St. Thomas Parish News

KofC sponsors blood drive

The Knights of Columbus of St. Thomas is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in St. Philip Hall. If you are in good health, please consider donating. Red Cross personnel will follow enhanced disinfecting protocols for everyone’s safety. Appointments are required in order to properly schedule and practice social distancing. Call 800- REDCROSS to make that appointment.

Summer mission

Our guest speaker for our three-day mission is the Rev. James Sichko, a renowned author and preacher. He uses humor, music and story telling to get his message across. This promises to be an entertaining experience for all who attend. The mission will take place 7 p.m. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, August 9-11, with two afternoon sessions 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Reservations are required due to the limited seating in the church and hall. Please call the office starting Aug. 3to reserve.

Blessing of the sea

The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs Saturday, Aug. 15. On Friday, the 14th, there will be a vigil Mass at 6:30 p.m. in the church followed by the ritual procession to the ocean for the annual blessing. This ritual dates back to 1445 when the bishop of Cervia, Italy, was on board a ship when a storm arose. The bishop threw his pastoral ring into the water and prayed to calm the sea. The raging storm stopped and a tradition of tossing a “ring” of flowers into the ocean as a blessing was born. This beautiful Mass and ceremony always draws a huge crowd and all are welcome to attend, wearing masks and observing the distancing protocols.

Summer update

Our parish is back in business with a full schedule of summer weekend Masses, but with limited seating and social distancing as required by the diocese. The weekend Mass schedule is 4 p.m. Saturday and 7, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The 5:30 p.m. Mass replaces the summer 10 a.m. Mass previously celebrated in the Community School.

Rosary for Peace

The Tuesday evening Rosary for Peace has resumed at the outdoor shrine. Join us at 7 p.m. for the recitation of the rosary, but please remember to bring your own lawn chair and mask.

August anniversaries

Anyone celebrating an anniversary in August is invited to notify the office so that we can publish your names in our weekly bulletins. Call the office or e-mail the bulletin editor at Let us all share in your happiness.

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