Parent Teacher Talk



May 28, 2023

Gospel of John

Jn. 20:19-23

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Acts 2: 1-11

The Bible, especially the New Testament, should never be read in the past sense. It is God's word to you and me now! Jesus is alive. His spirit is with every Christian. This is the meaning of the Christ event, meaningfully celebrated at Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost, three aspects of the one mystery.

Luke follows the early Christian custom of celebrating the communication of the Spirit at the conclusion of the "great fifty days,' our Pentecost. Hence, he relates the outpouring of the Spirit as we have it in the First Reading. John puts the communication of the Spirit on Easter day (Gospel). The gift of the Spirit is one with the risen Lord Jesus. Notice that both traditions stress that the Christian message is not just for the Jews but for all 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 Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13

Paul is concerned about his congregation in Corinth. In it, a charismatic group has originated, and glossolalia (speaking in tongues) is practiced. Its effect on the congregation has not been good. Those who have failed to participate are looked upon as second-class Christians and divisiveness has ensued. Paul does not condemn the movement. He sees it in the Spirit at work. But on the other hand, he stresses that the outpouring of the Spirit must build up the community (the body of Christ), not tear it apart.

To have the Spirit means, first of all, to confess: "Jesus is Lord." This is done in various ways, not just by speaking in tongues. Each gift, even the least spectacular one, must be used for the common good! This could be a reminder to contemporary movements and counter-movements in the Church.

In the Gospel of John

Jn. 20:19-23

Sometimes this reading is called "the Pentecost according to John." The theological background has been explained above. Notice that Jesus uses the symbolism of "breathing" when he communicates his Spirit to the disciples. Breath was the sign of life for the ancient Hebrews, and we ourselves still practice mouth to mouth resuscitation in a case of emergency.

This symbolism of "breathing" reminds us also of the first verse of the Bible, where the 'Ruah Yahweh" (breath-spirit of the Creator-God) is mentioned as the life-giving and animating principle of all creation. Jesus was a Jew and as such deeply steeped in Hebrew literature and culture.

Newsy Notes


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




Congratulations to our 8th Grade class! It was an awesome Confirmation Ceremony at the Cathedral and to be part of it! I am very proud of all of you!

Congratulations on your Graduation to the 9th Grade.

1st Communion

Congratulations to our 2nd grade students on their 1st Eucharistic Communion that they received. It was a very beautiful Mass, and the boys were very handsome, and the girls were very beautiful in their dresses. Once again Congratulations to our 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."