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Born: August 29, 1769 - Grenoble, France Died: November 18, 1852 - St. Charles, Missouri Canonization Date: July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II Feast Day: November 18th Patron: Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau

Rose was born in France and at the age of nineteen became a nun.  In 1818 she was sent to the United States and set up the first community house for her religious community, The Society of the Sacred Heart. Her entire life, Rose had a desire to work with the Native American Community and at the age of 71, went with a group of sisters to work at a newly formed reservation in Kansas for displaced members of the Potawatoni Indian Tribe. Rose worked with the children and cared for the ill members of the tribe. She gained the respect of the Native Americans who renamed her "Quahkahkanumad" which means "Woman who prays always". She died in 1852.

Short Biography of St. Rose (video)
Vatican biography of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (article)
Saint of the Day (with audio biography)
St. Rose & the Potawatoni Indians (article)


Born: July 21, 1654 - Ginatilan, Philippines Died:April 2, 1672 - Tumon, Guam
Canonization Date: October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI
Feast Day: April 2nd
Patron: Filipino Youth, The Philippines, Guam, Catechumens, Altar Boys

Pedro was born in the Visayas region of the Philippines and became a catechist (religion teacher). He traveled with a group of Jesuit Missionaries to the Ladrones Islands (now part of Guam). Here, he helped to convert the local tribe, known as the Chamorro, to the Christian Faith. Mata'pang, the Chief of the tribe did not convert but his wife did. When she gave birth to a daughter, she asked Fr. San Vitores to baptize her child. Pedro assisted the priest in doing so. When Meta'pang found out his daughter had been baptized he sought the priest out. Pedro was still with him. According to testimony of witnesses, Pedro had plenty of time to escape and save his life, but instead he stayed and stood in front of the priest to try and protect him. Meta'pang threw a spear, which entered Pedro's chest killing him. Meta'pang then killed the priest. To make sure they were truly dead, he tied large stones to their bodies, took them out to sea and threw them overboard into the ocean. Pedro Calungsad was seventeen years old at the time of his martyrdom.

Official Website of St. Pedro Calungsad
Philippine News Report on Miracle for Canonization (video)
Canonization Report on St. Pedro (Video)
Pope Benedict's Announcement of Canonization (Video)

Tough Topics by Fr. Ron

"If Jesus was the Son of God, why couldn't he just 'snap his fingers' and make everything ok?"

When I was growing up, attending a Catholic elementary school, it was not unusual for the good nuns to tell us stories about Jesus, as a young boy growing up in Nazareth.  The story that sticks out in my head is how one day Jesus made a bird out of clay (what kind of clay this was supposed to be, I have no recollection).  Then He blew on it, and it flew away. 

Of course, the incident is nowhere recorded in Scripture.  More than that, in the Church’s understanding of Jesus’ development as a human being, it could never have happened. And His development as a human being directly impacts the idea that He could just “snap His fingers” and everything could be OK.

Humanly speaking, Jesus develops in the same way each of us does.  If we attribute human knowledge to the human soul, as the source of our ability to know, to think, to reason, as opposed to the “instincts’ of animals, then “this human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge.”

(CCC, #472).  The Catechism goes on to add.  “As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited:  it is exercised in the historical conditions of His existence in space and time.  This is why the Son of God could, when He became man, ‘increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man,’ (Luke 2:52), and would even have to inquire for Himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.  This corresponds to the reality of His voluntary emptying of himself, taking ‘the form of a slave.”’ (Phil. 2:7). 

One thing is important to note in that passage from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  In His emptying of Himself, Jesus, as the Son of God, divests Himself of the “snapping of his fingers,” putting Himself in the ordinary human condition.  Literally, as man, He could not snap His fingers and make things right.  The Son of God, the Word, had surrendered that when He took on flesh at the Incarnation. If He needed to acquire human knowledge in the same way we all do, then so too is He limited in his capacity to remake the world simply by His wishing it.  

