February 10/11 Announcements and Homily Link

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February 11, 2024
Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14)
Masses 7:15 am and 7 pm

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
More information on Fasting and Abstinence here.

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Euchre Night
Saturday, February 17  •  7 – 10 pm Church Lower Level
Join the Saint Thomas the Apostle Knights of Columbus for a Euchre Night at our Parish! The Msgr. Raymond Sweeney Council 17970 invites you to a fun evening of cards in the Church Lower Level from
7 – 10 pm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm with a training session on the tricks, trumps, sets, and the important faux pas in this fun game. Ages 18 and up. No partners needed! Please register here or on the Parish website.

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Save the Date:  Blood Drive Sunday, March 10
Our next Saint Thomas Blood Drive is Sunday, March 10, 9 am-1 pm in the Ministry Center. Register here to give blood or sign up on our Parish website. Call Lori F. at (616) 459-4662 if you would like to volunteer or make cookies for the event.

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Save the Date: 40-Days for Life  Friday, March 8
You are invited to pray for Life at the Saint Thomas 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil on Friday, March 8. Sign up here or visit the Saint Thomas website to pray with us at Planned Parenthood (425 Cherry SE, GR). Call Respect Life ministry leader, Helen Milanowski, at (616) 774-8471 for more information.

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Also In Our Message
This Week

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Around the Diocese
Formed
Link to Sunday Homilies

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National Marriage Week
The observances of National Marriage Week (February 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 11) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. Our theme for 2024 is “Love Beyond Words.”
 
For National Marriage Week this year, consider gifting your spouse with an At-Home Marriage Retreat.
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Building a Legacy Men’s Conference
 March 9, 2024 at St. Robert of Newminster in Ada, Michigan. 

  • Registration is NOW OPEN 
  • Tickets are $38 and ticket prices will increase to $48 after February 23, 2024
  • 2023 SOLD OUT at 850 men and we will anticipate 2024 (capped at 850) will also sell out: REGISTER EARLY
  • Four (yes, FOUR!) amazing speakers
    • Curtis Martin, of FOCUS Ministries
    • Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J. host of the Catholic Current podcast
    • Michael Gormley, founder of LayEvangelist.com and co-host of Catching Foxes podcast
    • John Yep, CEO of Catholics for Catholics 
 

KEPHA Women’s Night
Friday, March 8  •  7 – 8:30 pm  •  Basilica of Saint Adalbert
You are invited for an evening of music, prayer, and message featuring Father Robert McTeigue, S.J. and hosted by the Basilica of Saint Adalbert in Grand Rapids. Father McTeigue is a member of the Society of Jesus. He is host and producer of the “The Catholic Current” via The Station of the Cross Catholic Media Network, and the iCatholicRadio app. Cost is $10. Register online at https://www.buildingalegacy.org/womensnight2024.html deadline is March 7. Questions? Contact Barb at barb.vezino@gmail.com or (616) 481-2529.

 
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Prayer Line (616) 365-7689

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