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December 27, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Return to Nazareth

LK 2:22-40 OR LK 2:22, 39–40

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.


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St. John the Apostle (Feast Day December 27)

D. 6 - 100

The apostle John, along with Peter and James, was one of Jesus’ closest friends. These three alone were privileged to be present at the Transfiguration, the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and the agony in Gethsemane. Many scholars believe that the apostle John is the author of the Gospel of John, three New Testament Letters, and the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John refers to him as “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (see John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2), the one who reclined next to Jesus at the Last Supper, and the one to whom Jesus gave the honor of caring for his mother. John was the only apostle who was with Jesus when he died on the cross.


Take time to chat

  • What do you think Jesus was like as a baby?
  • What one thing your family can do to be more like the Holy Family?
  • What do you love most about your family?


Recipe of the week

Easy Chicken and Dumplings

One 2 ½-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 chicken bouillon cubes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 can of flaky layer biscuits

Place the chicken, onion, bay leaves, and bouillon, in a large pot. Add 4 quarts of water, simmer over medium heat. Simmer the chicken until it is tender and no longer pink, about 40 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and, when it is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and separate the meat from the bones. Return the chicken meat to the pot. Keep warm over low heat. Add the cream of chicken soup to the pot with the chicken and simmer gently over medium-low heat.

To prepare the dumplings: Mix the flour with the salt and pepper in a shallow bowl or plate. Take each biscuit and tear into three layers. Dip each layer into the flour mixture (both sides). Cut each layer into three pieces using a pizza cutter or knife, or just tear them for a more rustic looking dumpling. Do NOT stir the pot once the dumplings have been added or they will dissolve. Gently push the pieces of dough down into the broth. Gently move the pot in a circular motion so the dumplings become submerged and cook evenly. Cook until the dumplings are no longer doughy, about 10 minutes.

To serve, ladle chicken, gravy, and dumplings into warm bowls.


Family Fun

Indoor Activities

• Make chocolate chip cookies. Everyone gets a cookie and says one thing they're thankful for for every chocolate chip they find!

• Watch “The Nativity Story”as a family.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for our Family – St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Heavenly Father,

You have given us the model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth. Help us, O Loving Father, to make our family another Nazareth where love, peace, and joy reign. May it be deeply contemplative, intensely Eucharistic, revived with joy.

Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow in family prayer. Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families, especially in their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic heart of Jesus make our hearts humble like his and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way. May we love one another as God loves each one of us, more and more each day, and forgive each other's faults as you forgive our sins. Help us, O Loving Father, to take whatever you give and give whatever you take with a big smile.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cause of Our Joy, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Holy Guardian Angels, be always with us, guide and protect us. Amen.

Liturgy Link

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How many images or statues of the Holy Family are there in your church?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“I charge families to commit to re-claiming their identity in relationship to God.” (Action Step 1.3)

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Fun Facts!

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The feast of the Holy Family is held each year on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's Day; If both are Sundays, the feast is celebrated on December 30.