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Week of May 24, 2020

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Catholics have this Pandemic

Throughout the world during this pandemic, with feelings of worry, fear, and anxiety among us all, there is one commonality among Catholics...Hope!

In a recent New York Times article, this message is highlighted in regard to this pandemic, but also throughout past famines, sickness, and wars. During Middle Ages, when pandemics plagued society and people were flocking out of the cities, it was Catholics who went into the cities to help feed, help heal, and pray during time of sickness.

As we continue to lead our families strong and prayerful during this time of COVID-19, let's reflect on Jesus' messages of love in our own practice, and our own teachings to our children. Although some days will be more difficult than others, we must do our best to teach and model to our children acts of prayer and hope.

Activities for Family

Mass Readings for May 24: Seventh Sunday of Easter

In John's Gospel Reading this Sunday, Jesus prays to God and our relationship with Him in connection with the Father. Because people were created by God, for the relationship with God, then eternal life means knowing the one true God and Jesus Christ, whom God has sent.

According to John's Gospel, eternal life comes from a relationship with the eternal God. It begins now in faith, as people come to know the love of the God who made them. And such life has a future through the promise of resurrection.

Below is a link to Sunday's Reading, and video to demonstrate this Gospel.

Link to Mass Readings for Sunday, May 24

Translated in English and Spanish

Jesus' High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26)

Ascension Thursday Activities

On Thursday, May 21, Catholics celebrated our holy day of the Feast of the Ascension. On this 40th day after Easter, we commemorate Jesus' ascension, or rise, into heaven.

As a family, read the Bible passage from Mark 16:15-20 which describes the the story of the Jesus' ascension. Below are activities of reflection for children from this bible reading.

Stay-In Story Time with Bishop Checchio

As a family, enjoy this read aloud by Bishop James Checchio of the book, The Beautiful Lady-Our Lady of Guadalupe. Throughout the month of May, we honor our Blessed Mother, Mary. This story reminds us of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego.

In this book, Grandma Lupita tells the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe to her granddaughter, Rose, through lyrical words and stunning illustrations!

Stay-In Story-Time - The Beautiful Lady

Caritas Corner

This week, try rewriting the negative messages you tell yourself and say something positive and kind to yourself instead. For example, instead of saying “I didn’t accomplish anything today! The only thing I did all day was take care of my children!” Replace that with, “I dedicated my time today to doing the most important thing – taking care of my family!” “Tending to the mental health of your family is your most important work!”

**Check the parish Facebook page for more tips from the Caritas Program and for parish virtual gatherings!**

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