Celebrating Sunday @ Home
While we cannot gather to celebrate the Eucharist, consider using the resources and structure below to create a Sunday liturgy for you or your family. While you could follow and use each part, see what comes naturally to you. As you begin, this may feel awkward, especially if your household is not used to praying together. That’s okay! Practice will help. Think about adding more meaningful parts to your Sunday liturgy as you go along.
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020
Create a Prayer Space
Gather items from around your house to create a prayer space. Consider making it a permanent addition to your home. You might set a table with a beautiful cloth or scarf with a crucifix or cross, statues or images of Jesus or the saints, candles, flowers from the yard (that children can pick and bring), a family Bible or prayer book, holy water, religious images for children to draw or color, paper and pencils or your prayer journal.
Sing together one of your favorite church songs. You can probably find the words online or search YouTube for music help.
- Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love,
where there injury, your pardon, Lord,
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.
O Master grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved, as to love with all my soul.
- Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving of ourselves that we recieve,
and in dying that we're born to eternal life.
Assign each member of the household a reading. Or, if there are too many readings, consider reading the Gospel.
- Lectionary Readings: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Responsorial Psalm:
Reflect on Scripture
What is God saying to you today? Find words, phrases or images in the reading that speak to you. Savor the words and pray with them. What could God be inviting you into? Or use the homilies and discussion questions below to help prompt you:
- Holy Trinity Homily
- Catholic Women Preach Homily
- Homily from Sister Mary Frohlich, RSCJ (Click link for text)
- Reflection Questions for Adults
Paul tells the Romans that those who have been baptized into Christ have died to sin. Dying to sin, however, often feels like a lifetime's work. Think back on this week. When were you presented an option to show love and chose not to love? Is this a recurring narrative in your life story? What outlook, habit, or attitude might need to die so that you can more freely choose to act in love? Jesus, in the Gospel, tells the disciples his true followers will prefer nothing to him. Loving Jesus in this way leads to caring and hospitality, recognizing the needy and helping them. Who have you encountered this week who has needed assistance, care, or even love? What did you do about it? Is there something more you might be able to do to show God's love for this person?
- Reflection Questions for Young People
If you ranked important things in your life, where does God fall on the list? Do you find it easy or difficult to put God first? How do your thoughts, words, and actions reflect that God is a priority?
What does it mean for you to be a disciple or follower of Christ? What is rewarding about being a disciple? What do you find difficult? Are there ways that your family or friends can help you?
Discern God's Invitation
After hearing what God has to say to you, let your reflection move you to action by considering what God is inviting you to do in your relationships with God, with others, and with yourself.
What will you do differently today, this week?
Music for Reflection
Music often helps us to enter into prayer. Consider listening or singing along to this or another one of your favorite church songs.
Share Prayer Intentions
Choose someone to read the parish’s Prayers of the Faithful below or, even better, ask your household for whom and for what you should pray.
That the Church always live out its mission of tending to those who suffer and in need. We pray to the Lord...
That our nation uphold the rights and dignity of all people and begin to pursue the justice which leads to change. We pray to the Lord...
That our sister parishes in Haiti and El Salvador know deeply our love and care for them and that they be protected from all harm. We pray to the Lord...
That our LGBTQ sisters and brothers always know of their dignity as God’s beloved children and of their place in our parish community. We pray to the Lord...
That those once died with Christ by baptism now be raised to newness of life by the glory of the Father. We pray to the Lord...
Say the Lord’s Prayer
Jesus taught us to pray always, and so we have the courage to say:
Our Father who art in heaven…
Close with Prayer and Gratitude
Close your prayer giving thanks for God’s closeness to you.
Lord Jesus, we know that you are with us always, until the end of time. Since we are unable to come to the Eucharist today, remind us of your presence that surrounds us at all times. Fill our hearts with the joy of your presence and unite us in love with all people. Make us mindful of those in need and inspire us to help them. Keep us and all of our loved ones in your care. We give you thanks always for your great love. For what are you grateful?
When all have shared, make the Sign of the Cross:
May almighty God bless us, protect us from all evil, and bring us one day to everlasting life. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.