Parent Teacher Talk



Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 21, 2024




Gospel of John


Jn 10:11-18










A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles




Acts 4:8-12




In this reading, pay attention to the affinity between the sign (the crippled man restored to health---"saved) and what is signified (all human beings "saved" in the name of Jesus.) In other words, the saved man is is a sign of all of us saved in the name of Jesus. Israel has rejected him. But there is no salvation in anyone else!

The Psalm states the same: "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man." Where do you turn in times of depression or when you are "crippled" because things don't go your way?






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 3:1-2a




In faith, following Jesus of Nazareth, we see the ultimate reality as a person, and are privileged to call him "Father." The author of John uses similar language. If God can be called "Father," then we are his children and feel safe, because we are taken care of.

A living relationship of child-Father may save us from ourselves when all around us seems absurdity. The key to such a living relationship with God our Father is to keep in touch with him by prayerful Bible reading.





In the Gospel of John


Jn10:11-18





This reading brings out the idea of salvation with another sign or image, namely, that of the shepherd tending his flock. As suggested in the First Reading, do not turn somewhere else, to a hired hand, who lets you down when you need help the most.

The Lord Jesus knows you and is concerned. He laid down his life for you. Turn to him in prayer and meditative encounter in your Bible and you will find peace of mind.






Newsy Notes

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Deacon Bob Brazier, CRE




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REMEMBER






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!


















CONFIRMATION


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 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."