The Return of the Twelve

July 18, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 23:1-6 PS 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6 EPH 2:13-18

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MK 6:30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place andrest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to adeserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to knowabout it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.


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St. Sebastian (Feast Day January 20)

c. 256 – January 20, 287

According to legend, Sebastian was born at Narbonne, Gaul. He became a soldier in the Roman army and encouraged two Christians, Marcellian and Marcus, under sentence of death, to remain firm in their faith. Sebastian made numerous converts: among them were Nicostratus, who was in charge of prisoners and his wife, Zoe, a deaf mute whom he cured; the jailer Claudius; Chromatius, Prefect of Rome, whom he cured of gout; and Chromatius’ son, Tiburtius. After Chromatius was healed, he set the prisoners free, freed his slaves, and resigned as prefect.

Sebastian was captain in the praetorian guards during the reign of Emperors Diocletian and Maximian. Neither knew that Sebastian was a Christian, but when it was discovered that he was a Christian, he was ordered to be executed. He was shot with arrows and left for dead, but when the widow of St. Castulus went to recover his body, she found he was still alive and nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the Emperor, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the Emperor’s orders.

St. Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading and defending the Faith.


Take time to chat

• Jesus wanted his apostles to rest after they ministered to the people. Why is it important to rest?

• Jesus also wanted to spend some quiet time with his disciples. Jesus wants to spend quiet time with you too. What are some ways you can spend quiet time with Jesus?

• Why were there so many people following Jesus? Why was he so popular?

• In what way did St. Sebastian exhibit courage in his life as a Christian?


Recipe of the week

Watermelon Sorbet

While you take some time to rest today, enjoy this easy-to-make treat!

5 to 6 cups frozen watermelon, cubed (cut and freeze on a tray or in a Ziploc bag overnight)

Juice of ½ a lemon or a lime

Put watermelon in a blender. Add lemon or lime juice. Blend and enjoy.


Family Fun

Backyard Olympics

The Summer Olympic Games provide the perfect inspiration for families and friends to create an Olympic competition. Friendly competition teaches children about teamwork and how to be a gracious winner or loser. Before starting your backyard Olympics, consider holding an opening ceremony and ask Olympians to take an oath of good sportsmanship like athletes do at the Olympic Games.

Call some friends or relatives and invite them to join your family for some games to play in the yard or a local field. Consider creating paper medals for the events. Some event ideas include:

• Running Long Jump: With a running start, see who can jump the farthest from a line marked on the ground.

• Relay Race: Use a stick or baton to hand off between runners while they go on a designated path. If you don’t have enough runners for a race, have participants race to beat their own time.

• No Water Synchronized Swimming: Have groups pick music and choreograph a short routine to see how in sync they can stay.

• Balance Beam: Paint a straight, even stripe on a flat section of lawn, which is the "balance beam." Ask participants to perform a series of increasingly difficult maneuvers without straying from the stripe. Award points for completion of each maneuver. Some fun suggestions include: walking forward, walking backward, hopping on one foot, doing front rolls, doing cartwheels.

• Hula-hoop-a-thon: Kids keep their hoops moving as long as possible and are eliminated when their hoops touch the ground.

• Discus: See who can throw a frisbee the farthest distance.

• Water Balloon Shot Put: See who can throw a water balloon the farthest distance.

• Pool Noodle Javelin: Each child gets three attempts to see who can throw his or her pool noodle the farthest.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer of St. John HenryNewman

Pray this prayer in the evening or before bedtime.

May the Lord support us all the day long,

Till the shades lengthen and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done.

Then in his mercy may he give us a safe lodging,

and holy rest, and peace at the last.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

In today’s Gospel, we hear that great crowds followed Jesus. How many people do you think can fit in your church? About how many people do you think were there for Mass this weekend?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Jesus taught the crowds many things. Resolve to learn one thing new about the Catholic faith this week. Share what you learned with your family members.

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The Summer Olympics typically happen every 4 years. They were postponed in 2020 and are slated to start on Friday, July 23rd in Tokyo, Japan. The modern games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896.