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.

St. Therese Parish Feast Day - October 1

Members of St. Therese Parish, gathered for prayer and celebrated our St. Therese Parish Feast Day on Tuesday, October 3rd.  St. Therese of Lisieux has made known to us the tender and precious Presence of God in all aspects of our lives.

Parishioners joined for a wonderful Feast Day Mass. Every person in attendance was invited to take a rose from the altar to give to someone during the day as an expression of God’s love and care for them. St Therese’s "little way" teaches us to do a simple deed of life with extraordinary love. Coffee and donuts were served as our faith community celebrated our Feast Day! Our parish celebration was wonderful.

We all share a deep devotion to our Little Flower. In fulfilling her mission, she has touched each of our hearts in very special ways.  By the grace of God, St. Therese makes her presence known to each of us with the particular purpose of making us more aware of how loved we are by God -and how present God is in our lives. May we become more like the 'Little Flower' of Jesus, St. Therese; following her "little way" of doing ordinary things with "extra-ordinary" love.

St. Francis Feast Day - October 4

Members of St. Therese parish, gathered on October 4, in prayerful celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis and of all God's creation, specifically the animals we cherish as our pets.  

Gathered outside the church, Fr. Tom began the prayer with scripture and the blessing of animals.  Fr. Tom individually sprinkled with blessed water each pet that had been brought.  While the greatest representation of animals were dogs, we prayed for all animals of the world with a special emphasis on those we have chosen as our pets. 

In celebrating the blessing of animals, we honor God in all of his creation.  As stewards of all the world, we take special care of these animals, calling them our pets and companions.

May St. Francis intercede this day for a greater respect of all life and a greater stewardship of all creation. 

Feast of All Souls - Holding in Prayer - November 1


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 last week’s 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 - November 11

Veterans Day 2017 ~ Saturday, 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 12 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, this Saturday, 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.

KofC Monthly Parish Dinner - December 8

 

With the sponsorship of the Knights of Columbus, St. Therese Parish will be serving the next monthly dinner on Friday, December 8, 2017.  The main entrée will be Ham Dinner. Tickets ($12.50) may be purchased in the parish Office no later than Monday, October 30.  Doors are 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!

 

2017-2018 Schedule

Mark your calendar for the following dinner dates:

Friday, December 8th - Ham

Thursday, January 11th - Meatloaf

Friday, February 9th - Roast Beef

Thursday, March 8th - Roast Pork

Friday, April 6th - Italian Night

 

Faith, Hope & Love 50/50 Raffle Winners

 

Raffle Winners ~ October 2017

Ticket # 588888

Ticket # 632566

Ticket # 632652

Winning Tickets must be claimed no later than November 30, 2017.

Thank you to all who participated.