Parish Cluster News and Events
August 12/13, 2017 - Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
to view this weekend's bulletin on our website.
Here are the highlights from this weekend's bulletin:
No weekday Mass
this Monday at Ss. Peter & Paul.
This Tuesday, August 15th, is a Holy Day of Obligation
for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ss. Peter & Paul mass time: 8:00am; St. Thomas mass time: 7:00pm.
Parish offices closed
this Tuesday and Thursday.
St. Thomas Parishioners
Voting for two new Pastoral Council members
begins next weekend, August 20th, through August 27th. Ballots will be in pews. Information on candidates inserted in this weekend's bulletin.
Please turn in raffle ticket stubs
and money as soon as possible. Do not place in offertory basket next weekend or they will not make it into the drawing.
We still need several Volunteers
for our Parish Festival. Sign up board in back of church.
Donation items needed for our festival
: baked goods, including pies and cakes, prizes, home-grown items from gardens and homemade craft items. Please see bulletin for details.
Please sell your quilt drawing tickets
and turn in. Can still turn tickets in at festival, at raffle table.
Everyone is invited
to the St. Thomas Parish Festival next Sunday, August 20th, for an afternoon full of fun, food and fellowship!
For information on the above highlights, please see this weekend's bulletin or visit our website at:
From the Pastor
For the next two weeks I will be in South Dakota at our annual youth camps, preaching, praying, and playing with youths from our parishes and the surrounding area. As of this writing we have a high number of registrants this year. Please keep all of us in your prayers for a holy and fun and successful Camp Veritas.
A reminder that August 15 is a holy day of obligation, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. See the bulletin for mass times.
As we enjoy this warm summer weather it is also a good time to remember that clothing worn in church should be appropriate, modest, and respectful. We might ask ourselves the question, If the Lord God were going to visit my own home, is this the clothing that I would wear in order to please Him and give him an honorable welcome? If not, then it is not appropriate for church.
When we enter the church, we leave the world behind. Often, church doors have inscribed above them: Porta caeli, which means, the gate of heaven. As the ancient eastern Catholic prayer goes, “Let us set aside all earthly cares and worship the King of Glory.” We enter church for one purpose: to seek God.
Upon entering the church, bless yourself with holy water. Dip the fingers of your right hand into the water and make the sign of the cross. This is a sacramental which puts demons and their temptations to flight. As we use holy water let us also consider our lives, how they could be so much easier with God’s help, how we could bear our crosses better and pursue holiness. Also, the holy water calls to mind our own baptism when this water was poured upon us for this purpose: To prepare us for heaven. Let us renew our intent to lead a life innocent of sin.
When we genuflect in church, we customarily do so on the right knee. Some people look like a yo-yo, a quick bounce and they’re in. Others are like a fake pass in a football game: they appear to direct attention toward the tabernacle but quickly move to the side. Obviously, if anyone is physically unable to genuflect, that is fine. But all genuflections should be sincere and reverent. It is not appropriate to replace a genuflection with a bow when there is no physical reason (bad knees, etc) for doing so.
Finally: If we enter the church to seek God, then talking in church is not appropriate, especially when others are praying. Talking is for the social hall or the steps outside (especially in this nice weather). And if you see someone you don’t know: One of the greatest things you can do is introduce yourself. One man recently told me of his first time attending St. Thomas with his wife, and he said two men approached him after mass and introduced themselves and asked if he was new, and welcomed him. What a great example of hospitality! Enjoy the good summer weather.
Elements of the
Catholic Mass (cont'd)
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Sent by Sherry Elsen on Saturday, August 12 at 3:00PM