Apostolates

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The Respect Life Committee

     The Respect Life Committee is responsible for passing on current information, updates and details of events concerning all aspects of the dignity of human life to the parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.  This is done primarily via the Sunday bulletin, the Summa and an email notification list.
     We also assist other pro-life groups within the Parish: We give support to the local 40 Days for Life Campaign each spring and fall. We assist with procuring items to give away, and the scheduling of people to cover shifts for the Knights of Columbus pro-life booth during Camas Days each July. 
     We occasionally co-host Sunday Coffee Hours and Lenten Soup Suppers with the Human Dignity Foundation.  We are a resource for high school students in the parish doing research papers for school. We provide web-site addresses and other information to help students find the truth, which is difficult to find in our culture.   We provide information and resources concerning all stages of human life, from conception through natural death.  Contact:  parish office

 

Circle of Love

Circle of Love is a charismatic prayer group following the guidelines of Western Washington Catholic Charismatic Renewal.  At Tuesday evenings, approximately 7:00-8:30pm, in the Fireside Room we have a time of praise; a time of silence and listening; sometimes a teaching; and close with intercessory prayer.  All are welcome.  Contact:  Claudia Heacock, 834-2848.
 

Catholic Daughters of the Americas

The purpose of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas is to participate in the religious, charitable, and educational apostolates of the Church. Our organization meets the first Monday of every month from September to June in the Fireside Room at 6:30pm. Our meetings begin with the Rosary and continue on to our business meeting. Questions? Contact Karen Ferguson.

 

 Homebound Ministers

Homebound Ministers are very proud of our dedicated volunteers who take Holy Communion to homebound members of our community. This is something our parishioners greatly value: a connection to the Church which they have been a member of usually for many decades, and the Sacraments of Life. If you are interested in becoming a Homebound Minister call Kim Steinke

 

 

Church Angels

Church angels are members of the parish who clean the church every week on Friday morning between approximately 9:00-10:00am.  There are six teams who rotate this job so that each person cleans only once every 6 weeks.  Four persons per team are preferred but it is difficult to maintain this number on each team.  The main cleaning tasks are vacuuming, dusting, arranging the missals and hymnals, filling holy water fonts, and replenishing the collection envelopes.  Contact, Maryanne Stevan, 954-5501

 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 LHNFP@icloud.com with questions or inquiries.

 

 Aquinas Guild

The Aquinas Guild is made up of all women of St. Thomas Church.  No dues are collected.  The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 9:30am in the Fireside Room.  We stage a Rummage Sale in the church Hall early in September.  We also provide funeral luncheons for the families and friends of deceased members.  We do not charge for this service, but donations are accepted.  Many believe this is our finest service, offered freely at a most difficult time. Now that you know about us, we hope you will join us at our meetings.  We welcome new members with new ideas and energy.  President, Jean Carpenter, 835-3601.

 

 

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus, is the largest Catholic men’s organization in the world, donating over 57 million annual volunteer hours that yield over $116 million given to a wide range of church, community and charitable activities and programs.   Here at St. Thomas Aquinas, Council 2999 includes approximately 180 men dedicated to the betterment of their parish and community.  It would be difficult to find an aspect of parish life where the Knights are not involved, supporting the parish in the annual picnic, the Corpus Christ celebration, and many other parish events.  Our Assembly, for Fourth Degree Knights, also provides Color Guard duties to add to the solemnity of church events as well with their full regalia.

Our monthly parish breakfast is very popular but the Council does much more.  We support a seminarian each year with funds to ensure their vocation to the religious life.  We have a very strong program of wood cuts, assisting the poor and needy in our area.  We support pro-life activities by organizing and manning the pro-life booth at Camas Days, sponsoring pro-life poster and essay contests, as well as the annual trip to Olympia.  We also strongly support Catholic education and the youth of our parish.

Pope John Paul II Assembly 2926 of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, is a group of Knights dedicated to promoting Patriotism enlightened by our Catholic Faith. The Assembly meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:45pm in the Fireside Room.  Contacts: John Hynds

 

 

Prayer Chain

email stthomascamasprayers@yahoo.com

 

 Consolation Apostolate

The Consolation Apostolate represents the Church as Greeters, Lector & Eucharistic Ministers, if family isn’t assisting at funerals & vigils; may facilitate a Vigil Reception, send out sympathy cards, facilitate the Widow’s & Widower’s Luncheon; and may deliver Christmas Poinsettias to the bereaved in memory of their deceased loved.  It is the hope that the presence of this ministry will be a comforting beacon of light and a symbol of Christ’s eternal love to all parishioners.  Contact:  Mike Hansen, 360-835-2898.

Visit our Holy Cross Cemetery page for more information about the Catholic Cemetery sponsored by St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

 

Columbia River Serra Club

Formation began in Fall 1998 at request of Archbishop Brunette and guidance of Fr. Olsen. It was officially chartered 2000.We are a deanery ministry and 1of 9 clubs in the Archdiocese of Seattle; one of 15 clubs in Serra Region 12.  The Serra Club works closely with Archbishop Peter Sartain and the diocesan office of vocations.  Our Serra club membership comes from the 16 churches of the southern deanery.  Our goal is to have representation of at least 2 members from each church in order to work in developing parish vocation activities of prayer, awareness, affirmation and support.

St. Thomas contact:   Greg Dayton, 360-835-5373
http://www.columbiariverserra.org/

 

St. Thomas Aquinas Conference of the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

St. Thomas Aquinas Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is a spiritually based group of volunteers, inspired by the Christian values of charity and compassion for all.  SVDP provides food, clothing, shelter and other forms of financial assistance to people in need within our parish and within the Camas/Washougal community.  SVDP members interact personally with their clients and make home visits to assess individual needs.  SVDP conducts several drives throughout the year to solicit specific donations from our parishioners to benefit the needy within our community.   Meetings are the first Wednesday of every month. For further information about this organization,  contact President, Anita Burkard, 833-8786.  CLICK HERE to view the new website of our Parish chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
 

Eucharistic Adoration

Come Adore the Lord in the Adoration Chapel to the left of the Sanctuary. Contact the Parish Office at 360-834-2126 to sign up for an hour or to get the passcode.

Counters for Christ


This group of volunteers meet each Monday morning to count and process the weekly collection.  Contact: Lorrie Conway, 834-2126