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February 23, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Teaching about Retaliation

MT 5:38-48

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand over your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

“You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”


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St. Maria Bertilla Boscardin (Feast Day February 26)

OCTOBER 6, 1888 – OCTOBER 20, 1922

Maria was born in Italy in 1888. She suffered rejection, ridicule, and disappointment, but these trials only brought her closer to God and more determined to serve him. Her schooling was limited so that she could spend more time helping at home and working in the fields. She showed few talents and was often the butt of jokes. In 1904, she joined the Sisters of St. Dorothy. After some time, Maria received training to be a nurse and began working in a hospital with children suffering from diphtheria. There, the young nun seemed to find her true vocation: nursing very ill and disturbed children. Later, when the hospital was taken over by the military in World War I, she fearlessly cared for patients amidst the threat of constant air raids and bombings. She was canonized in 1961.


Take time to chat

  • Why is it hard to love your enemies?
  • Has anyone ever done something so hurtful to you that you really wanted to get even? Share your experience.
  • In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches us not to get even but to do good for them and pray for them. What do you think would happen if instead of getting back at someone, you followed Jesus' advice?


Recipe of the week

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Cook up this easy dish to honor our Italian-born saint of the week!

1 pound spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

¹/₃ cup breadcrumbs

¼ cup finely chopped parsley

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

1 egg

2 garlic cloves, minced

Kosher salt

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup onion, finely chopped

One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes 1 bay leaf

Freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain. In a large bowl, combine beef with breadcrumbs, parsley, Parmesan, egg, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes. Mix until just combined then form into 16 balls.

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a plate. Add onion to pot and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Return meatballs to pot and cover. Simmer until sauce has thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve pasta with a healthy scoop of meatballs and sauce. Top with Parmesan before serving.



Family Fun

No-Sew Blanket Making

Show your family’s love of neighbor by making a blanket to give to someone in need.


1. Choose the fabric. Choose a print and a contrasting or matching solid.

2. Line up the two fabric pieces, right sides out.

3. Trim to the same size.

4. Cut out the corners.

5. Cut the fringe.

6. Tie knots.

7. Continue around the blanket.

Contact your local parish for ideas on where you can donate the blankets you made.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Recite a rosary together as a family, meditating on the Glorious Mysteries and offering each decade for someone who has hurt or offended you. Glorious Mysteries can be accessed here:

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

With how many people did you shake hands during the sign of peace this week? How does the sign of peace relate to today's Gospel?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Many people today are deeply wounded by contemporary social ills such as the breakdown of the family, abuse, poverty, or racism. Jesus . . . described his own mission as a work of healing and liberation.”(Marker 6.3)

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Ash Wednesday is February 26. Think about what you can do for Lent individually and as a family! Check out this great video from Busted Halo: