Parent Teacher Talk

3rd Sunday of Lent

March 12, 2023

Gospel of John

Jn 4:5-42

A Reading from the Book of Exodus

Ex 17:3-7

"Is the Lord in our midst or not?" The authors of the Exodus traditions saw the wilderness period of their national history as a time to find security in God. Being thirsty, the Hebrews put God to a test. The water struck the rock is the Biblical symbol for life, the live-giving presence of God. "Come... let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation. Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving. "

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 5:1-2,5-8

The life-giving presence of God and his love " poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit" are Christian realities. But the water of baptism was life-giving to you because Christ died for us godless people who were powerless through sin. This should not fail to inspire gratitude in us.

In the Gospel of John

Jn 4:5-42

In this Gospel reading also, the symbol of water is used to describe God's life-giving presence. It is referred to as "the gift of God," "living water," "the water that will become... a spring of water welling up to eternal life." Only God in our midst can ultimately saturate all our desires! The Samaritan woman stands for all of us.

We should cultivate our understanding of Biblical symbols. You were baptized with water. It gave you life everlasting. Making the sign of the cross with Holy Water when you enter church for worship is a reminder of your baptism. Make this symbol meaningful.

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!



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."