Cougar Dad's Club

Cougar Dads Bible Study

Next meeting: Friday, May 10, 2019, 7:30-8:00am
Location: Karen Vickery office (Main floor - Lower School Intermediate Bldg)

Questions?  Contact Jason Neff, or 785.383.0927

Study Notes for Friday (5/10/19) meeting

Printable packet:

Study notes.10May19.pdf


READ: John 10:27-30


27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”



PERSONAL MEDITATION - Fr. John Bartunek, from The Better Part


A Shepherd's Lament


“Let us have recourse to that fatherly love revealed to us by Christ in his messianic mission, a love which reached its culmination in his cross, in his death and resurrection.”


– Pope St. John Paul II


Christ as Friend


“I give them eternal life.” Shepherds want their sheep to thrive. They want their sheep to stay safe, to eat well, to be healthy and happy – the shepherds’ livelihood depends on it. Christ is our shepherd.


Christ: All I want is for you to flourish, to experience the fullness and wonder of life as I designed it to be. Every invitation I make, every indication I give through my words, my example, the commandments, the teachings of my Church, the nudges in your conscience, it all has one purpose: to lead you into the incomparably rich pastures of a life in communion with me, a communion that can begin here on earth, but will only reach its fulfillment when you come home to heaven. I want to be your good shepherd, and my greatest joy is when you decide to be my good sheep.





Fr. Bartunek’s reflection reminds me of the favorite scripture passage of a priest friend of mine: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”  Interestingly enough, that passage is John 10:10, only a few verses prior to this Sunday’s gospel passage.  Christ truly wants to give us the fullness of life, a life lived abundantly.  Why is it so hard to believe this?  Why do we so often believe that God’s plan for us involves a bunch of unnecessary restrictions…making God out to be the divine party pooper?  


In my life, I can see how sin builds resistance to the life of abundance that God wants for us.  Repeatedly giving in to vice makes virtue seem “not fun”, restrictive, and painful. But grace can give us the strength to build virtue, one day at a time, until doing good becomes not just pain-free, but desirable.


The life of virtue is the life of abundance, the life of true joy. The path isn’t easy, but the payoff is certain.  





  1. In what ways can we be true to our need for God throughout the day?  In other words, in what situations do we tend to forget about God or act like we don’t really need him?


  1. When God asks something difficult of us, why is it often so hard to react with faith and trust, obeying promptly and joyfully?


  1. What “teaching moments” have you had with your children over the past few weeks (or months) where you were able to highlight the need to trust God in a difficult situation?


  1. How can we, and our children, “practice” relying on God?



FURTHER STUDY: Catechism and Ignatius Bible Study Notes




590 Only the divine identity of Jesus’ person can justify so absolute a claim as “He who is not with me is against me”; and his saying that there was in him “something greater than Jonah, … greater than Solomon,” something “greater than the Temple”; his reminder that David had called the Messiah his Lord, and his affirmations, “Before Abraham was, I Am”; and even “I and the Father are one.”



Ignatius Bible Study notes:


10:28 out of my hand:The protection that Jesus provides for his sheep is equivalent to the Father’s divine protection (10:29). ‚óŹ This means, from the perspective of the OT, that Christ wields the sovereign power of Yahweh to shield the righteous from the threats of their enemies (Deut 32:39; Wis 3:1; Is 43:13).


10:30 I and the Father are one:The Father and the Son are united in the loving embrace of the Spirit. We cannot, therefore, divide the essential unity of the Trinity when we distinguish between the three Divine Persons. See notes on Jn 1:1 and 5:18.

The Cougar Dads Club is open to all HSP men!  

The Dads Club offers HSP Dads an opportunity to interact and contribute through:

  • Periodic social activities - School kickoff social, Braves night, Pig Roast, and more!
  • Faith formation through bi-weekly Scripture reflections on the Sunday mass readings - our "Dads Cougar Convers(at)ions" (Friday mornings from 7:30-8 in the Vickery office at the Lower School Intermediate Bldg - main floor)
  • Cougar Dads service day at HSP

Our biweekly newsletter - the Cougar Dad Cave - is designed to keep Dads appraised of Dads Club and Dad-oriented HSP activities, as well as provide ongoing faith formation through Scripture, the Church, and other media relevant for fathers.

Email Jason Neff, Cougar Dads Club leader at for more information.