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.
Outline for this weeks Table Talk:
#1 CONVERSATION STARTERS
- Movie Night at St. Joan | Featuring 'Miracles From Heaven' w/Jennifer Garner. Showing Oct 7th, 7 pm Parish Center
- Feast Day | Saint Francis (Oct 4)
- Feast Day | Saint Therese of Liseux (Oct 1)
- 40 Days for Life | 40 Days for Life beings September 28th. Join the UNITED 40 Days for Life campaign, the largest nationwide pro-life mobilization in American history, bringing together record numbers of people across all 50 states to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life from Sept 28 - Nov 6
- Pro Life Content | During the 40 Days for Life, check out the various pro life resources and pop culture content
#2 RECIPES - Commit to 2 quality-time family meals
Enjoy recipes in honor of St. Francis - one of the most beloved saints. Recipe ideas includes his favorite dessert, flaming recipes (fire is a sump of St. Francis) or Umbrian style recipes that tie in with his stomping ground in Assis (Umbria), Italy.
#3 PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
- Podcast - Listen to 'Reclaiming Sundays' from Father Riccardo and Ave Maria 'Christ is the Answer'
- Living the Gospel (Oct 2nd) Gospel: Jesus teaches the apostles the importance of faith and service to God.
- Preparing for Sunday (Oct 9th) Gospel: Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.
#1 CONVERSATION STARTERS
MOVIE NIGHT AT ST. JOAN OF ARC | Miracles From Heaven, with Jennifer Garner
The pro-life group will be showing the movie 'Miracles From Heaven', with Jennifer Garner.
October 7th. 7 pm
Parish Center at St. Joan of Arc, Room #22
When Christy discovers her 10-year-old daughter Anna has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter's healing as she searches for a solution. After Anna has a freak accident, an extraordinary miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired. Based on a true story.
After seeing the movie trailer below - watch Bishop Barron's movie commentary that discusses the movie and the problem of theodicy (i.e., answer to the question of why God permits evil). Watch Bishop Barron's Video Post>
FEAST DAY OF ST. FRANCIS (Oct 4th)
CLICK HERE to read about St. Francis and explore different pictures, videos and songs that celebrate his life - including topic such as the San Damiano Cross, Taming the Wolfe of Gubbio, Medieval Urban Legends, The Prayer of Saint Francis (music videos) and various videos and virtual tours about his life and Assisi, Italy.
FEAST DAY OF ST. TERESE OF LISIEUX (Oct 1st)
Outside the little French town of Lisieux there stands and enormous and elaborately decorated basilica dedicated to a very simple woman who is also one of the most extraordinary saints of the church. Therese, also kow as the "Little Flower", was a young Carmelite nun who devoted her life to loving As a permanent novice, she would never be able to perform great deeds. She did however scatter flowers, each flower a little sacrifice and a little action for God and love. Therese emerged as one of the great "doctors of grace" in the Catholic tradition, once comparing herself to a little child who, knowing her deep incapacity to please the Lord with extraordinary works, stands before him and simply lifts up her arms, hoping to be raised up.
Things to do
* Read about her conversion at Christmas (see full post)
* Wear a small flower / rose to school on Oct 1
* Visit the National Shrine of St. Therese right here in Darien, IL.
* Watch the Virtual Tour of the Basicila of Lisieux (see full post)
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Join the UNITED 40 Days for Life campaign, the largest nationwide pro-life mobilization in American history, bringing together record numbers of people across all 50 states to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life from September 28 - November 6th.
The Campaign comes to Downers Grove on October 13th. See Details >
By the grace of God, 40 Days for Life has achieved a stunning track record of life-saving results since launching in 2007 and rapidly becoming a worldwide movement.
The Pontifical Academy for Life has glowingly praised the pro-life work of 40 Days For Life in what the group says was an "unsolicited" letter, telling the pro-life group that its “prayer, fasting, witness and outreach have saved more than 12,000 lives and have brought reconciliation and healing to so many suffering mothers, fathers and families.” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, now joins the long list of 40 Days for Life endorsers,... Read Letter>
PRO LIFE - Humor
The Doritos 'ultrasound' Superbowl Commercial
Watch the cute and funny Superbowl commercial where a pregnant mother, undergoing an ultra-sound, is annoyed by her husband who is absent-mindedly munching Doritos while their baby’s image is displayed on the screen.
And then watch Bishop Barron's commentary below about the humorous commercial and why pro choice groups, such as the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), complained (and one is compelled here to stifle laughter) that the commercial dangerously “humanized” the fetus.
