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Bulletin of July 27, 2014

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5 Ways To Hear From God

Have you ever wanted God to speak to you? Maybe you're facing a difficult decision. Maybe you need some comfort. Maybe you simply feel lost. When I'm in a hard spot, my first reaction is to look up and beg God, "Please just tell me what to do."

But for many of us, this prayer is even more frustrating because it seems to be met with silence. It's like our prayers couldn't get through or like God's iPhone is in a permanent dead-zone. The good news is, God can hear us, and he's not dependent on the leading 4G provider. He hears our deepest prayers and is speaking to us constantly. We just need to learn to hear him. When I picture hearing from God though, I tend to think of a deep, audible voice from the clouds. Yet that's not always how God speaks.

God speaks in as many different ways as there are people to hear him. Here are some of his most common forms of communication.

  1. Scripture:
    Have you ever noticed that different parts of the Bible stick out to you each time you read it?
    Scripture says the Bible is living and active, and useful in all kinds of ways. Notice what sticks out to you when you read. This might be how God is speaking to you. What words resonate deep within your soul? What verses feel like they're speaking straight to you? We're able to hear so much from God as we read his word. We just need to pay attention.
  2. Inner voice
    Few people actually hear the audible voice of God, but that doesn't mean we can't hear him. The more time we spend with him, and the more we get to know him, the more familiar his voice becomes. His voice comes in the form of a thought you didn't have before, or a deep inclination. The voice of God often feels like what we call "our conscience."

    Pay attention to what you're feeling, sensing, thinking and understanding. It's a tricky thing to tap into, but the more time you spend listening, the better you'll be able to hear.
  3. Other people
    Sometimes the clearest words from the Lord come through other people, don't you think? Perhaps it's because it's easier to hear God's voice with things that aren't so close to us. Sometimes it comes in the form of prophecy: Someone else was listening to God, and he told them to tell you something.

    But, perhaps more often, it is simply a reminder of what's true. I forget sometimes that God is faithful, and just at that moment, someone will send me a text telling me that God is faithful. God uses other people to encourage us and to remind us about his character.
  4. Special circumstances
    When talking about hearing from God in special circumstances, we often use the analogy of a door. "God opened the door for us to move there," we say. Or "God, please close the doors to all schools you don't want me to go to." This works especially well when God has something specific in mind for us to do. If there's a job he wants you to take, it may be the only option left. Or if he wants you to go to a certain school, he may provide a generous scholarship to aid in your decision. But God's voice through circumstances doesn't always come in the form of doors opening and closing. Sometimes it's more subtle than that. Sometimes there are smaller, less definitive circumstances that point us in a direction.

    Pay attention to the things you're seeing and hearing. What are they discussing at church? What events are unfolding around you? Those can often be a way of hearing God's voice even when it doesn't come in the form of a door slamming or swinging wide open.
  5. Dreams and visions
    In dreams and visions, God shows us something we can then use to do his will or to help us understand what's going on around us. These dreams and visions are different from the daydreams your mind entertains when you're zoned out in a particularly long meeting.

    So how do you know the difference?
    In my experience, dreams and visions from God can be uniquely recognized because they're out of your normal thought pattern, coming seemingly from out of nowhere. Start writing down your dreams when you wake up in the morning—look to see if you can learn something from them. Also, pay attention to where your mind drifts during the day. God might be showing you something new. The trickiest part of hearing from God is that we sometimes wonder if we're making it up. Hearing from God is not a foolproof science, and our doubts can get the best of us. That's fair. We're not God, and sometimes we hear what we want to hear.

    But here are a few filters I use when trying to discern if something is from God:
    1. Check what you hear against scripture. God will never contradict his word.
    2. Does what you're hearing resonate with you as something God might be saying?
    3. Submit what you hear to wise, godly council. See what they're hearing about it.

    Our God is not silent, and the more time we spend with him, the more we'll recognize the prompting of his voice.

By: Scott Wilson


Madonna CCW Needs Your Help
  • Please consider donating usable craft items for our upcoming Arts & Craft Show in October:
    Christmas trees, wreaths, garland, ornaments, decorations.
  • Baskets and items to fill them:
    bath salts, special soaps, lotions and baby items. Yarn for knitting & crocheting, ribbon, beads, fabric, lace, tea pots & cups.

Your donations are our treasurers!!
Madonna CCW Needs Your Help Come volunteer to make craft items for our show. We meet every Friday at 9:00am in the Faith Formation Building.

Call Marianne at 561-734-9626 for more information.


Women's Retreat

"Are You Anxious? Are You Worried?
Have a Mary Heart in a Martha World."

November 22nd - 8:00am - 7:00pm

Mark your calendars to attend our Women's Retreat.
This is a day of spiritual relief for the women
who work hard to make things possible in our life.

Click here to download the form


Would you like us to pray for you?

We make it simple through our app! Here's How:

  • Go to Google Play (Android) or Apple App Store (Iphone)
  • Search for "Thomas More Church"
  • Click Download
  • Go to our Prayer Wall
  • Submit your prayers and let our priests and parishioners pray for you or a loved one.

Altar Server Registration Form

Click here to download the form


Rekindling The Fire

The three part sermon series
by our Pastor, Rev. Julian P. Harris is available for purchase
on CD. Get your copy and experience the sermon
to rekindle the fire of your faith.

Stop by the parish office and get your
copy today for a donation of $25.00


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Sanctuary Lamp   Votive Lamp Of St. Peregrine
 

In Memory of
+VINCENZA GILL+
beloved sister of Rose Lapi
May the Singular Sacrifice of Christ

Set her free from the bonds of mortality
and open the gates of Heaven.

