New Moms Group Coming to St. Thomas
Calling all Moms; YOU are invited to come join the new Mom’s Group here at St. Thomas Aquinas together with your little ones. Our Mom’s Group will be focused on IMITATING MARY, the most perfect mother! We will pray the Holy Rosary with our children. Kick off meeting will be November 21 at 6:00pm. Regular meetings will be the 3rd Friday of every month.
Please contact Laura Escobar if you are interested or have any questions or concerns: (360) 953-1515. We are working on childcare options at this time for the second half of the moms group session, so if you can volunteer to help us on caring for the children after the Rosary please call Sia Nickelsen: (360) 907. 2487.
KC THANKSGIVING DINNER
For years, the KCs have been serving Thanksgiving dinner for seniors, shut-ins and others in need in the Camas/Washougal area on Thanksgiving Day. Last year we delivered 520 meals. If you know anyone that needs a dinner, you can call the Treasure House at 834-4181, Al Schmid at 835-5346 or East Co. at 835-7802. We need the number of people in the household, phone number and address.
Donations help defer the costs and any support you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Donations of unfrozen turkeys need to be dropped off at St. Thomas by Tuesday night, Nov 25.Cooking will begin Wednesday morning. Pies can be delivered until 10am Thursday morning. Drivers are also needed to deliver meals and should arrive at St. Thomas between 11:30 and 11:45.
Please make your donation to the Camas/Washougal Thanksgiving Dinner Fund at Riverview Savings and Loan in Camas or Washougal.
An Ignatian Path to Christ
All parishioners are invited to participate in the Forty Weeks program beginning November 30. This program has three goals: 1) to teach individuals to look at the movements toward and away from God in their lives so as to turn all over to Christ and find healing where necessary; 2) to build a daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; and 3) to learn how to discern the two different spiritual inspirations (good and evil) that are constantly working beneath our conscious awareness.
Look for sign up sheets in the church, office and the link below. Watch for bulletin information regarding purchase of the Forty Weeks book and formation of small groups.
Saint Vincent de Paul Giving Tree
The Giving Tree is up! Please take a tag and pick up a gift for one of our local families. Wrap the gift and securely attach the tag to it. There will be a box available for gifts to be placed into. Our Parishioners make Christmas magical for these families. Thank You for your generosity. Gifts are due back by December 14th.
Parish Advent Mission Dec 14-18
Fr. Anthony Gramlich MIC (Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception) will lead the 5 day parish Advent mission. Father Anthony’s community is entrusted with spreading the message of Divine Mercy as revealed by St. Faustina and is currently the Rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Fr. Anthony has conducted numerous parish missions, retreats and healing Masses across the United States and Canada. A gifted and dynamic speaker, Fr. Anthony also serves as the Director of the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Springfield, MA, and is the chaplain for the New England Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry, (a pro-life healing retreat for men & women who have experienced an abortion). Father will speak on the spirituality of St. Faustina and St. Therese of Lisieux.
Natural Family Planning
Christ and His Church call us to holiness in our everyday lives and in and through our vocations. In the Sacrament of Marriage, a particular kind of conjugal chastity is demanded by the nature of love and God’s order of Creation. In marriage, the two have become one and are called to continually make that gift of self-donation to the other as they strive to build up one another in faith and love. The two, in imitating the Trinity by their union and love, also share with the Trinity in the great work of co-creation. Part of this, of course, is the bearing and raising of children. Marriage in many ways is oriented towards children, which are always a great good.
The couple must remember God’s dominion over Creation as they remain open to life, and must not cut these off through contraception and sterilization. While these are illicit, the Church does allow spouses, with prayer and discernment, to plan their families in a natural way.
Denise Swanson, the NFP Apostolate Coordinator, can be reached at email@example.com with questions or inquiries.