But you might ask, what about His miracles?  The signs and wonders Jesus performed were, themselves, manifestations that the Kingdom of God was present in Him.  These signs, over nature, over sickness and even over death, give witness that the Father is working through Him.  And they are not so much magic acts as they are responses to and invitations to faith itself. 

This brings us to the second way of understanding Jesus’ salvific mission and it has to do with freedom.  In almost every instance, Jesus responds to a direct request of someone coming to Him in faith.  A human being exercised the freedom to believe or not to believe.  This is also seen in the responses to Jesus’ cures.  Some believed, some did not.  As it was in the fall, choosing to follow God or choosing to go against God, so it is in the redemption, choosing to believe or choosing not to believe. 

The essence of redemption, on the human side, is to believe or not to believe.  For Jesus, as Word and Son of God, to snap His fingers and make everything right is to take away that freedom with which humankind has been endowed and which is one of its greatest gifts from the Creator. 


LOCATION: Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milan, Italy
ARTIST: Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519)

Leonardo da Vinci worked for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan for almost eighteen years. The Duke wanted a painting of the Last Supper so da Vinci painted it on the wall of a refectory (dining hall) in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, located in Milan. The masterpiece is rather large measuring 15x29 feet! He began to work on it in 1495 and did not complete it until three years later in 1498.

Biography of Leonardo da Vinci (video)


“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16

How many times have you seen this passage from scripture before? You’ve seen it on lawn signs, and Christmas lights, even on Tim Tebow’s eye black. It is one of the most well known verses from the Bible, yet it’s not too often that one steps back to actually reflect on what it means.

God so loved the world… This is a reminder. This is God telling us that He wants a relationship with us so badly that He will hold nothing back in order to get it. No sacrifice is too big. The video you saw from Mark Hart last session said, “You have a God who would rather die than risk spending eternity without you.” That means that while yes, Jesus died for everyone on the cross, he also died for you. Even if you were the last person on earth, He still would have been crucified just to save your life.

It’s easy to look at the big picture and to lose sight of the fact that John 3:16, isn’t just about God loving everybody, he does, but it’s a reminder of how much He loves you specifically and individually, with all of your strengths and weaknesses.  There are many days when we don’t feel lovable. Remember, even on those days, especially on those days, “God so loves you…that He gave his one and only Son”.


GOSPEL: Literally means "The Good News". The Gospel of Jesus Christ means the Good News of Jesus Christ. The four Gospel books (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) tell the story of the life of Jesus.
NEW TESTAMENT: The second portion of the Christian Bible. Originally written in Greek, it records the life and teachings of Jesus and his early followers.
EPISTLE: a letter or other form of written communication. For example, the Epistle of St. Paul to the Romans is actually a letter written by St. Paul to the Christian Community that was located in Rome.
Correct Pronunciation
APOSTLE: Someone who is sent out on a mission. From all of his disciples, Jesus chose twelve to be his Apostles. Once they had been taught by Jesus, He sent them out to proclaim the Good News that the Messiah had come!
Jesus commissions the Twelve Apostles
DISCIPLE: A student or follower of a mentor or teacher. In our case here, a personal follower of Jesus during His lifetime. The twelve Apostles were also disciples.
ZEALOT: A member of a Jewish movement of the first century a.d. that fought against Roman rule in Palestine. They believed that the Romans who believed in multiple gods had no right to rule over those people who followed the one true God.

Aim: To help students have a general understanding of the structure of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) as well gain a basic understanding of the key figures found there. 

This month parents are asked to make sure your child can name and identify the twelve Apostles of Jesus. First, give both yourself and your child a little quiz....Write down the names of as many Apostles that you already know....Go ahead....Now let's see how well you did!

There is a very easy way to remember the names of all twelve Apostles using the word "BAPTISM". However, it needs a bit of explanation prior to getting into it.... During the time of Jesus, the common language spoken and written by everyone was Greek. Greek was the language of merchants and therefore in order for anyone to be involved in business or interested in buying items from these people you needed to know their language. Since it was spoken so often in commerce, everyone, regardless of nationality, began to speak and write Greek all the time. The Greek alphabet is very different than ours, with fewer letters. For example in the Greek alphabet there is no letter "J". Now that we have that out of the way...back to the word, BAPTISM.

