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Bulletin of March 29, 2015

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Bible Speaks - By Pastor Harris

On PALM SUNDAY we associate ourselves with the citizens of Jerusalem who took fronds and went out to greet Jesus:

The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, crying, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ (John 12:12-3)

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Catholic Elementary Schools And Tuition Policies At Saint Thomas More Parish
At this time of the year many of our Parish Families consider Catholic School Education for their children. This is an expensive choice that parents make prayerfully after considering the financial sacrifice it will mean for them as a family.

The Diocese of Palm Beach, of which STM is an entity, established a program of Tuition Guidelines designed to assist Catholic families that are registered, active and contributing members of any parish, like St. Thomas More Church, that does not have a school. Registered is defined as having membership on STM Parish roles for at least 6 months. Active means attending Mass at STM as a family on Sundays, Holy Days and engaged personally in ministry and volunteerism on a regular basis. Contributing is defined as using the STM envelop-system of offertory and making a minimum annual family contribution of $900. Your contributions to other Parishes, the Annual Bishop’s Appeal or other charitable institutions or ministries are not considered when evaluating your family for Tuition Assistance from STM. All three aspects are equally important in qualifying for tuition reduction.

Qualified families receive a reduction in their tuition costs at the school. This is often called the in-parish rate. STM Parish is obligated further to support that school directly at the level of 50% of the cost of one-child’s full, annual tuition. This payment assists the school in operating expenses; it is not a tuition payment or subsidy for the family. STM Pre-School is part of the Diocese of Palm Beach Catholic School System. STM does not participate in the Tuition Program for families with children in pre-schools outside of STM, only kindergarten through 8th grade.

Bishop Gerald Barbarito has established definitively the obligations and scope of the Tuition Program and his Diocesan Tuition Requirements are more than just. As pastor, I have set our requirements a bit lower in order to support families who must sacrifice to afford Catholic School Education for their children. My approach is fair, just and respectful of the contributions of our parishioners who are, in the main, retired.

Qualified families do not need to register in two parishes. Qualified STM families will receive my endorsement through the Pastor’s Acknowledgement Form, provided by the Catholic School of your choice. My acknowledgment qualifies your family to receive the in-parish rate. Qualified families from other parishes may receive the STM in-parish rate under these same guidelines. Unlike in the past, no scholarships are available at STM Pre-School. We are doing all we can to keep our valuable staff employed, tuition rates competitive and still offer a first-class developmental program for our students. If you have any other questions, please contact directly Mrs. Collen D’ Ambrosio, executive director of STM Pre-School.

Rev. Julian P. Harris, Pastor


Fish Fry Schedule

Every Wednesday & Friday during Lent
4:30pm - 7:00pm in Parish Center

  Friday     3/27/15     English & Spanish Choir  
  Wednesday     4/1/15     Madonna CCW / St.Vincent de Paul  

Adult: $10.00 & Child: $5.00


Invitation to Attend the Chrism Mass
As part of Holy Week, on March 31 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola in Palm Beach Gardens, the Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, will celebrate the traditional Catholic Chrism Mass with priests from the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach.

During the Chrism Mass, Bishop Barbarito will bless the three oils that will be used for sacramental purposes during the next year throughout all of the diocese’s 53 churches and missions. In addition to the blessing, the priests will renew their vows and those with significant ordination anniversaries will be recognized.

For questions please contact:
communications@diocesepb.org or 561-775-9529.


Protecting 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.


Food Drive Continues

STM continues to hold a food drive on the last Sunday of each month. Please contribute unopened, unexpired, nonperishable food items to benefit a local food pantry.

Collection bins will be located at each entrance of the church.


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Votive Lamp Of Blessed Peregrine   Sanctuary Lamp
 

For
RUTH JOSEPH
JUNE BUCKLEY

We offer them our love and prayers as with
firm faith and patient suffering they hope
in God for healing and peace.

