Parent Teacher Talk



The 3rd Sunday of Lent


March 3, 2024




Gospel of John


Jn 2:13-25








A Reading from the Book of Exodus




Ex 20:1-17




Since civil and religious laws were so intimately intertwined in Hebrew culture, we must read the laws of the Old Testament with this in mind. Civil laws and laws clearly conditioned by time and culture do not bind us any longer. The Ten Commandments, however, are timeless. Millions of Christians and Jews alike live by these laws. There is not only human but also divine wisdom imbedded in them.

But remember, in observing laws, we Christians should be motivated by love:" You did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, Abba, "Father.' "






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 thoro 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 Corinthians




1 Cor 1:22-25




Jews demand "signs". They want the spectacular. Greeks "wisdom." Everything must be clearly understandable. There is no room for intuition, vision, mystery. It may be that Paul's Jews and Greeks characterize two kinds of Christians.

The first comprises those who hanker for the spectacular in worship. It must be exciting, or else they will not come. They are people who ask, "What does a worship service offer me?" and not, "What can I do to make it meaningful? "The second comprises the rationalists who crave wisdom, analysis, insight, but do not realize that values like mystery, intuition, love, or faith cannot be analyzed without being destroyed. Paul offers his vision to both groups, namely, the cross, Christ crucified. What is your stand?






In the Gospel of John


Jn 2:13-25




In chapter two John relates the wedding at Cana as the first of Jesus' "signs." Then he relates the cleansing of the temple. Again "signs" are in the picture. "What sign can you show us?" "Many began to believe . . . when they saw the signs he was doing." John wants to teach that Jesus put an end to the old way of worship and inaugurated a new worship "in spirit and truth." This transition was accomplished by Jesus' death and resurrection.

Organized worship and laws for participating in it make sense only if worship is motivated by Spirit and truth! God is not interested in hypocritical display. Make your worship meaningful today!






Newsy Notes

***********************************************


Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




***********************************************



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


There will be a 1st Communion

Jesus Day Retreat on March 9th at 9:30am -2:30pm

in the Parish Dining Hall. Hope to see all of you there for this wonderful day of reflection.

Also please bring your Banners with you that you have made.
















CONFIRMATION



We will be having our 8th grade confirmation meeting in the Parish Dining Hall at 11:15am March 10th.


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

Please bring your Decision Point books with you.














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."