PRO LIFE - Quotes
“… abortion has become the fundamental human rights issue for all men and women of good will.” ~ Saint Pope John Paul II
"Abortion is the greatest destroyer of peace" ~ Mother Teresa
"They pulled Michael Vicks jersey from the NFL shops because he supported dog fighting. But dogs are not made in His image. Yet abortion gets covered over in so much rhetoric and we do nothing.” ~ Father John Riccardo
"I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” ~ Ronald Reagan
“A person is a person no matter how small” ~ Dr. Seuss
“If a mother can kill her own child - what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me - there is nothing between.” ~ Mother Teresa
“It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.” ~ Gandhi
"The ruling (Roe vs Wade) surprised me. Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsgerb - With regards to the lack of Medicaid funding for abortions for poor women, because of a 1980 Supreme Court decision called Harris v. McRae (note that this last quote is very disturbing... see more about Justice Ginsberg below)
POP CULTURE - Movies
See 7 powerful pro life movies available on Netflix. One of our favorites is Bella (see below)
Bella - Bella is a true love story about how one day in New York City changed three people forever. A young single mother has decided to abort her baby. However, a strange man named Jose convinces her to keep the child. This touching film has been acclaimed by many Pro-lifers. Its strong message and poignant tale proved that there are people fighting for the unborn. This movie looks at adoption in a whole new light. Winner of the 2006 Toronto Film Festival’s People Choice Award.
POP CULTURE - Music Videos
Whether or not you like country music, you will enjoy this heart-warming music video by Kenny Chesney (see below). Click here also for a list of some pro life songs in pop culture>
POLITICS - Planned Parenthood Exposed
Pop Culture includes news... and Planned Parenthood has clearly been in the news. Watch the 3 minute video to get the facts and proper perspective with regards to Planned Parenthoods claim that abortions only account for 3% of their services. The one statistic missing from the video is that abortion accounts for 86% of Planned Parenthoods revenue. Read this article for more details - which includes video testimony of Cecile Richards Congressional hearing (Planned Parenthood's President)
SOCIAL MEDIA - They Supported Abortion Until They Watched This (inexplicit) Video
Live Action approached people on the street and asked them if they were pro-choice. To those that said yes, even up to the point of birth, they showed Dr. Levantino’s video of the procedure. After watching the video, the people who claimed to be pro-choice changed their minds on the spot. They admitted they were unaware of how developed babies are at this point in pregnancy and described the video as “inhumane.”
See the animated (not explicit) videos of the abortion procedures for 1st term, 2nd term and 3rd term:
ABORTION - Basic Statistics
- Overall, more than 1 out of 3 of all U.S. women will have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old (per planned parenthood)
- Estimated 954,000 abortions in the US (2014)
- 12,000+ late-term abortions (2014) (*)
- 30,500+ at 18 weeks or later (2014)
- 100,000+ performed in the 2nd or 3rd trimesters
(*) However, statistics on the number of late-term abortions are notoriously unreliable. Several former clinic workers, such as Carol Everett, have said that late-term abortions were performed in their facilities and went unreported. http://liveactionnews.org/third-trimester-abortion-in-america/
- Doctors have learned how to save a premature baby that weighs 500 grams or more
- 12% of abortions in the U.S. occurred in teenagers.
- In the United States, about half of all pregnancies are unintended. • Of all unintended pregnancies, 4 in 10 are aborted. (CDC for 2012)
- 32% of Abortion Facilities in the US support late-term abortions (20 weeks or later)
- 40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI). Supreme Court ruled that minors must have the alternative of seeking a court order authorizing the procedure (AGI)
ABORTION - Politics, the Election, the Supreme Court and Justice Ruth Ginsberb
This election is about the Supreme Court.
The Constitution defines three branches of government to help ensure we have checks and balances. The good news then who are concerned about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is that the President's power is somewhat limited and they have a 2 year term limit.
However, justices of the Supreme Court have no term limit. And if the Supreme Court becomes politicized (which many people on both sides of the aisle believe is the case), then the balance of power is compromised.
To put a finer point on it - the balance of the Supreme Court will be determined by the next President. Hillary Clinton will almost certainly appoint Justices with pro-abortion viewpoints aligned with Justice Ruth Ginsberg.
Consider then the following:
GONZALES, ATTORNEY GENERAL v. CARHART ET AL.
Listen to Father Riccardo's podcast where he reads the Supreme Court ruling (24 minute mark) that describes the various abortion procedures. What is most chilling is Justice Ruth Ginsberg's dissenting opinion that discloses her support of partial birth abortion (see below). God help us if the Supreme Court has a majority of Justices in support of partial birth abortion.
