In our Catholic Faith, the month of May is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. The Rosary begins 25 minutes before Mass is to start. You are invited to please arrive a little early, bring your Rosary and pray with us.
Next weekend (April 29-30), the diocese has asked us to take up a collection for the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. There are envelopes for this purpose on the display cases in the back of church or you may use a plan envelope (which may also be found on the display cases). These funds help strengthen the church at home. Your generosity will help provide much-needed training for lay ministers and other essential ministries in poor parishes across the United States. To learn more, go to www.usccb.org and search “Catholic Home Mission Appeal.”
THANK YOU to everyone who participated and gave generously to our CRS Rice Bowl collection. Your gift will help provide food and medical care for the needy throughout the world. May God bless you for your kindness and generosity.
Attention to the CLASS OF 2017!! You and your families are invited to the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, May 14th at the 5:30pm Life Teen Mass. We invite you all to participate in the celebration. We would love for the seniors to wear their caps and gowns to this mass. Some school may not have their caps and gowns but please don’t let this keep you from being apart in this mass. Seniors who are attending will meet in the South Foyer of the Church on May 14th by 5:15pm. After the Mass is over please join us in the Community Center for a reception.
Sunday, May 7th at 8:40am in the grotto. Please bring flowers from your garden to honor our Blessed Mother Mary during the month of May.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS:
Sunday, May 7th at11:30am. Children meet in Children’s Church (across from parish office) no later than 11:00am
REHEARSAL FOR SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Thursday, May 11th at7:00pm. Candidates and sponsors meet in the Community Center no later than 6:45pm.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION MASS:
Friday, May 12th at6:00pm. Candidates and sponsors meet in the Community Center no later than 5:30pm during the month of May.
TRAVEL WITH FATHER LOUIS TO SOUTH AFRICA – August 16th – 26th, 2017 – Small group trip that includes Cape of Good Hope, Apartheid History, Wine Estates, Safari, and a Sunset Elephant Experience! Only a few spots remain and we’d love for you to join us. Sandi & Jerry Favre will be local escorts. $4,990 pp double occupancy includes most meals, touring, and intra-country flights. International air is additional. Contact Viagio Travel for full information at email@example.com, or 228-871-5071.
Applications for tuition assistance are available at the parish office for families who have children in Grade K-12 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Elementary School, St. Stanislaus, Our Lady Academy, and St. Patrick High School. To be eligible, a parish registered family must be attending church here at St. Thomas and supporting the church through the electronic method of making regular contributions or the church support envelopes. St. Vincent families may apply through FACTS (see the school office); a paper application may be obtained from the parish office. Deadline is April 28, 2017.
Subsidized (or parish supplemented) rates of tuition for Grades K-12 are available for all Catholic families registered, active and contributing members of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. To avail of this lower rate of tuition at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, St. Patrick High School and/or Our Lady Academy, a registered family must be attending Mass at St. Thomas on a regular basis and using your church support envelopes regularly or the electronic method of contributing financially to the church. Your tithe is appreciated and needed for the upkeep of the parish.
A form to request parish subsidy is available at the school office; turn into the parish office for completion.
REHEARSAL FOR SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Thursday, May 11 at 7:00pm. Candidates and sponsors meet in the Community Center no later than 6:45pm.
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION MASS:
Friday, May 12 at 6:00pm. Candidates and sponsors meet in the Community Center no later than 5:30pm.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS:
Sunday, May 7 at CROWING OF THE STATUE OF MARY: 11:30am. Children meet in Children’s Church (across from parish office) no later than 11:00am.
Sunday, May 7 at 8:40am in the grotto. Please bring flowers from your garden to honor our Blessed Mother Mary during the month of May.
On May 21st, we are inviting all SRE students (pre-k through 12th grade) and their families to join us in our end of the year picnic. We will have a cook out with games and activities for all ages. The picnic will begin at 12:30pm. For more information please contact Sister Cecilia or Ashlie Moran.