If we use the word BAPTISM as an acronym, we can name all twelve Apostles very easily.
Here's how... (Parents, draw this chart on a piece of paper to show them!)

B Bartholomew 
A Andrew
P Philip & Peter
T Thomas
I (remember, the Greek Spelling! here is why!) Jude, Judas, John, James the Greater, James the Lesser
S Simon (the Zealot)
M Matthew  

Now, let's find out something about each of the Apostles...
[Biographical information taken from About.com Christianity page. http://christianity.about.com/od/peopleofthebible/tp/12-Apostles.htm ]

Bartholomew      BARTHOLOMEW   
In some accounts he also goes by the name Nathanael. Bartholomew, experienced a jarring first encounter with Jesus. When the Apostle Philip called him to come and meet the Messiah, Nathanael was skeptical, but he followed along anyway. As Philip introduced him to Jesus, the Lord declared, "Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false." Immediately Nathanael wanted to know, "How do you know me?"
Bartholomew garnered only a few lines in the Gospels, nevertheless, in that instant he became a loyal follower of Jesus Christ.
Video on St. Bartholomew
Andrew   ANDREW   
The Apostle Andrew abandoned John the Baptist to become the first follower of Jesus of Nazareth.
Like many of us, Andrew lived in the shadow of his more famous sibling, Simon Peter. Andrew led Peter to Christ, then stepped into the background as his boisterous brother became a leader among the apostles and in the early church.
Video on St. Andrew
Peter   PETER   
Without question, the Apostle Peter was a "duh"-ciple most of us can identify with. One minute he was walking on water by faith, and the next he was sinking in doubts. Impulsive and emotional, Peter is best known for denying Jesus when the pressure was on. Even so, as a disciple he was dearly loved by Christ, holding a special place among the twelve.
Video on St. Peter
Philip   PHILIP   
Philip was one of the first followers of Jesus Christ, and he wasted no time calling others, like Bartholomew, to do the same. Although little is known about him after the ascension of Christ, Bible historians believe Philip preached the gospel in Phrygia, in Asia Minor, and died a martyr there.
Video on the Discovery of Philip's Burial Tomb
Thomas   THOMAS   
The Apostle Thomas is often referred to as "Doubting Thomas" because he refused to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead until he saw and touched Christ's physical wounds.
Thomas, like us, was prone to extremes. Earlier he had demonstrated courageous faith, willing to risk his own life to follow Jesus into Judea. There is an important lesson to be gained from studying Thomas: If we're truly seeking to know the truth, and we're honest with ourselves and others about our struggles and doubts, God will faithfully meet us and reveal himself to us, just as he did for Thomas.
Video on St. Thomas
Listed together with Simon the Zealot and James the Less, the Apostle Jude Thaddeus completes a grouping of the least known disciples. He has become better known today as the Patron Saint of Hopeless Causes.
Scholars believe Thaddeus wrote the book of Jude. It's a short epistle (letter), but the closing two verses contain a beautiful doxology, one of the finest expressions of praise to God in the entire New Testament. 
Video on St. Jude Thadeus
Judas   JUDAS   
Judas Iscariot is the apostle who betrayed his Master with a kiss. For this supreme act of treachery, some would say Judas Iscariot made the greatest error in history.
Down through time, people have had strong or mixed feelings about Judas. Some experience a sense of hatred toward him, others feel pity, and some have even considered him a hero. No matter how you react to him, one thing is certain, believers can benefit greatly by taking a serious look at his life.
John   JOHN   
The Apostle John, brother to James, was nicknamed by Jesus one of the "sons of thunder," but he liked to call himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved." With his fiery temperament and special devotion to the Savior, he gained a favored place in Christ's inner circle.
According to tradition, John outlived all of the disciples, dying of old age in Ephesus, where he preached a gospel of love.
Video on St. John the Evangelist
jamesgreater   JAMES (THE GREATER)
James the son of Zebedee, often called James the Greater to distinguish him from the other apostle named James, was a member of Jesus Christ's inner circle, which included his brother, the Apostle John, and Peter. Not only did James and John earn a special nickname from the Lord—"sons of thunder"—they were privileged to be at the front and center of three supernatural events in the life of Christ. In addition to these honors, James was the first of the twelve to be martyred for his faith in A.D. 44.
Video on St. James the Greater
jameslesser   JAMES (THE LESSER)
James the Less is one of the most obscure apostles in the Bible. The only things we know for certain are his name and that he was present in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ ascended to heaven.
Video on St. James the Lesser
simonzealot   SIMON (THE ZEALOT)
Scripture tells us almost nothing about Simon. In the Gospels, he is mentioned in three places, but only to list his name. In Acts 1:13 we learn that he was present with the apostles in the upper room of Jerusalem after Christ had ascended to heaven. Beyond those few details, we can only speculate about Simon and his designation as a Zealot.
Video on St. Simon The Zealot
matthew   MATTHEW   
Levi, who became the Apostle Matthew, was a customs official in Capernaum who taxed imports and exports based on his own judgment. The Jews hated him because he worked for Rome and betrayed his countrymen.
But when Matthew the dishonest tax collector heard two words from Jesus, "Follow me," he left everything and obeyed. Like us, he longed to be accepted and loved.
Video on St. Matthew

