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February 2, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Presentation in the Temple

LK 2:22-40 OR 2:22-32

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:  
“Now, Master, you may let your servant go 
in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in the sight of all the peoples:  
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted-- and you yourself a sword will pierce --so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

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. Josephine Bakhita (Feast Day February 8)

C. 1869 – FEBRUARY 8, 1947

St. Josephine Bakhita is an African saint, who was born in Sudan around 1869. She was kidnapped as a child and taken as a slave by Arab traders and suffered a difficult life until her eventual freedom in Italy. Josephine's freedom came when she needed a temporary place to stay while her masters moved abroad without her. Her owners left her in the custody of the Canossian Sisters in Venice. There, she was baptized, confirmed, and received Holy Communion. Josephine eventually became a nun with the Canossian Daughters of Charity and lived and worked with them for 45 years.


Take time to chat

• What do you think Joseph and Mary thought when they heard what Simeon told them?

• How did Simeon know about Jesus if he’d never met him before?

• Have you ever heard the Holy Spirit speak into your heart or give insight into something you didn’t know? Share your experience.


Recipe of the week

Super Bowl Chili

1 pound lean ground beef

1 pound sausage or lean ground pork

Two 15-ounce cans your favorite beans, undrained

One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained

2 large onions chopped

1 bell pepper

3 clove garlic minced

3 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon red pepper, crushed 3 tablespoons wine vinegar

1 tablespoon cumin

Grated cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Brown beef and pork in a large pot. Drain and stir in undrained beans, tomatoes, onions, pepper, garlic, chili powder, sugar, red pepper, vinegar, and cumin. (Adjust amount of red pepper flakes and chili powder to your taste.) Add some water if you like more juice in your chili. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir frequently to keep from sticking and burning. When ready to serve top with cheese and sour cream.


Family Fun

Super Bowl Party!

  • Gather with friends and family to celebrate America's biggest sporting event of the year! Even if you are not a football fan, it's always fun to get together and catch up with friends.
  • Get the kids involved by letting them help decorate, prep food, and get the house ready. Set up activities for smaller children who may not be interested in the game:  coloring station with football-themed printables, Super Bowl bingo using free downloadable Super Bowl cards, origami flick football, etc. Search the Internet for more ideas!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives; thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Fill us with your peace and joy. We love you, and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for you alone are worthy!

Please hear the prayers we lift up to you today. [Invite each of your children to write or say a short prayer in their own words.]

We ask all this in your most Holy Name. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today's Gospel, Joseph and Mary presented Jesus at the Temple. At Mass, we do something called the "Presentation of the Gifts," when members of the faithful present the gifts of bread and wine to the priest. See if you notice when this happens at Mass.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The Holy Spirit is God’s love poured into our hearts (cf. Rom 5:5), revealing to us the Lordship of Jesus and our own exalted identity as beloved sons and daughters of God.”  (Guidepost 1)

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Fun Facts!

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The Blessing of the Throats is celebrated on February 3, the feast day of St. Blase. St. Blase was a bishop and a doctor. He was reputed to have miraculously cured a little boy who had a fish bone lodged in his throat. At Blase’s command, the child was able to cough up the bone