Around the Parish:

  • vbsSt. Thomas the Apostle Vacation Bible School 2016 Registration will begin the weekend of May 21-22 after all the masses.  VBS will be held Monday, June 20 – Friday, June 24 9:00 AM until 12 Noon each day (12:15 PM on Friday). Get ready for The Brightest Week of the Summer!

At VBS this year, kids will explore the rock-solid foundation of Jesus’ love. Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes. Plus, we’ll help kids to discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life and also participate in a hands-on outreach project to show others in our neighborhood the light of Jesus.

The Preschool program is for children who are 4 years old (by June 30) through entering Kindergarten next fall.

The Elementary program is for children who are entering 1st grade through 6th grade next fall.

If you will not be in town next weekend, just print out the VBS Family Registration Form (found here) and return the form to the Parish Office by this Friday to be included in the weekend counts.

Keep in mind that VBS is extremely popular!

Register early, since available spaces fill fast!

If you have any questions, please call Pam and Steve Strobel at 957-7776 or email us at strobelshare@gmail.com.

 

  • Kathy Proulx is retiring from teaching after 25 years (she will continue to work and play for parish liturgy and direct children’s choir).  Please click on the invitation below to get all the important information about her celebration! Please share this information to any who know and love her! Kathy Proulx Retirment Celebration Invitation

Kathy Proulx invitation

 

  • Wednesday, June 1st: YOU ARE INVITED TO AN SJAM MOVIE NIGHT!poverty inc

Fighting poverty is big business. But who profits the most? From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, POVERTY, INC. plays the gadfly in the this eye-opening examination of Western interventions in the developing world.  Join the Social Justice Advocacy Ministry in viewing the documentary, POVERTY INC. on Wednesday, June 4th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room of the Ministry Center.  The film challenges each of us to ask the tough questionCould I be part of the problem?

children's healing center

  • YOU’RE INVITED!  Spring is here and it’s time to get your hands dirty…. Your friends at the Children’s Healing Center invite you to take part in the beautification of our new Children’s Garden! We love being a part of this community and are so thankful for your support as we offer a clean, safe place for sick kids to play! Join us on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30-7:30pm in our garden for a fun volunteer opportunity! Bring your gloves and shovels and dig in!  Please call Janna at 426-8366 or email jsikma@childrenshealingcenter.org to RSVP.  Thank you!

 

 

Ed Foundation

  •  Registration for Religious Education has begun for grades PK4-8th grade.  Please contact Patti Reynolds for more information: pattyreynolds@stthomasgr.org.
  • The Saint Thomas Men’s Softball team is looking for men over 35 years old who are interested in playing Men’s Softball on Sunday nights during the summer to be part of a diocesan softball league.  The season starts June 5th and ends with a tournament on August 7th.  There are no games on Father’s Day or the 4th of July weekend. Contact Dennis Lake at dennisllake@gmail.com or 616-745-7886 for more information.
  • Download Our New Parish App! Our new Saint Thomas app is now available to download for iPhone and Android smart phones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more.Help foster a stronger parish life at Saint Thomas and better engage the New Evangelization. Download our app today at myparishapp.com or search your phone’s app store for  MyParish  or text “App” to 88202 for a link.
  • Thursday, June 2nd: Every adult 18 years of age or older (and graduated from high school) should attend the VIRTUS training Protecting God’s Children.  We need ALL adults to benefit from this program to form solidarity in the physical, emotional, and sexual safety of the vulnerable.  This program is packed with information including knowing the warning signs, being aware of the behaviors and actions of our young people, and how to communicate concerns.  There are ongoing training’s available across the diocese and Saint Thomas is hosting a training on Thursday, June 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Visit virtus.org for more information or contact Monica Morin at monicamorin@stthomasgr.org or 459-4662.  This program is REQUIRED for any person who would like to volunteer to work with children at any parish or school in the diocese including Vacation Bible School.

 

  • SUMMER MOBILE FOOD TRUCKS @ CONGRESS SCHOOLfood truck Saint Thomas will be partnering with Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank again this summer, by sponsoring a Mobile Food truck at Congress School (940 Baldwin St. SE) on Thursdays, June 30, July 28 and August 18 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.   Most kids look forward to summer break, but for 97% of the kids in the Congress school neighborhood, it could mean no lunch!  Bring your family or your sports team and support our neighbors in need by serving at the summer food trucks.  Call Bonnie Burke at 458-5674 or email her at burkegr@hotmail.com to sign up.  Summer blessings!

For an extensive list of Diocesan opportunities please visit the Diocese of Grand Rapids website

  • Saturday, May 21st: You are cordially invited to attend the Historic Walk through Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (Polish Catholic Cemetery) The walk will be hosted by Mr. Thomas R. Dilley, local historian and author, beginning promptly at 10 o’clock a.m. and will conclude with hospitality around noon. The rain date for this event is June 4th.13055534_10153673938536896_9006421058408470946_n