FATHER MICHAEL CONNOLLY, OSFS Presents: "The First Gospel: Why is St. Mark's Gospel So Signigicant?" - PART II November 19 after the 10am Mass The Gospel of Mark was the first to be written and his narrativ provided a paradigm for Matthew and Luke to follow. How did Mark choose what episodes about Jesus to include or not? What was Mary trying to accomplish with his narrative? What lessons and insights can we glean from more knowledge about the how's and the why's? Just like us, St. Mark wasn't an eyewitness to Jesus' deeds and words; he did not know Jesus personally.
THANKSGIVING DAY MASS Plan to join us here at St. Thomas for Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9am. It is a time for us to say thank you to God for all of the gifts that He continues to pour out upon us. Eucharist means thanksgiving and there is not a more appropriate way for us to begin our celebration of this National Holiday. At Mass, Monsignor will bless special candles that you can take home to place on your Thanksgiving Dinner table. The candles will have with them a prayer that you can use to bless your meal. This year we will once again celebrate the tradition of blessing your Thanksgiving table bread. Bring your bread (or any other food item that you would like blessed) and place it at the foot of the altar before Mass. At the end of Mass, you can retrieve your blessed food and share it with your family and friends at your Thanksgiving feast.
THE GIVING TREE Our parish is once again collecting gifts for patients at the Delaware Psychiatric Center. Look for the tree near St. Joseph’s Altar next weekend, November 25 & 26. Please take a tag (or several) and return items unwrapped by December 10. Thank you for your generosity and continued support in this project.
THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Beginning 2018, “Baptism Preparation” Classes will be held on Sunday following the 10:00am Mass. The class is required to have your child baptized. Do both parents have to attend the class? No, only one parent must attend, but it is highly encouraged that both do. Godparents are invited and encouraged to attend also. Please call the Parish Office to register.
THE GREAT SPARTAN EVENT! The Rockets will be appearing at Saint Mark's on Saturday, December 2 - 7:00 p.m. until midnight. Your registration includes beef, beer, additional food and wine. A cash bar is available for mixed drinks. Your support benefits educational programs at Saint Mark's. We look forward to seeing you there! To order your tickets please use this link. https://www.stmarkshs.net/page/giving/events?blm_aid=79035
ST. VINCENT dePAUL SOCIETY The St. Thomas the Apostle Conference of St. Vincent DePaul Society formed to provide spiritual support and economic assistance to parishioners and our neighbors in distress. This can only be accomplished through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and your generous contributions. For assistance, to volunteer your time and talents or for further information, please call the parish office at (302) 658-5131 x6.
VOCATION REFLECTION The parable in today’s gospel reading reminds us that, in the use of our gifts, we’re accountable to the One who is the Author of those gifts, the One who is the Author of life itself. If you think God might be calling you to use your gifts as a priest, deacon, religious sister or religious brother, call or write Father Norm Carroll, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113, firstname.lastname@example.org). Be sure to visit our website: www.cdow.org/vocations!
GOD IS ON THE AIR You are invited to listen to the Catholic Forum podcast. A new podcast is posted every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at cdow.org/communications or search “Catholic Forum” on Apple Podcasts or iHeartRadio podcasts. Next Sunday, November 26th, advent activities for the entire family will be presented. For photos, information regarding upcoming guests, podcasts and more, “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catholicforum. Listen to past episodes of Catholic Forum online at catholicforumradio.libsyn.com or search “Catholic Forum Radio” on iTunes podcasts.
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY Marriage Moments: "When one finds a worthy wife [husband] their value is far beyond pearls [money]." (Proverbs 31:10) Although this scripture traditionally refers to wives, it works equally well for husbands. Pause for a moment and ponder the worth of your beloved.
Parenting Pointers: Once Thanksgiving is over, let the shopping begin! Or must it? The Friday after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday - the day stores start to make a profit. Buying gifts isn't inherently bad, but giving an experience is often more memorable. Why not stay home and play a game?