Lifelong Catechesis

Forming Catholic identity across generations
May 19, 2024

Ordinary Time

For a large part of the liturgical year, we devote ourselves to listening to the mystery of Christ in all its aspects unfolded as we seek God's truth and understanding.

Activity of the Week

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings:

  • Make unleavened bread, the type Jesus shared with his disciples. Mix the dry ingredients. (Don’t sift the flour.) Cut in the shortening. Mix the water in gradually until the mixture rolls itself into a ball. Divide the dough into thirds, and knead each part ten times. Roll the dough portions out to 3/8” thickness. Place the loaf on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for ten minutes at 375°. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups white flour, 1/2 cup wheat flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons shortening, 1/2 to 3/4 cup water.
  • Have the family sit around a table. Play some reflective music. Pass around a loaf of bread. Invite each person to break off a piece of bread, telling them not to eat the bread yet. When everyone has taken a piece of bread, invite them to examine the bread: smell it, feel it, and look closely. Finally, ask them to eat the bread. Ask them to share the results of their examination and what memories and thoughts came to mind as they ate the bread. Do the same with grape juice.
  • You are Jesus’ hands and feet on this earth. There are many hungry people waiting for help. Have your family help at a food bank or soup kitchen. If possible go as a family to deliver food to a shut-in. Discuss what hunger feels like. Discuss what it must feel like to be delivered from that hunger.
  • Discuss what your daily spiritual diet is like. Is it junk food, baby food, frozen food? How have you changed to become a spiritual person who eats healthy food and reflects it as a result? You are what you eat.