The Commissioning of the Disciples

May 30, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

DT 4:32-34, 39-40 PS 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22 ROM 8:14-17

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MT 28:16-20

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."


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St. Charles Lwanga and Companions (Feast Day June 3)

d. between November 15, 1885 – January 27, 1887

By 1879 the first Catholic missions were started in Uganda and other parts of Central Africa. Under King Mutesa, missionaries preached, people studied the faith, and many believed in Jesus. Unfortunately, King Mutesa was succeeded by King Mwanga, who began persecuting the Christians in Uganda. Mwanga was a corrupt man who abused his young pages (male servants).

Charles Lwanga was in his late teens when he served as a page in the court of King Mwanga. He served under the chief page, Joseph Mukasa, who was a Catholic and went to great lengths to protect the younger boys from the king. Mukasa denounced the king’s actions and the king subsequently had Mukasa beheaded. That night, realizing that their lives may be in danger, Charles and 100 other catechumens were baptized. At 25 years old, Charles replaced Mukasa as chief page. Charles catechized the young men, encouraged them to refuse to take part the pagan customs of the country, and protected them from the king’s advances.

The following May, King Mwanga learned that some of the pages were being instructed in the faith. He was furious and ordered all the pages to be questioned to separate the Christians from the others. Mwanga commanded his soldiers to kill Charles Lwanga and his friends. Most of the pages were under the age of twenty-five. The youngest was thirteen years old. After their deaths, many other Christians were persecuted and killed. The example of these teenagers and men inspired other people, which caused the faith to grow and spread in Africa. Twenty-two Ugandan martyrs, including Charles and the pages, were canonized in 1964.


Take time to chat

·       How would you describe the three Persons of the Trinity? Draw a picture if it helps.

·       Which person of the Trinity do you pray to the most? Explain your answer.

·       Jesus commands us to make disciples of all nations. What can your family do to respond to this commission?

·       St. Charles Lwanga went to great lengths to protect younger boys from danger. Share a time when you protected someone from getting hurt or getting into trouble.


Recipe of the week

Grammie’s Cheesecake

This recipe reminds us of the Most Holy Trinity as it has three distinct parts that make one delicious dish!

Crust Ingredients:

9 oz vanilla wafers, crushed

¼ cup butter, melted

1 Tbsp. sugar

Filling Ingredients:

3- 8 oz packages of Philadelphia Cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

5 eggs at room temperature

1 ¼ tsp. vanilla

dash of salt

Topping Ingredients:

1 pint sour cream

½ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all the crust ingredients. Pat into a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish and set aside to make filling. Place cream cheese in mixing bowl and beat adding eggs one at a time, beating in between each addition. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt till blended, pouring over crust. An electric hand-mixer works best, but it is not required. Layer filling over the crust. Bake at 325 F for 40-45 minutes until slightly brown around the edges and center is bouncy to the touch. (If you overcook cheesecake begins to crack and will not be as moist.) Refrigerate overnight before topping. Mix the topping. Spread over filling at least an hour before serving. Serve a bowl of berries alongside for added flavor.


Family Fun

Water Fun

Water reminds us that we are baptized with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Take some time to play water games today. You can play with water balloons or run through a sprinkler. Here are some other water games to consider:

·       Water Balloon Baseball—Use a plastic bat and use a water balloon instead of a ball

·       Ice Breaker—Freeze something (toy, laminated paper, etc.) in a baggie of water and then “break” the ice to get the item out. For older kids, consider putting a large t-shirt in a baggie filled with water and freeze it. Then challenge them to get the item out of the bag, unfreeze it, and wear it.

·       Wet Chalk—Wet the ground and create a drawing with chalk. Watch it change as it dries! (Bonus: You can do this inside on a chalkboard or another safe surface such as a bathtub wall).

·       Toe Swim—Fill a large bowl with small toys, water, and ice cubes on top. Put your toes in the water to fish out a toy.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

The Glory Be

The Glory Be honors the Most Holy Trinity. Reflect on the words of this traditional prayer using the questions below. Have one person read the prayer and reflection question one line at a time. Pause for a minute or two after each line in order to think about the question. Invite family members to share their reflections.

Glory be to the Father – How do I show glory to God?

and to the Son – How would I describe Jesus to my friends?

and to the Holy Spirit – Where have I seen the Holy Spirit working in my life this past week?

as it was in the beginning - What is my earliest memory of God?

is now – What is God speaking to my heart right now?

and ever shall be world without end. – What do I think Heaven will be like?


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

We begin and end Mass with the same action. What is it, and how does it relate to today’s feast day?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

St. Patrick had a strong devotion to the Trinity. He was known to make the Sign of the Cross many times throughout the day, whether in times of trouble or in thanksgiving. Count how many times you make the sign of the cross this week.

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Fun Facts!

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Water balloons were originally intended to be waterproof socks to protect people’s feet. After the inventor, Edgar Ellington, filled one with water, he found a rip that would cause a leak. Upset, he threw it down on the table. The splash inspired him to change course and market the invention as a water balloon.