Tickets are still available for the
St Thomas Aquinas Dinner/Auction that is this weekend                 January 28, 2017.

 

Upcoming events:

–  Nine Days for Life campaign:  Jan 21-29
–  Sunday Morning Faith Formation classes resume:  Jan 22 

–  St. Thomas Aquinas Feast day dinner:  Jan 28
–  Confirmation Retreat (new date):  Feb 3-5

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7th ANNUAL VOCATIONS BENEFIT DINNER

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Columbia River Serra is hosting the 7th Annual Vocations Benefit Dinner on
Saturday, January 21 at 6:30 pm in the Marian Hall at St. Josephs Catholic Church.
Bishop Eusebio Elizondo will be the keynote speaker for this event, accompanied by seminarians and consecrated religious to foster vocations to the Priesthood and consecrated religious life. The cost for Dinner is $12 (all high school youth are free). Proceeds for this event go to support Quo Vadis, a 3 day camp for young men to learn about the priesthood. For tickets, contact Shirley Buckmier (360-883-9333), email jsbuck1192@comcast.net, or watch for sales after Masses at parishes in late Dec and Jan. Babysitting will be available upon advance request.

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St. Thomas Feast Day Dinner

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Please join us for the St. Thomas Aquinas Feast Day Dinner and Auction,
Saturday, January 28 from 6-9pm.
This is our traditional prime rib and crab leg dinner, drinks, dancing and dessert dash.  Tickets are $40.00 per person and are sold after all the Masses and in the Parish Office.  Contact Julie Brown 904-4016 for questions, suggestions, contributions or to offer to host a small group event to be used as an auction item.

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Visit the USCCB website for
more information and ways to get involved.

Ongoing Events: 

– 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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 Parish Faith Formation Schedule: 

Jan. 22

  • Adult Faith Formation: Evangelization and the New Year-Round Model for RCIA; discussion led by Allison Johnson, 9:45am, Hall
  • Elementary Faith Formation & Confirmation Classes, 9:45am,

* Children (PreK – 6) in PCA classrooms
* Middle School (7 – 8) in Fireside room
* Confirmation Prep (HS) in Belisle Library

  • High School Youth Faith Formation: 12:15pm, Fireside Room

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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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.

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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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.

Contact David Lester for more information.

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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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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.

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