WELCOME TO ST. THOMAS

Upcoming events:  

  •  Mardi Gras Celebration:  Feb 28
    –  Dominican Republic Applications are due: Feb. 15 
  • –  Fr. Calloway presentation at Seton Catholic Prep: Feb 28
    Click here for more info
    –  Ash Wednesday Masses at 8:30am, Noon, and 7:00pm
    –  Saint Luke Productions live performance of Saint Francis:  Mar 3
    –  Catholic Advocacy Day:  Mar 16 (register by Feb 24)

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ST. THOMAS MARDI GRAS DINNER
Tuesday, February 28 – 7:00pm

Look for a table after all Masses
this weekend for more information.

 

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Immigration Announcement from
Archbishop Sartain & Bishop Elizondo

The Archbishop and Auxiliary bishop released a statement on immigration.  Below you can read the letter in either English or Spanish.  Let us all prayerfully consider how we can live out our Catholic faith for immigrants and refugees in our community.

Archbishop’s letter on Immigration: English Spanish

 

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Saint Francis: Troubadour of God’s Peace

This moving, live production performed by actor Sean Tivenan and directed by Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Camas on Friday, March 3 at 7:00 pm. This colorful, music-filled performance captures the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, whose message of peace, joy, and simplicity is so needed for our culture. The program is filled with all the elements of professional theater, runs 60 minutes, and is suitable for all ages. Admission is a free-will offering.

Watch the trailer & learn more at: www.FrancisDrama.com.

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This is our opportunity to act on the Washington State Bishops’ Pastoral on Poverty: Who is my Neighbor? The Face of Poverty in Washington State.

The day will include issue briefings, Mass, stories from people living in poverty and meeting with your legistators.  Please register by February 24th.

Register by Clicking here.

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Who Is My Neighbor? The Face of Poverty in Washington State
Visit thewscc.org to download the Pastoral Letter, Study Guide, and Video

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Dominican Republic Service Immersion June 25-July 8

St. Thomas is joining with St. Joseph to send parishioners (16 years and older) on a service immersion to the Dominican Republic through Education Across Borders (www.educationacrossborders.org).  This two week experience will help in the construction of two homes and the building of amazing relationships with Dominican families.  Please consider this life changing experience.  Applications are available to download on the website or to pick up in the parish office, and are due on February 15th.  Please direct any questions and application submissions to David Lester.

EAB immersion application 2017

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Consider joining the PREPARES team at St. Thomas.  Journey with families from a pregnancy through age 5.  There will be a training for PREPARES happening on February 4th at St. Joseph in the Dominic Room in the Parish Hall at 1pm..

Contact David Lester for more information.

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What is the Good News People?

When do the groups meet?

  • The groups meet when it is most convenient for the members.  The hope is that we will have several groups meeting on different days and at different times.  Join today and invite your friends!  We will begin the program on the week of February 5th at 12:45pm in the parish hall.

How do I sign up?

  • Fill out one of the pew cards and drop it in the basket or contact David Lester.

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Ongoing Events: 

– Sunday Morning Faith Formation
– RCIA Inquiry Sessions
– Adult Confirmation Prep Course
– Endow Women’s Study Group

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 Parish Faith Formation Schedule: 

Feb. 19:  No Faith Formation Classes (President’s Day Holiday)

Feb. 26:
Adult Faith Formation: Practical Preparations for Encountering Lent; discussion led by Ted Meany and David Lester, 9:45am, Hall
Elementary Faith Formation Classes, 9:45am,
* Children (PreK – 6) in PCA classrooms
* Middle School (7 – 8) in the Fireside Room
High School Youth Faith Formation: YDisciple Study The Church,  session 3, 12:15pm, Fireside Room

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

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New City Initative wants to partner with St. Thomas to journey with families who recently transitioned out of homelessness.  We would like to form a team that can help a family for the first 6 months of this important transition.  Please contact David Lester to get involved.

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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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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.

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