Following the Easter season and a few feast days we are back to "Ordinary" time - but there is nothing ordinary about the Gospel reading this weekend - In this weekends Gospel from Matthew we hear:
"Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
The line "even all of the hairs of your head are counted" is a stark reminder of God's love for us! As a new mom who cradles her child counts fingers and toes and memorizes every feature - God, our Father, knows and loves us unconditionally! How blessed we are!
On this Sunday we celebrate Father's day - here is a beautiful litany to pray as a family:
God of love,
Today we ask your blessing on all who give their lives with a father’s love.
Bless new fathers and wise grandfathers.
Bless loving uncles and caring godfathers.
Bless fathers who await the birth of their child with joy.
Bless men who did not expect or want to become fathers.
Bless men who embrace fatherhood through adoption or foster parenting,
remarriage or single parenthood.
Bless men still waiting and hoping to become fathers.
Bless fathers whose work takes them away from their children.
Bless fathers whose work is with their children.
Bless fathers whose lives are shaped by war, poverty, or violence.
Bless fathers who work for peace, freedom, and justice.
Bless teachers and mentors who serve as father figures.
Bless priests and ministers who lead as loving parents.
Bless men who are separated from their children, by force or choice.
Bless families without fathers and all who love in abundance in their absence.
Bless fathers who have lost a child.
Bless families who have lost their father.
Bless all whose fathers were loving.
Bless all whose fathers failed to meet their needs for love.
Bless all who celebrate today.
Bless all who struggle today.
In the name of the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we pray.
Have a blessed week!
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi - which celebrates the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist - body, blood, soul and divinity. This weekend we started to celebrate the First Communions that were postponed due to Coronavirus - and in yesterdays homily the families heard the remarkable story of St. Anthony of Padua and the Mule - Never heard it before? Check out this video about it below:
Because it's a Solemnity - you guessed it - we will celebrate with a sweet treat! We also like to read about Eucharistic Miracles on this Solemnity!
Here is the Gospel reading for this Sunday:
Enjoy the BEAUTIFUL day!
This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity! The trinity is a hard concept for adults to grasp, so we definitely understand why it is hard for our children to grasp the concept. Most people, especially kids, are visual learners. That's why I tend to use an apple to teach the concept of the Trinity.
The three parts of an apple relate to the different Persons in the Trinity in this way: The skin is like God the Father, because He protects us. The flesh is like God the Son, because Jesus Christ took on human flesh. The seeds are like God the Holy Spirit, because He helps us to grow.
The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity is yet another day we get to celebrate!! How can you celebrate at home?
* Dinner made with tricolor pasta
*Neapolitan ice cream (3 flavors in 1)
*Triple Chocolate brownies
*Three cheese macaroni and cheese
I think you get the idea - the possibilities are endless!
Check out this video for the readings this weekend for kid:
And this one that is a reflection on the Gospel:
Enjoy the beautiful Sunday!