Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

March 28, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

IS 50:4-7 PS 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24. PHIL 2:6-11 The Lord’s Passion - MK 14:1-15:47 or 15:1-39

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The Entry into Jerusalem

MK 11:1-10 (The Gospel at the Procession with Palms)

When Jesus and his disciples drew near to Jerusalem,
to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples and said to them,
"Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately on entering it,
you will find a colt tethered on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
If anyone should say to you,
'Why are you doing this?' reply,
'The Master has need of it
and will send it back here at once.'"
So they went off
and found a colt tethered at a gate outside on the street,
and they untied it.
Some of the bystanders said to them,
"What are you doing, untying the colt?"
They answered them just as Jesus had told them to,
and they permitted them to do it.
So they brought the colt to Jesus
and put their cloaks over it.
And he sat on it.
Many people spread their cloaks on the road,
and others spread leafy branches
that they had cut from the fields.
Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out:
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come!
Hosanna in the highest!"

See Appendix for the Lord’s Passion


meet our extended family

Bl. Diego Luis de San Vitores and St. Pedro Calungsod (Feast Day April 2)

1627 – 1672, 1654 – 1672

Fr. Diego Luis de San Vitores was a Jesuit missionary who was granted permission to serve in the Philippines. As he was making his way there, the ship carrying him stopped in Guam and Fr. Diego Luis vowed to return there. He arrived in Guam in 1668 along with Pedro Calungsod and a group of Jesuit missionaries and lay assistants from the Philippines. Fr. Diego Luis believed that young men, strong in their faith like Calungsod, would be helpful in influencing the youth. The Jesuit missionaries only chose those catechists and assistants who were outstanding models of Christian life to accompany them on their missions. Calungsod, a native of the Philippines, was in his late teens when he came to Guam. In 1669, Fr. Diego Luis established the first Catholic church in Guam.

After the death of a friendly local chief who had supported the missionaries, members of the Chamorro (an indigenous tribe) rose against the missionaries. Fr. Diego Luis and Pedro Calungsod were both martyred on April 2, 1672. After the murders, the Christian Faith spread quickly throughout Guam. Blessed Diego Luis was beatified in 1985 by Pope John Paul II, and St. Pedro Calungsod was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012.


Take time to chat

  • What strikes you when you hear the story of the Lord’s Passion?
  • The soldiers beat Jesus and made fun of him. How do you think that made Jesus feel?
  • What would it have been like to be Simon of Cyrene?
  • In what way do the saints who have died for their faith imitate Christ?


Recipe of the week

Stuffed Red Peppers

As you prepare this meal, reflect on how the veil of the sanctuary was torn from top to bottom.

4 large red peppers

2 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 lb. ground sirloin

1 chopped Vidalia onion

2 cups cooked rice

2 tsp. garlic salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 Tbsp. finely chopped garlic

1 large can crushed tomatoes

1 8oz. can tomato paste

1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley

1-2 cups shredded mozzarella

Heat oven to 350 F. Cut peppers in half from the top to the bottom, removing the stem and seeds. Rinse. Put them in a pot of boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and dry. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook the onion and garlic in vegetable oil for 3 minutes. Then, add beef, parsley, garlic salt and pepper and brown. Drain any fat. Stir in the cooked rice, tomatoes and paste. Cook for 2 minutes. Lay the peppers down in a 9 x 13 baking pan. Stuff the mixture into each half. Put the remaining mixture around the peppers. Cover with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Uncover. Cover the top with mozzarella and bake for 15 minutes without foil on. Enjoy!


Family Fun

Q-Tip and Finger Painting

Using a Q-tip or your fingers, paint the characters from the Passion story. Then post them around the house for Holy Week. You will need various colors of paint, paper (or paper plates), paint brushes, water, and newspaper or something to keep the paint from getting on the floor. Consider creating a donkey (with your handprint), Jesus, Pilate, the guards, the cross, Peter, the Last Supper, etc.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer


Recite a rosary together as a family, meditating on the Sorrowful Mysteries that reflect on the journey Jesus took during Holy Week.

You can find a scriptural version of these mysteries at

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Red is the liturgical color for Palm Sunday. Where do you see red at Mass today?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

As a family, watch The Passion of the Christ (R), Jesus of Nazareth (G), or an age-appropriate movie about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

¡Datos Interesantes!

Fun Facts!

Text Link

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the crowd spreads cloaks on the road before him. To spread cloaks on the road was an ancient gesture of homage before a newly crowned king.