Church Begins at Home: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time



Video Message

This Sunday, I would like to direct your attention to the prophetic words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In 2012, the United Nations declared September 5, the anniversary of her death, as the International Day of Charity. She was canonized a saint in 2016 and her feast day is September 5. Her Nobel Peace Prize Lecture exemplifies what we read in the second reading (Romans 13:8-10). She shares vignettes of her attempt to put her faith in action by serving the forgotten and abandoned. Her words continue to instruct us today. The full text of her lecture is also available.  

Mother Teresa: Nobel Peace Prize Lecture (1979)


Vatican Radio Interview: Mother Teresa - A Saint for All

On the 4th anniversary of the canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the postulator of her cause for sainthood tells us why she is so relevant in today’s world.

Mother Teresa: A Saint for All



Playlist for 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scroll all the way down to see the playlist inspired by this Sunday's readings.



Opening the Scriptures at Home

The global Catholic Church is reflecting on the same readings from the Bible on the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. We remain spiritually connected to one another as we open our hearts to the Word of God. 


1. Encounter the Word of God

Read or listen to the Biblical readings for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. 


2. Reflect on the Word of God

Silently reflect, write down, or share your insights about the readings.


3. Pray

Spend some time in silence and bring to your mind some of the prayer intentions you have.

Introduce The Lord's Prayer in these or similar words: Gathering our prayers into one, we now pray in the words that Jesus gave us...


Focused Learning Opportunities & Activities for Young People

These activities provide encounters and experiences for children and emerging adults. 


Early Childhood

Download coloring sheet.


Grades K-2

Download coloring sheet.


Grades 3-5

Download coloring sheet.

Download crossword puzzle.



Remember to join the 6pm youth webinar with the National Black Catholic Congress (click the link to register). 


Fr. Drummer's Playlist for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Your Love Divine (Richard Smallwood & Vision)


I'm Available to You (Thompson Community Singers)


Psalm 95 (All Saints Choir/Holy Trinity Parish, Abuja, Nigeria)


Jesus Is Love (Lionel Ritchie)


Lean On Me (Kirk Franklin)


It Shall Be Done (The Potter's House Mass Choir)