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No Doubt – Fall 2012

Info, Newsletter Fall 2012 Oct 08, 2012 No Comments

Here it is: the fall issue of No Doubt.

As you’ll see, our parish has been busy since the last issue.

I hope you’ll find some surprises here. Lauren Russell will introduce you to a couple of new parishioners and you’ll learn a few things about two members who have been with us for a long time. In this issue you’ll find details about our on-going challenge, Moving Forward in Hope. You’ll read how our community has risen to the challenge of raising funds for our new church. Two major projects are underway: a walk-a-thon, which is scheduled for Oct. 20; and St. Thomas Café, our weekend culinary treat. Read about them here.

I hope you enjoy reading these and the other stories our newsletter staff has put together. May they inspire you. If you want to help with the newsletter, please contact Yolanda Rodriguez,

As we enter the holiday season, our parish will be busier than ever: volunteers will prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for families; we will celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe; and the Giving Tree will go up, each ornament on it will disappear and be replaced a few days later with gifts for the neediest among us.

I hope you’ll join us for these and the other activities we have planned at St. Thomas the Apostle as we move towards Advent and into this “Year of Faith”. Come, help us tell our story.
-Father Jim

Update on the Moving Forward in Hope (MFIH) Campaign

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 30, 2012 No Comments
Submitted by Gus Scannapieco – Parish Administrator

Pledged to date is a net amount of $2,614,000. The net amount collected, minus campaign expenses, is $1,141,000. With the national and local economies still suffering a downturn, we still have about 1,000 families who have not pledged to the campaign. In the near future we will try to contact those families to get them all engaged in this critical endeavor.
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The Knights of Columbus – More Than A Ministry

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 30, 2012 No Comments
Submitted by William R. Bauer

The Knights of Columbus Council 12386 is one of the ministries of St. Thomas the Apostle parish. But the Knights are also more than just a parish ministry. We are an international organization of Catholic men dedicated to serving our Church, our communities and each other. We have a particular dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Rosary, and we have a strong sense of solidarity with all priests.
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Summerfest-Kermesse 2012: A Success!

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 30, 2012 No Comments
Submitted by Abigail Suzahns

Summer showers may make for wet streets but even a downpour could not dampen the spirits of all who came out to enjoy this year’s Summerfest-Kermesse at Jim Miller Park.

Once the rain was gone, the clouds rolled back and let the August sun shine. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate Mass, enjoy good food and listen to music.

The Summerfest-Kermesse has become a tradition at St. Thomas the Apostle. The event raises funds to help support the needs of our parish, most notably the Virgin of Guadalupe mass in December. This year the funds will help support our Moving Forward in Hope building campaign as well.
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Walking for a Dream on the Silver Comet Trail

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 30, 2012 No Comments
Submitted by Yolanda Rodriguez

Get your walking shoes ready for October 2012!

One of the key fund-raising events of St. Thomas’ new building campaign is Walking for a Dream, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20th, on the Silver Comet Trail.  So far, more than 400 walkers have signed up.
Each one is looking for sponsors to make financial donations towards the construction of our new church. If you are not available or cannot walk yourself, consider becoming a sponsor. Any amount will help as we continue the work for our new church.
“Everyone is excited about it because we want a new church,” said Yolanda Luna, one of the event’s organizers.
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Remember Their Sacrifice (Military Ministry)

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 30, 2012 No Comments
Submitted by Lauren Russell

Mama, Mama can’t you see?
O, what the “military” has done to me…

They sat me down in the chair,
When I looked I had no hair

O, Mama Mama can’t you see??
O what that CO has done to me…

He made me march real far…
Then he passed me in his car

Mama, Mama can’t you see??
O, what the “Military” has done to me….

–U.S. Military Cadence

Life in the military can be rewarding, yet it can also be overwhelming for the service members and their families.
With that in mind, parishioners at St. Thomas began the Remember Their Sacrifice (RTS) Ministry about a year ago.
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Getting to Know Each Other – II

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 29, 2012 No Comments

In each issue, we will introduce you to a new family and one who has been at St. Thomas for many years.
If you are interested in having your family featured, please let us know!


  • Families featured in our October 2012 newsletter were interviewed by Lauren Russell Read more »

Blessing of the Pets 2012

Newsletter Fall 2012 Sep 28, 2012 No Comments

Puppies, kittens, birds, turtles and even a gold fish! gathered in our church gardens on Saturday, Sept. 29th, for the annual blessing of the pets. Thanks Fr. Andrews for doing the blessing! Click HERE to see our gallery of photos!

Pew Angels

Newsletter Fall 2012 May 01, 2012 No Comments

Submitted by Lauren Russell

The Pew Angels of St. Thomas began about 2008.
That was when Dot Flick, who joined the parish in the 1990s, began helping the church staff organize and clean the church pews. Dot felt the Holy Spirit upon her when she first came to St. Thomas and she knew the staff had other important things to tend to. So Dot and a few other ladies became Pew Angels.
Some health issues prompted Dot’s doctor to tell her to slow down. Still, despite the admonition, Dot continues her dedication to the parish: she still lends a hand with Mercy Meals, the Over 50s Ministry, Bible Study and whatever is not too stressful for her. Read more »