Parent Teacher Talk

23rd Sunday

of Ordinary Time

September 10, 2023

Gospel of Matthew

Mt 18:15-20

A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

Ez. 33:7-9

Watchmen on the city walls or out on the hills formed part of the defense system in Biblical times. They had to sound a warning when undesired foreigners were spotted. Ezekiel sees the prophet, God's "mouthpiece" as such a watchman, in charge of the well-being of the community. He must do his duty.

The message (God's word) seems to be that we must be willing to accept correction first of all from those in charge of the community: children from parents, parishioners from priests, students from teachers, employees from employers, citizens from the law enforcers. Those who are not willing to accept fair and respectfully given correction are in a weak position when they have to correct others.

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 13:8-10

As Jesus did, Paul quotes the Old Testament and sees love as the unifying principle behind all laws and commandments. "Love does no evil to the neighbor," even though an honest and respectful fraternal correction may cause some necessary pain.

In the Gospel of Matthew

Mt 18:15-20

As we have this tradition in Matthew, it brings out that fraternal correction is the concern not only of "the watchman" but of all "the brethren." Genuine love for others implies the willingness to correct them, if necessary, and to accept correction from this as well.

Fraternal correction given with due respect and inspired by love is a favor for which we should be grateful, even if it hurts our pride. In strong language we are told that the well-being of the community should prevail over the questionable well-being of an individual if there is no other way.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



Welcome Back !

PSR 1st through 8th grade

Our First day for PSR for

1st through 8th grade will be September 10th

Our first day for Pre-schoolers and 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:

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."