The Commissioning of the Eleven and the Ascension of Jesus

May 16, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

ACTS 1:1-11 PS 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 EPH 1:17-23 or Eph 4:1-13

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MK 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.
These signs will accompany those who believe:
in my name they will drive out demons,
they will speak new languages.
They will pick up serpents with their hands,
and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.
But they went forth and preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


meet our extended family

St. Cristóbal Magallanes and Companions (Feast Day May 21)

d. 1915-1937

Cristóbal grew up in rural Mexico, working as a shepherd. At age 19, he entered the seminary, and once ordained, became a parish priest in Jalisco. He founded a seminary, authored a newspaper, founded schools for both adults and children, and assisted the people of his congregation with employment via the organization of carpentry shops and an electric mill. Father Cristóbal encouraged the cooperation of his congregation with the indigenous peoples of the region, together forming an agricultural cooperative which was quite successful.

Cristóbal and his 24 companion martyrs lived under a very anti-Catholic government in Mexico, one determined to weaken the Catholic faith of its people. Churches, schools, and seminaries were closed; foreign clergy were expelled. Cristóbal established a clandestine seminary, and he and the other priests were forced to minister secretly to Catholics during the presidency of Plutarco Calles (1924-28). Despite his preaching against violence, he was arrested on his way to a local farm to celebrate Mass. Without trial, he was shot and killed, following his request to distribute his possessions to the poor, and his general absolution of his would-be executioners. The companions of Father Cristobal did not die as a single group but over 22 years’ time in eight Mexican states during the Mexican Cristero War. They were beatified in 1992 and canonized eight years later by St. John Paul II.


Take time to chat

·       What does Jesus command us to do in today’s Gospel?

·       How can we “go and proclaim the Gospel to every creature”?

·       Jesus said that great signs will accompany those who proclaim the Gospel. Where does that power come from?

·       St. Cristóbal forgave the people who were about to kill him. In what way does this remind you of Jesus? How can you be more forgiving?


Recipe of the week

Shortcut Jalapeno and Cheese Corn Bread Using Jiffy Mix

Honor our Mexican saint by making this delicious recipe!

1 box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

2 Tbsp. of melted butter

1/3 cup of milk

1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1 can (15 oz.) of sweet corn – drained

1 – medium Jalapeno diced (or) 2 Tbsp. of canned jalapeno diced (Or substitute 1 can chopped green chiles (4.5 oz))

1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 F. Starting with the corn muffin mix, combine all the ingredients and mix until moist. Grease an 8×8 pan and pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for about 25-35 minutes.  This moist bread may appear not done. Insert a toothpick in the middle of dish. When it comes out clean, you will know the bread is fully cooked.

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Family Fun

Make a Kite

Kites remind us of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. Here is one way to make a simple kite using common household supplies.


Paper lunch bag

Yarn or strong string


Popsicle stick for each kite

Streamers, tape, crayons, stickers, construction paper to decorate the kite

First decorate your kite using the supplies you have. Then, using the scissors, cut a small hole at the bottom base of the bag. Cut a piece of yarn or string that is about 2 feet long. Secure one end to the middle of the popsicle stick; this will help keep the string inside the bag when the kite is flying. Feed the other end of the string through the hole in the bag. If you desire, use tape to hang streamers from the open part of the bag to wave when you fly your kite. Your kite is ready to fly!  


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer Over Family Members

Jesus, our Lord, we worship you. You are our brother and our Savior. We look forward to the glory of Heaven, but until that time, you have commissioned us to proclaim the Gospel.

Bless us, Lord, and help us be a blessing to others.

[Pray the following prayer individually over each family member. Invite everyone else to place their hand on the person’s shoulder.]

Bless [name of family member] and give [name] the grace and wisdom he/she needs for this day and strength for carrying out your will. Help [name] proclaim the Good News of Jesus in word and deed today and always.

Help us to always seek you, Lord. We look to you for guidance, strength, and all that we need. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What are the last words that are said by the priest or deacon at the end of Mass? In what way do these words remind you of today’s Gospel?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Decide on one way your family can proclaim the Gospel to your neighbors and friends.

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Fun Facts!

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Christianity began with a small group of disciples that followed Jesus in his earthly life. Today, there are over 2.3 billion Christians in the world (about 1/3 of the world’s population). We still have a lot of work to do to proclaim the Gospel to every creature!