Tajci @ SJA on Dec 6th
Tajci is coming to St. Joan of Arc on December 6th at 7 pm. Get your tickets online now, as we do expect to sell out. Order tickets here>
Told through Tajči’s stunning and engaging music, “A Christmas Concert Experience” is a story of our longing to believe, of awaiting the moment in which the “Word becomes flesh and dwells amongst us”. If you can only attend one event during the Holiday Season, this is the one that you, your children and your parents will all enjoy.
SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.
See this week's discussion guide below. Then come back each week. We will be your 'Sous Chef' - finding the best morsels from the internet and Catholic teachings for your family's consumption.
THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (week of November 16th)
- Nov 18th is the Memorial of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter & Paul
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary (Monday)
Saint Cecilia (Saturday)
- Presentation of Mary (Friday)
- Art & Christ - view this interactive presentation that takes you on a guided tour on some magnificent art throughout Europe that can help you reflect on how we need to make Christ our Center. View now>
- ADVENT RESOURCES -- Prepare now for your Table Talk family activities during Advent - see the Table Talk Advent resources by clicking here>
- Make a Hungarian meal in honor of St. Elizabeth of hungary.
- Make 'Eggs in Purgatory' (Uova al purgatorio) - an Italian take on Eggs Benedict in honor of All Souls Day and the Dedication to the Souls in Purgatory.
- Because of the story of Elizabeth's bread being turned to roses, it is a custom to have loaves of bread on this day. You can also decorate your home with roses.
- Living the Gospel: 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Nov 16th)
- Preparing for Sunday: 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Nov 23rd)
What Does it Mean to Have a Friendship with Jesus?
Watch this wonderful talk that Father John Riccardo had with teens about what it means to have a friendship with Jesus -- and also how the Mass presumes that you already have a friendship with Jesus (the entire video is wonderful - but this part of the talk beings at minute 22:45 -- click here to start at this point>). One of his main points is that we come to Mass expecting to be evangelized... when really the Mass is for the evangelized.
Some very interesting points to ponder and discuss - you may just look at the mass and the eucharist in a different light after listening to this talk.
Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul (Tuesday, Nov 18th)
The whole Church celebrates today the dedication of the two great Roman basilicas of St. Peter at the Vatican and of St. Paul outside - the - Walls. Today's feast is a spiritual journey to two holy tombs, that
of St. Peter and that of St. Paul in Rome. These two basilicas, marking the place of each apostle's martyrdom, are the common heritage and glory of Christendom; it is, therefore, easily seen why we observe their dedication.
In the Basilica of Saint Paul, there are portraits of every pope, from Saint Peter all the way through to Pope Benedict XVI -- with room for many more! It is a strong reminder of the continuity of the faith we profess. thanks to the power of God working through the authority given to Saint Peter and the preaching of Saint Paul.
A few miles away, on Vaitican Hill, the Basilica of St. Peter stands on the site of the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles, where stood Nero's circus. It was here that St. Peter was executed. We associate this church more than any other with the Holy Father. In front of the great Basilica is an enormous piazza or gathering place where people gather for Mass, audiences, and other events with the pope. The piazza is framed by two great colonnades, which the artist Bernini described as two great arms, reaching out to embrace the whole world and gather them in... Read more >
ART & CHRIST - an interactive tour through Europe
Take an interactive journey with Jesus throughout Europe to see how certain pieces of art of the Gothic Cathedrals symbolize 'Christ as our Center'. The tour includes a virtual tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - where you can view the magnificent Rose Window up close. There are also a few surprises - including French recipes and a Beatles music reference. Enjoy.
FEAST DAY - The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Nov 21st)
Today the Church celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of Mary. The three feasts of the birthday of Our Lady, the holy Name of Mary and her Presentation in the Temple correspond in the Marian cycle with the first three feasts of the cycle of feasts of our Lord: namely, Christmas, the Holy Name of Jesus, and His Presentation in the Temple (February 2).
We should try to never miss a Marian feast day. We should say a rosary or a decade of the rosary. It is an unhistorical tradition that Mary was offered to the priests in the temple at age 3. The importance of this feast is to show Mary’s continual commitment to God and her holiness.
SAINTS | St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Nov 17th)
St. Elizabeth was born in Hungary in 1207, the daughter of Alexander II, King of Hungary. At the age of four she was sent for education to the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia, to whose infant son she was betrothed. As she grew in age, her piety also increased by leaps and bounds. In 1221, she married Louis of Thuringia and in spite of her position at court began to lead an austerely simple life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity...
SAINTS | St. Ceclilia (Nov 22nd)
In the fourth century appeared a Greek religious romance on the Loves of Cecilia and Valerian, written, like those of Chrysanthus and Daria, Julian and Basilissa, in glorification of the virginal life, and with the purpose of taking the place of the sensual romances of Daphnis and Chloe, Chereas and Callirhoe, etc., which were then popular. There may have been a foundation of fact on which the story was built up; but the Roman Calendar of the fourth century, and the Carthaginian Calendar of the fifth make no mention of Cecilia...
ALL SOUL'S DAY
On this day we remember and pray for the souls in Purgatory.Although we should pray for them everyday, we have this day to remind us and perhaps to pray a little more for them.The church offers special indulgences on this day for these prayers and even for a visit to a cemetery.For this reason, many customs and beliefs have sprung up around this day—including the “folk” belief of souls visiting earth on this day. It is a custom to visit cemeteries of relatives and fix up the graves, plant flowers and even have a picnic there. In Mexico we see big celebrations called the Day of the Dead with special foods and customs.These families make special altars in their homes with items from deceased relatives; foods shaped liked bones and skulls; and other reminders of the dead.
