INCLEMENT WEATHER:
December 9
Parish office will be closed.

Noon Mass is cancelled.
Funeral Mass for Thomas Richardson
will be postponed until a later date.

New & Upcoming Events:

Nov. 23:     Summa Newsletter Published (Click Here!)  
Dec. 10:    St. Therese Flower Guild Workshop
Dec. 13:    Simbang Gabi Celebration at St Thomas
Dec. 15:   Office closing early, office closed Friday, 12/ 23, Monday 12/26
and New Years 1/2/17
Dec. 20:   St Thomas Choir at The Grotto’s Festival of Lights, 7pm

Ongoing Events: 

– Advent 2016
– Parish Stewardship of Treasure Campaign
– St Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
– Sunday Morning Faith Formation
– RCIA Inquiry Sessions
– Adult Confirmation Prep Course
– Endow Women’s Study Group
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible Course 

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Summa Newsletter – Advent Edition – is Available:  Click Here!

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Two priests from the  Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist are here at St. Thomas December 3-6. They will be preaching on the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, celebrating Holy Mass, and hearing Confessions. Please save the date and plan to join us for this spiritually enriching opportunity. Please see the weekly full-page inserts on the True Presence and Adoration that have been in the bulletin overt the past month. This information will help prepare you for their upcoming visit. In addition to preaching at the weekend Masses, mission conferences will be held on Monday and Tuesday beginning with Holy Mass at 6:30pm followed by a mission talk and Confessions. 

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Ongoing Events:  

Happy New (Liturgical) Year!

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Christmas is here! Or is it? Before the end of October, we can see signs of Christmas everywhere. But by the time Dec. 25 arrives, many people are “Christmased” out — too many parties, rich foods and stretched budgets. We Catholics don’t need hide inside while the rest of society is celebrating Christmas in advance. Instead, we get to celebrate two distinct seasons:  Advent and Christmas. The Church begins a new Liturgical Year on the First Sunday of Advent. During the next four weeks, she prepares with mounting expectation for the coming of Christ in a spirit of waiting, conversion and hope.

The readings during Advent refer to “the coming” of the Lord (literally, His Advent). This theme, the coming of the Lord, is what gives the liturgical season of preparation before Christmas its name. Christmas often draws our attention to a past event, the coming of the Lord in the person of Jesus 2000 years ago. The readings for the First Sunday of Advent, however, remind us that we must balance that aspect of Advent with another “coming of the Lord”:  His Advent at the end of time. This event is often referred to as the “second coming,” when Christ will come as judge on the last day (also called the Parousia). As Advent proceeds, the readings and prayers of the liturgy challenge us to maintain this tension between the coming of the Lord in the past as well as in the future (and even his presence now in the Eucharist). The Gospels gradually shift our attention to the key people who cooperated with God to make the Incarnation possible:  the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph, Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah. This time of waiting for Christ’s arrival must also be a time of preparation, as the second reading for the First Sunday of Advent says, in order “to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus.”  [from www.catholicculture.org]

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 Parish Faith Formation Schedule: 

  • Dec. 4: 
    • Adult Faith Formation topic:  Eucharistic Adoration Workshop led by visiting Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist, 9:45am, Hall  
    • Youth Confirmation class, 9:45am, Library
    • Children and Middle School Youth Faith Formation Classes, 9:45am, classrooms
    • High School Youth Faith Formation, 12:15pm, Fireside Room
      • HS YDisciple small groups:  True Beauty / True Strength session 3 of 4
  • Dec. 11: 
    • Adult Faith Formation topic:  TBD, 9:45am, Hall  
    • Youth Confirmation class, 9:45am, Library
    • Children and Middle School Youth Faith Formation Classes, 9:45am, classrooms
    • High School Youth Faith Formation, 12:15pm, Fireside Room
      • HS YDisciple small groups:  True Beauty / True Strength session 4 of 4
  • Dec. 18:
    • No Faith Formation; classes resume January 8 

Visit the Faith Formation page on this website for more information about these classes, sacramental preparation, and for information on registration.

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Parish Stewardship of Treasure Campaign

Many thanks to all those who have already returned a parish stewardship commitment card with a pledge for 2017.  If you have not yet done so, then please prayerfully evaluate what you can give back to our parish community, fill out a card, and return it during the collection at Mass or at the parish office during the week.  Thank you for your generous support of our parish!

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For a video message on parish stewardship, Click HERE

How does the Parish Stewardship Campaign differ from the Diocese Annual Catholic Appeal? To learn how,  click-here.

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Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, Tuesdays, 10:00am 

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If you would like to have a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of your faith, then join us for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible. St. Thomas Aquinas parish is hosting this study on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am in the Fireside Room.  

Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible helps you uncover the story woven through Scripture with its clever narrative approach and ingenious color-coded Bible Timeline. It is a great way to get the “big picture” of the Bible and see how our Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture. You’ll see how the Bible reveals God’s loving plan for your life, and you will learn helpful ways to put your faith into practice.

The study includes a series of eight informative and engaging half-hour videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be followed by a lively group discussion. You will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, a Bible study workbook, and the ability to stream the study videos online at your convenience. For more information, contact Ted Meany at the parish office (ted@stthomascamas.org or 360-903-1357, x215). 

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Together, we can Protect our Church

The Archdiocese of Seattle has established a confidential telephone hotline and website for parish staff and parishioners to anonymously raise concerns about suspected unethical behavior by church personnel. You can find more information about this hotline on a poster and in brochures located in the back of the church or by going to seattlearchdiocese.ethicspoint.com. This program is run under contract by an independent third party with a long record of providing these services both in the secular world and for other dioceses.

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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.

The NFP Apostolate Coordinator, can be reached at camasnfp@gmail.com with questions or inquiries.

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