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November 8, 2020

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The Parable of the Ten Virgins

MT 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' But the wise ones replied, 'No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.' While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said, 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour."


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St. Margaret of Scotland (Feast Day November 16)

1045 - NOVEMBER 16, 1093

St. Margaret of Scotland, or Margaret of Wessex, was an English princess born in Hungary. She was shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland, where she eventually married Malcolm Canmore III, the king of Scotland. Margaret worked to help the poor in Scotland, encouraging people to live a devout life, grow in prayer, and grow in holiness. She was well-known for her deep life of prayer and piety and raising their six sons and two daughters with deep faith. She had certain times for prayer and reading Scripture. She ate sparingly and slept little in order to have time for devotions. She and Malcolm kept two Lents, one before Easter and one before Christmas. During these times, she always rose at midnight for Mass. On the way home she would wash the feet of six poor people and give them alms. She was always surrounded by beggars in public and never refused them. It is recorded that she never sat down to eat without first feeding nine orphans and 24 adults.


Take time to chat

  • Compare and contrast the actions of the wise and foolish virgins. What does this parable teach us about being prepared for Jesus' second coming?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says, "Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour"?
  • What are some ways you can prepare for Jesus' coming this Advent season?


Recipe of the week

Scottish Shortbread

If you love baking and you’ve got kids who want to be involved, then these simple authentic shortbread cookies are just the answer!

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup confectioners sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour, not sifted

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside. Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with an electric mixer until completely combined and dough forms. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about ¼-inch thickness or slightly thicker. Use cookie cutters, biscuit cutters, or a pizza slicer to cut out shapes. Place shapes on prepared baking sheets. Pierce with a fork. Bake 20 minutes or until just lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.


Family Fun

Neighborhood Rake Rally

Rake the leaves off of the lawns of the elderly in your neighborhood and spend some time getting to know  them better.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Pray a decade of the Rosary by oil lamp or candlelight for your family’s personal intentions and end with the Fatima prayer.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

An ambry is a place where the sacred oils are stored. See if you can find the ambry in your church. Bonus question: Four of the seven sacraments include an anointing with one of these oils; which sacraments use these holy oils?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Asking and receiving God’s forgiveness for the failings of the past enables us to move forward with new hope and courage.”

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Fun Facts!

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The Fatima Prayer was delivered by Our Lady during the Third Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children on July 13, 1917. It is traditionally prayed after the Glory Be for each decade of the Rosary.