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March 8, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Transfiguration of Jesus

MT 17:1-9

Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”And when the disciples raised their eyes, they saw no one else but Jesus alone.

As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, “Do not tell the vision to anyone until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”


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St. Dominic Savio (Feast Day March 10)

APRIL 2, 1842 - MARCH 9, 1857

Dominic was born into a peasant family in Riva, Italy. Dominic joined St. John Bosco as a student at the Oratory in Turin at the age of 12. He impressed St. John Bosco with his desire to be a priest and to help him in his work with neglected boys. A peacemaker and an organizer, young Dominic founded a group he called the Company of the Immaculate Conception, which, besides being devotional, helped John Bosco with the boys and with manual work. Dominic was called home to heaven at the age of 14. The members of his group joined the Salesian congregation that was started by John Bosco. As a youth, Dominic spent hours rapt in prayer. Even in play, he said that at times, “It seems heaven is opening just above me. I am afraid I may say or do something that will make the other boys laugh.”Dominic would also say, “I can’t do big things. But I want all I do, even the smallest thing, to be for the greater glory of God.”


Take time to chat

  • Imagine you were with Peter, James, and John when Jesus was transfigured. What would it be like to see what they saw on the mountain that day?
  • Why do you think Jesus wanted Peter, James, and John to wait to tell others what they saw?
  • What impresses you about this week's featured saint, Dominic Savio?


Recipe of the week

Asparagus Roll Ups

This recipe "transfigures" asparagus to a delightful side dish or appetizer!
It is sure to be a hit, even for people who don't love asparagus.


12 slices white bread, crust removed

One and a half  8 ounce pkg cream cheese

2 tablespoons chopped green onions

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

24 fresh asparagus

1 ¼ cup melted butter

Parmesan cheese

Using a rolling pin, flatten each piece of bread. Combine cream cheese, bacon, and green onions. Spread bread with cheese mixture, covering entire piece of bread. Place 2 asparagus on each slice of bread. Roll up and place seam side down on greased baking sheet. Brush each roll up with butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes or until slightly brown. They will go fast!


Family Fun

Visit a Science Center

Take the whole family to a local science museum, science center, or technology-related exhibit. Here are some local science museums:

• Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum

• Cranbrook Institute of Science

• The Henry Ford Museum

• Michigan Science Center

• Flint Children’s Museum

If you can’t go to a museum, search the Internet for some cool science experiments that you can do at home!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Ask the Blessed Mother to pray for those intentions that are most important to your family. Say a Hail Mary for each intention, filling the blank with a name or situation you want to lift up in prayer.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for ______________________________ now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

During the season of Lent, what color do you see in the church? What does the color represent?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“How often Scripture tells us, ‘Fear not!" How often the Lord assures the fearful of his steadfast love and his help (cf. Isa 43:1-2). We must choose not to be guided by fear. Whenever we become aware of fears and anxieties influencing us, we can bring them before the Lord in all honesty and ask him to replace them with apostolic courage." (3.4 Good and Bad Habits)

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Fun Facts!

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The "law and the prophets" is a shorthand expression for the entire Old Testament. Jesus completely fulfilled the Mosaic Law and Old Testament Prophesies. The New Covenant in Jesus perfects and fulfills everything in the Old Testament.