 

In Memory of
+CARMEN POUCHET+

With love, devotion and fidelity to the end.

From her son,Francisco Pouchet


Holy Week & Easter Services
  Palm Sunday     March 29th     Passion & Palms at all Masses
  • Saturday Vigil Masses: 4:00pm & 5:30pm
  • Spanish Mass: 7:30pm
  • Sunday Masses: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pm
 
  Holy Thursday     April 2nd     Mass of the Lord's Supper
  • English Mass: 8:30am & 5:30pm in Church
  • Spanish Mass: 7:30pm in Church
 
  Good Friday     3/18/15     Passion, Holy Communion & Veneration of the Cross
  • English Service: 3:00pm in Church
  • Spanish Service: 6:30pm in Church
  • Traditional Stations of the Cross: 5:00pm in Church
 
  Holy Saturday     April 4th    
  • Saturday Easter Vigil Masses: 4:00pm in Church
  • Saturday Great Vigil Mass: With Rites of Christian Initiation 6:30pm in Church.
  • Spanish Easter Vigil Mass: 7:15pm in Parish Center
 
  Easter Sunday     April 5th    
  • Sunrise Mass at the Blessed Mother Grotto: 6:00am by the Lake
  • Sunday Masses: 7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pm in Church.
 

A Family of Faith in Service to Others Annual Bishop's Diocesan Services Appeal for 2015

We are all one family, experiencing the grace of God and through the Diocesan Services Appeal, sharing our gifts. Let us follow the model of our Holy Family, so that together, as A Family of Faith in Service to Others, we share the hope and salvation of Christ.

As disciples of Christ, our faith compels us to extend ourselves to all who need our assistance and to foster hope by the love we bring to others. Through the programs and ministries of the DSA, we share our gifts with our sisters and brothers in His name.

~ The Most Reverend Gerald Barbarito, Bishop of Palm Beach

Saint Thomas More Parish DSA 2015 Goal $332,000.00


Remember

St. Thomas More in your
Last Will & Testament!


Easter Flowers

RESERVE YOUR FLOWERS FOR A DONATION
OF $20 by Tuesda,y March 31, 2015.

In memory of our loved ones: Those who abide with us and those who have gone on before us as well as await the Glorious Resurrection with Christ. Our Altars and Sacred Spaces will be adorned with beautiful Easter Flowers, each proclaiming your love andaffections for a dear one.

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Carpenters, Cleaners
Decorators needed to prepare
the Church for Easter
  Seasonal Parishioners:
Don't Miss The STM
Weekend Sermons!
 

April 2nd, 3rd and 4th
Starting at 9:00am

 

Homily is now available
every week on our STM APP!


Prayer Wall   St. Thomas More Gift Card
 

Parishioners,
Visit our STM App today And Update your
intentions to our Prayer Wall.

 

Are you, looking for that special something,
but do not know what to buy?
Purchase a STM Gift Card from our Gift Shop.


Gift Shop

There is always somethings new to see in the Gift Shop!
Stop by and see what's new!!!

Come to the Gift Shop and see our large selection of Communion & Confirmation merchandise! We have white ties, arm bands, prayer books and so much more!


We're Hiring

STM Preschool is currently hiring nurturing and loving, parttime Assistant Teachers. Applicants must have the 45 hour minimum licensing certification.

Please send resume to
preschooldirector@stmbb.org,
or call the preschool at 561-737-3770
for more information.


12 Day Pilgrimage to Ireland, England, & Wales
  • London
  • Canterbury
  • Our Lady of Willingham
  • Bath
  • Cardiff Shrine Of Knock
  • Dublin
  • Blarney Castle
  • Killarney
  • Ring Of Kerry

September 7 through September 18, 2015
$3,990.00 Per person from Miami

(Includes: Roundtrip Air Transportation From Miami, First Class Hotels, Double Occupancy, 2 Meals A Day – Breakfast & Dinner, Daily Sightseeing, Entrance Fees, Tips To Drivers And Guides, Airport Taxes And Fuel Surcharges- Which Subject To Change.)

