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Week of July 5, 2020

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Our God & Our Freedom

July 4th signifies America's Independence Day. As a nation, we celebrate the freedom that we have in this country. Beyond this day, true spiritual freedom, which comes only from God, can be experienced wherever we are: in another country, in prison, in school, and in our homes.

Jesus paid for our freedom from sin with his blood. He died on a cross so that he could set us free from sin. The freedoms we enjoy in America are great, but they are nothing compared to freedom in Christ. When Jesus sets you free, you are no longer a slave to sin. You have a new life, and you can have eternal life with Jesus.

As we celebrate our freedom as Americans this Independence Day, let us also celebrate our freedom in Christ. Even more than the freedoms we have in this country, nothing can separate us from the freedom we have in Jesus.

Mass Readings for July 5: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

These are the words Jesus describes in this weekend's Gospel:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Matthew 11: 28-30

In this powerful reading from Matthew, Jesus assures us that he is there to take our burdens. As opposed to the harsh and overbearing leadership and laws of that time, Jesus explains that his "meek and humble" love is our guide and support. He reminds us that as we "learn" from Him as disciples of God, our "burdens [will be] light" and he will guide us through these difficult times.

Together with your family, use the link and video below to discuss this weekend's Mass Readings.

Link to Mass Readings for Sunday, July 5

Translated in English and Spanish

The Gospel - Matthew 11:25-30 (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Activities for Family

God Bless America!

On the 4th of July, we celebrate our freedom in America. As Catholics and believers in Christ, we celebrate our freedom every day, because Jesus has set us free from sin and death!

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. -1 Peter 2:16

Here are 2 activities for children to celebrate Christ and America. See the pictures below as an example:

  1. Go on a scavenger hunt around your home and search for large rocks. Using paint or markers, decorate the rocks with messages of God's love and appreciation of our nation's freedoms.
  2. Using construction paper, scissors, and glue, have the kids create a Catholic flag combining God's love and our American flag. Use a white piece of construction paper or cardboard as the background. Cut out a smaller rectangle of blue and then a red cross. Or use an America/Freedom themed coloring sheet as the take home. Include a phrase like, "God Bless America!" or another quote from the Bible.

News From Around the Parish

Caritas Corner

Adults are not the only ones struggling to adjust to this new reality. Here’s a good resource on how to support children with the emotions they are experiencing.

Uplift Video of the Week!

Happy Fourth of July!

Ten year old musical marvel, Reina Ozby, sings this beautiful version of the Star-Spangled Banner! Reina lives in southern Florida, and has sang for a full stadium at the Dolphins NFL football game. She has also been featured on television shows, and in the movie, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

On this 4th of July weekend, enjoy Reina's rendition of our nation's anthem, combined with the picturesque scenes that truly makes us appreciate and love our country!

Watch: Reina Ozby Sings The Star-Spangled Banner

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