The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

September 25, 2022


Sunday Scripture Readings

AM 6:1A, 4-7 PS 146:7, 8-9, 9-10 1 TM 6:11-16

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LK 16:19-31

Jesus said to the Pharisees: "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linenand dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died,he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment,he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames. 'Abraham replied,

'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours. 'He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment. 'But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.'He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. 'Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"


meet our extended family

Bl. James Alberione (Feast Day November 26)

April 4, 1884-November 26, 1971

James grew up on a farm in northern Italy. He knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a priest. While in seminary, he would pray before the Blessed Sacrament and could feel Jesus’ deep desire to draw others close to him. After he was ordained in 1907, Fr. Alberione was asked by his bishop to manage the diocesan newspaper. Inspired by his experiences before the Blessed Sacrament, he knew the Church needed to use the newspaper, and every other form of modern media as means of proclaiming the Gospel.

In 1914, Fr. Alberione founded the Society of St. Paul. The following year, he founded the Daughters of St. Paul. The Paulines’ mission is to use modern media in the service of evangelization. Today the Paulines produce books, magazines, radio programs, CDs,television programs, and content on the internet in 40 different countries around the world.


Take time to chat

•Why do you think the rich man ignored the poor man in today’s Gospel story?

•What lesson is Jesus trying to teach us with this story?

•What is it like to help someone in need?

•Blessed James Alberione knew thatevery form of communication could be used to evangelize.What are some popular Catholic media outlets today? What are some that are aimed at kids and youth?


Recipe of the week

Spicy Pollo Pumpkin Pasta

Fr. Leo Patalinghug is a priest and an award-winning chef, radio,andTV host. He uses his priestly vocation to proclaim the Gospel and strengthen family life through his cooking ministry. Try one of his recipes on this Priesthood Sunday.

1 box rigatoni pasta

1.5 poundschicken tenders

1 tsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

½ cup white onion

1-2 tsp red pepper flakes

½ cup brandy

1 can pumpkin pie filling

1 tsp ground sage

1 cup milk

2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese

4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

2 tsp salt

1-2 tsp black pepper

Heat olive oil and sauté garlic, onions, and red pepper flakes.Cut chicken into 1⁄4-inch-thick pieces and season with salt, pepper flakes and sage.Add chicken to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.Add brandy and flambé. Add pie mixture, milk, and Parmesan cheese, and mix.Add pasta, incorporating 2-4 Tbspof the heated starchy water.Add fresh baby spinach leaves and incorporate all the ingredients in the pan.To serve, you could add a few more fresh spinach leaves around the pasta, with a light drizzle of oil, and then top with a light dusting of Parmesan cheese.


Family Fun

Create a Chalice

Do this activity in honor of Priesthood Sunday!

Display a special chalice inyour home to remind you to pray for vocationsto the priesthood. Here are some ways to create a chalice:

•Buy a chalice-shaped ceramiccup and paint it.

•Cut a chalice shape out of cardboard to paint or color.

•Cut chalice shapes out of construction paper. Have each family member color or decorate one.

Then paste them on a poster board or cardboard box so that each side displays one or more chalices.

Place it on a shelf or in your family prayer space so that you can see it.


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Prayer for Priests

Blessed James Alberione knew from an early age that he was called to be a priest. Today, we pray for those who serve as priests and those who are called to the priesthood.

Gracious and loving God, we thank you for the gift of our priests.Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation.Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel.Allowthem to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

Bless those who are discerning a call to the priesthood.Give them models to turn to and guide their steps.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives andreigns as our Eternal Priest.


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Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The chalice is a cup that the priest uses at Mass to consecrate the wineand turn it into the Blood of Christ. Describe the chalice that is used at your church. Why is it so special?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

Write a note of encouragement to your parish priest or to a priest who has inspired you. Pray also for those discerning the priesthood.

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In the US, priests must have a four-year university degree in philosophy plus an additional four to five years of graduate-level seminary formation in theology. During this period, they also serve at parishes to get practical experience.

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