The doors to all campus buildings will be locked during the day, except for the door to the church from the ack parking lot (Northeast entrance doors). For access to the other buildings, please ring the door bell located on the wall on the east side of the double door entrance to the parish office. Please be patient to allow the receptionist time to come from her desk to the doors to let you in. This is being implemented for the safety of parish employees.
Everybody knows Patsy: organizer supreme, multi-tasker, keeper of the keys, advisor to the priests, listener, comforter, talented writer, and secretary to St. Thomas the Apostle Parish for over twenty years. Patsy retired from a professional career of 35 years as a legal secretary. However, she soon realized that retirement did not full her love for helping people. Thus begain her second career at St. Thomas. Patsy began her St. Thomas Ministry with home and hospital visitations, then went on to being the bulletin editor. She has served as secretary for this parish for 20+ years. Many stories hae unfolded during those years; however, among her favorites are establishing the parish office in her bedroom after Katrina, having Fr. Louis come by on his scooter to conduct business, then the move to Nicholson Avenue and finally to the Daugherty Road roller rink. To quote Fr. Louis, "After the hurricane, Patsy helped raise tremendous amounts of support from all over the world. But more than that, Patsy Bishop is a true minister of welcome, love, understanding, inclusiveness, healing, laughter, forgiveness..all "Jesus things" we mortals need. I know you will continue to be a bright light for all of us who know and love you." The parish wishes you a blessed and peaceful retirement.
Please join us for a parish reception, Sunday, March 8, 3-5 pm in the Community Center. There will be a short presentation at 4 pm. All are welcome.
Your pledge/donation to Catholic Sharing Appeal will fund the ministries of the Diocese. These funds are not used for the operation and administration of the diocese. The funds ARE used for Catholic Social and Community Services, Ministry to the Deaf and Disabled, Youth Ministry, Evangelization, Ministry to the Clergy including support for retired and handicapped cleregy, continuing education for clergy, the permanent diaconate program, the diocesan newspaper, Sacred Heart Retreat Center, Catholic scouting programs, Twelve Baskets Food Bank, adoption services, and pro-life ministry. Each parish family has received a brochure with pledge information from the diocese. There are also extra envelopes available in the church on the display cases. This campaign will conclude on Easter Sunday. Please consider supporting Catholic Sharing Appea.
After all weekend Masses on March 14/15, we invite all parishioners to visit the Ministry Fair. Learn about our ministries and groups and enter to win free Crawfish Music Festival tickets. There will be refreshments. Please consider signing up to volunteer your time in one or more of the parish ministries. For additional information, contact Kate Spear at email@example.com or 861-4372.
Bishop Morin will install Fr. Cuddy as pastor at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on March 22. There will be a reception following in the Community Center. All are invited.
Families with children in Grades K-12 may apply to the parish for tuition assistance. St. Vincent de Paul School families apply through FACTS (see the school office). Applications are available at the parish office for students attending Our Lady Academy, St. Patrick High School, and St. Stanislaus. To be eligible for tuition assistance, a registered family must be attending Mass here at St. Thomas and supporting the church regularly through the electronic method or church support envelope system.
Thanks to Turan Foley Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick (Highway 49, Gulfport) for the donation of a 2015 Chevrolet Cruze LS to be used in our 2015 raffle. We are combining the car raffle with a Parish Palooza to be held on April 18 from 11-4 in the church pavilion. Raffle tickets for the car are $50 each. At the palooza (aka Festival), there will be food, games, entertainment, silent auction, theme basket raffles, cake walk. It is an opportunity for the parish to come together for great fun. Proceeds benefit Youth Ministry. Raffle tickets are available at the parish office. Mark the date on your calendar and plan to celebrate with us on April 18. We also need lots of volunteer helpers. Watch the bulletijn for updates.