 

For
JANICE ARNESANO

We appeal to the Saint to obtain
the graces of divine healing for
Janice and consolation for
her sister Beth and the family.


Protection God's Children

The Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach is committed to the safety and protection of all God's precious children in its care. Victims of abuse are encouraged to contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance coordinator to begin necessary emotional, psychological and spiritual healing.

The Diocese of Palm Beach Victim Assistance Coordinator, Ms. Theresa Fretterd, can be reached at 561-801-0999.

For more information on Diocesan policies and procedures for reporting abuse as well as to view the Charter for the Protection of Children please go to www.diocesepb.org and click on "Protection of Children."


Upcoming Events Calendar
  August     September     October  
  St. Peregrine Mass
- August 2nd
    St. Peregrine Mass
- September 13th
    Blessing of the Animals
- October 4th
 
  Assumption of the Blessed
Virgin Mary - August 15th
    Back to Church Sunday
- September 21st
    Life Chain
- October 5th
 
   Living Rosary
- August 15th
           Cancer Awareness Dinner
- October 18th
 
  Appointment with God
- August 25th 
           Ministry Breakfast
- October 19th
 

Saint Thomas More Preschool

Our Preschool welcomed Mr. Alex Tacoa,
who came to teach the children the song Jesus In the Morning.
The children loved learning the song and singing along as Mr. Tacoa played the guitar.

Princesses and Superheroes Week!
St. Thomas More Preschool was invaded by princesses and superheroes of all shapes and sizes.
The children made Superhero capes, belts, and cuffs, and celebrated with a parade at the end of the week.

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Join our STM choir or Cantor!

If you would like to sing to The Lord please join me at our cantor's rehearsal every Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm in the faith formation building room #2.

"He is calling you to serve Him
with the gifts that he has given you."

For any questions please contact: Nora Tacoa at 737-3095.


Columbiettes Living Rosary

Come and Join the Columbiettes for our Living Rosary Friday August 15th immediately following the 5:30 Mass in the main Church from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Be a living Rosary bead, as we say the Glorious Mysteries.

Contact JoAnn Boltz: 561-737-2732


Funeral Arrangements

Often, our Catholic Parishioners wish to plan ahead for their future. When the time comes to meet our Savior, we must consider the family that we leave behind. At Saint Thomas More, we understand the difficulty of the selection of liturgy and music for a loved ones service.

To give you and your loved ones piece of mind, St. Thomas More Clergy and our dedicated staff will be happy to arrange your music and liturgy selection.


Now Accepting Fall Registrations

Join the St. Thomas More Children's Choir

Join the Saint Thomas More Children's Choir and Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord.

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 5:00pm in Faith Formation Room#2 and the Choir sings at 8:30am
Mass each Sunday.

Come & Praise The Lord with your voice!


Blessing of the Animals

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Faith Formation Words of Faith

Faith is the gift from God by which we believe in God and all that he has revealed, and all that the Church proposes for our belief.

We cannot earn faith. It is God's gift to us. By faith we can believe what God has shared about himself and his Creation.

Yet even though God reveals himself, he remains a mystery.


Faith Formation Volunteer Hours

Attention Faith Formation students who will be in 7th, 8th and 9th grade this year. Get started on your volunteer hours. Check in and out at the church office when you are here to volunteer.

Volunteer hours requirements are:

  • 7th grade 15 hours
  • 8th grade 15 hours
  • 9th grade 30 hours

Gift shop Volunteers

The Gift shop is asking for help. We are looking for volunteers that are willing to volunteer and dedicate their time to the gift shop.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer on Saturday or Sunday in the gift shop please give us a call at 561-737-3095 or stop by our front office. Thank and God Bless you.


Steubenville – Youth Group

This past weekend the Youth Group got the chance to attend the Steubenville Conference in Orlando. Many Youth Groups from all around Florida attended the conference. The young teens had an amazing time and learned so much about their faith. The Youth group would like to thank all clergy and parishioners who helped and made this trip possible for them. The experience had a real impact on the teens and allowed them to grow closer to God.

Click here to view more photos


Saint Thomas More Preschool Presents

Cancer Awareness Dinner
     
  October 18th at 7:00pm  
     

As the year winds down we are approaching the event of the annual Cancer Awareness Dinner. This is a time for our parishioners and guests to enjoy a night with great food in what we know will be a memorable night for the Saint Thomas More Community. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.

We hope to see you there!


Stop by our Parish Gift Shop

Monday - Friday:
9:00am - 2:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm


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Women of God Ministry

The Women of God invite you to join them as they pray and study the word of Christ. This devout group of women give for the better of God and our church.

They meet every Wednesday at
6:00pm to 7:00pm in the Chapel.


St. Peregrine Cancer Care Ministry

This is a hope ministry and while it involves prayer, counsel and assistance. It is centered on bringing God's hope to patients and their caregivers, family and friends.

This Bible-based ministry training program has been developed to equip God's people with the tools needed to bring hope to the millions who are living with cancer.

They meet every third Saturday of the month in
Faith Formation Room#2 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
It will be a time of testimonial & sharing.


National Back to Church Sunday

Bring a friend , loved one or a guest to our parish
and together we can bring the fold of Christ back to those
who have been away from his Church so they
too may feel his love and hear his word.


Renewal of Wedding Vows

Renewal of Wedding Vows are celebrated on the last Saturday of the month at the 5:30pm Mass.

Please contact the Parish Office
to sign up for the month of your Anniversary!


An Appointment with God

Monday, August 25th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Church

Join us for an evening of Prayer & Meditation.
An intimate moment with God.

Don't miss this opportunity of getting closer
to our Lord through the power of prayer.


Remember

St. Thomas More in
your Last Will & Testament!


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