Parish Office Phones

Due to damage from a recent power outage, our phone system is not able to record voice mail messages. If the office is closed and you have a sacramental emergency, please call 360.696-4407. They will be able to notify Fr. Oakland of your emergency needs or make contact with another available priest. We will let you know ASAP when this issue is completely resolved. The office will also field St. Vincent de Paul calls during business hours, but clients may not get a return call until Monday. Hopefully the system will be repaired by then! Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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New Mass Times
our weekend Mass schedule is:
Saturday Vigil – 5:00pm
Sunday – 8:30am and 11:00am

     The new office hours will be as follows:
Sunday 9:30am -12:30pm
Monday – Thursday: 9:30am -12:30pm, 1pm – 5pm
Fridays: Closed
Holiday Weekends: Closed

 

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April 24-26

High school students are invited to a retreat in Mt. Angel led by the National Evangelization Team.  NET uses inspiring music, skits and powerful talks to help draw you closer to Christ.  Registration deadline is April 13 and forms are available here.     High School NET Retreat Permission Slip 2015      Contact Drew for information 834-2126.

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Job Posting

St. Thomas Parish is increasing the resources dedicated to our Evangelization department. This will require the splitting of one of the current positions. We are currently hiring for a new Pastoral Assistant for Children’s Evangelization, a PA for Youth Evangelization and a PA for Adult Evangelization.Details about the positions are described in the links below. In addition you will find 2 pdf’s detailing the Staff Reorganization.
Applications for the job can be obtained by emailing:  office@stthomascamas.org

 Job Announcement-2015 FF

Job Desc – PA for Adult Evangelization

Job Desc – PA for Childrens Evangelization

Job Desc – PA for Youth Evangelization

Letter to Parish – for Bulletin – PDF

Organizational Chart PDF
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The light is one for you

Because Lent provides an opportunity to place emphasis on confession and reconciliation, Catholics are encouraged to experience God’s mercy in the sacrament of penance.  A general informational brochure, available at the link below, explains the meaning and purpose of the sacrament with an examination of conscience and other “how to” information.
Confession Guide

For more information about “The Light Is On For You” program, go to:

http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Light/

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Rice Bowl

Hungering for the Journey

Join our parish community—and more than 13,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s rice bowl in the church on Ash Wednesday or in the Parish Office.

Remember, your Lenten sacrifices change lives.

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LENT AND EASTER SCHEDULE

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Lent and Easter Schedule 2015

 

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CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation

CONFIRMATION MASS
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm

Confirmation Preparation-Sundays 9:30-10:30am Fireside – beginning on February 1st.

Starting February 22, 2015:  Confirmation class changes to 9:45 – 10:45 due to change in Mass schedule.

Complete list of confirmation classes:  Confirmation classes

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On November 30, the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis inaugurated a Year for Consecrated Life.  It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.  There are three primary purposes for this Year:    

     1.  renewal for men and women in consecrated life;
     2.  thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests,
          and nuns
     3.  invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.Schedule of speakers

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FORTY WEEKS
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.

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CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUBSIDY

St. Thomas Aquinas offers a subsidy to elementary Catholic school children in order to make a Catholic education more affordable for those who are active parishioners.  In order to aid in our budgeting process, these forms must be turned in no later than March 31.  Application packets are
available in the parish office or by clicking on the links below.

St. Thomas Tuition Subsidy Procedure

Statement of Active Parishioner 2015 2016

Subsidy Letter from Fr. Oakland 2015

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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 camasnfp@gmail.com with questions or inquiries.

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