MASS TIME CHANGE
Starting July 15th, there will be no more Tuesday morning Mass. Instead, Confessions will be available from 5:30-6:25, and Tuesday Mass will be at 6:30 PM. Hopefully many of you will take advantage of this option of evening mass during the week. The Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith—one of Christ’s great gifts to us. Let us receive Him, that we might become like Him.
FAITH FORMATION REGISTRATION
Registrations are DUE Tuesday, September 2.
FF Registration 14-15
Children who are baptized Catholic, at least7 years old, and are grade 2 or older are eligible. Children registering also need to have been preparing during the 2014-15 year in a parish program, Catholic school program or a home school program. You will need your child’s baptismal certificate to complete their registration. Contact L’Rae with questions.
August 24 at 1:00pm. Lower Hathaway Park
This year the Knights will provide nearly all the food with fixins’ as well as tableware. Please come and bring: A-E jugs of water, juice and soda
F-L chips and dips
S-Z fruit trays
Games will be provided for youth but we encourage folks to bring yard games to share and play. Donations are needed for the games:
Regular Oreo or generic brand cookies– 6-8 packages
Plastic rectangular table clothes– 4
Cheese puffs (not Cheetohs, but the light airy type)– 8-10 bags
Stiff colorful drinking straws–100
Curling ribbon in different colors– 6-8 small/medium rolls
Big bubble wands– 6-8
Donations may be put in the box marked Faith Formation in the vestibule. Thank you!!
Safe Environment Training
St. Thomas will be offering the Call To Protect Ministries class on Mon., September 15; 6:00-9:00pm in the Fireside Room. This three-hour training is designed to teach participants how to recognize the signs of abuse, how to respond to suspected abuse and how to keep our ministries, programs and schools safe. This class is required for clergy, employees and volunteers with ongoing unsupervised contact with minors and vulnerable adults. You can register for this class on the Archdiocese website, under the Safe Environment links. For more information, contact Terese at email@example.com or 834 2126 ext. 202.
On September 16 at 5:45pm, St. Joseph’s Church will be offering the Safe Environment course titled Called to Protect for Parents and Families. This 1.5 hour optional training is for parents, families and all interested in learning how to protect children. Participants will learn how to recognize signs of abuse; how to respond to suspected abuse and how to teach their children how to keep themselves safe. THIS CLASS DOES NOT SATISFY ANY TRAINING REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT OR VOLUNTEER SERVICE.
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Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy
Friday, October 24 @ 6:30 p.m.
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Admission: Free-Will Offering Suitable for Ages 12 & Up
Reception to follow in Church Hall
For more Information: Drew Swanson 360-834-2126 x215, firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Family Planning
Christ and His Church call us to holiness in our everyday lives and in and through our vocations. In the Sacrament of Marriage, a particular kind of conjugal chastity is demanded by the nature of love and God’s order of Creation. In marriage, the two have become one and are called to continually make that gift of self-donation to the other as they strive to build up one another in faith and love. The two, in imitating the Trinity by their union and love, also share with the Trinity in the great work of co-creation. Part of this, of course, is the bearing and raising of children. Marriage in many ways is oriented towards children, which are always a great good.
The couple must remember God’s dominion over Creation as they remain open to life, and must not cut these off through contraception and sterilization. While these are illicit, the Church does allow spouses, with prayer and discernment, to plan their families in a natural way.
Denise Swanson, the NFP Apostolate Coordinator, can be reached at email@example.com with questions or inquiries.