Spark Notes - Main Characters of the New Testament
25 Most Important People in the Bible (List/Article) - Also gives a FANTASTIC time frame for when these individuals lived - it is near the bottom of the page.
Important People of the New Testament (List/Article) - Another great listing with explanations/identifications of key figures of the New Testatment. Includes a number of "minor" people as well.

RbtBarronGOING OFF THE DEEP END - Taking Your Faith to a Deeper Level.
Fr. Robert Barron is one of the leading biblical scholars within the Catholic Church. His ability to take a biblical concept and bring it to understanding in our life today is truly profound.  Recently, Fr. Barron gave a talk entitled Catholicism in Five Acts. Below, are the video clips of that presentation. Each video being no longer than eight minutes. Over the next four weeks, why not watch this series for a better understanding of the challenges our faith holds for us. It would be helpful to watch the videos in order since later ones will reference back to earlier segments. But do not feel you have to watch the videos all at once. Watch them throughout the month!


JUMPING AHEAD.... Mary, the Mother of God

In our next session we will be focusing on Mary.

 Image result for Mary and jesus

Discuss these questions with your child:

1. Both you and your child come up with your own THREE words to describe Mary. Once you have your words, share them with each other and explain why you chose those words to describe Mary.

2.The church celebrates many Feast Days in honor of Mary including (but not limited to) the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of the Annunciation and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  With your child, research these three Feast Days mentioned to find out what is celebrated on each of them. 


Take a moment to look at the picture below. Reflect on how this image puts what you have learned in this session into perspective.

 (Online session AFTER attending your November session)



Although we may not often ask this question of other people, I am sure we have all thought about it once or twice.

Well, Jesus did ask this question. As a matter of fact, He asked it THREE TIMES in a row to the same person!


Watch this video to find out why.

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JUMPING AHEAD.... Mary, the Mother of God

In our next session we will be focusing on Mary.

Image result for Mary and jesus

Discuss these questions with your parent:

1. Both you and your parent come up with your own THREE words to describe Mary. Once you have your words, share them with each other and explain why you chose those words to describe Mary.

2.The church celebrates many Feast Days in honor of Mary including (but not limited to) the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of the Annunciation and the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  With your parent, research these three Feast Days mentioned to find out what is celebrated on each of them. 


Take a moment to look at the picture below. Reflect on how this image puts what you have learned in this session into perspective.


Review Time



Click here to answer questions in preparation for your quiz.


Mass Schedule

Weekend Liturgies
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,
3 p.m. (Spanish), 6:30 p.m.
Weekday Liturgies
Monday thru Friday,
6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m.,
and 12 noon
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. only
Holy Days
Eve: 7:30pm (anticipated)
6:30am, 8:30am, and 12noon 




Click Here for the Video in English and Spanish