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March 1, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Temptation of Jesus

MT 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.” He said in reply, “It is written:  
One does not live on bread alone,  
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written:  
He will command his angels concerning you  
and with their hands they will support you,  
lest you dash your foot against a stone
Jesus answered him, “Again it is written, You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test. Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.”At this, Jesus said to him, “Get away, Satan! It is written:  
The Lord, your God, shall you worship  
and him alone shall you serve.

Then the devil left him and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.


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St. Katharine Drexel (Feast Day March 3)

NOVEMBER 26, 1858 -MARCH 3, 1955

Katharine Drexel was born to a well-known Philadelphia family in 1858. Katharine was taught from a young age to share what she had with others in need. She focused her energy on the material and spiritual well-being of African Americans and Native Americans. During an audience with Pope Leo XIII in Rome, Katharine asked him to send missionary priests to the United States to minister to Native Americans. The pope asked her why she did not become a missionary herself. So Katharine founded an order of nuns to serve the Native-American and African-American communities. She and the sisters worked to improve the lives of those they served. She founded Xavier University in New Orleans, the first black Catholic college in the United States. By the time of her death, more than 500 sisters were teaching in 63 schools throughout the country.


Take time to chat

  • Today's Gospel said that Jesus fasted (didn't eat) for forty days and then he was tempted by the devil to use his power to turn stones into bread. Jesus said no! Do you think it was hard for Jesus to stand up to the devil?
  • Have you ever been tempted to do something that you shouldn't do and, like Jesus, had the courage and strength to say no? Share about this experience.
  • What does this Gospel story teach us about Jesus?


Recipe of the week

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Our saint of the week was born in Philadelphia, so, why not make Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches today?

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil,
2 large Vidalia onions, sliced very thin
Coarse salt and pepper or steak-seasoning blend

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ pounds lean beef tenderloin or sirloin, sliced very thin
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 slices provolone cheese
4 soft Italian sandwich hoagie rolls, split lengthwise

Heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Cook onions in olive oil, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes or until onions are soft. Sprinkle with seasonings.

Heat a heavy griddle pan over medium high to high heat. Sear and cook thin-sliced steaks in olive oil until brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Cook steaks in single layers in 2 batches and tenderize by cutting into meat with the side of your spatula while they cook. When the steaks are browned, sprinkle them with garlic salt and pepper. When all of the steaks are cooked, add onions and mix together. Line each roll with 2 slices of provolone cheese. Pile the meat and onions into rolls on top of the cheese. Enjoy!


Family Fun

Outdoor or Indoor Recreational Activity

• Weather permitting, bundle up, and go to a local park for a hike.

• If there’s snow, build a snow fort. If there’s no snow outside, build a fort or a teepee in the living room.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Teach your children the Act of Contrition. Explain that, at times, we all give in to the temptation to sin. Share that we say this prayer when we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and that Lent is a good time to go to confession.

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

During Lent, we skip one song/prayer during the Introductory Rite. See if you can figure out which song/prayer is missing.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The Archdiocese of Detroit is resolved to obey the Holy Spirit and be made by him a band of joyful missionary disciples.”(Foundational Conviction)

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Fun Facts!

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Forty is a significant number in the Bible. Israel was tested in the desert for 40 years and failed. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and 40 nights and triumphed over Satan. Go Jesus!