend cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
One 26-ounce jar spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 pkg oven ready (no boil) lasagna noodles
½ pound ground beef cooked and drained
½ pound mild Italian sausage crumbled, cooked and drained

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta with half of the Italian blend cheese and half of the Parmesan Cheese. Add the eggs and Italian seasonings; stir to combine. In another bowl or the pan that you browned them in, combine the meat with the spaghetti sauce and water mix well.

In a 9×13 pan, spread 1 ½ cups of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Place 4 sheets of lasagna noodles over the top. Put half of the cheese mixture over the lasagna. Top with ¹/₃ of the meat sauce. Repeat with one more layer. Top with four sheets of lasagna noodles, then the sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Wrap tightly with aluminum foil. Bake 55 to 60 minutes or until the lasagna is tender.

Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.



Family Fun

Neighborhood Kickball Game

Organize a neighborhood kickball game in your backyard. This old-time favorite is a great game for kids of all ages. The rules for kickball are similar to baseball, except instead of hitting the ball, you have to kick it.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Children's Prayer for Parents

Dear Lord,
Fill our parents with your choicest blessings;
enrich their souls with your holy grace;
grant that they may faithfully and constantly guard that likeness to your union with your Church, which you did imprint upon them on their wedding day.
Fill them with your spirit of holy fear, which is the beginning of wisdom;
inspire them to impart it to their children.
May they ever walk in the way of your commandments,
and may we, their children, be their joy on earth
and their crown of glory in heaven.
Finally, Lord God, grant that both our father and mother
may attain to extreme old age
and enjoy continuous health in mind and body.
May they give you abundant thanks
because you have bestowed upon them the great gift of parenthood. Amen

Or, pray a prayer in your own words.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Most churches have a gold and white flag of Vatican City on their grounds. The white band of the flag contains the papal coat of arms, which contains the keys of Peter and the papal tiara. These keys represent the keys to the kingdom of heaven mentioned in today’s Gospel. See if you can find the Vatican City flag in your church.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“When unchurched families—including relatives—come to your home, recognize that even a prayer before meals, or simple words of thanksgiving to God offered by each member of the family, can be a powerful witness to the presence of Christ among you.” (Marker 7.3)

¡Datos Interesantes!

Fun Facts!

Text Link

In today’s Gospel, Jesus took his disciples to Caesarea Philippi. This was the site of pagan worship to the Greek god Pan. To the pagan mind, the cave and spring water at Caesarea Philippi created a gate to the underworld; they literally believed that these were the gates of hell.  Jesus brought his disciples to this distant area to emphasize this point: the gates of hell would not prevail against his Church!