March 2017
Parish
Update

March Highlights
Following Jesus Christ in joy, gratitude, and service
Weekend Mass Times: Saturdays 5:15 pm; Sundays, 9:00 am & 11:00 am
New this month: past Sunday homilies (audio and text files) are now posted at our website | Click here

Readings for Sunday Mass
March 5 | Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11
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March 12 | Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 33; 2 Timothy 1:8b-10; Matthew 17:1-9
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March 19 | Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42
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March 26 | 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41
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Shared Scripture
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm
St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish sponsors two Bible study groups each week. Meeting in the Canterbury Room next to our kitchen, both groups reflect on the Scriptures so the word of God can nurture their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus.
The Light is On for You
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00pm
Each Wednesday evening, every Catholic Church in the diocese is open for confessions. At St. Thomas of Canterbury, Fr. Dave will be in the Reconciliation Room (the confessional), and the church will be available for private prayer.

If you have not made a confession in a good while, or are simply apprehensive about doing so, consider the next two videos and their reassuring message about this Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Video. What's it like to go to confession? Individual Catholics answer the question.
Video. Bishop P.J. McGrath answers questions about going to confession.
Fridays in Lent 
(except St. Pat's Day, 3/17)

Each Friday, 6pm | Soup Dinner

March 10 | Scriptural Rosary, following Pope John Paul II's Luminous Mysteries
March 17 | St. Patrick's Day Dinnerhosted by Knights of Columbus (see below)

March 24 & 31 | Movie Nights:
The War Room, on the power of prayer in everyday life.
Senior Lunch Bunch
Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 am
Food. Fellowship. Fun. All for a $5 donation. How can you beat that? Invite a friend (or two) and pass the time with the good company of others. The lunch is always yummy, too.

For more information, call the parish office at
408-378-1595, or email Vicki at adminassistant@stcsj.org.
Bereavement Support Ministry
Tuesday, March 14, 7:00 pm
The best way to deal with the emptiness of grief is to share it with others. Our bereavement support team meets in the quiet room at the back of the church. They are good listeners with large hearts. For more information, contact Linda Delescale, ixstitch@gmail.com.
Fr. Dave's Monthly Talk
Are You Saved?
A Catholic Answer about Salvation
Thursday, March 16, 7:00-8:30 pm
Catholics easily feel confused with someone asks: Are you saved? It's not a question we ask. When a family member or friend joins a different church, their evangelical spirit might be ignited, and they might question if Catholics are truly saved. Fr. Dave will speak of our Catholic understanding of salvation and suggest how one might respectfully answer the question. Bring a friend.
St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Friday, March 17, 7:00 pm
The Knights of Columbus promise us great dinner, and our parishioners know how to enjoy the good company of one another. You don't have to be Irish (nor do you have to wear something green). Just come and have a delightful evening with others. (Although it's a Friday in Lent, our Irish Bishop McGrath has cleared the way with a dispensation for the evening.)
Food and Clothing Drive
Sunday, March 19
Every third Sunday of the month, bring nonperishable groceries and gently used clothes to Mass. When the offering is taken up, bring your items forward to place before the altar. After Mass, all items go to the sorting area in the hall for later distribution to local people in need, with clothing delivered to a homeless agency.
Children's Choir and Homily
March 26, 9:00 am Mass
Reschedule. Our Children's Choir will lead us in song on the 4th Sunday this month, rather than the 3rd Sunday. St. Augustine reminds us that when we sing, we are praying twice. We are grateful whenever our parish children help us sing from the heart. For more information, contact Sherry Scott at cm@stcsj.org.

Don't forget: On the other Sundays, at the 9am Mass and after the opening prayer, our children are sent (with a blessing) to a side room where they reflect on the Gospel in a way children can appreciate.
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