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August 30, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The First Prediction of the Passion

MT 16:21–27

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”


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St. Gregory the Great (Feast Day September 3)

540 – MARCH 12, 604

Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office, he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome.

He was ordained a priest and then went on to serve six years in the East as a papal representative in Constantinople. At the age of 50, he was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. During his papacy, he greatly surpassed the emperors in improving the welfare of the people of Rome. Gregory was direct and firm. He removed unworthy priests from office, forbade taking money for many services,  and emptied the papal treasury to ransom prisoners of the Lombards and care for persecuted Jews and the victims of plague and famine. He was very concerned about the conversion of England, sending 40 monks from his own monastery. He is known for his reform of the liturgy and for strengthening respect for doctrine. The mainstream form of Western chant, standardized in the late 9th century, was attributed to Pope Gregory I and so took the name of Gregorian chant.


Take time to chat

  • What do you think the apostles thought when Jesus told them that he was going to suffer, die, and be raised from the dead?
  • Jesus told Peter he was an obstacle to him. Why do you think he said that?
  • Is the devil real? Why does the devil want to hold us back?


Recipe of the week

Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Legend has it that while St. Gregory was celebrating St Mark’s feast day (April 25), he had a craving for cherries. Unfortunately, none of the cherry trees in his area were bearing fruit. The servants and gardeners were at a loss. As the legend goes, one gardener was wandering the gardens and was visited by St Mark. The Saint heard of his plight and blessed the tree, and immediately fruit appeared. Still today, St. Gregory is associated with cherries!

1 ½ cups heavy cream
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup white sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and pods removed
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3 egg yolks
¼ cup Bing cherries, pitted and chopped fine
4 ounces chocolate chips

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine cream salt, sugar, and vanilla bean and pods. Cook until sugar is dissolved and bubbles form at the edge of the pan. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and add about a ladle full of hot cream to the yolks. Stir to combine and temper the eggs. Add the eggs to the milk mixture and cook for about 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon and a finger swiped through coating should leave a clean line. Strain into an airtight container and add the vanilla extract. Chill overnight.

The next day, churn ice cream according to manufactures instruction. In the last few minutes of churning, add cherries and chocolate chips. Freeze for at least 3 hours before serving.



Family Fun

Take a Day Trip

Enjoy this last Sunday of summer by taking a family day trip. The following are five destinations that are no more than three hours from metro-Detroit:

1. Detroit - Explore the Riverwalk and Belle Isle to see the Detroit River and city skyline, take a ride on the carousel at Rivard Plaza, and check out some of the cultural institutions like the Michigan Science Center and the Motown Museum.

2. Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor has great shopping, dining, and destinations like the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Some families may also be surprised to find out that your trip can also include kayaking or canoeing along the Huron River.

3  Frankenmuth – Most families are familiar with this favorite day-trip destination, especially if they’ve ever stayed at hotels like the Bavarian Inn and Zehnder’s. When it comes to things to do in Frankenmuth, you can also enjoy boat rides on the Cass River and, of course, a world-famous chicken dinner.

4. Grand Rapids - The Grand Rapids Children's Museum is a great destination for families with its interactive, hands-on exhibits, and older children interested in history are likely to appreciate the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

5. Kalamazoo - If your kids love checking out planes overhead, a city like Kalamazoo should definitely make your top day-trip destinations list. At the Air Zoo, originally opened as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, kids can see more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, enjoy amusement-park-style rides, take part in flight simulators, and check out historical exhibits.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Bedtime prayer for children

Heavenly Father,
Bless (name) and keep him (her) in your love.
Grant him (her) a good rest tonight,
And send your angels to protect him (her.)
[Trace sign of the cross on forehead.]
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today's Gospel, Jesus predicted his suffering and death. The Stations of the Cross show how Jesus suffered and died in the last moments of his earthly life. Find the stations in your church. How many stations are there?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"God relates to his people not as isolated individuals but as a people, a family, united with one another in deep bonds of love (Eph 4:1-6).” (Marker 3.1)

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Fun Facts!

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August 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day. This day is dedicated to the toasty treats that are more often than not made while sitting around a campfire. The mallow plant, which grows in marshes, was thought to be first used to make marshmallows around 2,000 B.C. in ancient Egypt.