Holy Week Celebrations
Wednesday, April 1 at 8:00pm, Church
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper
Thursday, April 2 at 7:00pm, Church
CSU Stations of the Cross
Good Friday, April 3 at 12:30pm,
Landis Green, FSU
Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
Good Friday, April 3 at 3:00pm, Church
Confessions following service
Saturday, April 4 at 8:30pm, Church
Easter Sunday Mass Times
8:30am, 10:00am, 11:45am & 6:00pm
No More Second Collections
Seriously? No more second collections? Yes and No. In consultation with the Financial Council of STM, it has been decided that the most efficient way to collect for the causes of our second collection is to collect them in the 1st collection. What you would do is simply place your second collection envelop in with the 1st collection. If you do not have 2nd collection envelopes you can pick one up on the back table next to the entrance door. This will make your giving more intentional and will also help us to become more efficient and effective with these worthy causes. I also invite you to consider our auto Parish Pay system for both the 1st and 2nd collection. This can be found on our website (www.cocathedral.com) at the bottom of the page by clicking on DONATE.
Thank you for your patience as we integrate with this new practice.
Synod on the Family Questionnaire:
Bishop Parkes invites all who would like to complete the questionnaire providing input to the Synod on the Family, as requested by the Holy Father, to do so. Responses must be received by Sunday, March 15. NOW AVAILABLE AS AN ONLINE SURVEY: CLICK HERE. For the printed version (fill out and mail in) click here.
Catholic Sharing Appeal
Click here to see the 2015 video from Bishop Parkes.
Click here to access the Stewardship Report.
Respect Life Person of the Year Award
Father Chris Winkeljohn received the 2014 Respect Life Person of the Year Award for the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee at the Florida Respect Life convention Oct. 25. Father Winkeljohn serves as the parochial vicar here at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee. Click here to see the article featured on Catholic Compass or visit www.thecatholiccompass.com.
Dear Fellow Lenten Travelers
Here we are again on another Lenten journey of faith. Each year we are brought to this season where we take some time to take a closer look at things that we don’t want to look at; our crosses. The good thing about this is that we don’t do it alone.
Ash Wednesday Masses here were over flowing with people eager to receive ashes upon their forehead. It was impressive to see so many people wanting to start out their Lenten journey with such fervor. I started out with spilling a whole bowl of ashes on my hand at the 7a.m. Ash Wednesday mass. Not sure what that meant other than me being clumsy. All I needed was some sack cloth and I could have sat in them. Ashes remind us of our mortality and of our need for repentance. The two phrases we hear from those bestowing the ashes are “remember you are dust and unto dust you shall return” or “repent and believe in the gospel”.
There are so many things today that have us pursuing a longer life than a life that will end in death. Science and chemistry have provided us with a lot of products that help keep us in pursuit of a youthful figure. Hand, facial and body creams, diet and work out programs abound. Not bad things, but perhaps they can distract us from the reality that one day we will be dust. It’s not fatalistic to meditate upon our own death. It’s a spiritual practice that allows us to prize the time we do have upon this earth to love ourselves and to love our neighbor. If we can learn to do that better, I think our Lent will be a good one.