Departure for Jerusalem; Samaritan Inhospitality, & the Would-be Followers of Jesus

June 26, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

1 KGS 19:16B, 19-21 PS 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11 GAL 5:1, 13-18

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 9:51-62

When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?"

Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him," Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." A nd to another he said, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."


meet our extended family

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (Feast Day November 13)

July 15, 1850-December 22, 1917

Born Maria Francesca Cabrini in Italy, Maria was two months premature, and she lived her life in a weakened state of health. After becoming a teacher, she wanted to join a religious order but wasn’t admitted due to her health. Instead, she was asked by a priest to teach at an orphanage. When the orphanage was closed, she and five other women founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She took the name Frances Xavier and became the prioress of her religious order. Their mission was to care for poor children in hospitals and schools. They created a free school, a nursery, and many homes in their first few years.

Mother Cabrini had always dreamed of working as a missionary in China, but at the urging of Pope Leo XIII to go “not to the East, but to the West,” she and some of the sisters arrived in New York in 1889 and set to work helping the Italian immigrants. In 35 years, Mother Cabrini founded 67 institutions, including hospitals, orphanages, and schools, all over the United States. They focused on caring for the abandoned, the poor, the sick, and the uneducated. She became a citizen of the United States in 1909. She became ill and passed away at one of the hospitals she founded in 1917. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini became the first United States citizen to be canonized and is known as the Patroness of Immigrants.


Take time to chat

•Share a time when you have felt unwelcome or excluded?

•How do you think Jesus felt when people did not welcome him?

•What would you say if Jesus said to you, “follow me”?

•St. Frances Xavier Cabrini listened to the words of Pope Leo XIII to go to the United States. Who do you turn to for insights and opinions for big decisions in your life? Why?


Recipe of the week

Chicken Pillows

1 (8 oz.) can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

8 oz.cream cheese, softened

¼ cup butter, softened

2-3 cups cooked and shredded chicken

1 egg

1 sleeve Saltine Crackers, crushed

2-3 Tbsp water


1 can cream of chicken soup

¼ cup milk

2 tsp of sour cream (or more if desired)

½ cup shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. Soften butter and cream cheese. Then stir to a smooth consistency. Add cooked shredded chicken to the bowl. Lay out the 8 crescents on a cookie sheet. Stretch the crescent out. Place a couple spoons of the creamy chicken mixture into the center of the crescent to fill it. Then fold the crescent around the mixture so that none of it is showing. In a separate smaller bowl, beat together the egg and water. Dip the "pillow" into the blended egg. After dipping into the blended egg, proceed to dip it into the crushed saltine crackers and place on the cookie sheet.

Repeat for the remaining 7 crescents.

Cook the pillows for 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them; your oven might cook them quicker.

For the sauce:

Combine soup and milk in a saucepan. Add milk as desired to get it to the consistency you want. When hot, add sour cream and cheese to your liking. Drizzle over the chicken pillows and serve.


Family Fun

Make a Pillow Cover

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said that he had “nowhere to rest his head." Make pillow covers today for a pillow in your home to use for rest or play. Decorate a white pillow case using fabric markers or buy DIY pillow crafts for kids online. Oriental Trading and the Crayola website have great pillow making ideas. Alternatively, download directions to make a fleece tie pillow. Use the pillow for rest or play.

Visit ideas for some fun pillow games.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Help Us Follow You

Make the sign of the cross and invite each family member to pray spontaneously in their own words about what is on their hearts.

Close with this prayer: Almighty God, our hope and our strength, without You we falter. Help us to follow Christ and to live according to Your will. Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Today’s Gospel talks about following Jesus. During Mass, the cantor sings or speaks the Responsorial Psalm and asks us to follow. What is today’s response?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

From today’s Gospel, we can see that Jesus and his disciples faced many challenges as they traveled. However, they proceeded with fortitude to proclaim the kingdom of God. Fortitude is the virtue that gives courage to follow Jesus even when it is difficult. Practice the virtue of fortitude this week.

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Fun Facts!

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The world’s largest pillow is in Guangdong, China and measures 61 feet long and 87 feet, 4 inches wide.