6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 14, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

LV 13:1-2, 44-46 PS 32:1-2, 5, 11 1 COR 10:31—11:1

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The Cleansing of a Leper

MK 1:40-45

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said,
"If you wish, you can make me clean."
Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand,
touched him, and said to him,
"I do will it. Be made clean."
The leprosy left him immediately, and he was made clean.
Then, warning him sternly, he dismissed him at once.

He said to him, "See that you tell no one anything,
but go, show yourself to the priest
and offer for your cleansing what Moses prescribed;
that will be proof for them."

The man went away and began to publicize the whole matter.
He spread the report abroad
so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.
He remained outside in deserted places,
and people kept coming to him from everywhere.


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St. Lucy Yi Zhenmei (Feast Day February 19)

December 9, 1815 – February 19, 1862

Lucy Yi was born in 1815 in China. Lucy was the youngest child in her family and was very dedicated in her prayer life. At the age of 12, she decided to consecrate her life to God. She loved reading and learning. When she was 20 years old and pursuing her college education she fell ill. After her recovery Lucy took her spiritual life still more seriously. She knew she could not leave her family to become a nun because they needed her financial help. Instead, she prayed daily and worked to support them. After her father died, she lived with her brother and mother, using part of her time to teach the faith to children nearby. Lucy Yi later became a missionary, and while on a mission trip in 1862, she entered a region that was hostile to Christians. The local governor imprisoned and sentenced to death the priest and several missionaries in their group. She was among those who were sentenced to death because she refused to renounce her faith. The following day she was executed. St. John Paul II canonized St. Lucy Yi and her companions on October 1, 2000.


Take time to chat

  • Consider the leper in today’s Gospel story. How strong was his faith in Jesus? How easy or hard is it to have faith today?
  • Why do you think Jesus didn’t want the leper to tell anyone except the priest that he was healed?
  • Why do you think the man told everyone anyway?
  • St. Lucy Yi spent her time teaching the faith to children, much like a catechist would today. Who has helped you grow in your faith by their teaching and example?


Recipe of the week

Chocolate Mint Icebox Cake

Enjoy this sweet treat for St. Valentine’s Day!

1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafers

1 ¾ cups chilled heavy cream

¾ tsp. mint extract

1 cup miniature chocolate chips

¼ cup sugar

Make the mint cream: With an electric mixer, beat heavy cream, sugar, and mint extract until stiff peaks form.

Line a serving platter with two sheets of wax paper side by side.

Assemble the cake: Spread each wafer with about ½ Tbsp. mint cream, forming stacks. Lay stacks horizontally along seam of wax paper, pressing gently to form a log. With a small spatula or knife, cover log with remaining cream. Refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.

To serve, gently remove wax paper from underneath cake (holding cake in place with a metal spatula if necessary). Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Slice cake diagonally with a serrated knife.

Serves 8.


Family Fun

Kindness Scavenger Hunt

This Valentine’s Day, find ways to love by doing a Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt. As a family, create a checklist of 15 random acts of kindness and distribute the checklist to each family member. The object of the game is to complete all of the random acts of kindness by the end of the week. At the end of the week, spend time over a special dinner or dessert sharing what you did throughout the week and how it made everyone feel. Discuss which tasks were easiest and which were most difficult.

Possible Ideas:

  • Assist with making a meal.
  • Call a family member and tell them “I love you!”
  • Clean out old toys and books for donation to goodwill.
  • Do someone’s chores.
  • Donate food to a local food pantry.
  • Draw a picture or write a note to someone you don’t see often letting them know you are thinking of them.
  • Give someone a compliment.
  • Give someone a high five.
  • Give someone a hug.
  • Help with cleaning-up, even if you didn’t help make the mess.
  • Hold a door for someone.
  • Let someone else pick the game you play.
  • Make someone laugh.
  • Push in the chairs at the table.
  • Read a story to someone.
  • Share your toys with someone.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for Black History Month

During Black History Month, we remember the importance of hearing the stories of others:

Spirit of Abundance, God of Grace, Mother of Hope,
We pause now to remember those stories that are all around us,
But so often passed over,
Those stories that when told are shared because
Of what someone is, not who they are.
This month in our nation's character
Is Black History month.
Help us to realize that Black history is
All our histories.
May the day come when these stories
Are so wildly taught that no month need
Be separately divided.
We know this day will not come until we as a people
Make different choices.
We pray now for those new choices.
May we come to see a day where the prison system
Becomes redemptive, not punitive.
A day where the legal system learns to focus more squarely on the facts,
And the not colors of our skin.
A day where our schools are as well funded, as the needs demand.
May our role models be allowed to excel when they thrive,
And not be taken down for their rich heritage.
We know this will require a shift in power.
And this can be scary for some.
Give those full of fear - hope.
May we come to know grace,
So that our hearts will not be hardened to the pain around us.
There are so many beautiful stories needing to be told.
And we need to get the chance to hear them.
Widen our vision so that the history that is shared this month,
And every month,
Come to be known as our history too.
We are most human when we see the humanity in others.

From https://www.xavier.edu/jesuitresource/online-resources/prayer-index/prayers-for-black-history-month1

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows mercy to the leper. In what part of Mass do we ask Jesus to have mercy on us? What are the words we say at Mass when we ask for mercy?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Discuss as a family something that you either want to give up or take on that will help you to be more like Christ during the season of Lent. This year, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17th.

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Fun Facts!

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Leprosy (Hansen’s disease) is an infectious disease caused by a slow-growing bacteria. If left untreated, it can cause nerve damage that can result in crippling of hands and feet, paralysis, and blindness. The bacteria that causes leprosy was discovered by G. H. Armauer Hansen in Norway in 1873. The first effective treatment (promin) became available in the 1940s. In the 1950s, dapsone was introduced.