FINAL SAINT MOVIE FOR THIS SPRING
Our 9th Saint Movie Sunday (SAINT JOAN OF ARC) will be Sunday, May 21st, in the School of Religious Education immediately after SRE at11:30am. The heroic story of a 19-year-old woman whose saintly visions lead her to unite France against its English invaders. Five hundred years after she is burned at the stake for heresy, she is declared a saint and revered by the country she saved. Starring Leelee Sobieski, Chad Willett, Jacqueline Bisset, Powers Boothe, Olympia Dukakis, Neil Patrick Harris, Robert Loggia, Maximilian Schell, Peter Strauss, Shirley MacLaine, and Peter O'Toole. Running time is 3 hours. Popcorn and drinks will be provided!!! Bring your family and friends… SEE our movie fans in September, 2017 for 9 more new saint movies!!!
The ordination and installation of Bishop-elect Kihneman, III has been rescheduled for Friday, April 28th, at 2pm at the BVM Cathedral in Biloxi.
Mon, May 1….7pm, RCIA meet #B222
Tues, May 2….9:30am, SVdP Society meet #B222
Tues, May 2….6pm, AHG meet
Tues, May 2….6:30pm, CALB meeting
Wed, May 3….9am, Quilters meet, #B222
Thurs, May 4….Birthday Breakfast,
after 8:30am Mass
Thurs, May 4….7pm, Knights of Columbus meet
Thurs, May 4….7pm, New Wine meet, #B222
Fri, May 5….8am-7pm, Adoration in the Chapel
Sat, May 6….6pm-8pm, Mound Bayou Mission Trip drawdown, in the community center
Sat, May 6….7pm-11pm, Boogie on the Beach, at the pavilion
Sat, May 6 & Sun, May 7….after all Masses, Religious Goods offered from Good Shepherd Showcase, east foyer
Sun, May 7….8:40am, May Crowning, Mary’s Grotto
Sun, May 7….11:30am, First Holy Communion Mass
Alexander Ladner, Alice Carrubba, Angie Johnson, Anita Muriel, Anita Sipler, Bill Ragni, Caitlin Johnson Irwin, Dianne Charlotte Calmes, Connie Cole, Diane Elizabeth Page, Gerald Lee Young, Jackie Bates, James Byrnes, Jana Montgomery, Jim McDaniel, John Patrick Irwin, Joyce Johnson, Joyce Smith, Julia Weldon, Kelsi Kyleen Munns, Kenny Necaise, Kenneth David Peterson, Kristina Curry & unborn child, Lindsay Rogers, Megan Durel, Mike Gruich, Milton LeBlanc, Norma Collins, Pat Holliday, Peggy Small, Renee Salsberg, Ronald Hammons, Rose Williams, Sandy Gruich, Sharon Fleming, Sharon Sarris White, Tabitha Babin & baby girl, Tony Salvador, Trix Johnson, Vicki Sharon Fleming, Vicky Weinstein, and all others in our parish and community in need of healing, physical or spiritual.
Lindsey & Nora Bartle;
Stacie, Trevor, Abigail & Leo Abbott & Vance Starita.
The Pastoral Council will meet on May 9th. If any parishioner would like to address the Pastoral Council with a suggestion or concern, please send a written request to Pastoral Council, PO Box 1529, Long Beach, MS 39560. The request must be received by May 1st and must include a brief summary of the topic of discussion.
RECURRING AROUND THE PARISH…
Lighthouse Catholic Media Stand…East foyer
St Vincent de Paul Society….9:30am-12:30pm,
Mon & Thurs, open to help
Adoration in the Chapel….8:00am-7:00pm, Fridays
Youth Gift Cards (Scrip) sales…after all Masses & during office hours, 9am-4:30pm weekdays
Knights of Columbus, Council #4898….7:00pm,
every first & third Thursday of the month
St. Joseph’s Helping Hands….Workday is every first Saturday of the month; meeting is every fourth Thursday