Weekly Newsletter: October 20/21, 2018
Save the date!
This weekend's bulletin is attached below.
Highlights for this week:
Have you picked up your baby bottle yet?
WomenSource invites you to take one from the back of church after mass this weekend for their fundraiser. Please return it with your donation by next Sunday, October 28th.
Wednesday evening dinners
, held before religious education classes in the St. Thomas Parish Center Dining Hall, are served from 5:30-6:00pm.
This week's menu is Tator Tot Hot Dish by Dobo's.
All are welcome!
Free-will donation appreciated. All youth must be accompanied by an adult.
This Wednesday, begins our five-week study on
—The Mystery of the Eucharist. Held in the St. Thomas Parish Center Dining Hall from 6:20-7:25pm. See attachment below.
Please join us after the 9am Mass in Loretto next Sunda
y to celebrate 20 Years of Area Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. We will celebrate with Dobo’s Egg Bake, Rolls, Muffins, yogurt, fruit and more.
Please read Father Jenson's message below
announcing the departure of our
Director of Confirmation and Youth Minister, Ryan Heim.
It is followed by a letter from Ryan. Please stay tuned for further information on how you can take part in a send-off thanking Ryan and his family for his many years of ministry to both of our parishes.
Buy a raffle ticket and win the trip of a lifetime!
The Proceeds benefit Holy Spirit Academy. See attachment below.
Holy Spirit Academy invites you
to their 6th Annual Harvest Banquet on Friday, November 16, 2018, an evening of good food, great music, dynamic speakers and meaningful fellowship. To learn more see attachment below.
Bulletin October 21, 2018
Presence - The Mystery of the Eucharist
Area Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Win a Pilgrimage for Two
Holy Spirit Harvest Banquet
From the Pastor...
This is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings speak of the suffering servant and that that is the model for Christian leadership. Jesus referred to James and John as the Sons of Thunder. They obviously were very enthusiastic about Jesus and his ministry of salvation. They wanted very much to be a significant part of that. However, they failed to recognize the type of leader Jesus was. He was not following the model of worldly leaders. He had come to suffer for sins and to throw open heaven’s doors for sinners thereby. They saw only glory and how attractive that is. Willingness to suffer for Christ in our daily lives is part of reigning with Christ. Offering up our sufferings rather than simply regretting them joins us to his suffering and thereby to his reign of glory. Follow the example of Jesus as we see it in the Gospels and we will enter into the glory of heaven like the saints we will celebrate soon on All Saints Day.
One of our staff members has announced that he is going to be moving on in his life and career path. See Ryan’s letter below. Ryan Heim who has worked at St. Peter and Paul’s for some ten years and for several now also at St. Thomas, will be finishing his career with us on Wednesday, October 31st. Ryan has been a valued member of our staff for these many years and we will miss him and his energy. We hope for the best for him and his family. Please pray for him and his future opportunities. We are currently in the process of hiring for his replacement and are interviewing candidates. Please pray for us to secure the best replacement for Ryan to serve our young people.
From Ryan Heim...
Greetings in Christ!
On behalf of Sarah and our eight children, I would like to thank all the parishioners of Ss Peter and Paul and St. Thomas the Apostle for welcoming us as part of your family. After returning from Camp Veritas in Mid-August I asked Fr Jenson for some time to pray and discern about where God is calling me in ministry, but more important, in my vocation as a husband and father. Father graciously allowed me to spend a weekend with my spiritual director, Fr Pecotte, and discern where I felt God was guiding me.
After taking the time in prayer and visiting with Fr Jenson about what is best for the parish family and for my family, I have asked Father to have October 31st be my last day serving the families in our parish communities. Please know that Fr Jenson has a great vision for the youth in our parish community and has begun the process to find the right person to evangelize our children and teens – I just felt that now was the right time for me, and for the parish family, to make the change.
I have been blessed to work fulltime in Church ministry for the past 14.5 years, and spend time in the seminary and as a church volunteer prior to that, and I thank God every day for the opportunity to be a simple worker in his vineyard. My family and I have been blessed beyond belief. I want to thank Fr Gallas for taking a chance and bringing me into the Ss. Peter and Paul family almost 10 years ago – it seems like only yesterday. It has been an honor working with so many great people – adults, teens, and children. To have parents trust you to minister to their children is an honor that I will always cherish.
I am excited to see what God has in store for our family as we move forward. You will still see us at Mass from time to time. I ask you to please continue to keep our young people in your prayers. God Bless you all.
Yours in Christ,
on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 3:00PM