• Hospitality Refreshments which provides coffee, donuts, and fruit (on the second weekend of the month) after all the Sunday Masses will begin on September 27th.  Please consider helping us provide a welcoming and fun environment for our members and visitors by signing up here Hospitality Team Sign Up.
  • Habitat for Humanity Pope Francis Build: Saint Thomas is scheduled to work on Saturday,October 10 (framing) and Saturday,November 7 (rough landscaping) from 8:30 am-4:00 pm.  Wednesdays and Thursdays are also designated work days.   Contact Saint Thomas’ Habitat Coordinator, Ken Fey at 989-615-7257or email Ken atkenfey@sbcglobal.net to serve. Click here to see the flyer: Pope Francis Build2
  • Another Adult Formation Opportunity to Explore the Paradigm of Peace: This summer, Fr. Robert Barron gave a talk on “Thomas Merton and the Metaphysics of Peace” at Aquinas College.  Also, Pope Francis released his new encyclical letter, Laudato Si on the Care for God’s Creation. This past summer also saw the Supreme Court redefine civil marriage throughout our country and Bruce Jenner’s story sparked public debate over the meaning of gender.  The summer wrapped up with the release of disturbing videos detailing the callous disregard for human life practiced by Planned Parenthood.  So many core assumptions are challenged by these issues of peace, environment, life, marriage, love, gender, and the very nature of truth.Many see these as disparate moral issues that we must address as a society.  And they are.  However, Fr. Barron’s talk pointed the way to a deeper analysis.  The way we grasp these issues flows from the assumptions of our worldview.  To get “underneath” these issues, we need to go back to the first principles of our worldview.

    Therefore, I am seeking a small group to explore the possibilities of a paradigm or worldview of peace as spoken of by Fr. Barron at Aquinas.  When I facilitated JustFaith for St. Thomas two years ago, I saw firsthand the value of a small, committed group going deep into a challenging subject.  This is a shared adventure with some deeply engaging and life-changing books from some of history’s greatest thinkers.  We will aim to use these books to examine our paradigms through facilitated dialogue.  A commitment to the substantial readings and very regular attendance at the weekly dialogue sessions is a prerequisite.  The group is open to anyone, Catholic or not, who is honestly seeking insight into these foundational questions.  I will facilitate from a Catholic Christian perspective (I cannot help but be who I am), but the group is not about me or my views but the confidence that honest dialogue will let truth shine through.  The group will meet on Wednesday evenings at St. Thomas beginning in September and ending right before Christmas.

    If you would like to learn more, I will host an information session on Wednesday, September 2, at 7:15 p.m. in Faculty Conference Room of the Ministry Center/School.  You may also contact me, 635-1066 or johngraveline@gmail.com, if you would like more information including the reading list and schedule.

     

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  • Our Saint Thomas Education Foundation celebrating our school’s 90th anniversary (2015-16) is through Phase II of our brick paver project. Buy bricks to celebrate important occasions: first communions, baptisms, graduations, weddings and anniversaries, just to name a few. For ideas and inspiration, take a look at the Phase I bricks at the entrance to the Ministry Center. To purchase a commemorative brick, please complete the Commemorative Brick Paver order form and return it to the church or mail to: Saint Thomas the Apostle, 1449 Wilcox Park Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.
  • Check out the Saint Thomas Education Foundation and read their latest newsletter Saint Thomas Education Foundation June 2015 Newsletter.

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