DIOCESE OF SPRINGFIELD
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat as well as days of fast, when only one full meal is allowed.
On days of fast two other meatless meals may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.
2. The other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.
3. The obligation to abstain from meat begins at fourteen (14) years of age.
4. The obligation to fast begins at eighteen (18) years of age and ends at fifty-nine (59) years of age.
Although the faithful may excuse themselves for a just cause from these laws of fast and abstinence, there is an obligation to substitute another penance and no Catholic should lightly excuse himself/herself from this obligation in the Lenten season.
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 p.m. Traditional Stations
Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Traditional Stations
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. Traditional Stations
Monday, April 10,
6:30 p.m. Living Stations (Prayed by Students of St. Thomas School)
Wednesday, April 12,
12:30 p.m. Living Stations (Prayed by Students of St. Thomas School)
Our next meeting:
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Club Room.
(Pizza will be served this time).
The episodes feature inspiring stories and interviews:
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
How Can We Have Faith?
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2017
Why and How Do I Pray?
THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
How Does God Guide Us?
THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017
Why and How Should I Tell Others?
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
How Can I Resist Evil?
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017
Does God Heal Today?
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017
What About the Church?
From St.Thomas Alpha Team:
At this new program in our parish, Jesus himself invites you to come and be one of his disciples. To learn more about our faith, make a new friendship with God who is present in lives of others and experiences a simple breaking of the bread with each other over a “light dinner” which will be served at each meeting.
We are God’s people,
We are one,
We are his family.
Part of our new ALPHA program is Food.
Whether it’s a group of friends gathered around a kitchen table, or a quick catch-up over coffee, food has a way of bringing people together.
We spend time with one another even before we move to the table, sharing our stories and telling of past events and future hopes. Sounds very similar to hearing God’s Word proclaimed.
We know that the meal is more than a sharing of food, even though we may take pride in a well kept church, we know that it is an experience of communion with one another.
It’s no different at Alpha. We start each session with food because it’s a great way to build community and get to know one another.
Our special THANK YOU goes to:
SORRENTO PIZZA AND RESTAURANT
660 Kings Highway, West Springfield
for providing food for our weekly meetings.
May Almighty God bless you and your work. Thank You. For more information about our Sponsor, please go to: http://www.sorrentopizzawestspringfield.com.
What is your Lenten Resolution?
Would you like to learn more about our God?
Bible Study: Follow Me:
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John for five weeks:
3rd meeting on Sunday, March 19, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:00 P.M.
at Saint Thomas Parish Center
Following Christ takes more than simply believing in him or doing what he asks of us. Jesus wants you to be more than just a believer — He wants you to be his disciple and friend. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus seeks after us. He comes to meet us and beckons us to follow him. He calls us to be his disciples, to trust him, to open ourselves to his merciful love, and to love others as he has loved us. Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ.
The St. Thomas the Apostle
Are you ready to become a member of Saint Thomas Youth Group and you are in
grades 6-10,please contact
Fr. Piotr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next meetings:
Wednesday, April 26 - 6:30 pm
- Parish Center
God bless You all :)
Deacon Jim and Fr. Piotr
St. Jude is the Patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes and one of Jesus’ original twelve Apostles.
Through his intercession to Jesus on our behalf, St. Jude takes us into his continuing care. He welcomes our prayers of gratitude to God, our petitions for strength and help, and offers hope for every intention.
Today, millions of people around the world turn to St. Jude, the Patron of Hope, for his intercession and hope.
We invite you to write your petitions and place it them in the basket before 7 pm Mass on Tuesdays at Saint Thomas Church. Please join us in this devotion and turn to St. Jude, a source of strength and inspiration in our faith.