Week 5
March 11 - 17

In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus boldly declares that his death on the cross will draw everyone to follow him.

In rural Zambia, Catholic priests work tirelessly to share the message of Christ. Even if there is no church building, that doesn’t stop them! The priests celebrate Mass underneath the trees.

Moses Phiri is an altar boy at the Mwambula Outstation. Moses is 13 years old and wants to be a priest when he grows up.

“There are blessings in the priesthood, and I want to be a blessing for others,” Moses said.

It’s not easy for Moses to attend Mass. His family must walk several miles to reach the outstation. You can imagine how thirsty he must feel after these long walks, especially since there is no place to get a clean drink of water.

Moses’ Prayer Requests

This week, pray for Moses and other boys in Zambia and Malawi who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. In Moses’ words, he asks you to pray for him “to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. To avoid paths that are not his.” Please also pray for Moses’ parents, Moses Senior and Winfreda, to encourage faith in their home.

Gospel Reading From the Fifth Sunday of Lent

John 12:20-33 (NRSVCE)

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

“Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.

Take Action: Follow Jesus’ Path

Download, print and complete the maze to help the children follow the right path to Jesus Christ. Set a reward, such as $5 for completing the puzzle, and add the money to your paper collection cup.

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Learning Corner

Washing hands with soap and clean water is the best way to remove germs that can make people sick. This is called practicing good hygiene, and it’s one of the things Catholic leaders are teaching families in Zambia and Malawi. In addition to drilling wells, they train people of all ages about water, sanitation and hygiene. Every dollar spent on this training benefits families by $4.30 in reduced health care costs and improved quality of life.

Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services   

Family Discussion

1. What stands out to you in the picture of the outdoor Mass?

2. Sometimes it’s hard for us to follow God’s plan for our lives. Jesus teaches us that we need to listen to God, even when it’s not easy. What are some ways our family can listen to God’s plan for us?

3. Some families in Zambia and Malawi walk an entire day to make it to Sunday Mass. What sacrifice can our family make this week in honor of these families?

Pray Together

As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.

May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today. Amen.

From the Breastplate of St. Patrick

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.