LENT AND EASTER SCHEDULE
New Mass Times
our weekend Mass schedule is:
Saturday Vigil – 5:00pm
Sunday – 8:30am and 11:00am
St. Thomas Parish is increasing the resources dedicated to our Evangelization department. This will require the splitting of one of the current positions. We are currently hiring for a new Pastoral Assistant for Children’s Evangelization, a PA for Youth Evangelization and a PA for Adult Evangelization.Details about the positions are described in the links below. In addition you will find 2 pdf’s detailing the Staff Reorganization.
Applications for the job can be obtained by emailing: email@example.com
Because Lent provides an opportunity to place emphasis on confession and reconciliation, Catholics are encouraged to experience God’s mercy in the sacrament of penance. A general informational brochure, available at the link below, explains the meaning and purpose of the sacrament with an examination of conscience and other “how to” information.
For more information about “The Light Is On For You” program, go to:
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm
Confirmation Preparation-Sundays 9:30-10:30am Fireside – beginning on February 1st.
Starting February 22, 2015: Confirmation class changes to 9:45 – 10:45 due to change in Mass schedule.
Complete list of confirmation classes: Confirmation classes
On November 30, the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis inaugurated a Year for Consecrated Life. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. There are three primary purposes for this Year:
1. renewal for men and women in consecrated life;
2. thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests,
3. invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.
An Ignatian Path to Christ
All parishioners are invited to participate in the Forty Weeks program beginning November 30. This program has three goals: 1) to teach individuals to look at the movements toward and away from God in their lives so as to turn all over to Christ and find healing where necessary; 2) to build a daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; and 3) to learn how to discern the two different spiritual inspirations (good and evil) that are constantly working beneath our conscious awareness.
Week twenty-one assignment: This week we review the first three of five Meditations:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or inquiries.