News for the week of July 6, 2014

Preschool Instructional Aide
St. Thomas School is seeking a part-time Preschool Instructional Aide for the 2014-2015 school year. The qualified applicant must be knowledgeable and supportive of the school’s Catholic mission and be able to work with children in small group and individual activities. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to the principal, Barry Thomas, at bthom@sttschool.org. More>

Be a Witness of CHARITY
Thank you to all members of our parish family who made a contribution to the Peter’s Pence Collection to support the works of the Holy Father. To date, our parish has contributed $1,548.00 that will enable the Holy Father to respond with emergency assistance for our brothers and sisters throughout the world. If you didn’t have the chance to make your donation, please drop it in the collection bas... More>

Summer Festival
Just a reminder that the Summer Festival is Friday July 25th (6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.) and Saturday July 26th (5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.). Festival activities include $5,000 Major Raffle ($3,000, $1,000, $750 and $250); several other raffles including Tech Raffle, Shoe Raffle, Steak, Cake and Plant; an extensive Silent Auction with a wide assortment of items; a variety of gaming opportunities including... More>

Summer Festival Sponsors Needed
We are looking for families, businesses and organizations to sponsor the summer festival on July 25-26. Sponsorship of the summer festival is a great way to support the parish. The cost of Sponsorship is $100 and includes the name of your family, business or organization on the festival banner. In addition, sponsorship includes vouchers for 2 entries and 2 sides of your choice served during the... More>

New This Year At The Summer Festival!
Are you (or someone you know) between the ages of 13-18 and eager for an opportunity to showcase your musical talent? Let the St. Thomas Summer Festival be your stage! On Friday night, July 25th we will be offering Karaoke provided by The Music Concierge, and on Saturday night, July 26th we will host an “Open Mike Night” with sound system, guitars (acoustic & electric), keyboard, and microphones... More>

Attention Bakers
“Back again ”…our summer festival will feature a “Cake Booth” (Cake/Pie/Cookies and $5.00). If you would like to donate a cake, pie, brownies or cookies, please call the rectory at 441-1282. We need to know approximately how many cakes we will have. Thanks ahead for anything you can donate. More>

St. Vincent De Paul Society
St. Vincent De Paul Society will take up their monthly collection next weekend after all the masses. More>

Altar Linen Schedule
Altar Linen Schedule for the weekend of July 12 – 13, is Joan Schmitz and Vera Dennis. More>

Finance Council Meeting
The Finance Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory. More>

Eucharistic Adoration
Adorers are needed for the following times: 1:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on Monday; 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday; 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:00 a.m. on Friday. Extra adorers are welcome at every hour; call for information. Call Kathy Smith at 468-5157. More>

Newport Central Catholic High School 3rd Annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser
Have you been thinking about buying a new mattress? Now's the time to check out this fundraiser! On Saturday July 19th & Sunday July 20th, the Newport Central Catholic High School Boys Soccer Team will be sponsoring their Third Annual Mattress Sale. Brand new, name brand mattress sets (Simmons, Restonic and Southerland) 30-60% off retail. Top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties... More>

Newport Central Catholic Cross Country
Girls interested in running cross country in fall 2014 should contact Coach Meyers via email at dmeyers@ncchs.com for information; practice begins on Monday, July 21.

Boys interested in running cross county in fall 2014 should contact Coach Ueding via email at dueding@ncchs.com for information; practice begins at 9:00 a.m. on July 15. For more information about NCC visit www.ncchs.com... More>

Barrington Independent Living
Our Master Chef invites you to join him for an elegant Barrington Champagne Brunch. Enjoy all your brunch favorites and lift a glass of bubbly, too. Summer Date: July 27. Adults $15.00 – Children (6-12) $6 – Children Under 6 Free. RSVP by Friday before the brunch at (859) 572-0667. More>

