Advent/Christmas Mass Schedule
Weekday Mass Schedule
Monday – Friday: 7 am & 5:15 pm
Dec. 15th – Jan. 2nd: 7 am only
Saturdays: 8 am
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:15 pm (Vigil)
Sunday: 8:30 am, 10 am, 11:45 am, 6 pm
Christmas Mass Schedule
Wednesday, December 24th Children’s Mass: 5:00 pm
Midnight Mass: 11:30 pm
Thursday, December 25th
Christmas Day Mass: 10 am (One Mass Only)
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Holy Day of Obligation)
Wednesday, December 31st: 5:15 pm (Vigil)
Thursday, January 1st: 10:00 am
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Financial Peace University
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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 JeriWink27@gmail.com . Class is $100 per family (or single), and runs Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning February 2, 2015.
There are many ways to share your financial gifts with the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More and the Catholic Student Union (CSU). One way is through your IRA. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, passed on December 17, 2014, extended provisions that allows older IRA account owners to donate their IRA withdrawals to charity through tax years 2012, 2013 and 2014. Transferring an IRA distribution to a charity allows retirees to avoid paying income tax on the amount withdrawn. Qualifying distributions may be made by individuals age 70 1/2 and older in amounts up to $100,000 per year.
For other ways to can support the parish or CSU contact Dasha Nixion firstname.lastname@example.org for CSU, Diane Perez email@example.com.
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.
Classes for baptized adult Catholics will start on January 8, 2015 and end with the Rite of Confirmation on April 11, 2015 by Bishop Parkes. Baptized Catholics seeking confirmation in the faith should
contact Deacon Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 222-6430.
A Clear Year
When Fr. John asked me to share reflections on the Church's Year of Consecrated Life (recently launched), it seemed wise to quote the Holy Father’s lucid letter about this. After all, he’s the Pope, he's inspiring, and he’s a religious!
Pope Francis states three aims for this special year: “to look to the past with gratitude, to live the present with passion, and to embrace the future with hope.”
While all Christians are called to reflect the Spirit’s joy, consecrated persons should manifest “that God is able to fill our hearts to the brim with happiness; that we need not seek our happiness elsewhere; … and that our total self-giving in service brings us life-long personal fulfillment.”
Locally, it's encouraging that our bishop, diocese, and parish of St. Thomas More have made fine plans for observing the year. For example, on Sunday February 8th, an evening Mass and reception will celebrate consecrated life in two places simultaneously. One is with Bishop Parkes at the Cathedral in Pensacola, and the other is with the founder of the Brotherhood of Hope (Fr. Philip Merdinger) here at the 6 pm Mass at the Co-Cathedral. Please join the celebration!
Because the year observance is for the entire Church, the Pope urges all Christians “to be increasingly aware of the gift…of our many consecrated men and women, heirs of the great saints who have written the history of Christianity,…a great history still to be accomplished!”
May each of us fulfill our God-given vocation vigorously in order to help achieve this great history.
Br. Rahl Bunsa, BH
Brotherhood of Hope