Advent Penance Service
A penance service will be held at the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Thursday December 4th at 7:00pm.
There will be one Mass on Thanksgiving Day, at 9:00am. Please note that there will also be only one Mass at 9:00am on Friday the 28th.
The Parish Office will be closed on both these days. Happy Thanksgiving!
Holy Day of Obligation
Monday December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be held at 7:00am, 12:00pm, and 6:00pm.
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!
Parish Work Day
Join us for our parish work day on Saturday, December 13th from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon. We will be cleaning the inside and outside of the church, the Parish Center and classrooms, and around the the rectory. Please bring tools such as rakes, ladders and step ladders. We could also use 3 pressure washers.
Lunch will be provided. We hope you can join our parish family in cleaning our church for the upcoming Christmas celebration!
There are plenty of ways to help! For more information or to sign up, email Chaney Coggins email@example.com or call parish office at 222-9630.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com or call the parish office at 222-6430.
“give us this day our daily bread…”
It’s that time of year when we turn our minds to a dinner table that has everything we might imagine on it. A big juicy turkey, sweet potatoes, squash, mashed potatoes and gravy. Maybe even some pumpkin or pecan pie if you have room. Maybe you envision the whole family around and grandma if she’s up for it. Everyone is smiling and having a great time. There seem to be no family feuds to calm or anyone in the hospital. Everything is as it should be. It’s a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving. Well…if that’s your Thanksgiving you might be in the minority. I haven’t experienced that kind yet. Close, but isn't it in our hearts to yearn for something ideal and comforting? Maybe that’s why Norman Rockwell did so well with his compositions of family gatherings and American culture. We want to see what can be and what is good. All too often it’s another version for many Americans who struggle to put food on the table for their children. Maybe it’s a single parent who is working three jobs and is asked to work on Thanksgiving Day in order to get ready for the hordes of people that flock to the Black Friday sales or maybe someone who has been laid off from work. Maybe even worse, a recent episode of violence gripping the minds of students where peace used to reign.
As we all know a dark cloud has hovered over the FSU campus and surrounding area since the early morning shootings took place at Strozier Library recently. Three students in particular were hurt with one seriously wounded. Is Thanksgiving about a perfectly set table with all the trimmings? Or is it more of an attitude of gratitude that should pervade our hearts and minds. We like to believe that we will have tomorrow to enjoy and the future to fulfill our dreams, but with what has happened recently perhaps we should be grateful for the blessings of the day and let tomorrow take care of itself. If we can do that then maybe Thanksgiving Day will be a success.
Gratias tibi valde,