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on Sunday morning, call: 513-753-2548
In the First Reading God recalls for the Israelites all that He has done for them - in their lifetime! Huge, impossible miracles that forever changed their lives. In return, He asks that they remember their dependence on Him and worship Him - not statues and created elements, but the Creator of them all Who is active in their lives.
And He asks that they treat each other with respect,
clarifying what that means in regard to relationships and property
in the Ten Commandments.

The Responsorial Psalm's refrain would be well to be remembered by today's lawmakers, media, and all of us:
"Lord, you have the words of everlasting life."
His words are everlasting - and that includes the Ten Commandments. Those who follow His words will have an everlasting life of joy, regardless of the heartaches in this life. Those who ignore the words or mock those trying to follow them will have an everlasting life of sorrow.

St. Paul says so well in the Second Reading words our world can use today - God's foolishness is more wise than the world's greatest strengths! Don't let the world's desires hide the path to God from you.

In Mark's Gospel, Jesus' righteous anger is often touted as justification for our own acts when prompted by righteous anger, especially when protecting the sacredness due God's holy house.
It should be noted that He took time to "make a whip," which likely took more than a few seconds. Was He was asking the Father's guidance and observing who was there for worldly gain?
He drove out those not interested in worship.
When we enter Church, are our minds focused, or trying to be focused, on God's glory and goodness, or do we use this time to organize our thoughts for accomplishing our own worldly goals for the week?
Newsy Notes
First Communion
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Current 8th grade Confirmation
Continue with Decision Point Lessons - Retreat is Holy Thursday, April 1st!
12:30 - 8:30pm - watch for more details!

Current 7th grade Confirmation
Follow instructions in the initial Confirmation Preparation email.
Fridays in Lent
  • 5:00 - 8:00 pm Boy Scout Fish Fry - Drive Thru!
7:30 pm Stations of the Cross - "Way of the Cross" and Benediction

28th - Palm Sunday

3rd - Easter Vigil - RCIA candidates become Catholic!
4th - Easter Sunday
11th -Divine Mercy Sunday

YOU CAN STILL JOIN THE St. Thomas More Parish
Watch a 30 minute video on your own time or via Zoom with family, friends, or a parish group and share thoughts!
Missed the first one? That's OK - you can jump in now!
The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
Our greatest gift!!!
Learn lesser known AMAZING riches of the Eucharist!!!
LIVE Presentation! Have those nagging questions answered!

When? Saturdays after Mass: 3/6, 3/13 
Where? 2 Options!
In-Person! STM Parish Dining Hall
Virtual! On Facebook
Leader? STM's own Kelly Mocahbee 
“Holiness does not consist in saying beautiful things,
it consists in having such willingness of heart that makes us humble and little in the arms of God,
conscious of our nothingness and trusting
in the goodness of our Heavenly Father.”
- St. Therese of Lisieux
Greetings Parents!

               My sons have all the eagerness for completing chores that I did as a child - which is not very much, unless I saw the value. Why should we clean the house before a trip because you'll make us clean it once we get back? Who would we ever invite to our house that would notice the dust under the couch or on the baseboards behind it?! It seemed excess work that yielded no value.

         As an adult I appreciate the clean house (my Mom still excels better than I on this). Knowing the allergy causing dust is completely eliminated - including under furniture - is satisfying. There is a sense of things being right with the world when everything is cleaned rightly, "Cleanliness is next to God-liness." As an adult I also appreciate the value of being made to clean the home in which we lived. It was every week, it didn't really take that long, and we all had to participate. It was a family bonding experience, we children bonded in our distaste for it as younger children, in our acceptance as older children, and in our eventual appreciation for the cleanliness itself. We learned that we were needed in our home. And eventually we learned that this was a simple way to bring Mom happiness - it really meant a lot to her and brought her peace!

               So looking at myself in relation to God, when do I fail to do "His assigned chores" in more than a half-hearted way? I recall many Masses when my intent was to ease guilt by satisfying an obligation, rather than seeking to please God. Crazy part is, when seeking to please God, I always leave uplifted - is this His grateful response? When I just waited for it be over, I left as arid as when I arrived. God is always grateful for our sincere efforts - and His gratitude is expressed in rewards we don't even know we need - and sometimes don't know we received until much later. After we die, how long it will take for every one of His interventions on my behalf to be explained? I suspect they are numberless as the stars! 

               Hug your children tight, enlist them in tasks needed to make a home - it gives them value and so many opportunities to grow in character! And let them see you completing your "chores" with a right attitude and a desire to please those for whom it is done.

-- Linda Bader, Coordinator of Religious Education

P.S. Did you know... St. Therese of Lisieux, born in France in 1873, had an exceptional preparation for First Communion and experienced a supernatural communion, eventually desired a contemplative life like her sisters, and when initially denied entrance because of her young age, arranged an audience with the Pope who gave her permission! Precocious in youth, she actively fought to subdue her pride and selfishness. Her documented insights during her life's journey include the famous "Little Way" that focuses on doing what needs to be done right now, but doing it with love and in rightness. She died young, grateful for the prolonged and painful illness, that helped her draw closer to perfection. She remains a powerful witness of daily living and suffering for Christ and the humanity He loves.