FLU SEASON COMMON SENSE As you know, the flu season is in full swing and I would like to offer a few suggestions:
1. If you don’t feel comfortable shaking hands at the sign of peace this time of year, a simple bow will suffice.
2. If you are not feeling well or are uncomfortable with receiving from the Cup then don’t. It is fine to just receive the host only.
3. If you are sick, stay home until you are better. The Lord understands!
4. Wash your hands before and after Mass.
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.
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 Prophet Samuel did not recognize the Lord's voice immediately; it took very careful listening on his part. Could God be calling you to serve as a priest, deacon, religious sister or religious brother? If you'd like to discuss the possibility, please speak with your pastor or 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 Listen to Catholic Forum every Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. on WDEL 101.7 FM, 1150 AM and www.wdel.com. Next Sunday, January 21st, tune in to hear an interview with Father Tom Peterman, a diocesan priest for 57 years, and an expert on the history of the Diocese of Wilmington. 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: It's the season of New Year's Resolutions. This can be good, but it can also turn your focus away from your beloved to self-improvement. Today, make one specific Resolution to deepen your love.
Parenting Pointers: Does your child have any friends from different ethnicities? Find ways to mix or read stories of a different ethnic group.