The Ascension of the Lord

May 29, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

ACTS 1:1-11 PS 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 EPH 1:17-23or HEB 9:24-28; 10:19-23

Explore the Sunday Gospel


LK 24:46-53

Jesus said to his disciples: "Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high."

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven. They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.


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Ven. Pierre Toussaint (Feast Day June 30)

June 27, 1766-June 30, 1853

Pierre was born into slavery in Haiti. In 1787, political unrest was rising in Haiti and his slave owners left for New York, taking him and his sister Rosalie with them. In New York, Pierre studied as an apprentice to a local hairdresser. He excelled in his trade and before long, he was working in the homes of wealthy women in New York City. When Pierre’s slave owner died, Pierre continued to support his master’s widow and the other slaves with his work. He was finally freed just before the widow’s death in 1807.

Pierre’s popularity as a hairdresser grew, and he saved his wages to purchase Rosalie’s freedom. In 1811, Pierre married Marie Rose Juliette, a slave whose freedom he had purchased. After this, his sister Rosalie died of tuberculosis, and Pierre and his wife adopted her daughter and raised her as their own. Pierre went to Mass daily and was known to all as a devout Catholic and a generous man.

Pierre and his wife opened their home to orphans, donated to countless charities, and cared for people sick with yellow fever. People would often ask Pierre why he didn’t retire and enjoy the wealth he had accumulated, but he is quoted saying, “I have enough for myself, but if I stop working I have not enough for others.”


Take time to chat

•In today’s story, we learn that Jesus is taken up to heaven. Where is Jesus today? Is he near or is he far away? (This is a trick question!)

•What does it mean to be “clothed with the power from on high”?

•We are all called to be witnesses of Christ. What are some ways you can do that?

•Venerable Pierre Toussaint said, “I have enough for myself, but if I stop working I have not enough for others.” What do you think that means?


Recipe of the week

Haitian Shrimp and Creamy Cheese Grits

Ven. Pierre Toussaint was born in Haiti. Try this Haitian recipe today.

For the Shrimp

11 -12 pieces shrimp, medium with tail-on

½ lime

3 garlic cloves, diced

¼ cup onion, chopped

½ scotch bonnet hot pepper (keep seeds & membrane)

½ red bell pepper, sliced

½ tsp adobo powder

⅛ tsp each: Larry’s seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, and paprika ½ tsp coconut brown sugar

1 pinch dry thyme(optional)

½ tsp Jamaican Choice Calypso Hot Sauce

1 tsp tomato paste

3-4Tbsp water

3 Tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil

For the Grits:

¾ cup old fashioned grits

3 cups water

½ cup evaporated milk

½ cube Knorr chicken cubes

2 Tbsp butter, unsalted

⅛ tsp each of salt, black pepper, and (optional) allspice

¾ cup Colby Jack cheese, shredded or cut in small cubes ⅛ cup Oaxaca cheese

For the Shrimp:

Clean the shrimp with cold water and ½ a lime. Add the 3 diced garlic cloves along with the dry ingredients: adobo, Larry’s seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, and Jamaican Choice Calypso Hot Sauce to the shrimp. Mix well and let it marinate for 15 -20 minutes. In a nonstick skillet over medium heat add the oil and onions. Stir the onions for about 2 minutes. Add a dash of coconut brown sugar and let it lightly fry for another 2 -3 minutes on low heat. Make sure to not burn the onions. Add the shrimp and cook on both sides for 2 minutes or until hardened. Add the red pepper and the scotch bonnet hot pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes and remove the scotch bonnet hot pepper, unless you prefer more heat. Add the tomato paste and water; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often.

For the Grits:

In a pot over medium heat, add 3 cups of water and condensed milk. Mix it well for about 2 -3 minutes. Slowly add in the grits and stir well to avoid lumps, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken cube and stir; then add the butter and mix well. Add in the cheese, blend it in, and cover for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add salt, pepper, and allspice. Cover and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Serve the shrimp over the grits and enjoy. Recipe from


Family Fun

Honor Our Fallen Veterans

Just as Ven. Pierre Toussaint thought of others before himself, take some time to think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Here are some ideas for activities to help your family to pause, reflect, and honor our fallen veterans and their families:

•Fly an Americanflag.

•Learn a patriotic song.

•Visit a cemetery and clean gravesites of veterans.

•Write letters to soldiers and their families. Visit instructions on how to send it.

•Clip coupons and mail them to a military base associated with the Overseas Operation Coupon Program. Current soldiers can use coupons up to six months after their expiration date at military commissaries, allowing them to save money to support their families. Visit more details.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

As a family, listen to the song What a Beautiful Name. You should be able to find the song on YouTube or wherever you stream music. Reflect on the lyrics and what the name of Jesus means to you.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Jesus raises his hand and blesses people in the Gospel. Watch how many times the priest raises his hand to bless the congregation today.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Bless each other with the sign of the cross on the forehead or by praying a blessing over one another in your own words. Do this each day this week, either in the morning or before bedtime.

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Fun Facts!

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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May.