Welcome to St. Therese Parish


Wwelcome you to join with the Faith Community at St. Therese Parish as we gather together to celebrate the Eucharist, the Sacraments or a time of prayer. We welcome back members of St. Therese Parish who have been away for a summer time visit to family and friends in the North! Our special welcome is extended to all who are visiting from the area and also to those who are vacationing in southwest Florida. To those who will be traveling this week – travel safely.

Our parish is a vibrant, welcoming and prayerful parish.  Our parish has lived of and proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the North Fort Myers area. Our diverse community is indeed a microcosm of the universal Church. Here we seek to live the Gospel through the active celebration of the Sacraments, lifelong faith formation, and a continuing commitment to our brother and sisters. We look forward to praying with you, praising Jesus Christ with you, celebrating with you, and spreading the good news of God’s love for all with you!

Make a commitment to pray with and to join in the spiritual journey of those who gather at St. Therese Church by taking time to register.  If you have recently moved into our area or have been here for a long time, but have not registered in the parish, please do.   Making oneself known also makes it possible for others to minister to us when the need arises.  Join with St. Therese Parish by returning a completed registration form (found at the main entrance of the church) or by coming to the parish office.

Feast of All Souls - Holding in Prayer


November is a special time to pray for all who have died. We celebrated the Feast of All Saints and of All Souls.  During the entire month of November, we will be bringing into our prayer at each Mass all those for whom we have been asked to pray.  Members of our families… a spouse, a sister, a brother, a parent or child… or friends, have gone before us to their eternal home.  They are now with the Lord in the Communion of Saints.  Although they may not be canonized as public saints, they have served us as examples of the Lord’s love and are saints within our families.  None were perfect… but, they did strive to be expressions of God’s presence.  Each day this month, it is my hope that we will return to the many names listed in the October 28th Parish bulletin.  Let’s speak the names – quiet within, or even aloud… maybe a page each day and then begin all over again.  We mention the names of those who were loved by ourselves and by others and we bring them to the Lord.  In our prayer, we are able to enter into a living relationship with the Communion of Saints!  And, we ask them to Pray for Us, too!!

Prayer

Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and console us.
As we renew our faith in Your Son,
whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope
that all our departed brothers and sisters
will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
 

Eternal Rest grant unto them (him/her),O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them (him/her).
May they (he/she) rest in peace.

Veterans Day - Sunday, November 11

Veterans Day 2018 ~ Sunday, November 11

Veterans Day honors all those military men and women who have served our country.  There are many events to recognize their contribution in our area.  Our parish is one place where active duty service members and veterans, including those with a service-related disability or PTSD, can be supported and blessed for their service to all of us.

Veterans' Mass at St. Therese

Saint Therese Parish will honor all Veterans during a Mass next Sunday, November 11 at 11 AM. If there is a Veteran in your family whom you want remembered, please bring a photo along with his/her name, to be displayed in the main entrance of the church. (All photos will be returned.) The Knights of Columbus will provide a Color Guard and the Council of Catholic Women (CCW) will serve refreshments after Mass.

Veteran’s Day Diocesan Mass

You are invited to attend a Veterans Day Mass, on Sunday, November 11, 3:00 PM at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Road) in Sarasota (five miles east of I-75). The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane. Opening ceremonies begin at 2:45 PM. All are invited to attend and participate in honoring the men and women who have served our country and are serving us today. Those planning to attend the Mass are encouraged to invite others to ride along with them and to bring sunscreen and wear a hat!

Prayer for Veterans

Help us, dear God, to see your face in every Veteran we encounter. Guide us as we imagine new ways to support Veterans and their families. Bring healing and peace to all who have been wounded physically, mentally and spiritually during wartime. Help us bring your saving grace to heal the invisible wounds of war. We ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

FORMED - The Catholic Faith On Demand


St. Therese’s has subscribed to a dynamic and exciting new online platform called FORMEDThis “Catholic version of Netflix,” FORMED, is the revolutionary digital platform that gives you unprecedented access to the best Catholic content there is - video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. Whether fallen away or deeply engaged, at the parish or on the go, FORMED will help you grow in your faith, find deeper peace with God, and share what you believe with others.  This wonderful program was donated to St. Therese Parish.  We are grateful for this generous donor for this wonderful gift to our Faith Family.

All parishioners have 24/7 FREE access to the best Catholic content on any device, including your computer, smartphone and tablet with internet access through this access code for St. Therese parishioners.


 

To get your free account started,

-      Go to the FORMED website at formed.org - and sign with our parish access code: BG6HWX.  Enter your email and create a password.

-      Click this link www.sainttheresechurch.formed.org - Enter your email and create a password.


This Catholic media library is a FREE gift to you as a St. Therese Parishioner and includes books, programs, DVDs, CD’s etc. that will help you dive deeper into your faith.

If you have any questions about FORMED or have trouble accessing your free account, please contact Nelson Perez at (239) 567-2315 ext. 203 or e-mail at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

Unlimited Use for Our Entire Parish

300+ episodes of video-based study programs

35+ feature films and movies

45+ audio presentations

25+ eBooks

Available in English and Spanish!

