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November 29, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Need for Watchfulness

MK: 13:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his own work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"


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St. John the Baptist (Feast Day June 24)


St. John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus and the “forerunner” for Jesus. He had a very clear mission from God (as we will hear over the next two weeks). John spent his time in the desert. As the crowds came to John, he knew that the mission was not about himself. His mission was to point to the one who would come after him, Jesus. He began to announce the coming of the kingdom and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life. His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. His baptism, he said, was for repentance, but one would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. John knew that his one goal in life was to help people see who Jesus really was: the Lamb of God, sent from the Father, to take away the sins of the world. He was a martyr who was beheaded by King Herod during Jesus’ lifetime.


Take time to chat

  • What does it mean to "keep watch" for Jesus?
  • Why you think Jesus doesn't tell us when the end of the world will be?
  • What has Jesus put his servants in charge of?


Recipe of the week

Leftover Stuffed Peppers

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded to keep watch for Jesus. This is a great day for us to, like John the Baptist, live our lives more simply. For today’s recipe, find a creative way to use the remaining food from Thanksgiving or other leftovers in your house for a simple family meal. Here’s a way to take some of those leftovers and transform them into an entirely new meal!

2 cups leftover turkey (ground in a food processor)
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
½ cup water
1 can black beans
½ cup cooked brown rice
2 cups leftover stuffing
4 bell peppers
1 cup stock veggie or chicken
2 cups shredded cheese

In a large bowl, combine turkey, taco seasoning, water, and black beans. Stir in rice and stuffing. Cut peppers length wise and remove ribs and seeds. Place peppers in slow cooker facing upwards. Fill the peppers with turkey mixture. Pour the stock in the bottom of the slow cooker. Cook on high 3 hours. The peppers should be soft when they are done. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.



Family Fun

New Year Resolutions of Faith

Advent begins a new year in the life of the Catholic Church. Come together as a family to create a list of resolutions your family can work toward during this coming liturgical year. This should include committing to time to pray individually and as a family, to go to confession regularly, and to do a work of kindness as a family for those in need. Post this list on your refrigerator (or somewhere else everyone can see it) to remind yourself to do these things this coming year!


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Family Prayer

The candles of the Advent wreath give us light to watch for Jesus. After it gets dark, light the first candle on your family’s Advent wreath and pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father, your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us, a great sign of your love. Guide us as we strive to walk in that love together as a family this Advent. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, bring us closer to each other and to your Son. Give us the grace and strength we need every day. Help us to always trust in you. Come, Lord Jesus, lead all people closer to you. Come and dispel the darkness of our world with the light of your love. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Take a look at the crucifix in your church (it is usually above/behind the altar). What is unique about the crucifix in your church?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Amid all the pressure to prepare their children for success in life, parents need to realize there is no greater success and no greater gift they can give their children than a relationship with Jesus and his Church, which endures throughout eternity."
(Marker 7.1)

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Fun Facts!

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Many countries and territories claim St. John the Baptist as their patron saint. He is the special protector of Quebec, Puerto Rico, Jordan, and many others.