Summary of Dissent Opinion - "Today's decision is alarming. It refuses to take Casey and Stenberg seriously. It tolerates, indeed applauds, federal intervention to ban nationwide a procedure [partial term abortion] .... "
Fetal Protection Act - one other law to consider is the Federal Protection Act - which stipulates that If you kill an unborn baby with a violent act - such as by striking a women’s belly with a bat - then you will be convicted of manslaughter (per the Fetal Protection Act, which applies in Illinois. Yet abortion is perfectly legal. In both cases, what is different? Certainly not whether the fetus is a living humane being. The only difference is intent. Disturbing yet a legal reality in our country.
- See http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/fetal-homicide-state-laws.aspx and http://www.nrlc.org/federal/unbornvictims/statehomicidelaws092302/
#2 RECIPES | Commit to 2 Quality-time Meals
Recipe ideas in honor of St. Francis
Although St. Francis is one of the most popular saints of the Church, and his feast is a huge celebration in Assisi, there are no particular foods attached to that festival. Tradition has passed on that on his deathbed he requested Moastaccioli (almond biscotti). Fire is a symbol of St. Francis, first of all because his heart was on fire with love of God, but there are other stories in Little Flowers of St. Francis that deal with fire, particularly when he prayed, the surrounding areas would become so bright that people thought the areas were on fire. So a flaming dessert or wine would be an appropriate ending of a wonderful feast. One could also try some Umbrian style recipes, or just have "Italian night" at home, even just simple spaghetti or other pasta and sauces.
Mostaccioli or Paletta di Mandorla
This recipe from the Umbria region of Italy is served on the feast day of St. francis. It is an italian almond pastry - and is supposedly on of the few foods that St. Francis let himself really enjoy. Tradition has passed on that on his deathbed he requested Moastaccioli on his deathbed.
3 PREPARING FOR SUNDAY
RECLAIMING SUNDAYS - The Magnificence of the Mass
The Mass is known as the “source and summit” of Catholic life because of the gift we receive of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In this (video) chapter of The Magnificence of the Mass, Father Riccardo explains God’s love and desire for us and how He is revealed in the Mass. If you have lost your vigor for Sunday Mass or if you are trying to inspire your family or friend to go to Mass, then watch Father Riccardo's short video and invite someone to Mass.
LIVING THE GOSPEL - Oct 2nd
Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4
The patience of the just man shall be rewarded when he sees the vision fulfilled.
Sing joyfully to God, our salvation.
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Paul urges Timothy to remain strong in the Spirit of faith Timothy received.
Jesus teaches the apostles the importance of faith and service to God.
Background on the Gospel Reading
In today's Gospel we hear Jesus teach about faith and service to God. The context is a continuing dialogue between Jesus and his followers about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Jesus has just finished an instruction on sin and forgiveness. There are two related teachings that Jesus offers to his disciples when they cry out for an increase in faith. The first is the familiar reminder that faith, even just a little, will enable the followers of Jesus to do wondrous things. But this uplifting and inspiring teaching is quickly followed by the second teaching, a caution about knowing one's place in God's plans. The disciples of Jesus are to understand themselves as servants to God and his plans. Even when God works wonders through us, with our mustard seed-sized faith, we must not seek praise. Our participation in God's plans is God's grace to us—nothing more, nothing less. When we are graced enough to cooperate with God, the work we do is nothing more than our obligation to God as faithful stewards. And yet, our faith enables us to believe that what we have offered in service to God, as his servants, can be made to produce a hundredfold.
PAINTING - “‘Put on your apron and wait on me while I eat and drink. You may eat and drink when I am finished.” (Gospel) Pieter Breugel Elder, Peasant Wedding, circa 1567, detail
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - Oct 9th
2 Kings 5:14-17
Naaman is cleansed of his leprosy and chooses to serve the God of Israel.
Rejoice! The salvation of God is made known to all.
2 Timothy 2:8-13
Those who remain faithful to Christ will share Christ's glory.
Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we hear about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus. The one who returns is a Samaritan, a foreigner. In the Jewish circles in which Jesus lived, Samaritans were looked down upon because of the differences between the two communities in their observance of Judaism. It is significant, therefore, that Jesus commends the Samaritan for his faith, which has been his salvation. Throughout Luke's Gospel, faith is found in surprising places.
Another lesson for us in this Gospel has to do with salvation. All 10 of the lepers were given the gift of healing, but in his gratitude to God for this gift, the Samaritan found salvation. Our salvation is found in recognizing the gifts we have been given and knowing to whom we must offer our thanks.
PAINTING: They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” (Gospel) Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Beggars, 1568.
*** END OF THIS WEEK'S TABLE TALK ***