Parent Teacher Talk

1st Sunday of Lent

Feb. 26, 2023

Gospel of Matthew

Mt 4:1-11

A Reading from the Book of Genesis

Gn. 2:7-9, 3:1-7

Who am I ? Who am I supposed to be? I am dust but also related to God. Inspired by God, the sacred writer uses a beautiful allegory to teach us about the reality of temptation and sin in our lives.

Notice the woman playing with temptation! The proposal is pleasing to her eyes! After some hesitation, the consent follows. Then the eyes of the man and woman are opened. Too late of course! You and I could do the same! The Responsorial Psalm is an act of contrition.

The Responsorial Psalm is that that we put our trust in Jesus because of his love and kindness and that he has done great things for us, so we should be filled with joy and love for him and to be like him

in your self-giving. He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. The Lord hears the cry of the poor!

A Reading, From the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Rom. 5:12-19

Paul draws up an analogy between the Adam of Genesis and Jesus Christ, "the man to come." Adam began a history of fallen humanity, marked by sin and death. Jesus Christ began a new history of humanity, marked by forgiveness of sin and life everlasting.

Fallen human beings can pray hopefully: "Give me back the joy of your salvation" since Jesus Christ atoned for our sins by his obedience even to the death on a cross.

In the Gospel of Matthew

Mt 4:1-11

Pondering the words of Jesus in his heart, Matthew meditates on the meaning of three typical temptations that constantly threaten Christianity :(1) God may not be used for one's own gain or profit (turning stones into bread); (2) faith has nothing to do with the spectacular ("throw yourself down"); and (3) religion may not be mixed up with political power ( kingdoms displayed in their magnificence).

Jesus answers with three quotations from Scripture. He will be faithful to his calling and not be swayed by these temptations. We who are the Church of this age and prone to these temptations should keep in mind our Lord's example.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




Remember we will be having our Jesus Day Retreat for all of our 2nd Graders on Saturday March11 from 9:30 am -2:00 pm in the Parish Dining Hall.

Hope to see all of you there!


We will be having a 7th grade class confirmation meeting with

the 7th graders and material will be given to you that day on what we will be doing for the following year of confirmation, Sunday February 26th at 11:15 in the Faith Formation Room. Hope to see all of you there!


Our next 8th Grade Confirmation Class will be held in Faith Formation Room at 11:15 on March 26th

Remember to have Chapter 11 done and your Saint Project!

Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

Deacon Bob Brazier at

Bring Your Children To Mass?

When Jesus reprimanded the apostles for wanting

to keep children away from Him (see Mt 19:14),

He did not give an age or behavior requirement.

At the baptism of a child, parents and sponsors

promise to teach their children the Catholic faith

and “to bring them up according to

the law of Christ and His Church.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us,

“The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day

and his Eucharist is at the

heart of the Church’s life” (No. 2177).

This importance is shown in attendance at Mass

and rest from labor, the first of the precepts of the Church.

Click the link below to read why you should bring your children to Mass:


Divine Lord, send your Holy Spirit anew into our hearts and cleanse us from all sin so we may adore and worship you in Spirit and in truth. Create in us a greater love for your Word and a keener desire to serve you and our fellow men. Remove all malice, bitterness, and resentment from our minds, and fill us with your abundant grace. In Christ Jesus our Savior and Friend.


“Lord, I too lack the necessary faith to see the blessings that accompany Your Cross, as well as the many crosses I am given in life. Help me to be purified in my faith so that I can see Your hand at work in all things, even suffering, injustice and persecution. May I see life from Your perspective alone. Jesus, I trust in You."