Parish School of Religion

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PSR Classes begin September 17th. These classes will be held on the first and third Sundays of each month. PSR classes will be after the 10:30 Mass. PSR classes will end promptly at 1:30 pm. The complete schedule of class dates is available at the link below.

Lunch will be provided in the Parish Center after Mass for PSR students and family members. Lunch will be served on the first floor. After lunch PSR staff will guide students to their 2nd floor classrooms.

Classes last until 1:30 pm. Family members are encouraged to stay after Mass for lunch and fellowship. If you are not able to stay during the class time, please pick up promptly at 1:30 pm those for whom you are responsible.

First communion preparation will be part of the PSR classes for 2nd and 3rd grades. First communion preparation classes will be held at the regular PSR times.

Confirmation classes will be held on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the regular PSR times in the Parish Center.

A list of class groups and teachers is available at the link below.

A registration form is available at the link below. IF you have not pre-registered, please complete one form for each child you are registering.

Registration Form for PSR, first communion, and confirmation

Schedule for PSR Classes and Youth Masses

Teacher list for PSR, first communion and Confirmation

 

Holy Spirit PSR Watchful Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

This Sunday’s reading which comes from John’s Gospel uses the image of a good shepherd to speak of a love that is willing to sacrifice all.  These days, being a shepherd is just another job and may not be a clear metaphor for love.  But for the sheep, the actions of the shepherd are a matter of life and death. This was especially true in Jesus’ day when the shepherd was all that stood between the sheep and the chaos of the wilderness where they grazed.

In explaining his role as The Messiah, Jesus proclaims he is the Good Shepherd.  The Messiah has come to bring a new covenant. This is an intimate covenant where Jesus “knows his sheep and they know him.”   Jesus’ power as The Messiah comes from his willingness to obey and to be vulnerable.  He loves those in his care to the point of giving up his life.  Jesus loves The Father. He knows The Father loves him. He shows his love for The Father by unconditional obedience to The Father. Jesus lays down his life, and The Father’s love raises Jesus to new life.

Let’s consider those in our lives that have been people of love. How many would lay down their lives for us? Was the love unconditional or was the love more limited? What do we expect from a person who loves us? Can we trust them to listen, to stand by us in the hard times, to be nonjudgmental, to forgive us? Do they see us for who we are? We certainly have much to be grateful for if we have people who love us deeply. How much greater is Jesus’ love when he lays down his life.

Through the Risen Lord we are offered an ongoing covenant relationship with The Trinity. If we accept this new covenant, we can expect complete love from The Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What does Jesus say our response is to be in this relationship? The expectation is simple to say and hard to live. We are to love God with our whole being and love our neighbor as ourselves. Jesus promises many gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us live with love.

When Jesus lived out his love for The Father and those in his care, he met disrespect and hatred. Like Jesus, we too will likely have adversity and even persecution when following Jesus’ example of love and obedience. We have been promised we will not be alone. Jesus and the Holy Spirit will be with us. We can be confident that the Good Shepherd will not forsake us or abandon us(Heb 13:5). 

As we take time in this Easter season to remember how Jesus cares for us, may the peace of Jesus continue to fill us with the confidence to daily live a life of enduring love.