- As a family, make plans to do one activity in the coming weeks that shows your responsibility to the poor and needy. You might volunteer to work in a local soup kitchen or food pantry, or assist such service organizations as Habitat for Humanity. Other possibilities include organizing a food drive at your church or volunteering to mentor young children at a school or after school program in your community. After you have completed your project or activity, talk about how you as a family can continue to care for the poor and needy on an ongoing basis.
- At the evening meal, have each member of the family take a turn leading a personal prayer for the poor and for all of those who serve the poor.
- Watch a television program or a video, or read a magazine or newspaper article, that tells about the living conditions of poor people today.
- Play a game with your child to see how many of God’s gifts he or she can name. On a large sheet of paper, write across the top: Top 25 Gifts from God. Have your child start by naming one of God’s gifts. Then you name a gift. Alternate back and forth with your child and see if you can come up with twenty-five gifts. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for what you have been given. Ask for the grace to share your gifts with others.
Reflect on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in this weekend's gospel.
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings as a family:
On September 21st the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and evangelist. Learn more about this saint below:
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