This page includes resources for Catechists, Catechumens and Candidates in the RCIA program at St. Thomas More, including notes on Sunday Scripture Readings, and upcoming Rites and celebrations
|April 9||Lent 6||Jim Hynes|
|April 16||Easter 1||* No Dismissal *|
|April 23||Easter 2||John Thorp|
|April 30||Easter 3||Laura Olson|
|May 7||Easter 4||Steve Caiola|
|May 14||Easter 5||Laura Olson|
|May 21||Easter 6||Jim Hynes|
|May 28||Ascension||Alfredo Watkins|
|June 4||Pentecost||John Thorp|
|June 11||Trinity||Jim Hynes|
|June 18||Body and Blood of Christ||Steve Caiola|
The Neophytes, the newly baptized Christians who have participated in the Catehumenate during the past year, continue to meet during the Easter season, after their celebration of the Sacramants of Initation. All meetings are 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon in the Youth House.
|April 23||Review of Sacraments of Initiation|
|May 7||Conscience and Catholic Moral Teaching|
|May 14||The Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|June 4||Prayer, Spirituality and Discipleship|
Catechism Connection (Gospel):
448 - Jesus addressed as 'Lord'
575 - Jesus and the teaching of the Jewish authorities
643 - Testimonies of Jesus' resurrection
659 - Jesus ascended into heaven
730 - Jesus gives the Holy Spirit
788 - Jesus remains with his disciples through the Holy Spirit
858 - Jesus gives the apostles their mission
976, 1441 - Jesus gives the power to forgive sins
1087 - "apostolic succession" through the gift of the Holy Spirit
1287 - The origin of the Sacrament of Confirmation
Saints This Week
April 23 Saint George patron of England, Germany, Malta, Portugal, Boy Scouts, Soldiers
April 24 Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
April 25 Saint Mark Evangelist, patron of Notaries
April 27 Saint Simeon
April 28 Saint Peter Chanel Martyr, patron of Oceania
April 29 Saint Catherine of Siena Doctor of the Church, patron or Europe, Italy
The early disciples were faced with a puzzle after the first Easter: Jesus was with them, but he wasn't; he was both present and absent. We too have this puzzle, or paradox.
In the stories of Jesus' post-Easter appearances we often see this pattern: Jesus appears out of nowhere, perhaps in the guise of a stranger, he reveals himself, gives words of comfort ("Peace be with you"), and gives a mission ("as the Father sent me, so am I sending you").
The disciples knew that he was risen from the dead, that he was alive again but in a new way. There was an empty tomb, but where was the body?
The Apostle Thomas was not convinced by this - he wanted to see for himself, to see that Jesus was real flesh and blood and not an apparition or a ghost. His questioning was rewarded when he saw Jesus in the flesh, and it elicited from Jesus a saying which applies to all subsequent generations of Christians, including us: "You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe."
This saying was also addressed to most of the first Christians. The number who saw Jesus during his earthly life must have been no more than perhaps a few thousand people. The number who saw him after his resurrection was about five hundred, according to the Scriptures. But the message of his resurrection spread very quickly to people who - like us - believe on the testimony of others.
But the disciples believed and felt very strongly that Jesus was alive and living with them, though not in the usual way. This is one reason why Easter has always been such an important and joyful celebration. How were they aware of Jesus' abiding presence with them? Can we be aware of him in a similar way?
This is indicated to us in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We are told that “the whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, the fellowship, the breaking of the bread and the prayers.” They also shared all their goods in common, to ensure that nobody in the community was poor.
It was in these things that the first Christians found that they were living with the risen Christ in their midst; living a life full of joy and peace even when facing persecution. We still live after this pattern especially when we gather as a community for the Eucharist on Sundays.
This pattern of life not only reveals to us who live it the presence of Christ, but reveals it also to others, through a common life of prayer, teaching community and sharing of goods. The only way throughout the history of the Church that others have come to believe in Christ is through their perception of him in the life of Christian communities. We continue to bear this witness by our life together.