Special Events

"The laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvellously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit may be produced in them. For all their works, prayers and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit - indeed even the hardships of life if patiently born - all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ... And so, worshipping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God, everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives." - Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 901

Major Events

Annual Parish Picnic (September) - The biggest family meal of the year which takes place after the 10:30 am Mass in the parish community center with meat and drinks provided by the parish and salads/desserts brought by parishioners.  Enjoy games for children and fun for all ages. 

PCCW Rummage Sale (First Weekend of October) - The primary fundraiser for the Parish Council of Catholic Women, which helps support all of their charitable activities and organizational costs for the year.  Donations of clothes and small household items are accepted on Thursday, the day before the sale. 

Family Nights (Pumpkin Carving, Advent Retreat, Lent Retreat, Kite Flying) - Quarterly events for all in the parish which include activities, a provided meal, prayer and reflections for the upcoming liturgical season. 

Pre-Lenten Bash (Weekend before Lent) - A family-friendly 'Mardi-Gras' event with delicious food, games and dancing in anticipation of the solemn spiritual practices of Lent.

Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (Wednesdays during Lent) - Solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with music from Taize and Benediction in the church prior to Wednesday night formation events. 

Stations of the Cross and Soup (Fridays during Lent) - Accompany the Lord in prayer through a scripture-based stations of the cross and share in a simple vegetarian soup & bread meal with others in the parish community center.

Mother's Day Brunch (Mother's Day) - An annual, beloved tradition, hosted by the St. Thomas Men's Society who provides linen-drawn tables with flowers and a brunch of omelettes, corned beef hash, sausage, fruit, baked goods and more for everyone in the parish after the morning liturgies on Mother's Day.

40 Days for Life (Annual) - Members of the parish join together with supporters throughout the area to pray and give witness to the gift of life, standing vigil and offering support to those considering abortion at the area abortion clinic.


Ongoing Activities

Soup for the Homeless - Many parishioners prepare a simple soup recipe once a week and the delicious food is distributed through St. Vincent DePaul to the hungry and homeless downtown, as well as to homeless teens through the Tumbleweed organization.

Monday Night Prayer Group (Mondays, 7pm, Reconciliation Chapel) - Join fellow parishioners for a scriptural rosary and to pray for those who are facing illness and other challenges. 

First & Fifth Sundays Coffee & Rolls - Hosted by the Parish Council of Catholic Women and Knights of Columbus, respectively, after the Sunday liturgies for fellowship with your parish family.

Funeral Luncheons - A ministry of compassion for those who have lost a loved one which provides meals in the parish center following funerals. Contact Gladys Orlando or Delores Lemke to volunteer.

Prayer Yoga (Thursdays after daily Mass, St. Monica Room) - Join others for a Catholic, spiritual meditation with prayer and gentle body movement. Contact Cynthia Marble for Information.

St. Vincent DePaul Ministries - Volunteer to help prepare or host a meal for the hungry and homeless in our city. Also donate your gently used items to St. Vincent DePaul to assist those in need in our community.

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