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Monday, March 10
7:00pm - Martha and Joseph
Kempczynki, Sr. and Joseph
Tuesday, March 11
8:00am - Joseph Brennan, Jr.
Wednesday. March 12
8:00am - Mass for the People
Thursday, March 13
8:00am - Margaret Ruskowski
Friday, March 14
8:00am - Nicholas H. Lingo
Saturday, March 15
5:00pm - Joanne Outten Selner
Sunday, March 16
8:00am - Anna Teoli
10:00am - Martha Kempczynski
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Friday during Lent at 6pm
LENTEN LITURGY NOTES
There are many additions and subtractions to the Mass during the season of Lent. The most obvious liturgical feature of Lent is the color Purple (preferably a deep purple). Purple signifies great solemnity, with connotations of both penance and royal dignity. Additionally, the Gloria is omitted during Mass throughout the season. The only time during Lent when the Gloria is said or sung is on the Solemnity of
St. Joseph. You will also notice that the “Alleluia” is not used as a Gospel Acclimation during the penitential
season. The next time that you will hear this festive acclimation will be at the Easter Vigil Mass.
SHOES 2 SHARE
The Saint Thomas Knights have arranged a return engagement with Shoes2Share. This non-profit agency collects your unused or old shoes and refurbishes them and sends them to people in need. Beginning this weekend, March 8 and 9 and available through March 22 and 23, there will be 2 barrels at the back of church for collection. Please check your closets and bring those shoes to Church. This is a great Lenten activity. Thank you for your help!
SON OF GOD - THE MOVIE
Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in the stand-alone feature SON OF GOD. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar winner
Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’ life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago. This is a film not to be missed and is a perfect way for us to begin our celebration of Lent.
Today’s first reading reminds us that Adam and Eve chose not to follow God’s will for them, even though
they knew what it was. So often we want to cooperate with God’s plan, if only we could discern it. Might He be calling you to serve the Church as a priest, deacon, religious sister or religious brother? If you think so, call or write Father David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations 302-573-3113, email@example.com. Be sure to visit our website: www.CalledByTheLord.com
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Marriage Moments: The serpent tempted Eve to doubt God's counsel. (Gn 2 & 3). Jesus was tempted to give in to comfort, pride, and power. (Mt 4:1-11). What is the biggest temptation to your marriage these days - Busyness? Selfrighteousness? Worries about money or children?
Parenting Pointers: Where do you go to church? Perhaps it’s closer than you think. A family is “the most basic way in which the Lord gathers us, forms us, and acts in the world. The early Church expressed this truth by calling the Christian family a domestic church or church of the home.” (Follow the Way of Love, USCCB). Pray at home today and throughout the Lenten season.
ST. THOMAS BOOK CLUB
The St. Thomas book club reads on. Our book selection is: "The Lamb's Supper, The Mass as Heaven on Earth". Pope John Paul II described the Mass as "Heaven on Earth" explaining that what "we celebrate on Earth is a mysterious participation in the heavenly liturgy". This book will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray the liturgy with a renewed heart and enter into the Mass more enthusiastically and more powerfully than ever before. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Call Janine at 658-4792 for your copy of the book. We will meet to discuss the book on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please join us.
CAPTIAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The parish’s fundraising progress for the Diocese of Wilmington’s capital campaign Sustaining Hope for the Future.
To date we have raised $162,440 in pledges from 71 families. Our parish goal is $216,000 which means that we are $53,560 short. I believe that we can easily reach this goal if everyone participates. This campaign will help secure a solid retirement for our parish and school employees throughout the Diocese. Remember, 40% of all pledges will stay here at St. Thomas. These funds will help us to repair and refurbish our pews as well as pay for the new sound system.
If you have not done so, please prayerfully consider making a pledge to the campaign. I ask that you simply give what is comfortable. We have received pledges as high as $15,000 and as low as $10. All gifts are helpful and much appreciated. If everyone participates, we can do this. If you need a pledge card please contact the parish office or pick one up in the back of the church in front of the statue of St. Anthony. For more information please visit http://dioceseofwilmington.steiergroup.net/
MONDAY NIGHT DEVOTIONS
Join us anytime between 6 and 7pm on Monday nights; recitation of the Rosary begins at 6:40, leading into the 7:00pm Mass and Novena. Everyone is invited to join us as we pray for our own intentions, our parish, our priests, our country and the world, using such beautiful prayers as the Divine Mercy and St. Michael Chaplets.
Is there a young person in your life that wants to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? We are looking to gather as many young people as we can for the celebration of Confirmation on June 22, 2014. Any young person between the ages of 13 and 17 are welcome to participate. Even if your child attends Catholic School, they should be Confirmed at their parish of worship. Call the rectory or speak to Father Hurley after Mass for more information.