5th Sunday of Lent

March 21, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

JER 31:31-34 Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15. HEB 5:7-9

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The Coming of Jesus’ Hour

JN 12:20-33

Some Greeks who had come to worship at the Passover Feast
came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee,
and asked him, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."
Philip went and told Andrew;
then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus.
Jesus answered them,
"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;
but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it,
and whoever hates his life in this world
will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there also will my servant be.
The Father will honor whoever serves me.

"I am troubled now. Yet what should I say?
'Father, save me from this hour'?
But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.
Father, glorify your name."
Then a voice came from heaven,
"I have glorified it and will glorify it again."
The crowd there heard it and said it was thunder;
but others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
Jesus answered and said,
"This voice did not come for my sake but for yours.
Now is the time of judgment on this world;
now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
And when I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw everyone to myself."
He said this indicating the kind of death he would die.

See the Appendix for the Scrutiny readings.


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St. Magdalene of Nagasaki (Feast Day October 20)

1611 - 1634

Magdalene of Nagasaki was a Japanese woman who, in spite of great danger and difficulty, remained faithful to Jesus Christ until her martyrdom. Magdalene was born in the early seventeenth century into a devout Christian family. Her parents were martyred around 1620, when Magdalene was in her teens.

It was around this time that the first Augustinians arrived in Japan. As a committed Christian, Magdalene made herself known to them. She served as a catechist and interpreter for the early Augustinian missionaries. She found their Augustinian spirituality appealing, with its emphasis on the interior search for God and community. She asked to be accepted into the Order of Saint Augustine, and in 1625 was formally received into the Augustinian Third Order. She considered becoming a full-fledged Dominican sister, but continued religious persecution kept her from doing so.

As persecution of Christians in Japan became stronger, Magdalene fled to the hills, where she worked at bringing the Word of God to those who did not know Jesus and strengthening the faith of those who did. As a follower of Jesus, she was threatened, ridiculed, tortured, and killed, but through it all, her Christian witness was strong. Pope John Paul II canonized her in 1987.


Take time to chat

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus says that when a grain of wheat dies and falls to the ground, it produces much fruit. Share an example of how this happens in nature.
  • In what way do we benefit from Jesus’ death?
  • The Gospel makes it clear that those who put Jesus first gain eternal life. Is it easy or hard to put Jesus first? Explain your answer.
  • Why have Christians been persecuted in every age of history?


Recipe of the week

Baked Parmesan Chicken

In the Gospel of John, Jesus’ “hour” refers to the hour of his Passion and Death. This easy recipe bakes in just one hour.

3 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs

1 cup of breadcrumbs

1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

garlic salt to taste

pepper to taste

paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 350 F. Rinse chicken thighs. Pour remaining ingredients in plastic bag. Coat each thigh by placing it in the bag and shaking it. Place chicken in one layer in a baking dish. Add 1/3 cup of water to the bottom of the dish. Dot each chicken thigh with butter or margarine. Bake for 1 hour. Enjoy!


Family Fun

Hula Hoop Contest

A circle is a symbol of eternal life because it has no beginning and no end. Think about Jesus’ offer of eternal life as you do this activity.

See who can keep a hula hoop spinning the longest around their waist. Come up with other challenges: How many times can you spin it around your arm? Your neck? Your ankle?


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

A Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father,

We desire to live our lives serving you. Help each member of this family see the path to which you are calling them.

We thank you for those you have brought into our lives to help us live out our call. Please help us to see each of them through your eyes today.

We pray especially for our children’s future vocations. We lift up those people who will cross each of their paths and impact how they serve you.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The word “Amen” means “so be it” or “it is so.” How many times do we say “Amen” at Mass?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, pray for those who are being persecuted for their faith today. Pray for this intention all week.

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Fun Facts!

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The name "tertiary" comes from the Latin word for "third." It is used to denote those who belong to a third order religious community. Third order religious communities are generally made up of people who are either married or single and have an interest in the religious order’s way of life. These lay people do not take monastic vows but offer support to the work of the Order in terms of voluntary work, gifts of money and goods, and of study and promotion of the Order’s teaching.