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October 25, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Greatest Commandment

MT 22:34-40

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a scholar of the law tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."


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St. Peter of Alcantara (Feast Day October 26)

1499 - OCTOBER 18, 1562

Peter was born in Alcantara, Spain in 1499. His father was the governor of the province, and his mother came from a noble family. He was privately tutored and attended the University of Salamanca. After he returned home from university, he joined the Franciscans. He went on to establish several friaries. When Peter was not preaching, he would spend long periods of time in solitude. He was known for frequently experiencing ecstasy, a state where he was entirely consumed with the warmth and light of the Holy Spirit. These euphoric moments were common during his prayer and meditation. Some claim to have witnessed him levitate. Peter served as a spiritual director and confessor to St. Teresa of Avila. It is said that he slept only 90 minutes each night; he is the patron saint of the Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.


Take time to chat

• Is it hard to love God with all your heart, soul and mind? Why or why not?

• Who are the neighbors in your life that you are commanded to love?

• How do you ask for forgiveness when you fail to love God or your neighbor?


Recipe of the week

Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Blue

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
8 slices of ham
8 slices swiss cheese
One 8-ounce package herbed stuffing mix
¼ cup butter melted

In a small bowl, combine soup and milk. Put enough mixture in the slow cooker to coat the bottom. Unfold each chicken thigh and place a piece of ham and cheese inside. Fold chicken back and place fold side down in slow cooker. Pour remaining soup over the top of the chicken. Using a rolling pin, bash the herb mixture until pulverized. Sprinkle the stuffing on top and drizzle butter over stuffing. Cover and cook on low 4 to 5 hours. You can remove the insert and place under the broiler to brown the top if desired.



Family Fun

Carve Pumpkins

Get ready for Halloween by carving pumpkins. Challenge your older kids to come up with creative designs in order to evangelize those who come trick or treating to your house through biblical images or Bible verses (see Encourage little ones to get involved by painting small pumpkins. Share the following reflection with your children:

Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off you. He opens you up and scoops out all the yucky stuff, including seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside you for all the world to see.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Dear Jesus, Thank you for the gift of family. Help us to be a holy family as your family was holy and is a model for holiness for us. Help us to love, understand, and forgive one another and to celebrate and rejoice in each other’s goodness. Help us to be a light to others and always look to love and serve you in others, especially the elderly and those who may be lonely. We ask this through your holy name. Amen.

Liturgy Link

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Today's Gospel talks about love of God and love of neighbor. How many times did you hear the word "love" at Mass today?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“… the Archdiocese, following the call of Pope Francis, is resolved to undergo a missionary conversion, a change in our culture, such that every person at every level of the Church, through personal encounter with Jesus Christ, embraces his or her identity as a son or daughter of God, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, is formed and sent forth as a joyful missionary disciple. For families this means that every family embraces its role as the domestic church and, in connection with other families and single persons, actively seeks the spiritual and social renewal of its neighborhood, schools and places of work.”(Foundational Conviction)

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The Big Bang Theory was proposed by a Catholic priest, Monsignor Georges Lemaitre.