Ministering to a Great Multitude and Sermon on the Plain

February 13, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 17:5-8 PS1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 1 COR 15:12, 16-20

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 6:17, 20-26

Jesus came down with the Twelve and stood on a stretch of level ground with a great crowd of his disciples and a large number of the people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon. And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way. But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”


meet our extended family

Ven. Augustus Tolton (Feast Day July 9)

April 1, 1854-July 9, 1897

John Augustine Tolton, later known as Augustus, or Father Gus, was born into slavery in 1854. When the Civil War began, his father escaped slavery to join the Union army and died in battle. Tolton’s mother fled with her three children and crossed the Mississippi River with the help of Union soldiers. They joined a Catholic church in Quincy, made up mostly of German immigrants. When Tolton tried to go to school, he was rejected and faced discrimination from other students and their parents. He desired to study for the priesthood, but no American seminary would accept him. Instead, he was privately tutored by local priests until St. Francis Solanus College admitted him in 1878. Two years later, he left to study for the priesthood in Rome. Tolton became the first African American priest to be ordained in the Roman Catholic Church in 1886. He anticipated he would be sent to Africa as a missionary but was instead sent back to the United States in 1886. He first served at a church in New York City, and later in his hometown of Quincy, Illinois. He later moved to Chicago, where he helped the Black Catholic community build St. Monica Church on Chicago’s South Side. Soon, Tolton became known nationally as a minister and public speaker, yet he remained dedicated to his congregation and community members in need.


Take time to chat

•Who are the people that Jesus describes as blessed? Is this teaching surprising to you? Why or why not?

•In today’s Gospel, Jesus is trying to teach us that true happiness comes when we rely on God. Share a time when you relied on God.

•Have you ever been insulted or laughed at? What would Jesus say about this situation?

•Venerable Augustus Tolton faced obstacles and rejection in his life. Share a time when you have faced obstacles and rejection in your life. Who helped you through this time?


Recipe of the week

Cereal Bars

Have cereal for dessert with this easy recipe. Give a treat to your loved ones for St. Valentine’s Day.

3 Tbsp butter

2 ½ cups mini marshmallows

5 cups cereal (i.e., Lucky Charms, Cap’n Crunch, Fruit Loops, etc.)

Cooking spray

Spray a mixing bowl with cooking spray and add in cereal; set aside. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a pan, stirring frequently until blended together. Pour over cereal. Spray a spatula or large spoon with cooking spray and mix the cereal and marshmallow together. It will be sticky. Pour content of bowl into a baking pan. Spray the spatula and push the cereal mix until flat. You can shape it with your hands as well. Let cool a few minutes and then cut and enjoy.


Family Fun

Valentine’s Day Luminaries Two Ways

Make these lanterns to remind you of God’s unending love and the loved ones he has brought into your life. Display these in a prominent place in your home.

Option 1

Baking paper or wax paper

Oil pastels

Battery operated tea light candles

Cut strips of wax paper 5 inches wide. Fold the wax paper strip in half, then into quarters. Open up the wax paper and draw hearts or other Christian symbols using the oil pastels. Smudge the drawings with your fingers for a more translucent artwork effect when lit up. Shape the wax paper into a square and tape the 2 outermost sides together where they meet. Place it on your dinner table and then put a battery-operated tea light in the middle.

Option 2

Empty Jars (baby jars or larger ones), cleaned and dried



Tissue Paper (cut into hearts or Christian symbols)

Glue Spreader/Paintbrush

Battery operated tea lights

Glue the tissue hearts and symbols to the outside of the jar. Place a tea light inside the jar.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

In today’s Gospel, Jesus ministered to a great multitude. Today he needs people to continue the work he started on earth. As a family, pray this prayer for vocations to call forth more people to serve God.

Father, we are your people, the work of your hands. So precious are we in your sight that you sent your Son, Jesus. Jesus calls us to heal the broken-hearted, to dry the tears of those who mourn, to give hope to those who despair, and to rejoice in your steadfast love.

We, the baptized, realize our call to serve. Help us to know how. Call forth from among us priests, deacons, lay ministers, and religious sisters and brothers. With our hearts you continue to love your people. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, large crowds gathered to encounter Jesus. The same thing happens at Mass today. The people in the pews are called the “congregation” and they gather each week to encounter Jesus in the readings and the Eucharist. Count the number of people in the congregation at Mass today.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, identify one person who is discerning a vocation either to marriage, priesthood, or religious life. Discuss as a family one thing you can do to support that person in their journey(i.e., pray for that individual, send him/her a card with prayers and good intentions, invite them over for a meal, cover the cost of a class or supplies for a class they are taking, etc.).

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Fun Facts!

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St. Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th. The tradition of giving a card or letter to a friend or someone you love dates back to the 17th century.

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