Parish Phone Directory
It is time to update our Parish Phone Directory. So that we have correct information for our directory, we ask that you review your family information that appears in the directory. In some cases nothing may have changed. But there are some instances where children may have moved out, married, etc. We want to put in the directory what you want in the directory (i.e. children’s names, phone number ... More>

National Association Of Priests Pilots
The 50TH anniversary convention of the National Association of Priests Pilots will be held on July 8 and 9, 2014, in Covington. Fathers Henry Haacke and Robert Wendeln, two of our diocesan priests, started the organization in 1964 in Carrollton, Ky. A Mass, celebrated by Bishop Foys at the Cathedral in Covington, will be held on Wednesday, July 9, at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Bishop F... More>

Welcome Home!
Have you been away from the Church for awhile and thinking about returning? Are you non-Catholic but interested in learning more about the Catholic faith?

We invite you to contact the rectory with any questions or concerns you have. Please have a look at our R.C.I.A.Program as well for information about returning to or beginning your faith.

Catholics Come Home.org is a good site to visit if you are still undecided.

Parish Library
There is no library recommendation this week.

Weekly Raffle Winners
Winners for Sunday, June 29

$100.00 - P & M Stegeman
$ 50.00 - Diane Rizzo
$ 25.00 - Mary Meister
From the Pastor's Desk
Vacation Bible School at St. Thomas. On behalf of the parish I thank all the people who helped with the “VBS” this year, including Mayvelyn Brauley, Nancy Hemmer, Lexi Sheets, Kari Spaulding-Jones, and the other adults and youth who staffed the tables and kept things running smoothly. As a pastor I can appreciate the administration of such a project and the need for focus, organizational skills, attention to detail, dealing with people…to mention a few!

Self-determination and Religion. What seems always to have been a part of “national discourse” (or conversation) in our country is the creative tension between “wanting to be our own man/woman” and carving out a life for ourselves, and having religion a part of our lives…God, part and parcel of our identity, our purpose and our destiny. Some chaff under what they perceive is simply a system of regulations and even “guilt trips.” God wants us to make good use of the life we have, but invites us to allow the Almighty to be actively a part of our lives. All of us are conflicted in some way, but it is a challenge certainly worth embracing…living and working with God as we attempt to make something of ourselves that is truly life-enriching and fulfilling.

Scripture Readings for Sunday Mass on July 12-13th. Isaiah: 55:10-11; Romans: 8:18-23; Matthew: 13:1-23 or 13:1-9.
Fr. Cooney
Saint Thomas ​Summer Festival​
Friday July 25th (6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
Saturday July 26th (5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.)


$5,000 Major Raffle
Tech Raffle
Shoe Raffle
Steak, Cake and Plant Raffles
Extensive Silent Auction
Poker, Beat the Dealer, Pull-Tabs and Big 6
Live Music by Carter New, Matt Fassler, and crooner Don Fangman
Burgers
Brats and Dogs
BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ Brisket
Ribeye Sandwiches
Blackened Salmon
Egg Rolls (Saturday night only)
Bud, Miller, and Craft Beers

For the teens...
Speed Pitch
Dunking Booth
Gaga Ball
Karaoke Night (Friday)
Open Mic Night (Saturday)

For the kids...
Multiple Game Booths
Inflatable Rides


​​Summer Festival - Sponsors Needed​
We are looking for families, businesses and organizations to sponsor the summer festival on July 25-26. Sponsorship of the summer festival is a great way to support the parish. The cost of Sponsorship is $100 and includes the name of your family, business or organization on the festival banner. In addition, sponsorship includes vouchers for 2 entries and 2 sides of your choice served during the festival. If you are interested, please contact John or Debbie Eberhart at (859) 781-3274 or jeberhart@csa-cpa.com.


​​Summer Festival - Cake Booth
Our summer festival will feature a “Cake Booth” (Cake/Pie/Cookies and $5.00). If you would like to donate a cake, pie, brownies or cookies, please call the rectory at 441-1282. We need to know approximately how many cakes we will have. Thanks ahead for anything you can donate.
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