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January 26, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

MT 4:12-23 OR 4:12-17

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled:  
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.

From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.

He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.


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St. John Bosco (Feast Day January 31)

AUGUST 16, 1815 – JANUARY 31, 1888

John Bosco was born in Becchi, Italy. He was ordained a priest in 1841 and became a spiritual father to thousands of children. He started a school for poor boys, many of whom he met when he visited their parents in prison as part of his priestly work. These boys lived in the prisons too, or on the streets. He started a school where they could eat and sleep safely. Later, John began a similar school for poor girls. John Bosco educated the whole person—body and soul united. He believed that Christ’s love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. John started the Salesians—a group of priests who helped boys—and the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians—a group of nuns who helped girls. (The Salesian name came from his devotion to St. Francis de Sales.) In 1875, he sent his first group of missionaries to the Americas.


Take time to chat

• What is it like to catch a fish? Share a time when you went fishing.

• What does Jesus mean when he says he will make the brothers fishers of men?

• Why do you think James and John left their previous life behind and followed Jesus?


Recipe of the week

Build Your Own Pizza

The list of options really can go on and on, but here are some ideas. Have the kids help prep!

– Tomato sauce

– Pesto sauce

– Mozzarella (shredded or sliced thin)

– Goat cheese

– Parmesan cheese

– Sausage (cooked and crumbled)

– Pepperoni

– Bell peppers

– Onions

– Mushrooms

- Olives

- Chicken (cooked)

- Roasted veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, brussels sprouts, etc.)

- Ricotta cheese

- Pine nuts

- Bacon

- Sliced tomatoes

- Arugula (put on after baking)

- Fresh basil (put on after baking)

Buy pre-made pizza dough from a local specialty grocer, get frozen pizza dough from the grocery store, or make your own pizza dough, if you are ambitious! Divide thawed pizza dough into individual sizes. Flatten out on floured surface until thin, and transfer to pizza pan or stone. Kids can help with this too! Coat dough with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with garlic salt. Top with pre-made sauce, pesto, or omit sauce for white pizza. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese, assemble with desired toppings, more mozzarella cheese, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake in oven at 500 F for 8 to 10 minutes or on an outdoor grill for about 6 to 7 minutes, rotating pan about halfway through cooking time.


Family Fun

Aqua-Themed Activity

• Take a trip to a local aquarium.

• Go to a pet store to look at the fish and other animals. Who knows, you may return with a new addition to your family!

• Have a movie night and pick an ocean-themed movie (i.e. “Finding Nemo,”“Finding Dory,”“The Little Mermaid,”“Dolphin Tale,”etc.) complete with lights off and popcorn!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Children (Bold) Adults (Italics)

Praise be to God

who made us a family.

Praise be to God

for the love that we share.

Praise be to God

for sending us Jesus.

Praise be to God

for teaching us to care.

Help us, Lord Jesus

fill our lives with your Spirit.

Help us, Lord Jesus

teach us how to forgive.

Help us, Lord Jesus

grant us wisdom and patience.

Help us, Lord Jesus

 in your grace may we live.

Come, Holy Spirit

fill our lives with your gifts.

Come, Holy Spirit

help us serve other's needs.

Come, Holy Spirit

teach us faith, hope, and love.

Come, Holy Spirit

guide our thoughts and our deeds.

Be with us, God

we ask Mary to help us.

Be with us, God

we look to Joseph for aid.

Be with us, God

may we respect one another.

Be with us, God

may our hope never fade.

Hear us, Lord Jesus

watch over our family.

Hear us, Lord Jesus

help our faith to grow strong.

Hear us, Lord Jesus

come and dwell in our hearts.

Hear us, Lord Jesus

to you we belong.

Spirit, we praise you

you invite us to know you.

Spirit, we praise you

may we walk in your light.

Spirit, we praise you

may we find you in all things.

Spirit, we praise you

all day and all night. Amen.

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