Advent Ignatian Prayer Experience 2014
All are invited to the Advent Ignatian Prayer Experience we are offering at STM on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30pm from Nov. 19-Dec. 17. Each evening will include a presentation on prayer, quiet time to practice the prayer form presented, and an opportunity for faith sharing with the group. Advanced registration is encouraged. A free-will offering is requested. To register or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-223-4190.
Make a Family’s Christmas Bright
The 2014 Giving Tree will arrive in the church entry on Saturday, Nov. 22nd. St. Thomas More will provide Christmas gifts to 20 families in need at St. Andrew Nativity School. The tree is decorated with 3-part tags labeled with a gift requested by the children and parents. There are tags with $10, $20, and $50 cash donations. Any tag you choose helps toward our efforts to bring joy to these families on Christmas Day. Please consider taking a tag (or two) to help these families. All gifts and cash are due back by December 14th. WE ARE IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WITH MANY JOBS!!! If you can help, please call Robin Becic at 503-297-4639 or Marilyn Whitaker at 503-799-6418.
Working on the Margins
Next weekend’s (Nov. 22-23) Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) needs your help. CCHD was founded to end the cycle of poverty in the United States by funding organizations that help people help themselves. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact on communities nationwide. Your contribution will defend human dignity and help those living on the margins of our society. Please give to the CCHD Collection.
Building Homes, Building Lives
St. Thomas More is helping Habitat for Humanity with their Interfaith Build. We are looking for volunteers the first Wednesday of each month and a designated weekend each month. If you are interested, sign up sheets are in the church entry. No experience is necessary! If you have any questions, please contact Heather Daron at email@example.com.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Classes are on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm in the Church Office conference room.
If you would like to participate or accompany a participant, please contact Kim Zea at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-222-2055.
Religious Education (R.E.)
Religious Education classes for children in grades 1-5 meet in the Parish Hall on Monday evenings at 6:45pm. These classes are designed for both Non-Catholic and Catholic school children. For more information, contact Kim Zea at email@example.com or call 503-222-2055.
Little Angels Sunday Preschool (2 1/2 – 4 1/2 years)
The Little Angels Sunday Preschool meets on Sundays during the 10am Mass. Parents check their preschool children in at the church entrance and then be seated. The children will exit the church right after the opening prayer and go to the Kindergarten classroom during Mass. Preschool childen will be picked up at the Kindergarten classroom door after Mass. Parents of participating families will be expected to take turns being classroom helpers. If you have questions, contact Kim Zea at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-222-2055.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW)
All parish children in grades K-5 are invited to join us during the Liturgy of the Word at the Sunday 10am Mass. During this time, the children will hear the Sunday readings in a story they will understand. They will have an opportunity to share with each other what Christ’s message is for all of us. The children will return to Mass to rejoin the congregation at the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
The Shawl Ministry will begin soon. Jeannie Vermilya has offered to lead the group. If you love to knit or crochet and would like to donate your work to those who are ill or in hospice, please contact Kim Zea at email@example.com or call 503-222-2055, ext. 14.
We have fall dates to volunteer at the Blanchet House soup kitchen. The following Wednesdays include: December 3 & 10. We are committed to providing 10 volunteers each time. Children who volunteer with a parent must be in the 6th grade or older. To sign up, please call Kim Zea at 503-222-2055. If a conflict arises and you’re unable to fill your spot, please contact Kim.