Please pray for those receiving their First Holy Communion Sunday at 2:00pm
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOLERS! Youth Group is starting up again. All high school students (upcoming graduating 8th graders though high school seniors) are invited and encouraged to attend. This Sunday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, join us at the Youth House to meet our new Youth Group leaders and join in some fellowship with others.
THE CHOSEN - Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30pm in Elliott Hall. The Chosen 3 Episode 1: “Homecoming” Jesus delivers the most life-altering sermon in history. The result? More followers, more enemies, and disciples ready to follow Jesus anywhere. Simon and Eden reunite, Matthew faces his past, and Andrew visits John the Baptist in prison. Run Time: 61 minutes. Join us to share food, faith, and fellowship--regardless of whether you have watched this episode before or have never seen a single one! What a perfect way to share our faith. All are welcome, regardless of age! Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall at the church Light snacks and drinks will be provided Bring something to eat at a table while enjoying the movie, or sit a bit closer to the screen in our makeshift theater setting! Stay for a lively--yet brief--discussion afterward!
St. Thomas School is hosting Bottlecaps & Corks Saturday, April 29th!! Be sure to join us to sample MANY different offerings from our local Elkhart community brewers and vintners. Use the QR code or link to purchase tickets in advance.
High School Students! Youth Group is starting up! Be sure to join our new Youth Group leaders for a meet and greet on April 23rd and then a kick off event on April 30th! Bring your friends!
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY - STUFF A TRUCK! This weekend (April 15th and 16th) Since 2017, our Society of St. Vincent de Paul has had an agreement with Goodwill Industries to provide vouchers for clothing, household goods and furniture to families in need in our community. Last year, Elkhart SVDP distributed $11,160 in Goodwill vouchers, helping 316 families. Please bring your donations to the truck outside church before or after Mass so we can continue to provide vouchers in the future! Please only donate items in good condition, such as: Clothing, Cloth Items, Shoes, Jewelry, Dishes, Pots, Pans and Utensils, Antiques and Collectibles, Small Working Appliances. Due to space limitations, please take any large furniture item directly to a Goodwill Store.
"Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration." --Mother Teresa"
Holy Week Schedule
Join us for a parish penance service, Thursday, March 30th at 6pm in the church.
Living Stations of the Cross - Friday, March 24th at 1pm and 7pm.
Please pray for the men of our parish who are attending the Welcome retreat this weekend.
Please pray for the women of our parish who are attending the Welcome retreat this weekend.
40 HOURS ADORATION - SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH 7PM THROUGH TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST 6PM. Please join us for 40 Hours Adoration. Starting Sunday, March 19th at 7pm, St. Thomas Church will host perpetual adoration in the church as well as periods of communal prayer, liturgy of the hours, and speakers. See the attached graphic for a schedule of speakers. At the conclusion of the event (Tuesday after 5:30pm Mass), all are invited for a reception in Elliott Hall.
March is coming in like a lion, but we are not afraid of its roar!!! Many thanks to the five people who participated in the March First Saturday Life Chain! During the February Life Chain, a man pulled into the pharmacy parking lot to talk to us and ended up telling us about the abortion he was involved in. I eventually gently asked him if he regretted his abortion and he said no. I was able to ask him a few directed questions about the value and humanity of his child and he ended up not only contrite for his abortion but he also allowed us to pray for him. He was motivated about talking to the woman involved and also to his wife who had also chosen abortion in her past. This month, a lady was walking down the sidewalk and stopped to talk. She had placed her first child for adoption with a loving family and eventually had seven children. She asked if she could have one of our signs because she wanted to carry it for the rest of her walk: Adoption, The Loving Option. I prayed for her and she walked away carrying the sign for all to see. Sidewalk Evangelization! Sidewalk Friendship!
Stations of the Cross Each Friday in Lent at 7:00pm in the Church. Living Stations will be held on March 24th at 1pm and 7pm.
Ash Wednesday is February 22nd. Mass times are 8:15am and 5:00pm.
The Eucharistic Adoration Chapel will be closed today (Wednesday, January 25th) due to weather.
BOOKS - Please help yourselves to the books in the Gathering Space. The books were previously given out at Christmas gifts, and the books on the table are extras. Feel free to take as many as you'd like for family or friends. We'd love to see them go to good homes soon.
POINSETTIAS - Christmas decorations have come down, and we have many poinsettias available to any parishioner who would like one. They still look amazing. Please help yourselves - you will find some in the Gathering Space as well as some up by the rectory/sacristy entrance.