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March 29,2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Raising of Lazarus

JN 11:1-45 OR JN 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33B-45

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying, "Master, the one you love is
ill." When Jesus heard this he said, "This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you." Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise." Martha said, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day." Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?" She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, "Where have you laid
him?" They said to him, "Sir, come and see." And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him." But some of them said, "Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?"

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him, "Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.


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St. Ludovico of Casoria (Feast Day March 29)

MARCH 11, 1814 – MARCH 30, 1885

Born in Casoria, Italy, Arcangelo Palmentieri was a cabinetmaker before entering the Friars Minor in 1832, taking the name Ludovico. After his ordination five years later, he taught chemistry, physics, and mathematics to younger members of his province for several years. In 1847, he had a mystical experience, after which he dedicated his life to the poor and the infirm, establishing a dispensary for the poor, two schools for African children, an institute for the children of nobility, as well as an institution for orphans, the deaf, and the speechless, and other institutes for the blind, elderly, and for travelers. In 1859, he established the Gray Brothers, a religious community composed of men who formerly belonged to the Secular Franciscan Order. Three years later, he founded the Gray Sisters of St. Elizabeth for the same purpose.


Take time to chat

• What would it have been like to witness Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead?

• Jesus was friends with Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. What do you think they talked about?

• Jesus loves you just as he loved Lazarus, and he wants to be your friend. Do you want to be friends with Jesus?


Recipe of the week

Easy Peasy Breadsticks

One 10-ounce can prepared pizza crust
1 tablespoon garlic-flavored oil
½ cup provolone cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon dried oregano

Preheat oven to 425 F. Unroll pizza dough onto a greased cookie sheet and brush with oil. Sprinkle cheeses and oregano evenly over the dough. With a pizza cutter, cut dough lengthwise into 12 long strips. Then cut those in half to make 24 strips. Do not separate strips. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Recut along each strip and remove from cooking sheet.



Family Fun

Outdoor or Indoor Recreational Activity

  • Weather permitting, go to a local park, feed the ducks, or fly a kite.
  • Make homemade play dough and get creative!
  • Go bowling as a family.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Spring is a time of change. Some changes we eagerly await and some we fear. Some changes we plan, and others arrive uninvited. To all these changes, we ask the gift of your Holy Spirit to help us meet these changes with expectation, hope, and rebirth. May the sunlight and the rain be reminders that you are at work renewing the earth. As a God of renewal, you are ever at work in our lives, too. Open our eyes to the needed changes in our lives this spring. For this we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Which of the following gestures do we do when the Gospel is proclaimed by the priest or deacon - sit, stand, or kneel? Why do we do that?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Jesus proclaimed the Gospel not only in words but in healings, miracles, signs and wonders that visibly demonstrated the message: in him the kingdom of God had truly become present . . . So today we look for the proclamation of the good news to be accompanied by signs and wonders that visibly demonstrate God's love and convince people that Jesus Christ is truly alive." (Marker 1.3)

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Fun Facts!

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Did you know that each year March and June end on the same day of the week?