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Bulletin of November 23, 2014

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Votive Lamp Of St. Peregrine
For:
LORENZO SANCHEZ
(From our St. Thomas More App-Prayer Wall)
His mother asks that we pray for her 2-year old son,
that tests for throat cancer may prove negative.

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In loving Memory of
+LISA LEGER MANGONES+
The Priests and Eucharistic Ministers who attend
our friends at Homewood extend our condolences to
Lisa's son, Abel Michael Roy, and to all who loved her.

May she rest in the eternal peace of God.


Prayer Wall On The St. Thomas More App
 

Your priests and many faithful parishioners join our hearts and prayers for your intentions that you post on our prayer wall from your computer or smart phone.

Our Lord Jesus Christ assures us that when two or more agree in a holy cause, He is there:
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock
and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

Through this marvelous means of social communication we can be together, support one another and share the fruits of The Holy Spirit, which God has given to His children.

We encourage all who are able to download our free application
from the St. Thomas More Web Site:

WWW.STMBB.ORG
Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love. Before our Father's throne, We pour our ardent prayers; Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, Our comforts, and our cares.
Father Julian Harris & Father Alex Vargas

 

Saint Thomas More Catholic Church is proud to present our
Christmas concert

A fantastic Christmas experience with the
St. Thomas More Choirs,
soloists and invited musicians.
Bring your family and friends to celebrate
the Birth of Christ with us!

Friday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Main Church
(Donations gratefully received)

Tickets available at the Parish Office:
Saturday December 7th.


Children's Christmas Pageant

Singers, Dancers, and Actors needed for our Children's Christmas Pageant! Call or stop by the Parish Office to sign up your child!

Children will preform for the Church:
December 24th at the 5:30pm Mass.

Rehearsals for Christmas Pageant:

  • November 21st from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • December 5th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • December 6th from 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • December 12th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • December 13th from 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • December 19th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • December 20th from 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • December 23rd from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • December 24th at 5:00pm

Ministry Christmas Party

We invite our Ministry Members to our Annual Ministry Christmas Dinner on Dec 14th! If you have a dish to share with the community please contact Mrs. Nora Tacoa at the Parish Office!

The Angel Tree

As we approach the Christmas Season we ask you to prayerfully consider 'adopting an Angel' from you STM Angel Tree so we can bring them Joy during this season of Hope. "Angels" will be avilable in the Church in November.


Our Annual Italian Dinner Auction

Our preschoolers enjoyed participating in their class projects for our annual Italian dinner auction. Thank you to our wonderful parents for giving their time and helping make our projects a huge success!


2015 Youth Retreat Joshua God's Hero

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 from 8:00am 7:00pm

We are hosting our annual Saint Thomas More Catholic Youth Retreat: Joshua, God's Hero. We will have amazing guest speakers, live music, prayers & devotions. This will encourage and challenge Youth to become closer to Christ and incorporate Him and His Teachings throughout their daily lives.

Click here to read more


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Ref lections from Pastor Harris

'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.
(Matthew 25:44-46)

In 2012 the New York Daily News and the New York Post featured similar headlines about NYC Police Officer Larry DePrimo's compassion for a homeless, shoeless street person: HEART & SOLE: Angel boot cop: Just doing my job and STOP & FITS: Cop, Why I bought homeless guy shoes. Officer DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted, homeless man. The officer ducked into Skechers, returned with a new pair of boots and socks, knelt down and helped the man put them on. Store manager Jose Cano recalled the night:

We were just kind of shocked. Most of us are New Yorkers and we just kind of pass by that kind of thing. Especially in this neighborhood.

Stories like this are found everywhere because hungry, thirsty, incarcerated people, naked children, ragged beggars and refugees are found everywhere and in every culture. Most look away when they encounter someone in need. Their conscience is still alive enough to cause embarrassment or guilt. Others, whose consciences are defiled or dead, are used to seeing such things and are so desensitized to the pain of others that they don't see people at all.

