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May 3, 2020

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The Good Shepherd

JN 10: 1-10

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."


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St. Bernadette of Lourdes (Feast Day April 16)

JANUARY 7, 1844 - APRIL 16, 1879

St. Bernadette Soubirous was the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary began appearing to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. She appeared to Bernadette 18 times in all. Although Bernadette’s initial reports provoked skepticism, her daily visions of “the Lady”brought great crowds of curious people. The Lady, Bernadette explained, had instructed her to have a chapel built on the spot of the visions. There, the people were to come to wash in and drink of the water of the spring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette had been instructed to dig. Lourdes has become one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world, attracting millions of visitors. Miracles have been reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring. Archbishop Vigneron turns to St. Bernadette of Lourdes as an intercessor (meaning he asks her to pray to Jesus on his behalf), which he points out in the conclusion of Unleash the Gospel: “You might also have your own personal companion; mine for the new evangelization is St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who courageously and humbly carried out God’s mission for her even in the face of formidable opposition.”


Take time to chat

  • In today's Gospel, we hear that sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd. How do you know when God is speaking to you?
  • What is it like to be one of Jesus' sheep?
  • St. Bernadette was only 14 years old when the Blessed Mother appeared to her. What would it be like to see the Blessed Mother?


Recipe of the week

Shepherd's Pie

Fry up ground round with onions, garlic or whatever else you like! Put meat in baking pan and combine with spaghetti sauce. Make sure it’s not too liquidy. Add French cut green beans or any other veggie you like. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Glob on mashed potatoes and put some butter on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle on some Colby cheese. Bake at 350 F for 30 to 45 minutes. Let it sit for a few minutes before you dig in!  Enjoy!


Family Fun

Visit a Petting Zoo or a Farm

Jesus knew his sheep, and his sheep knew him. Take some time today to get to know some animals by visiting a petting zoo or a local farm. Don’t have any nearby? Consider visiting a relative with some animals, an animal shelter, or a pet store.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Listen as a family to the song, Good, Good Father, by Chris Tomlin. You should be able to find the song on YouTube or where you stream music. Share what stands out in the song to you or sing along to the chorus as a family.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

What is the design on your parish's tabernacle? What is kept inside?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The new ‘mission territory’ is our own neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and even our own homes." (3.1 The Missionary Nature of the Church

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Fun Facts!

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May 7 is the National Day of Prayer. It calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders. This holiday goes back to 1787, but President Truman signed a bill enacting it in 1952. It is held the first Thursday of May.