Martha and Mary

July 17, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

GN 18:1-10A PS 15:2-3, 3-4, 5 COL 1:24-28

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LK 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me. "

The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."


meet our extended family

Bl. Frederic Ozanam (Feast Day September 9)

April 23, 1813-September 8, 1853

Frederic was a Frenchman born in Milan, Italy in 1813. He was raised in Lyon, France in a devout Catholic family. When he was 15 years old Frederic struggled with doubts about his faith, but he was helped through them by a local priest. Fredric later went to Paris to study law, where he excelled in apologetics, and was known for fiercely defending his Catholic faith. One day another student challenged Frederic to consider what he could do to live out his faith, instead of just talking about it. Frederic was inspired by this challenge to gather a group of students and “go to the poor” as Jesus had done. It was this group of students, who went out to serve the poor and lonely, that eventually became the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

On June 23, 1841, Frederic married Amelie Soulacroix. Together they had a daughter. He remembered his wife on the 23rd of each month with flowers and a poem expressing his love for her. Frederic continued to serve the poor even while pursuing his academic work. He visited them in their homes and spent countless hours with them. Sadly, Frederic died at the age of 40. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is still active today and serves the poor around the world.


Take time to chat

•Who are you more like –Martha or Mary? Explain your answer.

•Why is it important to listen to Jesus speak?

•Share a time when you have felt anxious or worried about something. How can you let Jesus help you with that?

•Blessed Frederic Ozanam had doubts about his faith when he was young. Have you ever had doubts about your faith? If so, what were (are) they?


Recipe of the week

Pulled Pork Tacos

In honor of Martha and Mary, let the slow cooker do most of the cooking today!

2 ½ pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, trimmed of excess fat

2 cups store bought salsa, plus more for serving

2 Tbspchili powder

2 Tbsp dried oregano

2 Tbsp cocoa powde

½ tsp cayenne or hot red pepper to taste (optional)

1 tsp salt

18 corn tortillas



½ cup of cilantro leaves chopped (optional)

½ cup or more sour cream

2 limes cut into wedges

½ cup or more chopped onion

In a 4–6-quart slow cooker, combine salsa, chili powder, oregano, cocoa powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Add pork and turn to coat. Cook, covered, until the meat is pull-apart tender (4-5 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low). When done, shred pork with two forks and stir into cooking liquid. Serve with warmed corn tortillas and toppings as desired. About 20 minutes before serving, heat oven to 350F. Wrap corn tortillas in foil and bake until warmed, about 15 minutes.


Family Fun

Yard Sale

Blessed Frederic Ozanam put his faith into action with the St. Vincent de Paul society. Do the same with what you have at home.

Clean out your home and host a yard sale. Consider giving the proceeds to a local charity or your parish. You can also have a lemonade stand or sell concessions (popcorn, etc.) to raise funds. Consider donating new and gently used items to your local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Help Me Be Still

This prayer can help us be more like Mary in today’s Gospel.

I am so sorry, Lord, that in my hurrying and scurrying, I can often miss you at work before me, within me, in the majesty of creation and complexity of the created.

I forget all you have done and continue to do - You restore and vindicate redeem and rescue in an economy in a timeline not our own.

Help me be still to become one with the Three to move grounded in your power in your mercy in your love in fullness of your truth.

Even in my weakness In my confusion In my anger In my frustration In my sorrow and shortsightedness Help me simply to be For still, you are God.

-By Rakhi McCormick of Rakstar Designs

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

God can speak to us through all the things we say and do at Mass. What do you hear God saying to you today?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Each day this week, give a complement or encouragement to each person in your family.

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Fun Facts!

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has 5,000 councils and conferences across the United States to assist those in need. Members are called Vincentians. Through their outreach programs, they meet urgent needs including feeding families and providing beds, clothing, and utility assistance.