Spiritual Director: Fr. Alex Vargas
St. Thomas More Catholic Church – Boynton Beach, FL
Call now 1-800-231-6287

Click here to download the flyer

Click here to download the Registration Form


Attention!

There will be no ministry
meetings during holy week
and the week after Easter
(March 30-April 10)

There will be only one Mass at
8:30 April 6th, 7th, 8th 9th & 10th


Saint Joseph Feast
 

God gave us a beautiful day to honor St. Joseph, Patron of the Church with solemn Mass and procession. Our parishioners and guests gathered around the altar of St. Joseph to share the bounty of the table and hearts full of joy.

We offer heartfelt thanks to our St. Thomas More Employees and Volunteers who planned the liturgy and the feast: Mrs. Dorothy Kaiser, STM Chief of Staff STM Maintenance Team The Masters of Ceremony, Acolytes & Choir Mrs. Coleen D'Ambrosio, STM Preschool Director Mrs. Yesinia Guzman STM Preschool Teachers and Parents Mary Faranda & Bernice Kleinschmidt STM FUZE Youth Group STM Madonna Guild Council of Catholic Women And the many volunteers Trough the intercession of St. Joseph, may Almighty God bless our beautiful parish and sustain our dedicated priests, Father Alex Vargas and Father Paul Sunday in their ministry of love and service. With gratitude and fraternity in Christ, Father Julian Harris.

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Download the Faith Formation APP!

Available now in the Google & Apple store! Just follow the simple directions:

  1. Open APP Store
  2. Search for "Thomas More Church"
  3. Scroll through the options until you find our icon as shown.
  4. Click the Download Button
  5. Enjoy the latest Faith Formation info and News from your tablet or phone!

Faith Formation Reminders
  Monday, March 30th - Wednesday, April 8th     No Classes (Holy Week/Easter Week)  
  Saturday, April 11th     Confirmation Music Rehearsal (in FF Room #2) at 10:30am-11:30am  
  Monday, April 13th     Reconciliation for all First Holy Communion and Confirmation students (in the Main Church) at 6:00pm.  
   Saturday, April 18th      Communion Music Rehearsal (in FF Room #2) at 9:00pm - 10:00pm  
Confirmation Music Rehearsal (in FF Room #2) at 10:30am -11:30am  
  Saturday, April 18th     Communion Music Rehearsal (in FF Room #2) at 9:00am-10:00am  
  Friday, April 24th     Confirmation Rehearsal (in the Main Church w/ Students & Sponsors) at 6:00pm  
  Saturday, April 25th     Confirmation Mass at 10:00am  
  Monday, April 27th - Wednesday, April 29th     Last Day of Classes  
  Saturday, May 2nd     First Communion Music Rehearsal (in FF Room #2) at 9:00am-10:00am  
  Tuesday, May 5th     First Holy Communion Rehearsal at 6:00pm  
  Saturday, May 9th     First Holy Communion Mass at 10:00am  

Penance Service

For Confirmation & First Holy Communion Students

Penance Service will be Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:00pm in the Church. Attendance is required for all children making their sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation this year.

Please be Prompt


Have you been receiving our Faith Formation Email Newsletters?

Remember to stay in the loop
with your child's schedule and parent meetings!

To receive reminders please contact
the Faith Formation Office.


Season of Service

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It is that time of year again for our semi-annual Season of Service.
STM is in need of volunteers to tend to the many housekeeping needs of our church and campus. We are looking for carpenters, electricians, handymen, cleaners, and any helping hands willing to assist us!

Click here to download the form


Join The STM Choir

Come join one of our STM music ministry choirs and sing God's Glory in Mass with us on the weekend!

