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August 9, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Walking on the Water

MT 14:22–33

After he had fed the people, Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”


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St. Maximilian Kolbe (Feast Day August 14)

JANUARY 8, 1894 – AUGUST 14, 1941

Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar. He was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near Warsaw, operating an amateur-radio station (SP3RN), and founding or running several other organizations and publications. During World War II, he was arrested and taken to Auschwitz. During his imprisonment, a prisoner had escaped, and, as a result, the commandant announced that 10 men would die. As these men were being marched away to the starvation bunkers, Kolbe stepped forward and volunteered to take the place of a man who had a wife and children. Those in charge were dumbfounded, kicked Sergeant Francis Gajowniczek out of line and ordered Father Kolbe to go with the nine. In the “block of death,”they were ordered to strip naked, and their slow starvation began in darkness. But there was no screaming—the prisoners sang. By the eve of the Assumption, four were left alive. The jailer came to finish Kolbe off as he sat in a corner praying. He lifted his fleshless arm to receive the bite of the hypodermic needle. It was filled with carbolic acid. They burned his body with all the others. Fr. Kolbe was beatified in 1971 and canonized in 1982.


Take time to chat

  • Peter had to trust Jesus to get out of the boat. Who do you trust most? Why?
  • What is it like to get out of your comfort zone and try something new?
  • Do you think Peter was scared? If so, why?


Recipe of the week

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

8 ounces cooked elbow macaroni
One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1 ½ cups whole milk
½ stick butter melted
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 eggs beaten
6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese grated
6 ounces processed cheese such as Velveeta grated
1 small can green chilies drained
½ cup cheddar cheese grated

Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Mix macaroni, evaporated milk, whole milk, butter, salt, pepper, Gouda, Velveeta, and green chilies. Cook on low for 3 hours. Sprinkle cheddar over the top and allow to melt for another 15 minutes. Serve hot.



Family Fun

Water Park

Hopefully, this Sunday’s weather is better than the weather described in today’s Gospel! If so, consider taking your family to a water park or a nearby park with fountains. Kids of all ages love playing in water! This activity can also be an opportunity to reflect on how Peter was able to do by grace, what he could never do by nature!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Salve Regina

Learn and sing the Salve Regina to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15. After reciting the prayer, listen to a recording of the Salva Regina chant in Latin, which can be easily found on YouTube. During the chant, invite your family to close their eyes and simply listen and meditate in silence.


Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,

our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.

Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.

Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,

nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Listen to the themes in the songs sung at Mass today. Which ones are related to today's Gospel?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The witness of a joyful family life rooted in the Gospel can be a spiritual oasis for people in contemporary society.” (Marker 7.3)

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