News for the week of January 18, 2014

Commitment Cards for 2015
2015 Pledge Report (as of 1/11/2015) Thanks to everyone who filled out and returned the commitment cards from a recent mailing to all parishioners.

828 letters mailed out
200 commitment cards returned
$421,610.88 committed for 2015 More>

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE
This weekend is designated for the Annual Collection to support Opportunities for Life. Opportunities for Life is a life affirming ministry of the Bishops of Kentucky. The OFL ministry is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to offer confidential non-judgmental emotional support, and information to those affected by an untimely pregnancy. Please be generous in your support of this minist... More>

FINANCE MEETING
The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the rectory More>

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Meetings continue in the Providence Center at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. More>

ALTAR LINEN SCHEDULE
The alter linen schedule for the weekend of January 24 and 25 is Dee Spritzky and Joan Schmitz. More>

2015 ST. THOMAS CALENDARS
2015 calendars are available in the vestibules of church. More>

TAX STATEMENTS
Anyone who wishes to receive a Tax Statement for 2014, please call the rectory at 441- 1282. More>

VIRTUS NEWS
On Sunday, January 4, the monthly VIRTUS bulletin was posted and should be read by Tuesday, February 3. The suspension for December was processed on Tuesday, January 6. To check your VIRTUS account go to www.virtus.org, put in your user id and password. Click on Training Bulletin Report, then click on (click here to see your complete report). You will see any bulletins that need to be proce... More>

PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY
New Year's Resolution - Help support the Parish Health Ministry Here are two ways you can help. We are in need of volunteers to distribute communion at the local nursing homes. Secondly, you can help your fellow St. Thomas members by donating any medical equipment/supplies that are not being used/not needed. We are in particular need of bedside commodes and shower chairs, but all equipment ... More>

WOMEN'S FEBRUARY RETREAT
The 2015 retreat will be held on February 20 - 22. Sr. Fidelis Tracy, CDP will be giving the retreat. Our theme will be "Praying with the Lenten Scriptures". Arriva time is 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. The cost of the retreat is $150. They prefer the money be sent (cash or check), by February 11. We need to bring our own snacks. Alcohol is not permitted. Please contact Barbara Hagedorn (859) 781-222... More>

CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Oliva Ossege who was one of 21 incoming freshmen awarded an academic scholarship from Notre Dame Academy. Representing eleven local grade schools, these talented students earned the scholarships based on their outstanding performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) in December, 2014. Congratulations Olivia! More>

ST. CHARLES COMMUNITY
Are you looking to begin a new career in 2015? The St. Charles At Home program is seeking compassionate caregivers to assist clients with the activities of daily living in the comfort of their own homes. Our services include personal care, meal preparations, housekeeping and transportation. If you are looking for a meaningful career to begin this year, contact the St. Charles Community at (... More>

CATHOLICS @ THE CAPITOL
Bishop Foys invites all parishioners, priests and religious from across the Diocese of Covington to attend Catholics @ The Capitol, a regional meeting with our State Representatives and Senators on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Diocese of Covington Curia, Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, lower level 1125 Madison Ave., Covington,... More>

YOUNG ADULT WEEKEND RETREAT
What Next? Finding Answers with Faith. n a world of constant change, this is a retreat about moving forward, facing turning points, and being sustained by faith during transition. Led by a team of men and women in their 20's and 30's, this weekend retreat is held at the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial Center, Park Hills, Ky., February 27 - March 1 Register online at www.charisministries.or... More>

JULIE LEARNING CENTER
Julie Learning Center, located at St. Joseph Heights in Park Hills, is accepting applications for their spring Parent Day Out Program. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. beginning March 3, 2015 and ending May 21, 2015. Children who will be three years od as of February 1, 2015 and are able to handle their own toileting needs are eligible to register... More>

DOMESTIC CHURCH
Every home is a little church The easiest time for the family to pray together is at mealtime. Mom or Dad can lead the prayer or call on one of the children. The "Bless Us O Lord" is simple and quickly learned.

Morning prayer could be as simple as "Thanks Lord for a new day. Please take any good from my day for your honor and glory.

Night prayer might conclude with ... More>

HUMOR FOR THIS WEEK
Using the Bible Story Book, a grandpa was explaining the creation of God to his grand-daughter. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Final y she spoke up, "Grandpa, did God make you?" "Yes, sweetheart," he answered, "God made me a long time ago.' Oh,' she paused, "Grandpa... 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
The feature this week is a book. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters - 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, M.D. In today's increasingly complicated world, it's often difficult for parents to connect with their daughters and especially so for fathers. In this unique and invaluable guide. Dr. Meg Meeker, a pediatrician with more than 20 years experience counseling girls, reveals that a young woman's relationship with her father is far more important than we've ever realized. To become a strong, confident woman, a daughter needs her father's attention, protection, courage, and wisdom. (Note: This book was purchased as a result of our most recent Book Fair.)

Weekly Raffle Winners
Winners for Sunday, January 11

$100.00 - Brian Connolly
$ 50.00 - C. Rekow
$ 25.00 - J. Raaker
From the Pastor's Desk
"De-decorate" - NO, you won't find such a word in the dictionary, but the "word" does describe a reality we a go through at the end Of the Christmas season. Perhaps there is a little sadness in stowing away for another year so much of what made our homes festive. so it is with the Church building. A special thanks to the parishioners who helped to bring us from Christmas back to Ordinary Time Thanks as well to the Boys Scouts and their leaders of Troop #70 who helped to put away the exterior star (tower) and lighting around the grounds. Your help is greatly appreciated

"The way we were brought up." - As we all move through life we find ourselves from time to time reminiscing about the days "when we were growing up" and what was discussed at home. Chances are, there wasn't a lot of idle chatter. Usually what we said at home had a bearing on what was important in our lives and what we needed to know. Do our religious traditions get talked about at home? Where was I baptized? Did I make my First Communion? Did I receive the Sacrament of Confirmation? Where were Dad and Mother married? Did my parish have a positive and lasting influence on me? What religious traditions have brought to my adult years? If religion is talked about at home, the young may come to believe that this too is an important part of their lives and well worth their time to listen and cherish.

Mass Scriptures - for Sunday, January 25th, the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Jonah, 3: 1-5, 10; 1st Corinthians, 7: 29-31; Mark, 1:14-20
Fr. Cooney
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