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June 18, 2023

Our Great Journey

Welcome to our weekly summer blog, designed to share ideas for Living the Gospel at Home. This blog is meant to be interactive, so please share ideas, photos and resources that you have tried at home. Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most meaningful.

This weekend, Jesus declares, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.” Matthew 9:36-10:8 

Jesus shares his motivation for why he has disciples and why he is teaching them what he is teaching them. We hear that Jesus has compassion as his heart was moved with pity for the people who were gathered because they were troubled. He sees his people as lost sheep that he needs to help.

Jesus tells his disciples that they need to provide God’s care, healing, and teaching to those crowds. He is giving the disciples a chance to experience the reason they are learning what he has been teaching them, which will then increase their own motivation to keep learning.

Things to talk about:

  • Why do you think Jesus is moved with pity for the crowds?
  • What does Jesus mean when he says, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few”?
  • Jesus appoints the apostles to help the crowds and lead others to Christ. In what way do ordained clergy (bishops, priests, deacons) help and lead people to Christ today?

Things to do:

  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus sent out the twelve to proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. This week, proclaim the good news of Jesus to someone you don’t know. Ask the Lord to send someone to you that has an open heart and is ready to receive the good news.
  • Evangelizing by drawing crosses or writing Scripture verses with some sidewalk chalk in front of your house is a great way to get kids outside, and it also lets them practice writing in a fun and creative way.
  • Search your church building to see if any works of art depict any of the twelve apostles. You may want to bring a list of their names to help your search! (Hint: Look at the Transfiguration window, can you find Peter, John and James?)

FUN FACT: Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day while attending church with her father. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, who raised six children after his wife died during childbirth.

The United States is in the midst of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival to remind us of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and restore our understanding of, and devotion to, the Eucharist. On June 10-11, 2023, parishes across the country are intentionally celebrating and highlighting Adoration, the real presence of Jesus, on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. …READ MORE

Join us or an Evening of Encounter, Wednesday, June 28, after the 6:30 p.m. Mass. Praise & Worship, Adoration and a witness story of God’s amazing love.,

Looking for some family faith fun for the summer?  Check out the Summer Bucket List for Families from CatholicMom.com. 


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