Something to Do:
- Visit the graves of your family. Spruce them up. Plant flowers. Sprinkle with Holy Water.If this is not possible, visit another cemetery as representing your family’s cemetery and pray for your family members there.
- Put out pictures of the deceased members of your family and friends at home.Acquaint your children with these peopleby sharing stories that you experienced or were told to you. And pray for them!
RECIPES | All Saints and All Souls Days
RECIPE | Classic Hungarian Beef Goulash (in honor of St. Elizabeth)
In this video, you’ll see how to make beef goulash, a rustic Hungarian stew inspired by the recipe of a certain famous Austrian chef. It features tender pieces of succulent beef chuck in a beautiful toasted caraway and paprika-based sauce. Serve over buttered noodles, rice, or potatoes; and garnish with sour cream and fresh marjoram. Watch the video >, then get the recipe for Chef John's Beef Goulash >. Mmm, it’s Old World comfort food at its finest.
RECIPE | Eggs in Purgatory (Uova al purgatorio)
See Recipe - Lots of Pictures > This “eggs in purgatory” recipe is a classic Italian recipe with a wry name (inevitably leading everyone at brunch to wonder why it’s not “eggs in hell” (uova al infierno?!) because of the fiery red sauce), and easy to cook for a crowd. In the straight-up version you essentially poach the eggs in the tomato sauce; my adapted version calls for a thicker ragu and fistfuls of chopped parsley instead of a garnish of basil.
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL - PREPARING FOR MASS
The virtues of a good wife are extolled.
Blessed are those who walk in God's ways.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6
Paul warns the Thessalonians to stay alert because the day of the Lord cannot be predicted.
Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in which he teaches about the importance of using the gifts that God has given to us in service to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Background on the Gospel Reading
This week's Gospel speaks of how Jesus' disciples are to conduct themselves as they await the Kingdom of Heaven. In the preceding passages and in last week's Gospel, Jesus taught that there is no way to predict the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven. His disciples must, therefore, remain vigilant and ready to receive the Son of Man at any time.
Jesus' parable talks about Christian discipleship using economic metaphors. Before he leaves on a journey, the master entrusts to his servants a different number of talents, giving to each according to their abilities. Atalent is a coin of great value. Upon the master's return, he finds that the first and second servants have doubled their money, and both are rewarded. The third servant, however, has only preserved what was given to him because he was afraid to lose the money. He has risked nothing; he did not even deposit the money in a bank to earn interest. This servant is punished by the master, and his talent is given to the one who brought the greatest return.
Read in light of last week's parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids, this parable teaches that God's judgment will be based on the service we render to God and to one another in accordance with the gifts that God has given to us. Our gifts, or talents, are given to us for the service of others. If we fail to use these gifts, God's judgment on us will be severe. On the other hand, if we make use of these gifts in service to the Kingdom of Heaven, we will be rewarded and entrusted with even more responsibilities.
This Gospel reminds us that Christian spirituality is not passive or inactive. Our life of prayer helps us to discern the gifts that have been given to us by God. This prayer and discernment ought to lead us to use our gifts in the service of God and our neighbor. God's grace allows us to share in the work of serving the Kingdom of Heaven.
PAINTING: (depiction of the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant) The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five.. 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. The [third] servant... went off and buried [the] talent... Throw this useless servant into the darkness outside! (Gospel) Scot's Church, Melbourne
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - 34TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (NOV 23)
Father Barron's Homily on the Solemnity of Christ the King | Word on Fire
When Israel begins to long for a new David, the true David and true king of the world, we witness the longing for God. Jesus Christ is precisely this king: the Davidic king, and God ruling his creation. His ministry reveals the nature of his kingship, from the manger to the cross. Listen to Father Barron's Homily Now>
God himself will shepherd the people of Israel.
The Lord is our shepherd.
Because Christ has been raised from the dead, all those who have died will also be raised.
Jesus teaches that when the Son of Man comes in glory, he will judge the nations, separating the sheep from the goats.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel passage is the conclusion of Jesus' discourse with his disciples. It is about the end of time, the coming of the Son of Man, and the final judgment. We hear this description of the final judgment at the conclusion of our liturgical year, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. In the context of Matthew's Gospel, this passage might also be read as a conclusion of Matthew's report on Jesus' life and ministry; the remaining chapters report the events of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection.
In today's Gospel, Jesus describes to his disciples the scene of the judgment of the Son of Man. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate them as a shepherd separates sheep and goats upon their return from the pasture. The judgments made by the Son of Man will be based upon the acts of mercy shown to the least ones—the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the ill, and the imprisoned. Indeed, Jesus, who suffered on the Cross, identifies himself with the least ones.
Recall that last week's parable of the talents taught us that the gifts that we have been given are intended to be used for the service of others, especially the least among us. Our judgment before God will be based not only on how we have used these gifts and talents, but also on how we have extended ourselves in service to these least ones. Indeed, Jesus tells us that whenever we have served these least ones, we have served Christ himself.
When we read today's Gospel in the context of the chapters that follow in Matthew's Gospel, we learn the extent to which Jesus identifies with the least ones. In accepting death on the cross, Jesus shows himself to be one of the hungry, the naked, the ill, and the imprisoned. To accept Jesus is to accept him who suffered and died on the Cross as one of the least ones.
PAINTING - “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Gospel) Feeding the Hungry, relief-carved alabaster panel, 's-Hertogenbosch, choir screen, 1610-13, detail.
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