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June 21, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Courage Under Persecution

MT 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”


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St. Cyril of Alexandria (Feast Day June 27)

378 – JUNE 27, 444

St. Cyril was born about 376 in Alexandria, Egypt. He became archbishop when his uncle, the former archbishop, died. During his first years in the position, he was severe with heretics (people who are baptized members of the Church who refuse to acknowledge or accept a revealed truth) and other people who caused trouble for the Christians. Later, he grew in the compassion of Jesus. Cyril became famous for his action at the Council of Ephesus. He tried to make the heretic Nestorius understand that Christ was truly God and man united as one person. He defended the teaching that Mary is the Mother of God and insisted on calling her Theotokos, a Greek name meaning “God-bearer”or “Mother of God.” Cyril died in 444. Because of his struggle with heretics and his forceful writing about doctrine, Cyril was later named a Doctor of the Church.


Take time to chat

• In today’s Gospel, Jesus begins by saying, “Fear no one.”Are you afraid of anyone? If so, why?

• How many hairs to do you think you have on your head?How does it make you feel to know that God knows everything about you, even the number of hairs on your head?

• Today is Father’s Day. Share with your family one thing for which you are grateful about your earthly father or your Father in heaven.


Recipe of the week

Tzatziki Sauce for St. Cyril of Alexandria

16 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
1 clove garlic, grated
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon lemon

Drain as much of the liquid from the yogurt as you can. Add your grated cucumber to a kitchen towel, wrap it up, and squeeze all the liquid out of it. Combine the yogurt, cucumber, garlic, parsley, lemon, salt, and pepper. Store in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve with pita bread.



Family Fun

Plan an Outing with Dad

Whether Dad is a pro on the golf course or more of an ace at putt-putt, an afternoon of golf is fun for the whole family. If kids (and parents) are beginners, stick with miniature golf. Going to the driving range is a great activity if you want to start learning the “real”game.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Say the following blessing over each person. This prayer is attributed to St. Clare of Assisi. Children can bless their parents too.

May Almighty God Bless you.

May he look upon you with the eyes of his Mercy and give you his peace. Here below may he pour forth his graces on you abundantly and in heaven may he place you among his saints.

Feel free to you use your own words as well!

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What color did the priest wear at Mass today? What is the name of this liturgical season?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The role of fathers in particular is essential, since one of the greatest factors influencing a child’s future practice of the faith is the religious involvement of his or her father.” (Marker 7.2)

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Fun Facts!

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Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington is credited with starting Father's Day after hearing a sermon on Mother's Day while attending church with her father. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth.