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Bulletin of April 20, 2014

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Easter Schedule
  Holy Thursday – April 17, 2014  
Mass of the Lord's Supper
  English Mass:   5:30pm in Church  
  Spanish Mass:   7:30pm in Church  
         
  Good Friday – April 18, 2014  
Passion, Holy Communion, & Veneration of the Cross
  English Service:   3:00pm in Church  
  Traditional Stations of the Cross:   5:00pm in Church  
  Spanish Service:   7:00pm in Church  
         
  Holy Saturday – April 19, 2014  
  Blessing of the Easter Table:   10:00am St. Peregrine Garden  
  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  
  Sunrise Mass at the Blessed Mother Grotto:   6:00am by the Lake  
  Sunday Masses:   7:00am, 8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pm in Church  


Seasonal Parishioners 
 Don't Miss the STM Weekend Sermons!
PASTOR HARRIS'
Homily is now available
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2014 Diocesan Services Appeal

Your Gift Transforms Lives
A Message from the Most Rev. Gerald M. Barbarito

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Throughout our lives as Catholics, each of us is called through Baptism to a life of discipleship. By grace of the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments, we are nourished strengthened and ultimately transform the lives of others.

The Diocesan Services Appeal is your way of reaching out to support and sustain the mission and ministries of the Diocese.

Your gifts will be used for programs which affect our extensive and diverse Diocesan family: those less fortunate, those who need our helping hand in human needs, those who seek spiritual renewal through the embrace of Our Lord.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reaches out to those in need, and reminds us to "Not only live and bear God's love, but to bring His love to those in most need." Let us too, with transformed hearts, express our faith in the way we live our lives.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reaches our to those in need, and reminds us to "Not only live and bear God's love, but to bring His love to those in most need." Let us too, with transformed hears, express our faith in the way we live our lives.

This year, as we enter our 30th anniversary as a Diocese, I ask for your help in continuing God's work by becoming spiritually engaged and giving generously.

Though we are many, we are on Church. As the family of Christ, we share a universal call to serve, and extend a hand of aid, compassion and friendship.

It is a joy to be with you, sharing Christ's mission.

Let us continue transforming lives - for giving, we too, are transformed.

With my deepest gratitude and every prayerful wish, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ
Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito
Bishop of Palm Beach


A Message from our Pastor Julian P. Harris
Through the annual Diocesan Services Appeal 2014 we at St. Thomas More join with all of our Catholic parishes to support Bishop Gerald Barbarito to maintain and extend the mission of Christ and the Church.

Our pledges and donations make possible the many programs that reach out in Christian charity as Bishop Barbarito says, to those less fortunate, those who need our helping hand in human needs and those who seek spiritual renewal through the embrace of Our Lord.

Your financial gift of any amount fulfills the mission of the Church and our individual calling as disciples who follow after Christ as fishers of men.

As your pastor, I not only appeal on behalf of the campaign, but actively contribute because I believe in the good work that we do. We subsidize the cost of Catholic education so that families of modest means can have access to quality, Christian formation for our children. We provide the room and board, educational and human expenses of our Seminarians over the many years of formation in order to provide priests to serve our children and grandchildren in the future. We fund Catholic Charities and its many programs to help people with rent, utilities, food and housing expenses. We protect the Unborn Children and provide for the right to life of mother and child through our LifeLine and BirthLine ministries. We provide subsidized, dignified housing to our seniors in our Villa Madonna, Villa Seton and Villa Francisca independent living facilities. We assure the safety and welfare of our children in every Catholic parish and institution through the Office of Safe Environments. And there are so many other good works that we do because we do it together as one family of churches in Christ.

I look forward to working with you towards this important goal. I would like to close in thanking each one of you who supported the Diocesan Services Appeal 2013. Our goal was $336,000, and with God's help we met and exceeded that goal.

This Year of Our Lord 2014 the goal set for St. Thomas More Parish is $285,000. I know that with God's favor and your generous support, we can do it again for the greater glory of God.

Father Julian P. Harris, Pastor

STM Parish Goal 2014 $ 285,000

Saint Thomas More's got Talent

Do you have a talent, a gift from God that you would like to share with your St. Thomas More Parish community? Well, now is your chance! We will be having our annual talent show, St. Thomas More's Got Talent!

On July 12th during the St. Thomas More Feast after the 5:30pm Mass. We are looking for singers, dancers, musicians, comedians, poets, acrobats, and more to be a part of the show. If you've got talent, we want to see it. The more original your act is, the better.

If you are interested in participating in this great event, please contact the Parish Office at (561) 737-3095, for more details.

Thank you, thank you very much.


Season of Service


SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014

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


STM Presents Our 2014 Ministry Leadership Conference

Leaders without
LIMITS

Saturday, June 14th at 9:00am.


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Votive Lamp Of St. Peregrine

In Loving Memory of
+RACHAEL ST. AMOUR+
By Her Faithful Husband,
Merle "Saint" St. Amour


Sanctuary Lamp & Easter Flowers 

For
STM Families Have Placed Lilies To Adorn The Church For Easter In Honor Of Their Loved Ones, Living And With The Lord.

As we rejoice in the beauty of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, let us all pray for these good people who have decorated our Church.


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."


†Gunter "Arno" Theleman†
Served as chef for the St.Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary for many years. He served the U.S. Army of Occupation in Germany as a translator-interpreter and immigrated to America with his wife Annie.

He was one of the finest pastry chefs and fattened up the seminarians and the clergy whom he and Annie loved deeply.

He arrived at 4:00 am everyday. I would sit in his kitchen, drink coffee, eat a "chain-gang" breakfast and reminisce about times gone bye.

Rev. Alex Vargas and I join the seminary community in offering our mostsincere condolences to Annie, his wife, on the loss of a truly good man. ~Rev. Julian Harris


St. Vince De Paul Society
  St. Thomas More Chapter Summary of Charitable Receipts & Giving 2013     $40,709  
  Anonymous Donors     $11,000  
  STM Thanksgiving Day Collection & Lenten Fish Fry     $5,277  
  Other Organizations     $1,000  
  Distributions     $63,997  
           
  The poor and needy received financial assistance for utilities, housing, food and medical expenses.  
     
  Costs Of Ministry (2.66% Operating Expense)     $1,701  

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY MEMBERS
thank Pastor Harris, his clergy and staff and all parishioners and guests for their support and generous contributions. Remember the poor in the summer months ahead when many will have departed to be with their families up North and are on vacation.

STM CHANCELLORS
Collect your generous contributions of non-perishable food and prepare them for transportation to assist the hungry and needy at our sister parish of Holy Cross in Indiantown.


An Appointment.. With God

Please join us for quiet prayer and reflection.

Deepen your relationship with Christ in prayer.
Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:30pm in The Church


Food Drive   My Blessing Light

 

April 26th & 27th
Please continue to support the program by dropping off your non perishable good in the labeled bins outside ofthe Church!
 

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


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 19TH 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.


Serra Club Mass
 

Pictures from the Serra Club Mass at St. Thomas More on April 3rd, 2014 Celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Gerald Barbarito.

Thank you for all who came to our Serra Mass in honor of our faithful priests in the Diocese of Palm Beach.

We are blessed to have such devout priests to help us in being better followers Christ and this was truly a day to honor them. May God Bless our priests.

Click here to view more photos

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Preschool Open House

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Come see our school and meet our great staff!
Our program is for Children 2 1/2, 3, & 4 years of age.


Mother's Day Novena

On this Mother's Day pay homage to her by placing her name on the altar of St. Thomas More Mother's Novena.

Her name will remain on our altars and in our prayers at all Masses throughout the month of May.


Meditation Garden of St. Peregrine

Endow a brick in the path or a plaque on the Memorial wall of our upcoming beautiful Meditation Garden of St. Peregrine to proclaim your love and the good name of cancer victims and survivors.

Stop by the Parish Office to make a dedication today!

  • Brick Paver: $300
  • Black Marble Wall Plate (under Pieta): $500
  • Black Column: $1,000
  • Small White on End Column: $500
  • White Large (bottom 4 rows of wall): $1,000
  • White XL (top 2 rows of wall) $5,000

Rekindle The Fire

A thank you to everyone who was able to join us for a truly wonderful and inspirational experience through the lenten sermon series.

And remember whether you were able or unable to attend, or you would like to rekindle the flame of your faith from home. The three part sermon series by our Pastor, Rev. Julian P. Harris is available for sale in our parish gift shop on CD.

Get your copy today!


Saint Peregrine Votive Mass

Saturday May 3rd at 10:30am
in the Saint Peregrine
Shrine & Garden


12 Day Eastern Europe Pilgrimage

POLAND – CZECH REPUBLIC –
AUSTRIA -- HUNGARY

September 1-12, 2014
$3,690.00 Per Person Leaving From Miami

Spiritual Director: Fr. Alex Vargas
(Includes: Roundtrip Air Transportation from Miami,
First Class Hotels, Double Occupancy,
2 Meals a Day - Breakfast & Dinner, Daily Sightseeing,
Airport Taxes, Entrance Fees, Tips to Drivers and Guides,
and Fuel Surcharges
Which are subject to Change.)

Parish Office Contact:
Mrs. Nora Taco (561-737-3095)

Limited Availability

Click here to download the Brochure
Click here to download the
Registration form


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No Faith Formation or Preschool Classes

There will be no Faith Formation or Preschool classes on April 21st.


Need Of Catechists , Teacher Aids For The Upcoming 2013-2014 School Year

If you are interested in advancing the spiritual life of our youth, please contact the Faith Formation office to set up an interview at 561-737-3521.

Teacher Aids must be at least 16 years of age, and have received their Confirmation.

Click here to download the Registration Form.


Faith Formation Registration for 2014-2015

Registration will be from: March 31st to April 30th.

Registration Packets will be accepted in the Faith Formation Office
from 4-7pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

Packets will NOT be accepted in the Main Parish Office.
You must be a registered , ACTIVE,
contributing Parishioner to enroll.

The definition of "a registered, active, contributing parishioner" is one who has been registered for at least the last 6 months, has contributed to the parish offertory in a regular identifiable way, attends Mass regularly, and shares their time and talent with the parish.

 

Click here to download the Registration Form 2014 – 2015


First Holy Communion & Confirmation

Penance Service

Penance Service will be Monday April 28, 2014
at 6:00pm in the Church.

Attendance is required for all children making
their sacrament of First Communion or Confirmation this year.


Music Rehearsals

Children making their sacraments will be required
to attend their designated Rehearsals.

COMMUNION REHEARSAL
April 12th & 26th at 11am in the Church

CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL
May 17th at 11am in the Church.


Download our STM and Faith Formation App on your phone

Here's How:

  • Go to Google Play (Android) or Apple App Store (Iphone)
  • Search for "Thomas More Church" or " Thomas More Faith Formation"
  • Click download
  • After it is finished you can enjoy what our parish has to offer from home or on the go

Faith Formation Reminders
First Holy Communion Dates:
Saturday, April 26, 2014 Communion Music Rehearsal at 11 am in the Church.
Monday, April 28, 2014 First Reconciliation for First Communion and Confirmation candidates will be held in the Church at 6:00 pm.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 First Holy Communion Rehearsal for ALL CANDIDATES in the Church 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm.
Saturday, May 10, 2014 First Holy Communion 10:00 am for All First Holy Communion Candidates. Candidates must report to the Parish Center no later than 9:15 am.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 Crowning of Mary (All First Communicants are cordially invited to attend, wearing their First Holy Communion attire)

Confirmation Dates:
Saturday, May 17, 2014 Confirmation Music Rehearsal at 11 am in the Church

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Parish Office and Gift Shop is closed

In observance of Easter from
Monday, April 21st-23rd
Only One Mass at 8:30am


Honduras Medical Mission 2014

Tools & Medicine Donations Needed

Common over-the-counter analgesics and supplies are like gold to us and to the people we serve. Please visit the Parish center to make a donation of any of the following items: Multiple Vitamins (children and adult), Tylenol or Advil- type pain relievers, Liquid Tylenol for Children's Fever, Muscle Rubs, Hot/Cold Patches for sore backs and limbs, Any kind of bandages & band aids, Dental Hygiene Supplies, Ear and Eye Care Products, Cold-Flu- Allergy Medications, Cough Suppressants and Decongestion Liquids (Children and Adult), and any other items that are new and sealed.

We would be grateful for any financial support with which we can purchase prescription medications as our Doctors direct.


STM Parking Lot Security
Please secure your valuables before leaving your cars. Never leave your pocket books, purses, check books or electronic equipment in view. Not everyone is here to pray. We have had smash-and-grab incidents over the years and in nearly every case, someone had left valuables in plain sight.

Please be prudent while attending Mass or visiting the Blessed Sacrament. Never leave your valuables on the pew even when receiving Holy Communion.

Every parishioner and visitor must remain vigilant and report immediately any suspicious persons or activities you may witness inside or outside the Church.

GOD BLESS AND PROTECT OUR PARISH


Saint Thomas More Feast

July 12th at 5:30pm.

Each year our Parish celebrates the feast day of our patron Saint Thomas More. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for a solemn Mass followed by an evening of entertainment, food, and fellowship in the Parish Center.


Bishop's Graduation Mass for High School Seniors

The Bishop of our Diocese of Palm Beach will be holding a graduation mass for High School seniors at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola on May 4th at 4:30pm and we would like you to attend!

If you would like to attend please contact Ms. Gabi Reel with your name and number at Youthlife@stmbb.org

Remember

St. Thomas More in
your Last Will & Testament!


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Easter Message From Fr. Alex Vargas To Our Wonderful Saint Thomas More
 

Dear friends in Christ

This is the Day that the Lord has made, when by every report, by every reasonable expectation there should have been no day at all. Arrested, scourged, humiliated, spat upon, crucified, mocked and lanced, Jesus Christ was laid in an unmarked grave, no light, no life, no sign that He had ever even existed. And in that tomb, darker than a thousand nights, He descended to the realm of His tormentor, Satan. Even in His death, corpse-like existence He struggled to free those He was not ashamed to called brother and sister who since Adam had been locked away in hopelessness. Do you feel like you have been locked in prison and they have thrown away the keys? Are you going through the most difficult trails of your life and you do not see a way out? Then this is the Day that the Lord has made for you, and for millions upon millions across the world just like you. There is a God in Heaven today, filled with might and majesty Who can sympathize with everything you are going through because He went through it. There is a God in Heaven Who is waiting for you to lift your eyes out of the circumstances you are going through and shout, Enough! It is finished! There is a God in Heaven Who is able to turn your mourning into dancing, your defeat into victory, your gloom into glory, your tears into laughter, your hopeless, dead existence into limitless, divinely-destined meaningfulness, your sickness into health and your pain and heartache into blessed relief and requited love at last.

Rome could not condemn Him and the Cross Could not conquer Him. The grave could not contain Him. Sadducees and Pharisees, false witness and false friends could not deceive Him. Satan could not defeat Him. That God is Jesus Christ, your champion over death, Hell and the grave, and He's Your Lord and Your Savior. He is the Door to your better tomorrow and the Answer you have sought for all these years.

The Bible says, we walk by faith and not by sight. You are what you believe. You cannot separate yourself from what you believe. Today is the day that the Lord has made for you to put your Faith in Him. If you can believe Him to do such a great and mighty thing as to open the grave, then you can certainly believe Him to handle the trails in your life. Do not be moved by what you see, do not be moved by what you feel, be moved by what you believe. If you want what you have never had, then you must believe like you have never believed before. Get up, get up, get free, For he Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! This is the Day that the Lord has made and it is wonderful in our eyes! Allow Him into the prison, the tomb, that your life has become and He will throw open the gates and lead you out to a more glorious, hope-filled and wonderful life than you could ever have imagined. He offers you a share in His Resurrection Life if you only believe enough to reach out to Him and seize His nail-scarred Hand. And He will lead you in green pastures beside still waters and restore your soul. Alleluia.

On behalf of Father Harris our Pastor, fr. Ridore I Would like to wish you a joyful celebration, hope, faith and love in Jesus Christ Our Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia

May you enjoy the freedom and love of God in Your Life.

Happy Easter!
-Padre Alex Vargas Hernandez

 
     

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