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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



    St. Marianne Cope
    (Feast Day January 23)

    January 23, 1838-August 9, 1918

    Born into a poor farming family in Germany, Barbara Koob immigrated to Utica, New York. When her father became ill, Barbara left school in 8th grade and went to work in a factory to support her family. When her father died in 1862, Barbara’s siblings were old enough to support themselves, allowing her to pursue her long desire of entering religious life. That same year, Barbara entered the Sisters of Saint Francis in Syracuse, New York and took the name Sister Marianne.

    Sister Marianne worked as a teacher and principal in a school for German Catholic immigrants. She took on a leadership role in her religious order and help found the first two Catholic hospitals in central New York. She was later appointed the provincial of her community. In 1883, King Kalākaua of Hawaii wrote to Mother Marianne asking for her help in caring for people suffering with leprosy (now known as Hansen’s disease). He had already been denied assistance by over 50 other religious organizations because leprosy was considered highly contagious. Mother Marianne took six other sisters with her and arrived in Hawaii in November that year.

    Mother Marianne went to work immediately managing a hospital on Oahu, where patients with Hansen’s disease were gathered from the surrounding islands. In 1888, she traveled to Kalaupapa on Molokai, where she met Fr. Damien (now Saint Damien of Molokai), who had spent his life caring for people suffering from Hansen’s disease. She cared for Fr. Damien as he neared the end of his life and took over the care of Hansen’s disease patients on Molokai after his death. Mother Marianne remained in Hawaii for another 30 years, caring for the people of Molokai until her death in 1918.

    ● What do you think it was like for St. Marianne Cope to minister to the lepers in Hawaii?


    Sweet Teriyaki Beef Skewers

    The cookout culture is strong in Hawaii, with Pacific Islanders firing up the barbecue year-round. Enjoy this recipe in honor of St. Marianne Cope’s ministry in Hawaii.

    1 ½ cups light brown sugar
    1 cup soy sauce
    ½ cup pineapple juice (optional)
    ½ cup water
    ¼ cup vegetable oil
    3 large garlic cloves, chopped
    4 pounds boneless round steak, cut into ¼-inch slices
    bamboo skewers, soaked in water

    Whisk first six ingredients together in a large bowl; drop beef slices into the mixture and stir to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Marinate beef in refrigerator for 24 hours. Remove beef from the marinade, shaking to remove any excess liquid. Discard marinade. Thread beef slices in a zigzag onto the skewers. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Cook skewers on preheated grill until the beef is cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with rice.


  • Family Fun and Prayer 

    Make a Prayer Corner

    Having a dedicated prayer space in your home helps us to call on Jesus and be thankful for all he does for us.

    Here are some tips on how to create a prayer corner within your home:

    • Pick a quiet spot away from the main traffic areas of your home.

    • Place a chair or kneeler in your prayer corner.

    • Place a Bible or other spiritual reading, a Rosary, and a journal on a side table next to your chair or kneeler.

    • Place a lamp on your side table for soft lighting.

    • Surround yourself with holy images or religious art created by the kids.

    • Ask your parish priest or deacon to bless your house and specifically your prayer corner!

    • Use it daily!


    Gratitude Prayer

    One leper came to thank Jesus in the Gospel today. Spend time today thanking God for his gifts and for one another.

    Take turns praying spontaneously, thanking God for all the things he has provided for you. Be sure to show gratitude for one another, for good friends, for jobs, and for all the spiritual and material blessings you have. Close your prayer with a Glory Be:

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


    Loving God, we pray for those who have been affected by recent disasters especially the hurricane that ravaged part of Southwest Florida. We also pray for all those around the world who suffer from floods, droughts and disasters. Break open our hearts to allow the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters to move us to bold, prophetic action so that all victims will know of your great love, mercy and compassion.


  • Liturgy Link

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    Octobere 9, 2022

    Count the number of times you hear the word “thanks” or “thanksgiving” at Mass today.
    Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

    Like the leper who returned to thank Jesus, take time each day this week to thank God for the blessings of your day. Consider using bedtime as a time to review your day and count your blessings.


    ● The ten lepers cried out to Jesus to heal them, and he did. Do you think Jesus would have healed them if they hadn’t asked? Why or why not?

    ● Does Jesus still heal people today?

    ● In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us that it is important to be thankful to God. What is one thing you are thankful for today?

    Fun Facts! 

    Hawaii became the 50th State on August 21, 1959.

    ‍Share how your family celebrated Sunday! #52Sundays

  • 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]