Advent Penance Service
A penance service will be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Thursday December 4th at 7:00pm.
Annual Christmas Party
You are invited to St. Thomas More's Annual Christmas Party on Saturday, December 13th, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Entertainment provided by the Neapolitan Nights! The Pastoral Council will provide the main meat entree, paper products, and wine. Please sign up to bring an appetizer, a side dish, drinks or dessert to share. RSVP by Wednesday, December 10th. Sign up here. See you there!
Financial Peace University
What is Financial Peace University? We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! Click here to register. For questions, contact Jeri at email@example.com. Class is $100 per family (or single), and runs Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning January 12, 2015.
Baptismal Preparation Classes
Deacon Andy will be holding a Baptismal Preparation Class on Monday, December 15 at 6:30pm in the Lewis Conference Room. All parents and godparents of children seeking the Sacrament of Baptism are welcome to attend. Call the office at (850) 222-9630 to register.
The Rite of Confirmation is a sacrament that continues the welcome and belonging that began with Baptism and has continued with Eucharist. Confirmation deepens our relationship with God and strengthens us to live lives of faith and mission. Baptized Catholics seeking confirmation in the faith should contact Deacon Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 222-6430.
"To Be or Not to Be"
Where have we heard that before? That is the beginning of one the most famous soliloquies ever written. But in case you didn't know it’s from Shakespeare’s famous play The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Hamlet utters these words of despair as he contemplates death and suicide. He bemoans the trials and pains of life, but realizes the alternative still might be worse.
It could always be worse.
It’s true in the small things and bigger events of our life.
No one can escape trial or the crosses of life. How we deal with
our cross is our responsibility.
We may need our grieving time,
but we must always remember that Easter Sunday follows Good Friday. This is not a Lenten reflection, but something we should always remember when life does not go our way. Whether it’s the loss of our favorite baseball team in the World Series or a relationship gone bad, there is always hope of a new day.
Change is always a part of life and we must adjust to it. The additional hour of time we get with Day Light Savings Time will be welcomed by many I’m sure. However, time waits for no one, but maybe this is a good thing. It forces us to decide and move forward. Some things we have no control over, such as the Summer giving way to the Fall or the nights growing longer and the days shorter, or even the blowing of a referee’s whistle signaling the end of a game, but let us not forget that we all have a choice in how we view the events of our life and always strive “to be” rather than “not to be.”
In His Service,