The Greatest Commandment

October 31, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

DT 6:2-6 PS 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51 HEB 7:23-28

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MK 12:28B-34

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,

"Which is the first of all the commandments?"

Jesus replied, "The first is this:

Hear, O Israel!

The Lord our God is Lord alone!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul,

with all your mind,

and with all your strength.

The second is this:

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

There is no other commandment greater than these."

The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher.

You are right in saying,

'He is One and there is no other than he.'

And 'to love him with all your heart,

with all your understanding,

with all your strength,

and to love your neighbor as yourself'

is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."

And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding,

he said to him,

"You are not far from the kingdom of God."

And no one dared to ask him any more questions.


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St. Rais (Feast Day September 22) 

c. 303 

Rais was an Egyptian maiden. According to one account, she was the daughter of a Christian priest living in Alexandria, Egypt. At age twelve, she was sent to live in a women's monastery at Tamman. During a time of widespread persecution of Christians during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian, she went to a well to draw water with other nuns. On the way, they saw a ship with a group of nuns, monks, and other Christians in chains on their way to torture and death. By God's grace, Rais was touched by a desire to suffer for the Lord. Rais confessed herself to be a Christian, berated the abusers, and insisted that they kill her as well if they were killing Christians. She was immediately imprisoned with the others. They were all taken to the Egyptian town of Antinopolis, where Rais was the first of the group to be beheaded.


Take time to chat

  • Why is it important to love God above all else?
  • Jesus commands us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. How can I be better at that?
  • Share some examples of what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.
  • St. Rais had a desire to suffer for the Lord. Do you know anyone who is willing to endure hardships for the Lord? Tell a story about this person.


Recipe of the week

Pigs in a Blanket

This is a quick and easy treat for Halloween. You may even include a few of these in your reverse trick-or-treating care package!

1 package cocktail franks

1 package refrigerated crescent roll dough


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cut the dough into strips and wrap around the cocktail franks. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Cook 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with mustard or other dipping sauce.


Family Fun

Reverse Trick-or-Treating

Start a new family tradition that puts Jesus’ command to love our neighbor into action: reverse trick-or-treating. Reverse trick-or-treating is where you dress up and go to friends, neighbors and family knocking on their doors and giving them the treat. Make a list of people you want to visit. Prepare your treats; your treats can include baked goods, candy, holy cards, rosaries, etc. Pile into the car and make your stops. It is sure to leave everyone a little happier and feeling a little more loved.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Litany of the Saints

In the Christian tradition, Halloween is really All Hallows’ Eve, which is the eve of All Saints’ Day. Pray for the intercession of all these holy men and women with this personalized Litany of the Saints. Include important saints to your family. This could include family member’s names, Confirmation names, as well as saints associated with hobbies or specific situations facing your family today. Select one person to lead or rotate leaders. The responses are in bold.

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Ste. Anne, pray for us.

St. Joachim, pray for us.

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

(You can include the saints important to your family here.)

All you Holy Angels and Archangels, pray for us.

All you Holy Apostles and Evangelists, pray for us.

All you Holy Disciples of the Lord, pray for us.

All you Holy Innocents, pray for us.

All you Holy Martyrs, pray for us.

All you Holy Bishops and Confessors, pray for us.

All you Holy Doctors, pray for us.

All you Holy Priests and Levites, pray for us.

All you Holy Monks and Hermits, pray for us.

All you Holy Virgins and Widows, pray for us.

All you Holy Saints of God, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

On November 1, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the All Saints. It is normally a Holy Day of Obligation and requires us to attend Mass. Because it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a holy day of obligation.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Practice the virtue of temperance by limiting how much candy you eat after trick-or-treating.

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Fun Facts!

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Halloween is over 1,000 years old. Christians originally wore costumes to drive away evil spirits. You can always call on your Guardian Angel and St. Michael the Archangel to protect you.