JOIN THE CHOIR “Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; . . . let us joyfully sing psalms to him.” (Psalm 95:1a, 2b) The words of today’s Psalm invite you to elevate your hearts, minds, and voices in worship before the God who made you. These words also may inspire you to consider membership in Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish Adult Choir. The Adult Choir season extends from mid-September to early June. The group sings at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays and rotates every other month at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday. They also sing for all the litugies of the Easter Triduum. The Adult Choir practices on Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the church choir loft and more frequently when preparing for the Christmas season and the Easter Triduum. The first rehearsal of the new year is Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Additionally, if you are accomplished players of any brass, percussion, string, and/or woodwind instruments, please prayerfully consider sharing your gifts of talent and time with this Community. For more information about the Adult Choir or Cantors please see Patrice Roman, Parish Music Director, in the choir loft or phone me at 658-5131.
SHARE IN THE SPIRIT Next week, parishioners throughout the diocese will be asked to help make the dream of a Catholic education a reality for struggling Catholic families. Monies raised through this collection coupled with the diocese’s tuition assistance endowment provides financial assistance to hundreds of deserving families who seek a Catholic education for their children but who cannot afford the full cost of tuition. Through this collection, our Bishop is reaching out to believing and worshipping Catholics like you to assist him in ensuring that the Catholic commitment to total education of our children does not fade away because people cannot afford it. Since the Church has the mission to educate and since this mission directly affects the quality of life we experience as Catholics, all of us have a stake in Catholic education. It is in light of this reality that I ask you to consider supporting next week’s Share in the Spirit collection. God bless you for your goodness.
THE ANNUAL RED MASS The annual Red Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 2, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church. This is the 30th Annual Celebration of the Red Mass, and the homilist will be Fr. Robert Kennedy, who was homilist for the first diocesan Red Mass Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Red Mass is celebrated annually for judges, lawyers, law professors and students, and government officials. The Mass invokes the gifts of the Holy Spirit for those who seek justice and serve in its administration. Dinner follows in the church hall.
HUSBANDS AND WIVES Only YOU can set marriage fires! Want to find out how to keep yours burning? Take each other on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next weekend is November. 3-5, 2017. To receive more information or to apply, call Tony and Linda Massino, 302-220-9833
HOW WE WELCOME CHILDREN AT ST. THOMAS TO THE PARENTS OF OUR YOUNG CHILDREN, MAY WE SUGGEST … Relax! God put the wiggle in children; don’t feel you have to suppress it in God’s house. All are welcome! Sit toward the front where it is easier for your little ones to see and hear what’s going on. They tire of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Quietly explain the parts of the Mass and actions of the priest, deacon, lector, etc. Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you. If you have to leave the Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back.
As Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Remember that the way we welcome children in Church directly affects the way they respond to the Church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship.
TO THE MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH The presence of children is a gift to the Church, and they are a reminder that our parish is growing. Please welcome our children and give support and a smile of encouragement to their parents
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. We serve to help the suffering or deprived, and to bring God’s love to the poor by answering their calls and visiting them in their homes. 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 and leave a detailed message at Extension 6.
VOCATION REFLECTION In today’s second reading, St. Paul reminds the Romans (and us) that “None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord.” While that is true for all of the baptized, some are called to live lives consecrated for the service of the Church as priests, deacons or religious. If you think God might be inviting you to some form of consecrated life, please call or write Father Norm Carroll, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-3113, email@example.com). 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, September 24th, Father Brian Lewis, Associate Pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Wilmington, will discuss the upcoming Marian Pilgrimage. 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: "While a lone man may be overcome, two together can resist. A three-ply cord is not easily broken." (Eccles. 4:12) Bond yourself together as husband and wife. With bringing God into your relationship, you create a three ply cord, giving you the strength that is not easily broken.
Parenting Pointers: Children often complain that a parent, a sibling, or playmate is not being fair - and it may be true. Life is not always fair. Talk with your child about a time when they had an advantage or disadvantage. Share how you cope when something unfair happens.