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May 31, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Jesus Appears to the Disciples

JN 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained."


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St. Elizabeth, Cousin of Mary (Feast Day November 5)


May 31st is the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It recalls the time when the Blessed Mother visited Elizabeth. Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist, and Mary was pregnant with Jesus. Elizabeth, a daughter of the line of Aaron, and the wife of Zacharias, was “righteous before God”but childless and well beyond child-bearing age. The angel Gabriel told Zachariah that Elizabeth would have a son, and they should name him John. When Mary visited Elizabeth, Elizabeth’s baby leapt in her womb! Jesus made John leap with joy, and Elizabeth, in turn, was filled with the Holy Spirit and addressed words of praise to Mary—words that echoed down through the ages in the Hail Mary prayer.


Take time to chat

• On Pentecost, we hear about the Holy Spirit enabling the apostles to speak in different languages. If you could speak any language, what language would you want to speak?

• Jesus greets his friends by wishing them peace. Do you share peace with your friends, families, classmates, or co-workers?If so, how?

• Why did Jesus breathe on his disciples?


Recipe of the week

Red Velvet Butter Cookies

½ cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 package Red Velvet Cake Mix
½ cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Use an electric mixer to combine the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until the mixture is fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla. Mix until fully combined. Add the cake mix and continue to mix until a thick dough forms. Fold in the chocolate chips. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Form 1-inch dough balls, and roll in the powdered sugar to coat. Place cookies 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool the cookies on a wire rack. Once cooled, dust the cookies with powdered sugar.


Family Fun

Visit a Relative or Someone Who Needs Help

Just as Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, visit a relative whom you haven’t seen in a while. If you don’t have a relative who is nearby, visit a neighbor or someone from church and, as a family, help them with a project at their home. If they don’t have a project to work on, spend time visiting or take a craft project to do with them.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Veni, Sancte Spiritus

This prayer is prayed on Pentecost. It is a tribute to the Holy Spirit and dates back to around the year 1200. As a family, pray it together, whether you all read it aloud or take turns reading parts.

Come, Holy Spirit, come!
And from you celestial home
Shed a ray of light divine!
Come, Father of the poor!
Come, source of all our store!
Come, within our bosoms shine.
You, of comforters the best;
You, the soul’s most welcome guest;
Sweet refreshment here below;
In our labor, rest most sweet;
Grateful coolness in the heat;
Solace in the midst of woe.
O most blessed Light divine,
Shine within these hearts of yours,
And our inmost being fill!
Where you are not, we have naught,
Nothing good in deed or thought,
Nothing free from taint of ill.
Heal our wounds, our strength renew;
On our dryness pour your dew;
Wash the stains of guilt away:
Bend the stubborn heart and will;
Melt the frozen, warm the chill;
Guide the steps that go astray.
On the faithful, who adore
And confess you, evermore
In your sevenfold gift descend;
Give them virtue’s sure reward;
Give them your salvation Lord;
Give them joys that never end. Amen.

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