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November 1, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Sermon on the Mount

MT 5:1-12A

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:

" Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.  
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,  
for they will be shown mercy.  
Blessed are the clean of heart,
for they will see God.  
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every

kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven."


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St. Martin de Porres (Feast Day November 3)

DECEMBER 9, 1579 - NOVEMBER 3, 1639

St. Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru on December 9, 1579. Martin was the illegitimate son to a Spanish gentleman and a freed slave from Panama, of African or possibly Native American descent. At a young age, Martin's father abandoned him and his mother and younger sister, leaving Martin to grow up in deep poverty. As Martin grew older, he experienced a great deal of ridicule for being of mixed race. Martin became a Dominican lay brother in 1603 at the age of 24. Martin was praised for his unconditional care of all people, regardless of race or wealth. Martin's life reflected his great love for God and all of God's gifts. It is said he had many extraordinary abilities, including aerial flights, bilocation, instant cures, miraculous knowledge, spiritual knowledge and an excellent relationship with animals.


Take time to chat

• What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

• Which Beatitude is most challenging for you and why?

• What are some ways that you can be a blessing to those around you this coming week?


Recipe of the week

Pumpkin Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Medieval Spices

1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil for greasing
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
3 tablespoons ground flax seed
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice*
½ cup or 1 stick of butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 eggs
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin  
1 cup chocolate chips

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice*

*Pumpkin Pie Spice = 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, ¹/₈ teaspoon ground cloves,  ¹/₈ teaspoon ground allspice.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. Combine flour, oatmeal, flax seed, sugar, baking powder, salt, and 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice in a large bowl. Whisk butter, eggs, milk, and vanilla together in a small bowl. Add pumpkin and stir. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. In a small bowl, mix sugar, light brown sugar, and Pumpkin Pie Spice. Sprinkle mixture on top of each muffin. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean or with dry crumbs. Cool slightly before serving.


Family Fun

Your Family’s Communion of Saints

Share stories of some of the saintly qualities of your deceased family members and discuss the communion of saints. Set a few pictures out in a special place to remember to pray for the souls of the faithful departed in our family.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

The Prayer of St. Gertrude for the Souls in Purgatory

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Find an image of your Parish's patron saint. See if you can learn something about him or her from the image.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"Every one of us is called to, and capable of, sainthood." (Marker 4.1)

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Fun Facts!

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All Saints’ Day was founded in the early Middle Ages by Pope Gregory III and is a way to honor and remember all the Holy Saints together on one day. All Souls’ Day is a day to commemorate and pray for the souls who have died and are in purgatory. Up until the 10th century, All Soul’s Day was observed during Easter; it was moved to November 2 in the 11th century.