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February 9, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Similes of Salt and Light

MT 5:13-16

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”


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St. Scholastica (Feast Day February 10)

480 – FEBRUARY 10, 542

Twins often share the same interests and ideas with an equal intensity. Therefore, it is no surprise that Scholastica and her twin brother, Benedict, established religious communities within a few miles of each other. Born in 480 of wealthy parents, they were brought up together until Benedict left central Italy for Rome to continue his studies. St. Scholastica founded a religious community for women near Monte Cassino at Plombariola, five miles from where her brother governed a monastery. The twins visited each other once a year in a farmhouse because Scholastica was not permitted inside the monastery. They spent these times discussing spiritual matters.


Take time to chat

  • In today's Gospel, Jesus talks about salt that is useful and salt that is useless. Salt is being compared to discipleship. When is a disciple of Jesus useful and when is a disciple of Jesus not useful?
  • What are some ways God wants you to shine before others?
  • St. Scholastica and her brother had similar interests. Who are you most like in your family?


Recipe of the week

Salty Snack: Parmesan Ranch Snack Mix

9 cups Corn, Rice, or Wheat Chex
2 cups miniature pretzels
2 cups miniature cheddar cheese Gold Fish crackers
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix

In crockpot, combine cereal, pretzels, and crackers. Drizzle with butter. Sprinkle with cheese and salad dressing, and mix; stir to coat. Cook covered on low for 3 hours. Spread onto a baking sheet to cool. Store in an airtight container or divide into snack bags for lunches!


Family Fun

Make Your Own Candles/Valentines

• In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us to be a light to the world, and candles remind us of the light of Jesus. Today you can gather your family to make candles. Purchase a DIY candle-making kit from a local craft store or find instructions on the Internet. Something about the coziness of candlelight works wonders for conversation. Light them with dinner or after dinner as you talk and clean up.

• Alternatively, make valentines or valentine crafts for friends at school, grandparents, or those who are forgotten or the elderly. Search the Internet for crafts that are fun and easy for your kids!


Other Ideas

Help your child become salt and light by sending your child to a Catholic or Christian summer camp. Camp registration is usually in the winter or early spring. Check out the following options:


Family Prayer

After Mass, light a candle and offer a silent prayer for someone who needs Jesus. Before you eat dinner as a family, pray the prayer of St. Dominic:

May God the Father who made us bless us.
May God the Son send his healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move within us and give us eyes to see with, ears to hear with,
and hands that your work might be done.
May we walk and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last by God's grace to the Kingdom.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In church, candles symbolize Jesus, who is the light of the world! When you go to Mass this week, count how many lit candles there are in church.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The world needs the light that is in Christ alone.”(Guidepost 8)

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Fun Facts!

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St. Valentine was a widely recognized third-century Roman saint, commemorated in Christianity on February 14. St. Valentine was a bishop who ministered to Christians who were persecuted. Since the High Middle Ages, his feast day has been associated with a tradition of courtly love.