The Return of the Twelve and the Feeding of the Five Thousand

June 19, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

GN 14:18-20 PS110:1, 2, 3, 4 1 COR 11:23-26

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 9:11B-17

Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, "Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a deserted place here."

He said to them, "Give them some food yourselves." They replied, "Five loaves and two fish are all we have, unless we ourselves go and buy food for all these people. "Now the men there numbered about five thousand.

Then he said to his disciples, "Have them sit down in groups of about fifty. "They did so and made them all sit down. Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.


meet our extended family

Bl. Benedict Daswa (Feast Day February 1)

June 16, 1946-February 2, 1990

Benedict was born Tshimangadzo Samuel Daswa, into the Lemba tribe in rural South Africa. He was raised observing Jewish customs but converted to Catholicism when he was 17 years old. When he was baptized, he took the name Benedict, after the catechist who instructed him in his faith.

Benedict was a loving husband and father. He and his wife had eight children together. He worked as the principal of the village school and served on the village council. He was a faithful Catholic who helped build the parish church and was elected the pastoral council president. Because of his strong faith, Benedict refused to have anything to do with the practice of witchcraft, which was common in his village.

In 1990, Benedict’s village was hit with severe weather, and lightning struck several homes. The village council wanted to pay a sangoma, or shaman, to determine who was responsible for the storms. Benedict knew that if a person were identified as a witch, he or she would be captured and killed. He refused to pay the shaman or have any part in a hunt for witches. The following week, Benedict was ambushed by angry villagers and died from his injuries. In January 2015, Pope Francis recognized Benedict as a martyr. He was beatified in Limpopo, South Africa on September 13, 2015.


Take time to chat

•What is your favorite food? In what way does today’s Gospel remind you of the Eucharist?

•What is the importance of the feast of Corpus Christi?

•In what way does this feast day help us to appreciate and reverence the Eucharist?

•Blessed Benedict Daswa lived out his faith as a husband, father, and principal. Think of your father, a father-figure in your life, or a male saint. Share how he has been an example or inspiration to you.


Recipe of the week

Salsa and Cod

In honor of today’s Gospel, put fish on the menu for dinner!

Cod fillets

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Tomato salsa (optional)

cooked rice (optional)


Preheat the oven to 400F. Season the cod with salt and pepper. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or a lightly greased casserole dish. Spoon a few tablespoons of salsa on each piece of fish. Drizzle olive oil on top if desired.

Bake for 20 minutes or until fish easily flakes. Top with cilantro if desired. Serve over rice.


Family Fun

Decorate Placemats

In the Bible, meals are an important time for relationship and faith sharing. Make your Father’s Day meal special today by creating placemats.

Use large paper (such as 11 x 17) and decorate the placemat with fun pictures, a shout out to dad or grandpa, or prayers for before and after the meal. Use them for your family meal today. Consider making extra so that you can donate them to your local Meals on Wheels, nursing home, or other organizations that serve meals. For these placemats, consider offering words of hope, encouragement, and love.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Blessing of Fathers In honor of Father’s Day, offer a special prayer of blessing for father’s (grandfathers and stepfathers) living and deceased.

Select a prayer leader for this prayer (not dad). Pray one of the following three prayers as appropriate. Adapt the prayer as needed.

•If praying this prayer over a father in the household, lay your hands on his shoulder: God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our dad, that he may be strengthened as a Christian father. Let the example of his faith and love shine forth. Thank you for giving him to us. Give him all the grace he needs to lead our family and to fulfill his vocation as a father. Help us to honor and respect him always. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

•For fathers who are deceased: God our Father, thank you for the gift of fatherhood and the way in which you extend your fatherhood to us when we need it. We ask for your blessing for our father whom you have called home to yourself. We ask that you bring him into the joy of the kingdom and to give us strength as we mourn him this particular day. We look forward to a joyful reunion one day in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

•For fathers who are absent or for strained relationships: God our Father, for many people, the word father brings sadness and difficult memories, rather than joy and gladness. We pray today for your grace and the gift of your fatherhood in our family. We ask that you heal whatever pain or disappointment we may be feeling. We ask for an outpouring of your love and consolation into our hearts and for the ability to forgive.

Help us to love others, as you love us. Lord, we ask for your mercy and blessing upon our father. Lead him closer to your Son, Jesus.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Just as the disciples helped to distribute the food in today’s Gospel, we have Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC) to help distribute the Eucharist. How many EMHCs do you see at Mass today?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, feed those in need this week by donating items to a local food pantry.

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Fun Facts!

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The World Meeting of Families is June 22nd through June 26th in Rome. The theme for this 10th conference is “Family Love: A vocation and a path to holiness.”

Learn more about the World Meeting of Families here: