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Bulletin of August 31, 2014

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Sanctuary Lamp   Votive Lamp Of St. Peregrine
 

In Memory of
+PATRICIA ANN BURKOWITZ+
May she rest in peace and may her son John O'Connell be consoled in the loss of
his dear mother.

 

For
GRACE L'AURORA
For her divine healing and strength
for her devoted
husband, Paul.


Second Collection Letter: Respect Life / Migrants

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me" (Mt. 25:40). These words of Jesus Christ from the Gospel of Matthew serve as a challenge to all those who call themselves brothers and sisters of Christ.

Our Catholic social teaching and tradition encourages and leads us to protect the vulnerable, the disenfranchised and the persecuted. Through our spiritual, pastoral and material care we seek to love the Christ in each person we meet. Next weekend the Diocese of Palm Beach will have a special collection to benefit two important pastoral and social works of the Church: the Respect Life Ministry and the Migrant Ministry.

We believe that each and every person has a God given right to be treated with respect and dignity, from conception to natural death. Through prayer, education, and pastoral programs, our diocesan ministries, and especially those of Catholic Charities, seek to protect the sanctity of all: the unborn, the poor, the unemployed, the migrant, the marginalized, the sick, and those in prisons.

As witnesses to the Gospel of Life, we strive to answer God's call to preach the truth with love at all times. Our loving response to and care of our brothers and sisters is a reflection of our faith in God, who is love. The kingdom for which we strive beckons us as ultimately we yearn to hear the words of the Father, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Mt. 25:34).

With gratitude and every prayerful wish for your continued generosity, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,


Now Accepting Fall Registrations

Labor Day

CLOSED on Labor Day Monday September 1st.


Chancellors of St. Thomas More

The Chancellors of St. Thomas More would like you to join them. This is a group of men who take the time and dedication to study and practice the word of the Lord.

With the love of Christ in the life of each man there in makes better husbands, fathers and men.

If you would like to join please contact:
Roberto - 561-635-0520
Bob - 561-699-1507


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Upcoming Events Calendar
  September     October     November  
  St. Peregrine Mass
- September 13th
    Blessing of the Animals
- October 4th
    All Saints' Day
- November 1st
 
   Back to Church Sunday
- September 21st
    Life Chain
- October 5th
    All Souls' Day
- November 2nd
 
         Cancer Awareness Dinner
- October 18th
    St. Peregrine Mass
- November 8th
 
         Madonna CCW Craft Show
- October 11th & 12th
    Appointment with God
- November 10th
 
        Priesthood Sunday
- October 26th
    Women's Retreat
- November 22nd
 

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


Great Marriage

Marriage is hard work. Great marriages are even harder.

I don't know if I'd claim to have a great marriage. My wife reads my blog some days. (She's the one that finds most of my typos.) And my wife is the relational queen the best I've ever seen so her expectations for relationships are high.

For years, working with couples, I would ask them how strong their marriage was on a scale of 1 to 10. I just wanted to see where they felt they were and how far apart they were from each other. Almost without exception, the wife had a lower number than the husband. I think that's because the women are usually the more relationally aware than us men. And frankly, because of that, they often have higher expectations for all a marriage could be.

So, while I actually think we have a great marriage, I'm going with good for the purpose of this post.

But I'm pretty sure she'd say we have a good marriage. (Please say that, sweetheart.) And I'm certain she'd agree we work at being great together most of the time. (There have been weeks, especially earlier in our marriage, when we seemed to work against each other but those days are rare now. Thankfully.)

Certainly both of us have seen things that don't work for our marriage and with the hundreds of other marriages we've encountered in ministry. And we've also witnessed some great marriages. We've made a goal to surround ourselves with people who have marriages that can strengthen our own. One of our best pieces of premarital advice we give is to encourage people to find mentoring couples. It's worked for us too.

  • So, what are some things that make great marriages soar?
  • What keeps them going? What have we observed?
  • What have we experienced?

Here are a few thoughts.

How great couples make their marriage soar:

Let differences work for them.
All couples are made with two different people. No two people in the world are just alike. And after working with hundreds of couples, I'm convinced opposites often do attract. But great couples learn to build upon those differences. They build upon each other's strengths and let each other minimize their weaknesses. "Two are better than one" the author of Ecclesiastes says and great couples live this truth.

Extend grace for the minor annoyances.
Can we just be honest?
People do stuff that gets on our nerves at times. That's true of all of us, even with the people maybe even especially with the people—we love the most. Great couples have learned not to let those little things distract from the major things like love and commitment.

Serve each other.
There are no 50-50 splits of responsibility in a great marriage. Great couples learn to sacrificially serve one another. In the best relationships, it would be difficult to judge who serves one another more. There may be times one gives 100 percent, because the other can't give anything. And there are other times the other spouse gives 100 percent. And neither complains when it's their turn to give all.

Prioritize their time.
Great couples spend time together. Life is busy for all of us. These couples schedule time together. They find things to do that each of them enjoy. And they say no to other things that would keep them from having adequate time together.

Keep no secrets.
There are no hidden issues among great couples. They are vulnerable with each other. Both partners open themselves up to the other person completely.

Publicly support each other.
Great couples are supportive of each other in public. They don't tear each other down in public. They handle private issues in private.

Keep no record of wrongs.
Great couples learn to forgive. There aren't any lingering issues that haven't been resolved.

I feel the need to emphasize that I'm writing these with the understanding that it takes two people both committed to making the marriage great for any of these to work. There are some people who would give anything to make a great marriage, but they are the only part of the couple trying. I get that. A one-sided commitment won't work when attempting to bond two people into one great couple.

But when two people are willing to work hard, a great marriage is within reach. For all of us.

We are working toward the great marriage. Who is with us?

BY Ron Edmondson


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Madonna CCW   Saint Peregrine Mass
 

The Madonna CCW are a devout group that look to bring members spirituality and their own devotion to the Blessed Mother under the patronage of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

For more information please contact
Terry 561-967-0358

 

Join us on
Saturday, September 13th at 10:30am
in the Saint Peregrine Garden.

This is a blessed Mass dedicated to those
suffering from Cancer and other
ailments.


Vendors Needed for Madonna CCW's Annual Holiday Art & Craft Show

Saturday, October 11th and Sunday, October 12th

The event will be held in the Faith Formation Building. Articles available: hand knitted & crocheted clothing, blankets, quilts, pillows, glassware, Christmas ornaments & decorations, leather goods, art work, jewelry, children's toys & books and much more.

Consider doing your Christmas shopping early while benefitting your parish! The Sweet Shoppe will be fully stocked with home made baked goods, candies and healthy foods for your enjoyment.

For more information call Terry: 561-967-0358.


Madonna CCW

Would like to thank our parishioners for being generous and donating so many wonderful items towards the Madonna CCW Holiday Art & Craft Show.


Saint Thomas More Preschool Presents

Chi Mangia Bene, Mangia Italiano
Dinner & Auction

     
  November 15th  
     

Blessing of the Animals   Stop by our Parish Gift Shop
 

Saturday, October 4th
Join us for our Blessing of the Animals!
This is a time we take to remember
the animal companions in our lives.
Bring them by and let us give them a blessing.

 

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

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


Food Drive continues

STM continues to hold a food drive on the last weekend 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.

Collection Date : August 30th & 31st


Cancer Awareness Dinner
     
  October 18th at 5:30pm  
     

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!


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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!


R.C.I.A Night of Inquiry

August 29th or September 12th from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Chapel

Please join us for a night of inquiry. Each year men and women feel the call to explore the Catholic Faith. Some are discerning entering the faith. And others, although they were baptized Catholic, did not complete their Sacraments.

To Signup please contact:
Cindy Degler-Perez - Degler Perez@yahoo.com
Lillian Rivera - lillianrivera52@att.net


Life Chain Rosary   Exaltation of the Holy Cross
 

The Life chain takes place on
Sunday, October 5th 2014.

There will be a pro-life Rosary that day.
Please come out and show your support!

  On the Sunday of September 14th,
we celebrate the
Holy Cross as the instrument of our
Salvation at all masses.

Sticky Faith


We all have human dignity which is the value and worth we share because God created us in his image and likeness. Because of this, each of us possesses an immortal soul, the invisible spiritual reality that makes each of us human and that will never die. Only human beings are capable of knowing and understanding themselves and their thoughts, feelings, and motivations.
Only human beings can know and love God, and thus share in his life.


Attention Faith Formation Parents

Mandatory meeting for parents of Faith Formation students Monday, September 8th at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center.

Important information regarding the
upcoming school year will be discussed.


Classes Begin September 22nd

We are excited to welcome back
our students and to meet our new students.

See you soon!

It is required for all able students to download
our Faith Formation App.


Mandatory Welcome Back Mass

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of our
Faith Formation School year for 2014-2015!

September 14th at 12:30pm

A reception following mass will be in the
Faith Formation building.

Students can meet their teachers, and get their books and
shirts. Student photos will be taken for ID cards.


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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.


Widows and Widowers Welcome New Members

We will begin our new season on September 17th at 1:00pm in Faith Formation Room #4.

Our Motto "KFC" KIND, FRIENDLY & CARING.
We are a social group organized to encourage others to come to the realization that we can go forward in our lives by making new friends who share a common ground.

For more information contact:
Phyllis Fitzpatrick 737-1414
Lucille Holloway 731-3111


Altar Server Training!

September 27th at 9:00am

It is the time for our youth who decide to serve on the Altar to receive their training so they may better serve our church, clergy and Christ.

If interested please contact or visit our Parish Office to sign up.


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.


Priesthood Sunday
Remember to mark your calendars
and join Father Harris and the
Clergy for a Solemn Mass and reception on
October 26th at 12:30pm

Remember

St. Thomas More in
your Last Will & Testament!


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


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