It is with great sadness that I inform you that one of the Carmelite Sisters, Sr Miriam Rose OCD, passed away on Tuesday, 10 October. Before her illness Sr Miriam would welcome you to Carmel. Our prayers are especially with her fellow Carmelite Sisters at this time. You are all held in our prayerful arms. Sr Miriam’s Funeral Mass is on Wed, 18 October at 2.00pm at Carmel. Fr Wayne
Dear Parishioners, Our pantry is full to overflowing with all the essentials we require for our companions. Thank you so much. Moira has offered to make up toiletry bags for them, so now we require toiletries like soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Thank you again. We are so grateful for your generosity. The Vinnies Team
We are organizing a BUSY BEE to be held on Saturday, November 11 between 10.00am and noon to clean up the Church inside and out. Please come and help us. Bring your brooms, dusters, etc. St Thomas Parish Council
How good it is to be home amidst familiar surrounds, smells and sounds. As they say, there’s no place like your own bed and pillow. I had a wonderful time visiting with my family, especially with my great-nephew and great-niece, Talon and Aurora, who have boundless energy and love. They are active and fun-loving little people. I had a wonderful time spoiling them, like all Uncles should do. Connecting with the family again was life-giving and renewing. There is something special about being in the loving arms of your family, a feeling that no one else can give you. It is that special bond that you share with each and every one of them. I am very lucky indeed, as I have several families I belong to. My own flesh and blood family, whom I love dearly and to whom and for whom I would give everything I have; my extended family and friends who nurture me and make me who I am, which includes the parish and school families of St Thomas’; my adoptive Ma and Pa, John and Joan Pope, who have been a part of me for nearly 30 years; their son, Stephen and daughter, Karen and their families. All of these various families are precious and dear to me, and each day I thank God for the blessings He has shown me through them. Treasure your families and friends, they are one of the gifts of God to you. I leave you with a thought:
“How important is your family to you, and how important are you to your family.” Fr Wayne
One of the amplifiers in the Church has issues at the moment. you may have noticed that the white speakers in the body of the Church are not working. We are looking into the matter and hope to have the issue sorted out within the next few weeks. Fr Wayne
their teachers and families to our Saturday evening Mass. They will host the Mass and afterwards they will host a Sausage Sizzle in the Church grounds. Please stay after Mass and spend some time with the children and their families. All welcome to join us after. Don’t rush off. Fr Wayne
The new sets of envelopes commencing 5 November 2017 will be available for collection from the back of the church next weekend—21/22 October. Current planned givers, you are requested to please collect your new set of envelopes after Mass on that weekend. The envelopes will be located on the tables at the back of the Church. The statement included with your envelopes is a record of your contributions to planned giving for the financial year July 2016-June 2017, and is for your information only as your contributions to the Parish cannot be claimed for tax purposes. Please direct queries to Rossana at the parish office during office hours on 9384 0598.
will be held on Tuesday, 7 November commencing at 10.00.00am. Those wishing to attend, please bring a plate to share. This lunch will replace the usual Wednesday Lunch for that week only. Sweeps will be available. All welcome. Lunch will be held before the race which will be watched on the big screen in Fr Wayne’s lounge. Please phone the parish office to let us know you are coming and what plate you are bringing. Thank You.
NOVEMBER MASSES ENVELOPES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH AND AT THE SIDE ENTRANCES…. Please fill them out and put them in any of the collection baskets at the weekend Masses, or hand to Fr Wayne. All Masses in November will be offered for the Holy Souls. Thank you.
hosts a Light Lunch in the Parish Centre after the 12.30pm Masss every Wednesday. You are cordially invited to join this friendly group. All welcome. Good food, great companionship. Come along and have some fun. See you there!