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October 18, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Paying Taxes to the Emperor 

MT 22:15-21

The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you  hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?" They replied, “Caesar's.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."


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Sts. Isaac Jogues, Jean de Brebeuf, and Companions (Feast Day October 19)

D. 1642 – 1649

As a young Jesuit, Isaac Jogues taught literature in France. He gave up that career to work among the Huron Indians in the New World, and, in 1636, he and his companions, under the leadership of Jean de Brébeuf, arrived in Quebec. The Hurons were constantly warred upon by the Iroquois, and, in a few years, Father Jogues was captured by the Iroquois and imprisoned for 13 months. An unexpected chance for escape came to Isaac Jogues through the Dutch, and he returned
to France, bearing the marks of his sufferings. But his zeal led him back once more to the fulfillment of his dreams. In a few months, he sailed for his missions among the Hurons. In 1646, he set out for Iroquois country in the belief that
a recently signed peace treaty would be observed. He was captured by a Mohawk war party, and, on October 18, Father Jogues was killed.

Jean de Brébeuf was a French Jesuit who came to Canada at the age of 32 and labored there for 24 years. He went back to France when the English captured Quebec in 1629 and expelled the Jesuits but returned four years later. Although medicine men blamed the Jesuits for a smallpox epidemic among the Hurons, Jean remained with them. He composed catechisms and a dictionary in the Huron language and saw 7,000 converted before his death in 1649. Having been captured by the Iroquois at Sainte Marie, near Georgian Bay, Canada, Father Brébeuf died after four hours of extreme torture.


Take time to chat

  • What is meant by "repay to God what belongs to God?"
  • What exactly belongs to God?
  • What are some gifts that God has given to you, and what are some ways you can serve Him?


Recipe of the week

Buffalo or Beef Stew

Known as tanka-me-a-lo in the Cherokee Nation, you can substitute regular beef if you’re unable to find any buffalo meat in your area for this filling stew.

2 stalks celery
2 carrots
1 can stewed tomatoes
2 pounds buffalo/beef stew meat
4 quarts water
2 pounds red or white potatoes (not russets)
1 cup barley

Slice the carrots, celery, and meat into cubes about one inch long, then brown the buffalo over high heat for about three minutes. Add the water, potatoes, and carrots into a large pot and boil until tender.
Add in the tomatoes, barley, and celery, and let cook for another 5 minutes or so. Pour the veggies and meat into a baking dish and place in the oven at 425 F for 30 minutes.


Family Fun

Make a Scarecrow

Learning how to make a scarecrow is pretty easy and fun for all ages! Scarecrows are ideal as fall decorating ideas and can add a festive feeling to your autumn porch. Search the Internet for material lists and instructions. Go to a local goodwill store to get overalls, flannel shirts, or other clothes for the scarecrow. Collect the rest of the materials you need and have fun!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Remembering St. Isaac Jogues and Companions

Lord Jesus, you won the heart of St. Isaac Jogues and helped him grow as a caring, courageous person. He dedicated his life to you by proclaiming the Good News of salvation for all people to others. Remembering him, may we all grow in faith and have the same courage to proclaim the Good News to those around us. Help each of us to be strong and gentle messengers of your love. Amen.

St. Isaac Jogues and Companions, pray for us!

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Liga a la Liturgia

At what point during the Mass are we able to give our treasure back to God?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“Our acknowledgement of our own spiritual poverty is precisely what can lead us to rely wholly on God." (3.2 Reading the Signs of the Times)

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More than 340 U.S. parishes serve congregations that are primarily Native American, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Almost 25% of Native Americans are Catholic.