Parent Teacher Talk

24th Sunday of Ordinary time


Sept. 18, 2022


Gospel of Luke


Luke 16: 1-13, or 16:10-13










In the Reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos



Am 8:4-7


Amos of Tekoa (750 B.C.) is the well-known prophet of social justice. Though living in the Southern Kingdom, he went to the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the sanctuary of Bethel, where he delivered his message. Imagine that during the worship service in your church, a stranger would stand up and address the congregation as Amos did! ("New moon" and "sabbath": the first day of each lunar month and the sabbath were days of rest; the "ephah" was a standard of measure.) Small wonder that the priest of the sanctuary told Amos to leave.

God's word is that we should be concerned about the rights and needs of fellow humans. God is! 






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.




In the Reading, From the Letter of Saint Paul toTimothy



1 Tm 2:1-8


Our petitions during Mass should be universal, not only for the needs of the congregation. We pray that all human beings may be saved. We pray for our politicians and those in authority, that they may do an honest job. Do you try to make the petitions your prayer?






In the Gospel of Luke




Lk 16:1-13, or 16:10-13



The Longer Form of today's Gospel consists of the parable of the wily manager. Notice that the owner, Jesus, does not praise the dishonesty of the manager, but rather his cleverness in acting decisively in a moment of crisis. The second part consists of statements on the right use of money. Since this is the topic of the First Reading, and the shorter form restricts itself to these statements, obviously the Church wants to focus our attention on these statements concerning trustworthiness.

"You can not serve both God and mammon": the meaning is obvious. If you sever the management of your possessions from your religious faith, you will soon be going by a double standard. The motto "To each his/her own" should be our guide whenever we handle money and do business. Only then can God trust us! 



Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



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CONFIRMATION SERVICE PROJECTS


Service Projects for confirmation are completed over the summer

and due at the September meeting after school begins again.


We have created a God is Love Service Project Handbook

that outlines the details of how to complete

this requirement for confirmation.


Service Projects can be done in a group, individually, or with family.


Click below for a copy of the God is Love Service Project Handbook:


SERVICE PROJECT GOD IS LOVE HANDBOOK




After the Project is completed, a Service Project Form

needs to be filled out and turned in at the September group meeting.


Click below for a copy of the Service Project Report Form:


GROUP SERVICE PROJECT REPORT FORM


      PSR begins September 11,2022 for grades 1-8

               We are looking forward to seeing you!


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:



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. AMEN


Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:
Deacon Bob Brazier at bbrazier@sttm.org
Meditations
“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."