Parent Teacher Talk

22nd Sunday

of Ordinary Time

September 3, 2023

Gospel of Matthew

Mt 16:21-27

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah


" You duped me, O Lord." Jeremiah here uses the same word that the Law of Moses uses for the seduction of a virgin. This is daring language but it brings out clearly how Jeremiah sees himself in relation to God. And Jeremiah, most tender and loving, is so human. He would love to escape from that relationship of love with God. He would rather not be a prophet (spokesman for God) anymore. " I sat to myself, . . . I will speak in his [God's] name no more. But then he has to continue!

Love is like a burning fire. But it can be painful. It requires sacrifice. " O God, you are my God whom I seek; for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts". It is the prayer of a Christian who loves!

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 Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Rom 12:1-2

Paul has been describing at length God's great love for human beings shown in his sending his Son Jesus Christ. Now he starts explaining Christian ethics as a response to that love. A life of love, a life pleasing the beloved (God), implies denial of self. "Do not conform yourselves to this age," the values advocated by a corrupt society and not compatible with the values of God!

In the Gospel of Matthew

Mt 16:21-27

Our Lord speaks clear language. God's standards are not always the same as human standards. Love requires denial of self and by nature it is sometimes painful. Jeremiah was tempted to turn away from his mission in life: " Isay to myself. . . I will speak in his name no more," and all of us can feel that same temptation in certain stages of our lives.

A life of lasting commitment ( renouncing a selfish life for God's sake), through leading to lasting happiness, is not easy. It is a challenge! "May the Father of our Lord Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call."

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



Welcome Back

PSR kindergarteners through 8th grade

Our 1st day for PSR 1st through 8th will be September 10th

Our first day for Kindergarteners is September 24th

1st Reconciliation

Our1st meeting for reconciliation will be on September 30th for all 2nd graders

Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

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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."