  • Adult Choir: Thursday nights at 6:00pm In RM #2
  • Cantors ministry: Fridays 6:15pm RM #2
  • Childrens choir: Fridays 5:00pm RM #2

Fuze

COME & JOIN US!
SATURDAYS 3:30pm Faith Formation Room 4.

All Teens Ages 12 & Up Welcome.

For More Info Contact Gaby At:
(561) 737-3095
youthgroup@stmbb.org.


Ministry Leaders Conference

"Faith Is Built Upon Perseverance"

Saturday, June 20th from 9:00am - 3:00pm
in Parish Center

Click here to download the Form


Stations of the Cross

Every Friday During Lent
6:15pm in English
7:00pm in Spanish


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Divine Mercy

6:15pm - 7:00pm every Wednesday through Lent.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God's mercy.

Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.


Mother's Day Novena

On this Mother's Day pay homage to her by placing her name on the altar of St. Thomas More. Her name will remain on our altars and in our prayers at all Masses throughout the month of May.

God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.
-Rudyard Kipling


Women of God Ministry

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

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


My Blessing Light

Candle Dispenser

Located in the Saint Peregrine Garden & Grotto.
Get yours today for a modest fee!


Ushers Needed!

St. Thomas More Church is looking for new Ushers (Ladies & Gentlemen) to serve in the House of the Lord. The Ministry of Ushers is an important part of the life of the Church; it is the Ministry of Hospitality. Ushers greet and seat people, collect their offerings and distribute church's bulletins after Mass.

Please consider join us. Help is needed especially for:

  • Saturday 4:00pm Mass
  • Saturday 5:30pm Mass
  • Sunday 7:00am Mass
  • Sunday 12:30pm Mass.

Please call: Jacques Rene at 561-736-6526.


Attention: Ministry Leaders

All Ministries are required to submit an updated Ministry Request Form to the Parish Office. Rooms are given on a first come, first serve basis.

Due By: May 17th

Submission does not guarantee approval. Priority is given to the Church Events hosted for the entire Parish Community.

The forms are available at the Parish Office or Online at www.stmbb. org under the forms tab. Forms should be dropped off or mailed to the Parish Office with attention to Ms. Sanchez.


Summer Camp!!

It's time for summer fun at
St. Thomas More Preschool where children learn while having fun. Let's join the circus, roar like dinosaurs, become cowboys and cowgirls for a week, and become princes and princesses.

  • Part time and full time rates are available.
  • Parents can pick and choose weeks.
  • In-house field trips.
  • Water play activities.

Call 561-737-3770 for further information


Weekend Homilies

Parishioners, Remember that the
Cd recordings of our weekend masses are now
available immediately after the weekend masses.


Our Ministry Directory
  Altar Servers     Mary Beth Kohn     358-1629  
  Apostles of Divine Mercy     Tom Gallo     603-5139  
  Chancellors of STM     Erin Reichenberger     374-4712  
  Circle of Friends     Edward O'Donnell     526-8490  
  Columbiettes     Ann Marie Cairone     495-7197  
  Daughters of Mary     Valeri Polcyn     434-2096  
  Eucharistic Ministers     Vita Dean     737-9494  
  Knights of Columbus     Gaylon Hoebelheinrich     954-410-2386  
  Lectors     Rick Harlowe     737-7261  
  Legion of Mary     Joanne Boltz     737-2732  
  Madonna C.C.W.     Norma Japalucci     374-9703  
  Masters of Ceremony     Mark Servilio     452-4735  
  Music Ministry     Alfonso Gutierrez     737-3095  
  Opus Dei     Hortensia Segarra     276-0656  
  Purificators     Cookie Beck     547-8702  
  RCIA     Deacon Palermo     740-9252  
  Ushers     Jacques Rene     736-6526  
  Widows & Widowers     Phyllis Fitzpatrick     737-1414  
  Women of God     Madeleine Dupree     436-6518  
  Youth Ministry     St. Thomas More     737-3095  


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