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.

True Reformers - Saints of the Catholic Reformation

St. Therese invites you to take a pilgrimage with the six great Heroes of the Catholic Reformation.  This six-week series will explore the lives of Saints Thomas More, Ignatius of Loyola, Philip Neri, Charles Borromeo, Teresa of Avila and Francis de Sales.  As True Reformers introduces you to these great saints, you will want to stay friends with them for life, even unto eternity, as you discover how they spearheaded the Church's rebirth after the turbulence and confusion caused by the Protestant Reformation.

Dr. Christopher Blum will lead you on a journey with these great saints.  As you get to know them, you will discover how powerful – and beautiful – the human heart’s free response to God’s generous Grace is.

Sessions and Times

- The series will begin on Wednesday, April 25, at 2:00 PM in the church and will continue on May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

- Includes video, discussion and questions for reflection.

- Registration Cost: $6.00 (Course Materials)

The topics are:

1: Saint Thomas More and the Age of the Author

2: Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier for Christ

3: Saint Philip Neri, the Apostle of Joy

4: Saint Charles Borromeo, the Good Shepherd

5: Saint Teresa of Àvila, a Study in Perseverance

6: Saint Francis de Sales: Pastor of Souls

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

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.

We are looking forward to leading you on this great faith formation series.

Thank You to the Knights of Columbus All Saints Council 8440


THANK YOU to the members of the Knights of Columbus who worked together in the preparation and serving of the monthly dinners during this past season.  Your gift of time and effort means so much to all of us at St. Therese Faith Family.  You are all to be commended for being so generous, thoughtful, and gracious to our parish family.  Everything was beautiful, delicious and fun.  We are truly grateful for the generosity and caring the Council has always shown to our parish community.  We know it took a lot of planning and work, and we are sincerely grateful.  God's blessings to All Saints Council 8440.  May you be blessed a hundredfold!

 

A very special THANK YOU to all who attended the Parish monthly dinners sponsored and hosted by the Knights of Columbus.  The dinners will resume in the fall of 2018.  All profits from the dinners are given to the Catholic Faith Appeal.  Again, THANK YOU to all participants and to the Knights!!

 


R.C.I.A. Welcome to Our St. Therese Faith Family

All of us at St. Therese Parish join in one voice of WELCOME to Garry McDonald and Daniel Monaghan, who joined with us in the Catholic Faith during the Easter Vigil Celebration!!  We have been looking forward to have you joined with us at the Eucharistic Table of the Lord.

 

Celebrating the Easter Season


We all know the song about celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas, but most people don’t pay much attention to the fifty days in the Easter Season!

The season begins with the Easter Vigil and the Masses on Easter Sunday. Our joy-filled celebration of the Risen Lord includes praising God in the Gloria, singing Alleluia, the renewal of baptismal vows, and a sprinkling with Easter Water.

Easter reminds us that we have new life in Christ that can never be overcome by darkness or death. We are renewed, restored and recreated. What seemed to be the end on Good Friday was really a beginning. Easter is the promise of new life, new energy, new possibilities.

But Easter Sunday is just a beginning! Our Easter celebration will last for the next 50 days and will culminate on Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples who were gathered in the upper room. These fifty days are an opportunity for us to understand and appreciate the greatness and the goodness of our God.

How will you celebrate the Easter Season this year? Here are some suggestions:

- Try to attend daily Mass during the Easter Season and allow your spirit to rejoice.

- Read the Acts of the Apostles and feel the zeal of the early Christians as they spread the Good News of the Risen Lord.

- Thank God for the gift of a new day each morning.

- Cultivate a sense of gratitude for all of the good things in your life.

- Visit someone who is sick, suffering, or lonely.

- Clear out your closets and give gently used items to the poor.

- Buy a bag of groceries and deliver it to your local food pantry.

- Invite someone who has been away from the Church to come to Mass with you.

- Look for ways that the Holy Spirit is working through everyone and everything.

Celebrating the Easter Season will help you to see from a different perspective. Like the early followers of Jesus, you will find yourself spiritually alive with the Good News. You may feel as if you have to go out and share your joy with other people!

This is the real purpose of the Easter Season. This is your chance to celebrate new life in Christ.

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

 

Faith, Hope & Love 50/50 Raffle Winners

 

Raffle Winners ~ April 2018

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Winning Tickets must be claimed no later than May 31, 2018.

ALL WINNING TICKETS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED!

Thank you to all who participated.