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 Week's Table Talk
22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time (Week of August 30th)
Saint | Pope Gregory the Great (Sept 3)
St. Gregory was born at Rome in 540. He was successively senator and prefect of Rome before the age of 30. After five years he resigned and became a monk, transforming his own house into a Benedictine monastery, and founding six others. At the age of 50 he was elected pope, serving from 590 to 604. In 14 years he accomplished much for the Mystical Body of Christ.
Music | Gregorian Chant - in honor of Pope Gregory the Great
Gregory reformed the liturgy, and it still contains several of his most beautiful prayers. The name "Gregorian chant" recalls this great Pope's work in the development of the Church's music. Read more about Gregorian Chant>
Featured Song | 'Shot' by Imagine Dragons
Listen to 'Shot' by Imagine Dragons - with the first line "I'm sorry for everything... Oh, everything I've done'. This is a song about our sinfulness. Here are the lyrics and here is the lyrics video>
Movie | The Lion King "Hakuna Matata" No Worries? God says: think again!
The movie the Lion King is chock-full of Christian symbolism. My favorite message relates to the part of the movie where we first hear Hakuna Matata. This is where Simba finds refuse in the jungle -- where Timmon and Pumba teach him the mindset of Hakuna Matata -- No Worries for the rest of your days. Some people feel content to live a happy life - not to hurt people - to be a good person. But God has a calling for all of us - and will call us to take on a challenge that will stretch us and make us uncomfortable.
Movie | Inside Out
Inside Out - the newest release from Pixar Animation Studios and Disney. We know the Pixar brand’s penchant for entertaining both children and adults, alike. Inside Out is packed with emotional ups and downs, lovable characters, and an insightful storyline once again. The movie is filled with content to unpack in discussions with your own children or with a youth group. Watch movie trailer and read the Discussion Guide>
Recipes for Family Meals
Because of the legend of Pope Gregory the Great and his longing for cherries on St. Mark's feast day (April 25), it would be appropriate to serve cherries on the Feast of Pope Gregory the Great. Below is a link to some great recipes with cherries:
Getting to know the Gospels
Live this Weeks Gospel (w.o. August 30)
Background on the Gospel - read more>
Painting - Federico Barocci, c. 1533–1612, Studies for the Hands of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation
Prepare for Sunday (w.o. Sept 6)
Isaiah prophesies about God's vindication.
James teaches that there is to be no partiality within the Christian community.
Jesus restores a man's hearing and speech.
Painting - Bartholomeus Breenbergh, Jesus Healing a Deaf–Mute. 1635, detail… then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!”—that is, “Be opened!”And immediately the man's ears were opened …