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November 22, 2020

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The Judgment of the Nations

MT 25:31-46

Jesus said to his disciples: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."


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St. Cecilia (Feast Day November 22)


St. Cecilia was a young woman in Rome who, from a young age, wanted to consecrate herself to God. She spent her
days preaching the word of God in the streets of Rome and brought many people to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and risen from the dead. Living during a time of great persecution, she was arrested, and many attempts were made to execute her, but, miraculously, she survived them all. Finally, her head was chopped off, and she was one of the Church’s first virgin-martyrs. She has been a powerful intercessor for Christians since the early days of the Catholic Church, and many churches are named after her around the world. Her body was exhumed in 1599, and she was the first saint to be discovered as incorrupt, meaning that her body did not decay as they normally do after death. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians. A number of musical compositions are dedicated to her, and her feast day has become the occasion for concerts and musical festivals.


Take time to chat

  • How is Jesus going to judge people at the end of time?
  • How do people today get to be the sheep that Jesus describes in the Gospel?
  • Share a time when you have helped someone in need. Do you realize that when you help someone, you are helping Jesus?


Recipe of the week

St. Cecilia Biscuits and Jam Session

Use this recipe below for some homemade biscuits. Once they are made, add your favorite jam (like strawberry) to them. You have to sing a song as you spread the jam or else it doesn’t count!

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
4 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
¾ cup cold butter
1 egg
1 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 450 F. The secret to excellent biscuits is COLD BUTTER. Really cold. Many times, the biscuit dough gets worked so much that the butter softens before the biscuits even go in the oven. Try cutting the butter into small pieces and put it back in the fridge, pulling out only when ready to incorporate into the dough. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut cold butter into flour mixture. Don't go too crazy here—you want to see small, pea-sized pieces of butter throughout the dough. Add in the milk and egg and mix just until the ingredients are combined. The dough will be sticky, but don't keep working it. You should be able to see the butter pieces in the dough.

Turn the dough out onto a generously floured surface. Sprinkle some flour on top of the dough so it won't stick to your fingers and knead 10 to 15 times. If the dough is super sticky, just sprinkle on some additional flour. Pat the dough out to ¾ – 1-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter or glass, about 9 to 12 biscuits. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. For extra yumminess, brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.


Family Fun

Spreading the Kingdom!

Visit a nursing home or elderly neighbor today, and bring them an ornament for their Christmas tree. Spend time talking and sing a song with them. (See today's fun fact!)


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the Universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Greet the priest (or deacon) on your way out of church today. Give him a high five and say, "Long live Christ the King!"

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

"The Christian life becomes not just one but a series of encounters with Jesus, especially through prayer and the liturgy, which continually deepen our relationship with him." (Marker 2.1)

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Fun Facts!

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St. Cecilia is the patron saint of singers. Her heart sang to God when she was young, desiring to consecrate herself to Jesus. She is almost always shown with a musical instrument in painting, statues, or stained-glass windows.