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July 26, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


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MT 14:44-52 OR MT 13:44–46

Jesus said to his disciples: “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”


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St. Martha (July 29th)


Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazarus were close friends of Jesus. Jesus frequently dined in their home. No doubt Martha was an active sort of person. On one occasion, she prepares the meal for Jesus and possibly his fellow guests and says what she thinks is obvious: All hands should pitch in to help with the dinner. However, Martha’s great glory is her simple and strong statement of faith in Jesus after her brother’s death. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.’”(John 11:25-27)


Take time to chat

  • Is there anything that is SO valuable that you would sell all that you have to purchase it? If so, what is it?
  • Did you ever lose something important and then find it later? What did that feel like?
  • What is the thing you love most?


Recipe of the week

St. Martha Cucumber Salad

This light cucumber salad is a southern favorite, and is perfect for the feast of St. Martha. Since Jesus told Martha not to worry about things and to just listen to his word, this simple dish will help you spent less time cooking!

2 large white onions sliced
2 large cucumbers sliced
Salt and pepper

Arrange the cucumbers and the onions in a pretty pattern on a large plate. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with vinegar.



Family Fun

Treasure Hunt

A treasure hunt is a great way to keep kids entertained and reinforce today’s Gospel. Consider creating a treasure hunt at your home; it takes some work to prepare it, but it’s well worth it! Have kids invite their friends. Here are some tips for preparing the treasure hunt:

1. Choose a large, age-appropriate location. Assign buddies to younger kids so they don’t get confused or lost.

2. Choose a format or a theme.

3. Determine how long the treasure hunt will take. A good rule of thumb is that kids' patience will last through about twice as many clues as they are years old. Of course, even older kids may get a little tired after 26 clues. Anywhere between 5-15 is generally a good length, depending on how far apart the clues are from each other.

4. Make a great treasure. The very last clue should lead to some sort of treasure or fun activity, rewarding everyone for finishing. Consider having a prize for the first person or team to find the treasure, which will give some competition and urgency to the hunt.

  • Decorate a box with pictures or construction paper, then fill it with goodies such as candy, coins, or toys.
  • The treasure doesn't have to be a thing. You can set up a great meal, party area, or a game so that the kids arrive at a fun 'secret grove."
  • If the hunt is for smaller children, make sure there are some consolation prizes - everyone should find or go home with something.

5. Search the Internet for creative ideas on how to make clues using codes and treasure maps.

6. Do a final run through of your treasure hunt to ensure that all the pieces fit together properly.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Guardian Angel Prayer

Angel of God, my guardian dear,
to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day be at my side,
to light and guard, to rule and guide.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Today's Gospel talks about the kingdom of heaven being like a treasure. There are many valuable things in your church. Which do you think is most valuable?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“A family of joyful missionary disciples is one where sacrificial love, after Christ’s example and in the power of his Spirit, is the principle that governs all of life.”(Marker 7.2)

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Fun Facts!

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The most valuable earthly treasure ever found (The Cuerdale Hoard) was discovered in 1840 by a group of workmen in a river near Preston in England. Inside was one of the biggest hoards of Viking treasure ever found—more than 8,600 items were documented, including silver coins, various bits of jewelry, and silver ingots. It has an estimated worth of $3.2 million.