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October 4, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


Parable of the Tenants

MT 21:33-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.' They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” They answered him, “He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times." Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:  
The stone that the builders rejected  
has become the cornerstone;  
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?
Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit."


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St. Francis of Assisi (Feast Day September 4)

SEPTEMBER 26, 1182 - OCTOBER 3, 1226

Francis was born into a wealthy merchant family, served as a soldier, and was a prisoner of war. He left this life behind when he heard God call him to “rebuild his Church.” Francis was never a priest, though he was later ordained a deacon. Francis preached about returning to God and obedience to the Church. Slowly companions came to Francis, people who wanted to follow his life of sleeping in the open, begging for garbage to eat ... and loving God. He eventually founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of St. Clare, the Third Order of St. Francis, and the Custody of the Holy Land. His love of nature helped him see all God's creations as part of his brotherhood. He later became associated with patronage of animals and the natural environment, and it became customary for Catholic churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day.


Take time to chat

  • Who do the different people in the story represent (i.e., the landowner, servants, tenants, the son)?
  • What does the vineyard represent?
  • List some of the "fruit" that Jesus wants you to produce in your family and community?


Recipe of the week

Puppy Chow

Chex or Crispix cereal coated in a mixture of peanut butter, chocolate, butter, vanilla, and dusted with powdered sugar is always a hit with children!

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups Rice Chex cereal
1 ½ to 2 cups powdered sugar

Place the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in a medium microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir. Put the bowl back into the microwave and heat for an additional 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth when stirred. Add the vanilla extract and stir again. Pour the cereal in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate peanut butter mixture and gently stir until cereal is evenly coated. Pour the coated cereal into a large Ziploc bag. Add the powdered sugar. Seal the bag and shake until the cereal is well coated. Spread on parchment paper or waxed paper. Let it sit until cool and chocolate is set. Store the puppy chow in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. If it is warm in your kitchen, store the puppy chow in the refrigerator.


Family Fun

Pet Blessing

Take your pet to a pet blessing hosted by your parish or a neighboring parish. If you don't have a pet, sit down with your family and create a list of blessings, writing down everything for which you are grateful. Hang your list in a prominent spot in your home.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer of St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life


Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Grapes and wheat are symbols of the Eucharist; where in your church do you see these symbols?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“[Young people] have a unique ability to reach the people of their own generation, and they can help us think in new ways. We must make every effort to encourage, challenge, mentor, and raise up the young to take up their rightful roles in the mission of the Church, entrusting responsibility to them as appropriate.” (Marker 5.4)

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Fun Facts!

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St. Francis designed the first nativity set and was the first man ever recorded to receive the stigmata, the wounds of Christ. Does your family have a special nativity set you bring out each year to celebrate Christ’s birth? Thank St. Francis for this great idea!