Parent Teacher Talk



The 5ht Sunday of Lent


March 17, 2024




Gospel of John


Jn 12:20 -33








A Reading from the second Book of Chronicles




Jer 31:31-34




Jeremiah addresses the exiles in Babylon. They are being punished for their infidelity to the Mosaic covenant, but there will be a new start. Christian's see Jeremiah's vision fulfilled in the new covenant, established by the blood of Christ. Unlike the Mosaic covenant that was written on stone tablets, the new covenant is written on our hearts. In a sacred partnership, "I will be their God, and they shall be my people."

Lent is the time to check where we have failed to be faithful to our partnership with God.






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 to the Hebrews



Eph 2:4-10




We are saved, and can see death as a transfiguration into eternal life, because of Jesus' prayer and obedience to the will of God. "When he was made perfect" refers to the time after he reached his final goal in the resurrection. In our human condition, still waiting for final transfiguration into eternal life, we are happy to have a "source of eternal salvation, "namely, our Lord, who prays for us in heaven.





In the Gospel of John


Jn 12:20 -33




Jesus speaks about his impending death. It will be a shock for the disciples and the final test of their faith in him. By referring to the mystery of the grain of wheat, which dies in order to produce new life, he tries to prepare for that final decisive moment. "Hates his life" is a Semitic idiom for" is willing to give up his life." "When I am lifted up from the earth" refers to the cross. From his cross (by his death of atonement), Jesus will draw all to a glorious life with him.


With the disciples we must try to see death as a mysterious metamorphosis(transformation) that Jesus went through, and we must go through with him in order to live forever. "Father in heaven. . . help us to embrace the world you have given us, that we must transform the darkness of its pain into the life and joy of Easter."




Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




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REMEMBER




Rules for Fasting/Abstinence

 

Fasting: Catholics between the ages of 18-59 are obligated to fast (1 single full meal) on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.

 

Abstinence: All Catholics 14 years and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent.








Every Friday we Have Adoration and then we

begin our Stations of the Cross


It begins at

7:30PM


Hope to see all of you there!




















"1st Communion


















CONFIRMATION



We will be having our 8th grade confirmation meeting in the Parish Dining Hall at 11:15am March 24th.


We will be going over your questions that you may have about confirmation and your Saint Projects.















Address future PSR and Sacramental Preparation Questions to:

Deacon Bob Brazier at bbrazier@sttm.org


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


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."