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    from 52 Sundays "A Guide to Reclaim The Lord’s Day for Faith and Family" 
    By Anita Houghton and Tara Stenger 

    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

    Feast Day: September 29

    Angels are messengers from God. Three of the special messengers mentioned in the Bible are the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. The names of each of these archangels tell us about the work God gave them to do.

    Michael’s name means “who is like God.” God gave Michael the responsibility of protecting us as God protects us.

    Gabriel’s name means “hero of God.” Gabriel is God’s hero because he communicates God’s message to people. We remember Gabriel best for being the angel who announced to Mary that she would be the mother of God’s only Son.

    Raphael’s name means “God has healed.” In the Bible, Raphael heals a blind man and is said to have stirred the water in a pool where Jesus healed a paralyzed man.

    On the feast day of the archangels, we remember that God’s messengers guide us in our journey to everlasting life with our Father. We can pray to Michael when we face temptation. We can ask to Gabriel to help us say “yes” to God as Mary did so many years ago. We can pray to Raphael when we are ill or know someone who is in need of healing.

    We honor the archangels as saints. They remind us that God is always with us and that God loves so much about us that he gives us special helpers to light and guide us to him.

    FAMILY FUN:   

    Host a Potluck

    Invite friends to bring their favorite fall dishes for a casual get-together to celebrate any ol' occasion—or for no reason at all!


    Baked Apples

    Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. There is nothing forbidden about enjoying this recipe using freshly picked apples.

     4 large apples
     1/4 cup brown sugar
     1 tsp. cinnamon
     1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
     1/4 cup currants or chopped raisins
     3/4 cup boiling water

    Preheat your oven to 375 F. Cut out holes in apples for stuffing: Rinse and dry the apples. Use a sharp paring knife to cut out the cores.

    First cut out the stem area and then use a small metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Cut the holes so that they are an inch or so wide. Leave the bottom ½ inch of the apples intact. Place the brown sugar, cinnamon, currants or chopped raisins, and chopped pecans (if using) in a small bowl and stir to combine.

    Put the apples in a baking dish and stuff each apple with the sugar stuffing mixture. Place a dot of butter on top of the sugar. Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish.

    Bake at 375 F for 30 to 45 minutes, until the apples are cooked through and tender, but not overcooked and mushy. When done, remove the apples from the oven and baste them with the juices from the pan. Serve with a side of vanilla ice cream.


    The Confiteor
    This prayer, which is often said at the beginning of Mass, helps us to take direct responsibility for our sins and names sin in the areas of thoughts, words, actions, and omissions. It also includes a bodily gesture to show repentance and calls on
    the Church in heaven and on earth. Pray this as a family, thinking deeply on the words to examine one’s conscience.


    I confess to almighty God
    and to you, my brothers and sisters,
    that I have greatly sinned
    in my thoughts and in my words,
    in what I have done
    and in what I have failed to do,
    (strike your fist over your heart
    for the bolded lines)

    through my fault,
    through my fault,
    through my most grievous fault;
    therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
    all the Angels and Saints,
    and you, my brothers and sisters,
    to pray for me to the Lord our God.