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January 19, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


John the Baptist’s Testimony to Jesus

JN 1:29-34

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. He is the one of whom I said, ‘A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’ I did not know him, but the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known to Israel.”John testified further, saying, “I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him. I did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain, he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”


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Saint Francis de Sales (Feast Day January 24th)

AUGUST 21, 1567 – DECEMBER 28, 1622

After earning a doctorate in law, Francis wished to enter the priesthood. At age 35 he became the bishop of Geneva. He became noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. Francis is well-known for his book, Introduction to the Devout Life, which is still available for purchase today. His writings, filled with his characteristic gentle spirit, are addressed to lay people. He wants to make them understand that they too are called to be saints.


Take time to chat

• Who was John the Baptist?

• Why did John the Baptist call Jesus the Lamb of God?

• St. Francis de Sales wrote a book to remind people that all are called to be holy, not just priests and religious. As a family, how can we become more holy?


Recipe of the week

Easy Noodle Bake

1 lb ground beef

1 small onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic minced

1 jar spaghetti sauce

Garlic Salt


1 box rotini noodles

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Parmesan Cheese

Brown ground beef with onions and garlic. Drain. Sprinkle with garlic salt to taste. Pour in spaghetti sauce.  Simmer 5 minutes. Cook noodles according to directions. Drain. Mix in 1 tablespoon margarine.  Sprinkle with garlic salt. Pour in spaghetti sauce and mix well. Transfer to baking dish.  Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is bubbly.


Family Fun

Plan an Outing

• Celebrate MLK Day by attending an event sponsored by your local church or community.

• Plan an afternoon trip to a museum. Try the Detroit Historical Museum or the Henry Ford Museum in Greenfield Village.

• Go to a local mall and do a family walk. Make your final destination the food court so that everyone can get ice cream!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Father in Heaven, when the Spirit came down upon Jesus at His Baptism in the Jordan, You revealed Him as Your own Beloved Son. Keep us, your children, born of water and the Spirit, faithful to our calling. May we, who share in Your Life as Your children through Baptism, follow in Christ's path of service to people. Let us become one in His Sacrifice and hear His Word with faith. May we live as your children, following the example of Jesus. Amen

[Invite each person to share any prayer intentions they may have.]

We ask all these prayers through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

At Mass, we pray or sing a prayer called the Lamb of God. What does the priest do and say right after this prayer?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"Families today face unprecedented challenges, and for this reason our local Church must commit a major portion of her resources to supporting families and helping them live out their call to holiness." (Guidepost 7)

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Fun Facts!

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Monday, January 20th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a passionate preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and example and a martyr for justice. Archbishop Vigneron recently wrote a pastoral note on racism that can be accessed here https://www.