Parish Cluster News and Events
December 2/3, 2017 - First Sunday of Advent
to view this weekend's bulletin on our website.
Here are the highlights from this weekend's Bulletin and Announcements:
St. Thomas Women’s Club Christmas Cookie Bake
& Exchange this Monday evening.
Adult Education program
& Catholic United Financial
hosting guest speakers Michelle Steele and Angela Lambert this Wednesday. Topic:
H.S. Youth Gathering time moved up
to 6:15pm this Wednesday to attend
Reminder: Friday, December - Solemnity
of Immaculate Conception
(Holy Day of Obligation).
Mass times in bulletin and on website.
in Extraordinary Form
will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul on Friday, December 8, 11:45am. This is in addition to other Parish Cluster Holy Day masses, and also fulfills holy day of obligation.
Winter Paintball outing
for all youth in grades 7-12 next Saturday, December 9. Deadline to sign up: Thursday, December 7.
Second collection next weekend
for Retirement Fund for Religious
Ss. Peter & Paul Christmas Spiritual Bouquet Cards
out at both entrances. Intentions offered at all Ss. Peter & Paul Christmas masses.
Ss. Peter & Paul collecting food
for Holiday Train food drive through Sunday, December 10. Bins located at main entrance of church and in Parish Center.
Ss. Peter & Paul Giving Tree: Last weekend
to donate children/teen toys and gifts.
St. Thomas accepting donations for Christmas Memorials
. Intentions offered at St. Thomas 10am Mass on Christmas Day.
St. Thomas Giving Trees:
Collecting gifts through Wednesday, December 13.
In your charity
, please pray for the repose of the soul of Clarence Klaers who passed away recently.
For information on the above highlights, please see this weekend's bulletin or visit our website at:
St. Thomas the Apostle Future
In 2008 before the Archdiocese implemented its moratorium on new construction processes, St. Thomas the Apostle was actively engaged in campus planning with the intention of eventually building a new church. This summer we received clearance from the Archdiocese to take some initial steps to resume this process, which in light of the large volume of residential construction in Corcoran and western Maple Grove, is right on time.
Therefore, with the assistance of the trustees, we will be starting a St. Thomas the Apostle Future Planning Committee whose initial tasks will be to secure a new demographic study of the parish and region and to interpret the results of this study in order to determine whether we would be justified in creating a long-term campus development plan at this time. The committee will be forming in early 2018. It will include members of the parish council, finance council and the board of trustees. We are also looking for three at-large members from the broader parish community of St. Thomas. If you are interested, and feel you have some professional or life experience that could be an asset to this committee, please send an email to Brook Sullivan at
. Fr. Gallas will review the applicants and choose three parishioners for this valuable work. Thank you for your interest!
Ss. Peter and Paul Updates
At Ss. Peter and Paul we completed in the last few years some essential maintenance and updates on the church including a new roof, new stairs, heating and cooling, as well as the changes to the traffic flow, but there is still more to be done. We are looking forward to the beginning of the tuck point work in January 2018 which will seal and strengthen the mortar and keep the church dry and well-protected and all the bricks in place. We still need your help! The total cost of the tuck point project was $151,000 and to date we have raised $95,000 and we have $30,000 in our campus fund and so we still need to raise $26,000 to complete the full job. We are grateful for whatever you can give!
Finally, and at long last, the statue of Our Lady of Fatima for Ss. Peter and Paul has arrived at the parish office and we are making the final preparations to have her installed in the church which will take place during Advent!
We have a great cluster and two great parishes and we want to make sure both parishes are positioned well for holiness, growth and success.
Sent by Sherry Elsen on Saturday, December 2 at 3:00PM