The Preaching of John the Baptist

December 5, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

BAR 5:1-9 PS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6. PHIL 1:4-6, 8-11

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LK 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar,

when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,

and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee,

and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region

of Ituraea and Trachonitis,

and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene,

during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas,

the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert.

John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan,

proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins,

as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice of one crying out in the desert:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,

make straight his paths.

Every valley shall be filled

and every mountain and hill shall be made low.

The winding roads shall be made straight,

and the rough ways made smooth,

and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”


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St. Crispina (Feast Day December 5) 

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St. Crispina was a wealthy Roman wife and mother of several children in Thagara, Africa. When she found herself in danger of losing her children, her possessions, and her life in the raging persecution, instead of being intimidated, she was filled with a holy joy, because of the Christian education which she had received from her most tender years. Being arrested in her native city of Thagara by order of the proconsul Anulinus, and brought before his tribunal, he inquired of her whether she was aware of the imperial edicts which commanded that all persons should sacrifice to the gods of the empire. She said that she would not sacrifice to any other God other than the Lord Jesus who suffered for us. As a result, Crispina was tortured and publicly ridiculed. On December 5, she was beheaded. 

St Crispina was held in high veneration all through Africa and is honored by St. Augustine in various parts of his works, in which he speaks of her martyrdom.


Take time to chat

  • John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming of Jesus. Why was it important for people to prepare for his coming? What did John ask them to do?
  • If Jesus was coming to your house, what would you do to prepare?
  • The Messiah came to set things right in the world. If Jesus’ earthly ministry happened today, what would he “set right” in the world?
  • In a time of trouble, St. Crispina was filled with a holy joy because of the Christian education she received. Share a time when the teachings that were handed on to you became a source of comfort or joy.


Recipe of the week

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

White is often associated with purity, peace, and snow. Enjoy this white sauce as you dream about a white Christmas!

2 cloves garlic minced

2 Tbsp. olive oil

Brown above ingredients


2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 stick butter

¾ cup Shredded Parmesan cheese

¼ cup Shredded Asiago cheese

Stir till thickened over low flame. Serve over pasta.


Family Fun

Celebrating St. Nicholas

The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated on December 6th. This feast is celebrated around the world in various cultures. In some countries, children put their shoes by the door the night before in hopes of finding a treat in the morning. Consider starting a tradition of sharing the story of St. Nicholas and celebrating the feast day with your family. Considering borrowing or purchasing books about this Catholic saint. (Or visit


Other Ideas


Family Prayer


You send prophets as your messengers to help point us back to you.

Thank you for John the Baptist, who reminds us to prepare for your coming. Help us to be like him: proclaiming your goodness and sharing your Word with others, even when it is not an easy or popular thing to do.

Guide our actions and open our eyes so that we may “prepare the way of the Lord” in our home.

We ask this in your all-powerful Name. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Holy, Holy, Holy is a prayer that we pray or sing with all the angels and saints in heaven. Listen to the words of this prayer. What does it say about God?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Call your local parish and get a list of a few people who are homebound or in nursing care. Make (and send) homemade Christmas cards with words of hope and encouragement.

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Fun Facts!

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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates that Mary was always free from sin, even from that very first moment of her life (conception) in the womb of her mother, St. Anne. It is celebrated on December 8th and is a Holy Day of Obligation.