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Thanks to Patricia Brosnahan, Chief Development Officer at Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan for sharing her March 21, 2021, 52 Sundays experience with us!
To participate in the 52 Sundays activity on March 21, I paid a visit to my goddaughter, Aubree, who is five, and her mom and dad, and brother Jonathan, who is eight. Jonathan is preparing to make his First Holy Communion next month and he was really in tune with the gospel reading. Since we were visiting outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, it was easy for the kids to understand about a seed having to fall to the ground to bear much fruit. There was a Rose of Sharon bush right there with many dry seed pods loaded with seeds. Comparing these seeds with the imagery depicted in the Gospel really helped the kids understand how Jesus died for our salvation.
Then we did the hula hoop activity, which everyone had fun with, including their mom, Ying, who I discovered is a pretty good hula-hooper! If we had had two adult-sized hoops we could have really gotten a good competition going. Along with pointing out that the circle of the hoop represents eternal life, Jonathan suggested some other things that certain shapes represent, namely the Holy Trinity. He made a triangle out of a twig to demonstrate three persons in one God.
I went home after and made the Baked Parmesan Chicken recipe, which was really quite delicious. It was easy and inexpensive; I would make it again. As my husband Brian and I said grace before dinner, we added a prayer for those who are persecuted for their Christian faith, as was suggested in the 52 Sundays activities for the day.
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