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November 15, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Parable of the Talents

MT 25:14-30 OR MT 25:14-15, 19-21

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one-- to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money."

“After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, 'Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.’ Then the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, 'Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master's joy.’ Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, 'Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.' His master said to him in reply, 'You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'"


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St. Vincent de Paul (Feast Day September 27)

1580 – SEPTEMBER 27, 1660

St. Vincent de Paul was a priest in France in the early 1600s. He fell in love with serving and caring for the poor and, with the help of a religious community of sisters, was introduced to more poor people in and around Paris. He eventually became the chaplain to the imprisoned people who had to work in deplorable conditions on galley ships. Father Vincent spent his life in service to them and others in need. He saw in the poor the face of Jesus Christ who told his disciples, “whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters, you do to me.” (Mt. 25:40) He was declared a saint in 1737. Chapters of the St. Vincent de Paul society still care for the poor and those in need and can be found in many parishes around the country and in more than 100 other countries around the world.


Take time to chat

  • Do you think the master in today's Gospel story was fair to his servants? Why or why not?
  • The Lord has entrusted lots of things to us: money, natural talents, spiritual gifts, etc. He expects us to grow them. What things has the Lord entrusted to you, and how does he want you to grow them?
  • Why do you think Jesus tells us this story?


Recipe of the week

White Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

1 medium onion chopped fine
¼ cup butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon thyme
3 cups milk
1 can condensed mushroom soup
1 cup sour cream
2 pounds russet potatoes sliced thin
2 cups white cheddar cheese

Preheat your oven to 400 F. In a large saute pan, add the onion, butter, and olive oil. Saute until onions are translucent and soft. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and thyme. Gradually add the milk and bring to a boil. Add the soup and remove from the heat. Add the sour cream and stir to combine. In a greased 9x13-inch pan, layer half the potatoes along with half the white sauce and then cheese. Repeat layers. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake an additional 40 to 50 minutes.



Family Fun

Put on a Family Talent Show

Put your talents on display for your family by putting on a family talent show. Whether you lip-sync, juggle, sing, play an instrument, or have some other talent, take time to appreciate the gifts and talents of your family members. Invite extended family and serve refreshments!  Who knows, this could become an annual event!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Family Talent Gratitude Prayer

Starting with the youngest member, each member of the family lists the talents they see in that person. Repeat for each family member. After all their talents have been named, the father (or mother) leads a prayer thanking God for this member and the gifts he or she brings to the family.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Each week, many people use their talents to serve at Mass. How many people (besides the priest and deacon) served as liturgical ministers at the Mass you attended this week?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"Where will the Archdiocese of Detroit be in twenty years? My hope is that it will be a community of joyful missionary disciples and of saints united in Jesus—that there will even be a whole host of causes for beatification!—and that southeast Michigan will be a place of the manifest presence of God. We are a local Church in movement, and I invite every member of the Church to join in as we follow where Christ leads. Not only the destination but the journey itself is reason for encouragement and joy in the transformative power of the Gospel.” (Conclusion)

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Fun Facts!

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In addition to the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) chapters, there are numerous stores that sell clothes and other household items. Families and individuals in need can work with a local chapter to receive vouchers to spend at these stores. The items are usually donated, and members of the society volunteer their time at these stores. There might be a SVdP store in your community looking for volunteers!