Available 24/7

 

STUDY PROGRAMS

300+ episodes of transformational video-based study programs including accompanying study guides essential for discipleship

AUDIO PROGRAMS

48 life-changing Lighthouse Talks™ for evangelization made easy

MOVIES

40 captivating full-length feature films bring families together

EBOOKS

Dozens of inspiring eBooks to enliven the faith of both individuals and groups

 

Compelling and Trustworthy Teachers

 

You can see what’s on FORMED by checking out the trailers below. 

What is FORMED.org?

https://vimeo.com/139714262

 

How can FORMED help my marriage?

By providing you with beautiful testimonies from other Catholic couples and the life-changing teachings of the Church through videos like Beloved that you and your spouse can watch together at home and then discuss and pray about together.  See the trailer below!

https://vimeo.com/153162904

 

How can FORMED help my kids?

By giving you awesome Catholic speakers who know how to talk to kids about the Faith right at your fingertips and on their mobile devices.  See the sample below!

https://vimeo.com/139714995

 

How can FORMED help me get closer to God?

By showing you through formation series like Lectio how to pray so that your prayer time is a genuine encounter with God that you experience personally.  Check out the trailer below!

https://vimeo.com/153162929

 

How can FORMED help me invite my loved ones back to the Church?

By sharing videos like this with them that they can watch right on their smart phones.  They’ll hear things about the faith they never knew before or “never heard explained this way.” Check out the compelling trailer below!

https://vimeo.com/153516243

 

Testimonies

“FORMED provides Catholics of all ages access to excellent Catholic resources. In a parish, school, or home setting, utilizing the best in current technology, FORMED becomes a powerful evangelization tool for the modern world.”

Bishop Gerard Bergie, D.D.  |  Ontario

“God be praised for FORMED. . . . Folks who hadn’t been to Confession in years were moved to return to the sacrament . . . one person returned after 40 years!”

Fr. Joseph Cooper  |  New Hampshire

“FORMED has been an invaluable resource in my journey . . . and it has helped bring me closer to our Lord Jesus Christ and our Blessed Mother. What else could anyone ask for?”

Christian  |  Colorado

 

Philippians - Life in Christ


Towards the end of his life, under arrest and awaiting trial in Rome, Saint Paul writes a short but powerful letter to the Philippians. Paul’s affection for the Christian community at Philippi is apparent from his opening words. The Philippians were not only Paul’s sons and daughters in the Faith but also his partners in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

At the heart of this letter is Paul’s eloquent hymn of Christ’s total gift of self, the model for Paul’s life. With his words and the example of his life, Paul exhorts the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, to live a life worthy of the Gospel, and, by God’s grace, to gain Christ.

In six sessions, Dr. Tim Gray combines insight and practical guidance using the lectio divina disciplines to make the Scriptures come alive in Philippians: Life in Christ.

Sessions and Times

- The series will begin on Wednesday, October 10, at 2:00 PM in the church and will continue on October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and 14.

- Includes video, discussion and questions for reflection.

- Registration Cost: $10.00 (Course Materials)

- Deadline: October 3rd

The topics are:

1: Paul and the Philippians

2: Partnership in the Gospel

3: Friendship in Christ

4: The Mind of Christ  

5: Imitatio Christ

6: All Things in Christ

If you are not able to join us, follow this program at FORMED.org.

If you registered, thank you!  To get your free account started,

- Go to the FORMED website at formed.org - and sign with our parish access code: BG6HWX. Enter your email and create a password or

- Click this link www.sainttheresechurch.formed.org - Enter your email and create a password.

For more information or to register, please contact Nelson at 239-567-2315 ext. 203 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the Parish Office.

I look forward to exploring the letter to the Philippians with you.


KofC Monthly Parish Dinner - December 14

 

 With the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus, St. Therese Parish will be resuming a monthly dinner beginning on Friday, December 14, 2018.  The main entrée will be Chicken Cordon Bleu Dinner.  Tickets ($12.50) may be purchased in the Parish Office no later than Monday, December 10.  Doors open at 5:30 PM and dinner will begin serving at 6:30 PM.  Join with others for a great dinner and a time for socializing.    

Knights of Columbus Hall

16351 Slater Road ~ North Fort Myers, FL

 Join us at this month's parish community dinner!

 

2018-2019 Schedule

Mark your calendar for the following dinner dates:

Friday, December 14th - Chicken Cordon Bleu Dinner

Friday, January 11th - Ham Dinner

Friday, February 8th - Pot Roast Dinner 

Friday, March 8th - Shrimp Scampi Dinner

Thursday, April 4th - Meatloaf Dinner

 

 

Faith, Hope & Love 50/50 Raffle Winners

 

Raffle Winners ~ October 2018

Ticket # 684471

Ticket # 684697

Ticket # 685485

Winning Tickets must be claimed no later than November 30, 2018.

Thank you to all who participated.