St. Thomas the Apostle, Fortville “My Lord and my God” January 11, 2015 The Baptism of the Lord Fr. George Nangachiveettil, Pastor Parish Office 317-485-5101 OFFICE HOURS Tuesday - Friday 8:30 am—4:30 pm MASS SCHEDULE Saturday 5:30 pm Sunday 8:00 am & 10:30 am Tue, Wed, & Fri 6:15 pm Thursday 12:00 Noon Monday Rosary 7:30 pm Bible Study 1:30 pm Thursday 9:00 am Sunday A voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Parish Mission Statement: “Saint Thomas Parish is committed to facilitate the lifelong spiritual growth of its members through the celebration of the sacraments and catechesis to deepen their faith in God, through the word of God and by serving others with the guidance of the Holy Spirit”. Baptism: All Baptisms are scheduled through the parish office. Reconciliation: One half hour before Saturday and Sunday Masses or by appointment. First Eucharist: Preparation for First Eucharist occurs in the 2nd grade Religious Education class. Confirmation: Prepared during the sophomore, junior and senior years of high school. Matrimony: A six month preparation prior to the wedding. Please contact the parish office. Anointing of the Sick: Please call the parish office to request anointing before surgery or during any serious illness, or to request a hospital or nursing home visit. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): This program addresses the needs of adults who wish to learn more about the Catholic faith. Please contact the parish office, 317-485-5101. A Warm Welcome: If you are visiting our parish and you are interested to become part of our small parish, please contact the parish office at 317-485-5101. St. Thomas the Apostle, Fortville Page 2 Liturgy Intentions—Week of January 12th January 13, Tuesday 6:15 pm Mary Lou Garst, by St. Thomas Parish January 14, Wednesday 6:15 pm Dan & Krista Bowman, by Gui Hensley January 15, Thursday Noon Leslie Lane, by Bill & Stephanie Garst January 16, Friday 6:15 pm CJ Job, by the Schauff Family January 17, Saturday 5:30 pm Greta Faenzi, by Lou Faenzi and Children January 18, Sunday Mary Lou Garst, by “the Gang” 8:00 am St. Thomas Parish 10:30 am Volunteers for the Coming Week Collection Counters—Team A Homebound Minister—Rick Garst Nursing Home Minister—Bonnie Sweeney NO Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Stewardship: Today, we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. The US bishops’ pastoral on stewardship reminds us that Baptism gives all of His disciples a share in His priestly work and calls them “to offer up the world and all that is in it—especially themselves—to the Lord of all.” Daily Readings Mon, Heb 1:1-6; Ps 97:1,2b,6,7c,9; Mk 1:14-20 Tues, Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab,5-9; Mk 1:21-28 Wed, Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-4, 6-9; Mk 1:29-39 Thurs, Heb 3:7-14; Ps 95:6-7c, 8-11; Mk 1:40-45 Fri, Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78:3, 4bc, 6c-8; Mk 2:1-12 Sat, Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19:8-10, 15; Mk 19:16-26 Sun, 1 Sam 3:3b-10, 19; Ps 40:2, 4, 7-10; 1 Cor6:13c15a,17-20; Jn 1:35-42 Weekly Budget Collection Total (Christmas) Envelope Total Collection Total (Dec. 28) Net Envelope Total $4048 $2780.25 45 $2233.55 + $20 Criterion -$1814.45 41 Weekend Ministry Schedule Saturday, January 17, 5:30 pm Ushers Tim Liebeno, Linda Ward Lectors Sandy Steele, Theresa Werking Server Emmy Liebeno Euch. Min. Deacon Frank Sunday, January 18, 8:00 am Ushers Steve & Cheryl Middendorf Lectors Mary Ann Dickerson, Matt Dickerson Servers Nicole Chatterson, Sophie DeWael Euch. Min. Deacon Frank Gifts Alvarado Family Sunday, January 18, 10:30 am Ushers Wes Nicholson, Robert Vest Lectors Marvin Massey, Eran McCarty Servers K. Barnhorst, J. Karres, R. Fentz Euch. Min. Deacon Frank Gifts T. Garst Family This Week at St. Thomas Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday Sunday 7:30 pm Pray the Rosary, in Church, 7:00 pm Adult Choir Rehearsal 1:00 pm St. Ann’s Club; 7:00 pm Religious Education Committee Meeting 1:30 pm Bible Study; 6:30 pm Evening Prayer 10:00 am Promise to Keep Retreat 7:30 am Annual Parish Ski Trip Mark Your Calendars—The