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man's table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
(Luke 16:19-21)

The best minds theological, economic, cultural, religious, social have been put to the test to understand and to relieve the world of Lazarus, squatting among the dogs on the sidewalk in front of all who pass by. And after all of these centuries, he is still there. He is still there. It is a complex problem, this rich man this poor man, together in the same neighborhood. But at the heart of the story and all of the stories like it, is a simple one: a rich man ate a full meal in full view of a beggar who was starving to death. Both died and were audited:

It is appointed to the children of men to die once, and after their deaths the judgment.
(Hebrews 9:27)

And the rich man died and went to Hell, while the beggar went to Heaven. Judgment is not a function of the bank account, the socio-economic status, the I.Q., the ethnicity of a person or any other attempt to turn people into numbers. Judgment is of the heart.

When did we start to reduce people to categories or statistics? When sufficiently dehumanized of course. It condemned Jesus to death on the Cross and millions to death camps like Auschwitz. It is the death of the conscience. The destiny of the righteous (in Christ) and unrighteous will be determined on the basis of how we attend to the voices at the bottom of the human pile.

God is not waiting incognito on streets of our cities. People are. Our Lord Jesus, Who is Christ and King, asks: Are they nothing to you that you would pass by? The Bible says: The LORD hears the needy and does not despise His captive people. (Psalm 69:33) Do we?

AMEN.


2014-2015 Annual Car Raffle Win Your Choice


Mazda 3, Mazda CX5 or Mazda MX5
Donation of $40 per ticket *.
Drawing on February 22nd .
See your Ticket for more details.

Ministry Ticket Sale Schedule
Week 10 Nov. 29th & Nov. 30th Knights of Columbus
Week 11 Dec. 13th & 14th Chancellors - Spanish
Week 12 Dec. 20th & 21st Columbiettes
Week 13 Dec. 27th & 28th Altar Servers & Masters of Ceremony
Week 14 Jan. 3rd & 4th Lectors Spanish & English
Week 15 Jan. 10th & 11th Women of God
Week 16 Jan. 17th & 18th MCCW
Week 17 Jan. 24th & 25th Chancellors of STM English
Week 18 Jan. 31st & Feb. 1st Circle of Friends & Spanish Choir
Week 19 Feb. 7th & 8th Faith Formation Teachers & Families
Week 20 Feb. 14th & 15th Ushers & St. Vincent de Paul
Week 21 Feb. 21st & 22nd Preschool Staff & Families

We Need Your Help!

Christmas Decorations

We are starting to put together the ornaments and other decorations in preperation for the Christmas Season now. If you have a gift we need you to assist us in preparing our Parish for the beautiful Christmas Season.

Click here to download the form


Christmas Poinsettias

As in past years, St. Thomas More is sponsoring the sale of poinsettias that will adorn our church throughout this holiday season - each plant representing a deceased loved one. The name of your loved ones will be placed on posters and they will be remembered during all Christmas Masses.

Click here to download the form


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My Blessing Light Candle Dispenser

Light a candle for a loved one.
We have a candle dispenser located
in the Saint Peregrine Garden and the Grotto.
Get yours today for a modest fee!


Madonna CCW Annual Fashion Show 2015

Ladies of our Parish our Madonna CCW's annual Fashion Show on
Saturday, February 28, 2015,
at
Indian Springs Country Club,
will be
"BRIDES OF THE CENTURY".

If you have a wedding gown you would like to loan to
Madonna CCW
for this event please call
Norma at 374-9703 for information.


Preschool Italian Dinner

Teddy Bear Donations For Our Annual Shut-in Mass and Luncheon

Please consider donating a NEW Teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the Parish Office. We give these special friends as a gift to our elderly and homebound Parishioners during the special Mass and christmas Luncheon that we host in their honor.

The Annual mass and Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 10th at 10am.

  • Mass: In the Main Church
  • Luncheon: In the Parish Center

"Only new Bears Accepted"


Gummy Vitamins for Honduras
November 29th we will begin accepting
donations of unopened unexpired
Children's Gummy Vitamins.
These can be dropped off at the Parish Office
during any of our normal operation hours.

Donate

We Are Especially In Need Of The Following Items:
Purple & Gold Glitter, Purple Ribbon, Silver & Purple Fabric,
White Christmas Lights, Purple Ornaments Purple & Silver Garland.


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Sticky Faith

Words of Faith

Witnesses are people who speak and act based upon what they know and believe about Jesus Christ. To be a Christian is not just to believe in Jesus Christ. We must give witness to Christ in all that we say and do. We need to share the Good News of Jesus with others. When people see us, they should see the power of Christ in our lives. If they do, they may come to believe, too.


Women's Retreat 2014

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Your life is about Choosing the better part a joyful life of intimacy with Jesus that flows naturally into loving service. What you get in the living room you can take to the kitchen, the work place, the soccer field, and the sickroom, anywhere.

Whether you are a Martha, who was worried and bothered about so many things (including her sister), or Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said, you can draw closer to Our Lord: deepening your relationship, orientating your work as service in the work of love and doing so with less stress and greater peace. Once you have it, only you can give it away: Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42) Some people and modern life in general will try to take your peace away from you.

There is old adage you may be familiar with: Idle hands are the devil's workshop. It is may sound Biblical but it's not. It actually sounds like our mothers or grandmothers or preachers. We do have St. Paul lecturing the church about wasting time in idol pursuits: We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. (2 Thess. 3:11) When people don't have enough to occupy their time or lack a specific goal or purpose in life, they will invariably be tempted to do something sinful: They get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to. (1 Tim 5:13) Society takes this wisdom and twists it to serve other virtues. Our culture drives us to think that busyness is a measure of worthiness. We can become dangerously busy when all work and no play make Jill a dull girl. Have you ever caught yourself in a conversation with a girlfriend just rattling off a list of things you have to do, and it's just one day? Are you outdoing her, competing with her or trolling for sympathy? I cannot overemphasize how detrimental our crowded lives are to our relationship with God. The evil one knows that if we're busy with the things of this life, we will never get around to doing the business of our Heavenly Father. Jesus had to remind His parents: 'Didn't you know that I had to be here, dealing with the things of My Father?' But they had no idea what He was talking about. (Luke 2:49) You will have to make a choice to be with God, even when people in your life will look at you as if you're lazy or crazy. Let them look; they might learn something.

Our time together was be a break from the hectic routine of life, so that you could see it for what it is and what it does to you. All of us must choose the better part and find another way, a better way, which brings us peace at the center. The Quaker mystic Caroline Stephen (1834) wrote: Words may help and silence may help, but the one thing needful is that the heart should turn to its Maker as the needle turns to the pole. For this we must be still.

Father Julian P. Harris


Remember

St. Thomas More in
your Last Will & Testament!


First Annual Veteran's Day Mass at Queen of Peace Cemetery

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.

  • 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

Consider setting up a memorial fund, in lieu of flowers, for your loved ones funeral in order to dedicate a plaque, in their name, in our St. Peregrine Cancer Garden.

Please contact Mrs. Dorothy Kaiser (737-3095) for assistance.


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Stop by the Gift Shop and buy your Gift Card

Give to the person You love!!


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 one's 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.


2014 Mass Book Opening Dates
Nov. 25th & 26th - 9:00am-12pm
Nov. 29th - 9:00am-12pm

Priest Vestment

Consider making a dedication to honor a loved one through a Vestment be used by our St. Thomas More Church during the Celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist! Your loved ones name will be sewn on the Vestment to honor their memory.

Limited quantities available.

VESTMENT DONATION:
$800.00 - $1200.00


Our Lady Of Guadalupe Bilingual Mass Main Celebrant Bishop Maurus Muldon

We will be celebrating a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Main Church. After the Mass we will go in procession to the Parish Center for a small dinner and celebration. Please join us!

Saturday, December 13th
(Mass Begins at 7:00pm in the Church)

Tickes price:
$5 Adults & $3 Children

Donations are appreciated


Bulletin Contact info
Please contact Manuel Santiago design@stmbb.org


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