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  • MEET OUR EXTENDED FAMILY - THE SAINTS

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    The saints are members of the Church who are with Christ in heaven praying for those in the Church who are still on their pilgrimage of faith. The saints in this year’s edition of 52 Sundays all share one thing in common: they are martyrs of the Church.  Saints help us see how our ordinary lives can be lived out in extraordinary ways.

    Stanley Rother, U.S. Priest Killed in '81 in Guatemala, Is Declared a  Martyr - The New York Times



     






     

    Bl. Sebastian Kimura
    (Feast Day September 10)

    1565-September 10, 1622

    Sebastian Kimura was born in Japan in 1565 to Christian parents. As a matter of fact, Sebastian’s grandfather was the first Japanese convert to be baptized by St. Francis Xavier. At the age of 12, Sebastian began learning and working with the Jesuits in Japan. He was 19 when he formally entered the Society of Jesus. In 1601, Sebastian became one of the first Japanese natives to be ordained a priest.

    It was around this time that the Japanese began persecuting Christians, and many foreign missionaries were forced to leave the country. As a Japanese native, Sebastian was able to remain in Japan and move around freely by disguising himself as a soldier, merchant, or laborer. He used his disguises to visit Christian families and administer the sacraments to people in prisons. When it became clear that the police were looking for him, Sebastian’s superiors urged him to flee, but he was captured before he could leave and died a martyr for the faith. Sebastian and 204 companions were beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1867.

    ● How does the life of Blessed Sebastian Kimura inspire you?

    .‍RECIPE OF THE WEEK:

     

    In honor of Bl. Sebastian Kimura, try this simple cucumber roll that you can personalize for each member of the family.

    ‍Cucumber
    1 cup sushi rice, cooked
    4 oz. smoked salmon (optional)
    Avocado, sliced
    Carrots, sliced thin like matchsticks
    Red peppers, sliced thin
    Sauces for dipping: mayonnaise, hot sauce, sriracha, etc.

    ‍Slice the cucumber in 1-inch-thick pieces. Remove the center of the cucumber pieces using a melon baller or a spoon. Fill the center of the cucumber with the other ingredients as desired. Adjust the amount of filling so that it fits. Mix mayonnaise and hot sauce to use for dipping if desired. Refrigerate any leftovers.

     

  • Blessed Sebastian Kimura disguised himself in order to minister to his people. Play this dress up game today in honor of Blessed Sebastian.

    Use old clothes, shoes, boots, and accessories or leftover Halloween costumes to dress up. Invite family members to wear their “disguise” to dinner today.

    Taizé prayer is a meditative prayer that originated in Taizé, France. It involves sung and chanted prayer and a period of silence. Try this prayer style by listening to Jesus, Remember Me. You should be able to find the song on YouTube or wherever you stream music. Listen to the song, take a few minutes of silence to listen to what God is saying to you, and then listen again. Share with your family what you experienced.‍

  • Hurricane Season

    Hurricane season begins today, June 1st and continues through November 30th. Are you ready? NOW is the time to prepare. O Virgin Mary, Star of the Sea, pray for us!
    Some local, state, and federal resources may be found at the following link: https://www.dosp.org/insurance/hurricane-season/

    Prayer for Protection during Hurricane Season

    O God, Master of this passing world,
    hear the humble voices of your children.
    The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order and returned to its former quietude.
    You are still the Master of land and sea.
    We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control;
    the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant,
    can awake from its seeming lethargy,
    overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land,
    and spread chaos and disaster.
    During this hurricane season we turn to You, O loving Father.
    Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid
    and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with passing of time.
    O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,
    we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf,
    so that spared from the calamities common to this area
    and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
    to reach the heavenly Jerusalem, where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen.

    [Composed by Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981),Second Bishop of Lafayette (1956-1973), following Hurricane Audrey in 1957]
    #courageouslyliving

  • Liturgy Link

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    November 20, 2022

    Today’s Gospel tells us about the inscription on the cross. Find a crucifix in your church and see if you can find the inscription. What are the four letters you see? These letters represent the Latin inscription, Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.


    Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

    Consider inviting someone who may be alone or new to the area to join you for Thanksgiving dinner or another time this week. Alternatively, look into ways to serve those in need on Thanksgiving by donating food to a food pantry or soup kitchen.                

    ● In today’s Gospel story, the people who do not recognize Jesus as King treat him cruelly. Do you think people today recognize Jesus as King? Why or why not?

    ● Which of the two criminals in today’s story treated Jesus as King?

    ● What does it mean to put your life under Jesus’ authority? How does this shape your actions and behaviors?

    Fun Facts! 

    Thanksgiving became a national holiday in 1863 when Abraham Lincoln was president.

    ‍Share how your family celebrated Sunday! #52Sundays