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Fifth Sunday of Easter

April 28, 2024

Gospel of John

Jn 15:1-8

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Acts 9:26-31

If one is acquainted with what Saul, later called Paul, had done to the Church of Jerusalem one can understand that at his return this Church did not trust him. Only after Barnabas consented to sponsor him was Paul accepted as a disciple. This reading brings out to us that a living relationship with God and Christ alone is not enough. Our relationship with God should be carried by a living relationship with a congregation. Back in Jerusalem, Saul tried to join the disciples. Once accepted, Saul stayed on with them.

Do not try to "go it alone" as a Christian. You need a congregation and the congregation needs you. Without being exclusive, have some Catholic friends who feel about religion as you do. There are very few things we do alone successfully. "I will praise you, Lord, in the assembly of your people.

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 John

1 Jn 3:18-24

The sacred author teaches that we should accept all the consequences of being a Christian. Love implies deeds! Only talking about it is not truthful. Faith implies keeping the commandments. Check your conscience!

In the Gospel of John


Since the Bible originated in a country where vines and grapes were part of the daily scenery, it is understandable that the vine-image is used so often to explain religious values. In this passage it is used to tell us that Christians must live in Christ and let Christ live in them. There should be an "I-Thou," a person - to - person relationship between you and the living Lord Jesus.

As already mentioned, this is possible only if we have first learned to relate to one another. A human openness to others is a condition for openness to the transcendent, God and Jesus Christ, Develop both! Encounter the Lord Jesus in prayerful Bible reading, listening and responding, but also in your fellow human beings.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE



Every Friday we Have Adoration

It begins at

9:00 am

right after Mass

Hope to see all of you there!

"1st Communion

Mark your Calendars for the upcoming 1st communion Celebration.

We start with the rehearsal on May 3rd at 6:00pm here at St. Thomas More in the Church and the celebration will be on May 5th at the 10:00am Mass.

Hope to see all of you!


Mark your Calendars for the upcoming Confirmation. The Rehearsal will be on the 29th of APRIL here at St. Thomas More in the Church at 6:30pm

The Celebration will be at St. Peter in Chains at 7:00pm on April 30th with Father Del Staigers

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."