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July 12, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Parable of the Sower

MT 13:1-23 OR MT 13:1–9

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And he spoke to them at length in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep, and when the sun rose it was scorched, and it withered for lack of roots. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it. But some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”


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St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Feast Day July 14)

1656 - APRIL 17, 1680

Tekakwitha was born near the place where St. Isaac Joges and Jean de Lelande were killed in Auriesville, New York. Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations. When she was four, Tekakwitha lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic and was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief. Tekakwitha was moved by the words of three missionaries who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. Tekakwitha refused to marry a Mohawk brave and, at 19, finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri-Catherine-on Easter Sunday.

After her conversion, she was treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, Kateri received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She was powerfully moved by God's love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people. She eventually stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal. For three years, she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity, and in strenuous penance. At 23, Kateri took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for a Native American woman whose future depended on being married. She was beatified in 1980 and canonized in 2012.


Take time to chat

  • What does a plant need to grow? What do you need to grow in faith?
  • Have you ever planted seeds? What happened?
  • Retell this parable in your words. Take turns and be creative.


Recipe of the week

St. Kateri Corn Bread

Since the Native Americans introduced grinding corn meal, which led to the birth of corn bread, (an early American staple) you may want to try this recipe:

½ cup butter or margarine, softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan; set aside.  Combine butter with sugar and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend in milk, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt until the batter is just blended (a few lumps are ok). Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until surface springs back lightly when touched and a toothpick stuck into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place pan onto a wire rack; serve hot or warm.



Family Fun

Visit a Local Pilgrimage Site or Historic Church

The Archdiocese of Detroit has a rich history and many interesting places to visit. Consider getting some families together to visit a local pilgrimage site or historic church in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Call ahead for mass times and ask if someone can give you a tour after Mass. Here are some suggestions:

  • Solanus Casey Center, Detroit
  • Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit
  • National Basilica Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak
  • Ste. Anne, Detroit
  • Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit
  • St. Joseph, Detroit
  • Old St. Mary's, Detroit
  • Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit
  • St. Aloysius, Detroit


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Jesus, I Trust in You

Pray together these words:

Jesus, I Trust in You,

Jesus, I Trust in You,

Jesus, I Trust in You,


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The sanctuary lamp is a red light near the tabernacle. It signifies the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which is reserved in the tabernacle. Find the sanctuary lamp in your church.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“To follow Jesus is to be in a constant process of growth, like the seed that fell on rich soil.” (Marker 9.2)

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Fun Facts!

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All seeds need moisture, oxygen, and the right temperature to germinate, or grow. Until they have these conditions, seeds remain dormant and do nothing.