Knights of Columbus will be ministers at Mass for the 5th Saturday of January, the 31st. Following Mass they invite everyone to a social in the parish hall. Watch future bulletins for the details. Please Pray for: John Beagle, Robert Blakely, Austin Craft, Nick Faulkenberg, Wanda Garst, Vera Gorman, Lori Hersberger, Rebecca Hoff, Lois Ittenbach, Janice Jennings, Gerry Johnson, Paige Jones, Jane Kenipe, Mary Pace, Bill Robinson, Sandra Ross, Priscia Rose, Peggy Schauff, the sick and suffering of our parish, those serving the military services and their families, our homebound, hospitalized and nursing home residents. Weekly Budget Collection Total (Jan 1) Envelope Total Collection Total (Jan 4) Net Envelope Total $4048 $1204 17 $2893.30 $1154.70 52 The Baptism of the Lord Just a Little Smile on Your Lips Cheers your heart Keeps you in good humor Preserves peace in your soul Promotes your health Beautifies your face. Induces kindly thoughts Inspires kindly deeds. Smile to yourself Until you notice that your constant seriousness, or even severity, has vanished. Smile to Yourself Until you have warmed your own heart with the sunshine of your cheery countenance. ThenGo Out – and Radiate Your Smile That smile has work to do – Work to do for God. You are an apostle now, and Your Smile is your instrument for Winning souls. Sanctifying Grace Dwelling in Your Soul will Give the Special Charm to your Smile Which Will render it Productive Much Good. Smile on the lonely faces Smile on the timid Faces Smile on the Sorrowful faces Smile on the Sickly faces Smile on the Fresh Yong Faces Smile on the Wrinkled Old faces Smile on the familiar Faces of your Family and Friends- Let all enjoy the Beauty and Inspiring Cheer of your smiling face. HAPPY NEW Year to YOU! Giving Tree-Thanks to everyone who contributed gifts, money, food, or sorting and delivery assistance. We served 9 families, including 13 adults and 24 children, totaling over 250 gifts. Your generosity brightened the holidays for families that had lost jobs, incurred severe medical issues, a foster mom who has selflessly helped scores of children over the years, as well as, a family who adopted two autistic girls. Joe Untrauer Page 3 Religious Education News—Please note date change. A Promise to Keep Retreat is rescheduled for January 17th 10a.m. - noon for our 5th/6th and 7th grade R.E. students due to an unforeseen schedule conflict with the APTK Program Team. Please email Jennifer Lear if your student is unable to attend at [email protected] Do you have a student away at college? Our Sophomore/Junior Confirmation students will once again be sending college care packages full of goodies to these students. Please confirm with Jennifer Lear, our A.R.E., your student’s current college address. Packages will be going out late this month. 9 Days for Life January 17-25, 2015 Join fellow Catholics and the United States bishops in prayer to end abortion: www.9daysforlife.com. 9 Days for Life is a novena which will take place from January 17-25, 2015, surrounding the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to pray for our nation and to encourage a culture of life. You can sign up to receive the novena prayers daily via text message, email, smart phone app, or online by visiting the above website. "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) Local Solemn Observance - January 22, 2015 Please join us on Thursday, January 22, 2015, for the annual Archdiocesan Local Solemn Observance of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. The Observance will begin with Mass at 12 noon at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral followed by a prayerful procession along Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for those who wish to remain in the Cathedral. The Observance will conclude with Benediction at 2:30 pm in the Cathedral. Please note: There will be very limited parking at the Catholic Center and the Cathedral. Additional paid parking may be available at Methodist Hospital Visitor Center Parking, other nearby paid public parking lots and street parking. Please plan to arrive early. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Ricke at 317-236-1551 or [email protected] Senior Confirmation Profile—Katie Barnhorst- Katie is the daughter of Bill and Jody Barnhorst. She is a senior at Greenfield Central. Katie has two siblings – Zach and Erin. Katie was born in Gallatin, Tennessee. She is interested in athletic training and enjoys playing basketball and softball and participating in Spanish Club. If nothing stood in her way she would love to be a dolphin trainer. If Katie could cure one social problem it would be cancer. She plans on attending a 4 year college and studying special education or elementary education, but prior to that she’ll be spending this summer in Ireland traveling. When asked what she likes best about St. Thomas, Katie replied, “St. Thomas is small and everyone knows everyone.” Please keep Katie and all our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they journey towards Confirmation. Our Condolences Our condolences go out to Fr. Joe Pesola, who lost his Grandmother Bea on Christmas morning and to Peggy Schauff who lost her mother, Florence Ley on New Years. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Happy Birthday to You (January 12—18): Monday: Bill Dierckman, Rosemary Ritchie, Chasney Suskovich Tuesday: Sarah Love Thursday: Jim McLean, Cara Reed, Cheryl Siefker, Rick Stogsdill Friday: Carolyn Kelly Saturday: Samuel Jackson, Janet Phillips Sunday: Kelly Ploch, Laura Watts, Janice Weber PARISH STAFF Pastor, Fr. George Nangachiveettil C. 317 965 9892, [email protected] Deacon Francis Klauder C. 215 913 7360, [email protected] Secretary: Peggy Schauff O. 317 485 5101, [email protected] Admin. of Religious Education: Jennifer Lear O. 317 485 5103, [email protected] Dir. of Liturgy/Choir: Stephanie Garst C. 317 407 7257, [email protected] Youth Ministers—Lori Hersberger, H 317 485 7243 & Kathi Dickerson, H 317 326 8467 [email protected] Euchre Tournament—The St. Joseph and Fatima Councils of the Knights of Columbus play euchre every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Joseph Council, 4332 N. German Church Road, Indianapolis. The cost is currently $3.00 per person and they pay out to the top three places. Come and enjoy the game and friendship. Please call Faith Martinez for more information at 317-335-3585. Birthline - Volunteers Needed Birthline provides assistance to pregnant women and mothers of infants in need. Over 1,500 mothers are served annually and are provided material goods such as maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers, baby shampoo and other necessary supplies. Volunteers welcome pregnant and new mothers, in need of material assistance. We are in need of additional volunteers at the Catholic Center to prepare layettes on Mondays and Wednesday. Additional volunteer opportunities from your own home are also available. Please contact Jená Hartman at (317) 236-1433 or at [email protected] to learn more! Catholic Charities News January is Poverty Awareness Month in the United States. As Pope Francis has been continuously reminding us from the first day of his papacy, the poor and suffering are our responsibility. We must both understand their plight and respond in love to their spoken and unspoken cries for help. To learn more about poverty, visit the United States bishop’s official website on poverty at www.povertyusa.org. To learn how your local Catholic Charities is responding, visit www.archindy.org/cc Annual Parish Ski Trip The Youth Group will be going to Perfect North on Sunday, January 18. They will be leaving St. Thomas at 7:30 am and returning by 8:00 pm. All St. Thomas families and any 6th through 12th grade students are invited to attend. The cost is $33 for an 8 hour ski lift ticket, $48 for and 8 hour ski lift ticket and equipment rental and beginner lessons or $33 for tubing. Contact Kathi Dickerson 317-468-3380 or [email protected] by January 15th. Please make checks payable to St. Thomas if not paying by cash. UCA—If you have not already done so, please return the United Catholic Appeal pledge form as soon as possible. If you have misplaced your form, we have extras in the parish office.
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