The Second Prediction of the Passion and The Greatest in the Kingdom

September 19, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

WIS 2:12, 17-20 PS 54:3-4, 5, 6 and 8 JAS 3:16—4:3

Explore the Sunday Gospel


MK 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,

but he did not wish anyone to know about it.

He was teaching his disciples and telling them,

“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men

and they will kill him,

and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”

But they did not understand the saying,

and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,

he began to ask them,

“What were you arguing about on the way?”

But they remained silent.

They had been discussing among themselves on the way

who was the greatest.

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,

“If anyone wishes to be first,

he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,

and putting his arms around it, he said to them,

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;

and whoever receives me,

receives not me but the One who sent me.”


meet our extended family

Bl. Karolina Kózka (Feast Day November 18)

August 2, 1898 – November 18, 1914 

Karolina grew up in a Catholic family in rural Poland in the Diocese of Tarnow. She was one of eleven children. Her family prayed daily and displayed the love of God to her. Often, Karolina would gather neighbors and relatives, mainly children, and they would read the Scriptures together under a pear tree near her home. She loved praying the rosary, using the beads given to her by her mother. Her prayers often caused her to get less sleep than she needed.


She would pray the rosary constantly, and even though it was a long walk to Mass, she would go during the week, in addition to Sunday. Because of her love for serving, she helped her uncle in the library, and she also helped organize things at her parish. In addition to serving the Church, she taught her younger siblings and the children of the area their catechism. By age 16, Karolina was a beautiful, enthusiastic girl. 


In 1914, World War I broke out in Poland, and in November 1914, the Russian army controlled her city. On November 18, an armed Russian soldier attempted to force himself on her and eventually killed her. Karolina was only 16. 


Three thousand people flocked to her funeral and called for her cause for sainthood to be introduced. Pope John Paul II beatified her in Poland. 


Take time to chat

⦁ Why was it hard for the disciples to grasp the idea that Jesus would be killed?

⦁ What does Jesus mean when he says, “If anyone wishes to be first,

he shall be the last of all and the servant of all”?

⦁ Share a time when you have welcomed someone “in Jesus’ name,” that is, for the sake of Jesus.

⦁ In what way did Bl. Karolina’s family shape her faith?


Recipe of the week

Kielbasa with Veggies

Enjoy this Polish dish in honor of Bl. Karolina Kózka.

4 pieces fresh Kowalski sausage (also can use Italian sausage)

3 bell peppers (any colors)


2 small zucchini

2-3 carrots

1 lb. red or gold potatoes (cut into small pieces)

Slice vegetables and put in a baking pan. Cut kielbasa into 3 or 4 inch slices. Mix vegetables and sausage. Pour over olive oil, add Italian herbs (thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary, garlic, pepper, salt). Mix all together. Bake in over for 50 min-1 hr at 400 F.


Family Fun


As Jesus and his disciples traveled around Galilee, they most likely camped a lot. Turn your backyard into your own personal campsite! It’s a fun and easy way to experience the great outdoors in a way that Jesus did. Create a backyard camp by pitching a tent, setting up camping chairs around a fire or a camping stove, and cook up some delicious campfire recipes. Turn off technology and enjoy the great outdoors. If the weather is bad, set-up a campground inside your home. Don’t forget to sing your favorite camp songs!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

As a family, listen to the Song of the Cross (Love lifted on the Cross). You should be able to find the song on YouTube or wherever you stream music. Reflect on the lyrics what Jesus’ death and resurrection mean to you.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

Who comes in during the procession at the beginning of Mass? Who is first and who is last?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Look for as many opportunities as possible this week to put someone else's needs before your own.

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Fun Facts!

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In ancient society, children were viewed as nonpersons who had no legal rights or status of their own. To receive a little one is to accept, lovingly serve and care to for those who need it and cannot repay it.