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December 5, 2021 - The Second Sunday of Advent

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Save the Date! Register your family now! Wednesday, January 12, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 p.m, St. Thomas will be hosting this 'Purified' event, with Jason Evert! Please be sure to click the correct registration button below, based on whether or not your family are parishioners at St. Thomas.

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Why Attend Our Advent Parish Mission?

Sunday, December 5, Monday, December 6, & Tuesday, December 7, Fr. David Miller will lead our Advent Parish Mission, starting at 6:30 p.m. each evening in the Church. Confessions will also be available both before and after the mission each night, starting at 6:00 p.m. Parish missions are not as common as they once were, and so a little info about how important they are for parishioners to attend is relevant. Please listen to the following audio to learn about why the Church has always stressed the importance of attending these missions. The priest in this audio is leading a different lenten mission a couple years ago, and so some of his comments are specific to that, but the rest is applicable to all parish missions and their importance, as he explain the reasons why the Church holds parish missions as so important.  The audio is 11 minutes long.

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Rorate Mass

Our annual Latin Mass at dawn in honor of Our Lady will be offered at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 4.  This will take place of our usual 10 a.m. First Saturday Mass.  Blessing of Holy Articles will follow Rorate Mass, and the Holy Hour of Reparation will be at 8:30 a.m.

Cookie Walk
Our annual Cookie Walk will be held after the Masses on December 4 and 5 (excluding the 5:00 p.m. Sunday evening Mass). A variety of homemade cookies, baked goods, and desserts will be sold. For more details, go to www.stacharlotte.com/cookiewalk.

Tree Lighting

Join us to kick off the Cookie Walk on Saturday, December 4 after the Vigil Mass to light our Courtyard Christmas Tree.  Enjoy hot cider, Christmas music, fellowship, and purchase goodies from the Cookie Walk! Purchase a poinsettia for $5!

Youth Christmas Pageant

Sunday, December 12 at 10:45 a.m. in Aquinas Hall.  E-mail Sister Jessica if your child wants to participate.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mass in Spanish will be offered on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Simbang Gabi Night Mass: A Philippino Tradition!  

Friday, December 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Purified - with Jason Evert:
January 12

All familys of young teens are encouraged to attend this wonderful program provided by Jason Evert, who showcases a great way to promote chastity and purity in your family that abides by the tenants of the Church in a corrupt world.   Tickets are $15 for parishioners or $20 for guests, and includes a grab bag of great materials that will help you steer the course in living a life of grace and chastity.  Click here for more information.

Youth Choir

Each Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the choir room located in the Catholic Campus Ministry building (in the handicap parking lot). Contact Deb for more info.

Volunteer at St. Thomas!

If you have been attending Mass, we hope you can assist us with basic needs during the Liturgy! E-mail Deacon Joe Diaz and Thanks for your help!

  • Ushers
  • Readers
  • Collection of Offertory
  • Altar Serving for young men 

Altar Server Training

If you are a young man who has received First Holy Communion, we encourage you to serve at the altar.  Many priestly vocations were birthed from assisting the priest at the altar!  If you are interested in serving the Novus Ordo Mass, E-mail Deacon Martin.  stmartinpfu@hotmail.com
Latin Mass training: daniel.carter@windstream.net

Gardeners Needed

If you have a green thumb, please contact us about helping take care of our beautiful gardens.  We are in need of more hands to help weed, water, and plant!  E-mail Monica for more information! 

Are You Striving for Sainthood?

This examination is adapted from the official questionnaire that is used when the Church is investigating the worthiness for beatification and canonization of Catholics. They are the questions that are asked of the witnesses who knew the person in question when they were alive. It is a truly great examination of how we are doing, and what type of goals we can set in order to truly live our Catholic faith.  Are we striving to be saints?  There are only saints in Heaven. 

Immaculate Conception Masses

A Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics!
Wednesday, December 8
8:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Adoration after the 8:30 a.m. Mass
Confessions will be at 6:00 p.m.
The Parish Office will be closed

Advent & Christmas Sermons

Christmas Pageant

December 12, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. in the hall.  All kids are invited to participate.  Email Sister Jessica for more information.

Angel Tree Collection

After Thanksgiving, please contribute to our annual Angel Tree collection, which provide gifts for the residents at Holy Angels in Belmont.  Holy Angels is an organization that supports special needs adults. Most of the requests you will see on the Angel Tree this year will be for gift cards to alleviate the burden of shipping and ensure that our residents have items to open on Christmas morning.  We ask the gift cards be packaged and if you are able to include another simple item like fuzzy socks, flavored chapstick, or small treat in the package, it would be greatly appreciated by the gift recipient! As in the past, please attach your angel to the gift so we can ensure it gets to the correct resident BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Erica Bleffer at ebleffer@gmail.com 

Way of the Cross for the Fallen Away

Join us every fourth Sunday of the month at 3:00 p.m. to pray the Way of the Cross for the intentions of our loved ones who have left the Church.  Contact Marci for a copy of Fr. Kirby’s book used in congruence with this devotion for $10: 980-266-4723

Room in the Inn

As part of our 18th year of supporting the Room In the Inn Homeless Ministry, which provides winter shelter and food for the Charlotte Area homeless, we are asking parishioners during the month of November to donate new men's and women’s underwear and socks. If you would like to donate, please drop-off donations at the STA front office desk during office hours.

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