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.

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!

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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!

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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?”

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Season of Lent - Everything you need for a more spiritual Lent

Lent is a time for renewal, for the whole church, for each community and for each believer. Above all, it is a time of Grace - Pope Francis

 

What is Lent?

Lent is the forty-day liturgical season of fasting, special prayer and almsgiving in preparation for Easter. The name "Lent" is from the Middle English Lenten and Anglo-Saxon Lenten, meaning spring; its more primitive ecclesiastical name was the "forty days," tessaracoste in Greek. The number "forty" is first noted in the Canons of Nicaea (A.D. 325), likely in imitation of Jesus' fast in the desert before His public ministry (with Old Testament precedent in Moses and Elijah). By the fourth century, in most of the West, it referred to six days' fast per week of six weeks (Sundays were excluded); in the seventh century the days from Ash Wednesday through the First Sunday were added to make the number forty.

Lent — Springtime of the Heart

The word Lent means springtime in an older form of English.  The Church is called to enter into a springtime of the heart.  This makes Lent a season for   lovers, people with a loving heart.  But isn’t Lent a time for fasting, praying, and almsgiving?  How do we connect those with springtime and a season for lovers.  Fasting makes us aware that we hunger.  But we are to connect our physical hunger with our spiritual life, allowing more space for our deepest hunger: God.  This leads us to prayer and almsgiving.  Prayer means giving God access to our hearts.  Almsgiving means allowing others access to our hearts, especially those in need, giving them not just from our financial resources but more of our time and attention.  Lent, then, becomes the school for forming ambassadors for Christ, allowing God to work through us to bring Christ to others.  To sum up: Lent is all about making more room in our heart, for God and for others.

What will your spiritual spring cleaning look like this Lent?  Let us be open during this Holy Season of Lent and allow the Lenten practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help us prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery of our Faith. Blessings this Lent.

When are Lent and Easter in 2019?

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. 

Palm Sunday is April 14.

Holy Thursday is April 18.

Good Friday is April 19.

Holy Saturday is April 20.

Easter Sunday is April 11.

What is the Liturgical Calendar at St. Therese for Lent and Easter in 2019?

Saturdays 4:00 PM; Sundays 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 AM; 9:00 AM Monday - Saturday

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturdays 9:30 AM, 3:00 PM

Ash Wednesday: March 6 - 8:00, 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM

Stations of the Cross: Tuesdays at 2:00 PM

Lenten Penance Service: Monday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Palm Sunday, April 14: 4:00 PM, 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 AM

Holy Thursday - April 18: Morning Prayer 9:00 AM; Mass - Lord’s Supper 6:00 PM

Good Friday - April 19: Morning Prayer 9:00 AM; The Lord’s Passion 3:00 PM

Holy Saturday - April 20: Morning Prayer 9:00 AM; Easter Vigil 8:30 PM

Easter Sunday - April 21: 7:00, 9:00, 11:00 AM

Join us at St. Therese for these special celebrations. 

Fasting and abstinence

Days of Abstinence: No meat can be eaten on Ash Wednesday and all of the Fridays during Lent. This applies to all Catholics 14 and older.

Days of Fast: Only one full meal is permitted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for Catholics between 18 and 59. Two smaller meals are permitted, but the small meals should not equal a second full meal. Drinking coffee, tea and water between meals is allowed. Snacks between meals are not allowed.


What are you doing for Lent this year?

Giving up something for Lent fosters self-discipline and tempers our desires. It is a form of fasting. It is a form of penance. It promotes spiritual growth. If you're giving up something for Lent, that's great. But think also about the possibility of doing something positive to bolster your spiritual life and make the world a better place. Look for ways that you can increase your knowledge of your faith, strengthen your spiritual life or perform special acts of mercy and kindness at home, at work, in your parish or in your community.

Practicing the Works of Mercy!

The Corporal Works of Mercy: Encountering Jesus means encountering him in all the places where he is, especially in the needy. Take a different corporal work of mercy each day and list ways that you could perform that act of mercy. Then decide on two — one as individuals, one as a family or among friends — that you will do, not just during the remaining Lenten season but throughout the year.

- Feed the hungry

 - Give drink to the thirsty

- Clothe the naked

- Shelter the homeless

- Visit the imprisoned

- Visit the sick

- Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy: The spiritual works of mercy call us to be like the forgiving father, especially in “forgiving all injuries.” Talk about how you, as a family or among friends, live these merciful works. Decide together on some additional, concrete things you might do. Watch, too, for examples of the spiritual works of mercy in this Lenten season. 

- Admonish the sinner

- Instruct the ignorant

- Counsel the doubtful

- Comfort the sorrowful

- Bear wrongs patiently

- Forgive all injurie

- Pray for the living and the dead

Feasts of the Lenten Season

St. Patrick (385-461) - March 17: Patrick was born in Scotland. He was kidnapped in his youth and brought to Ireland as a slave, serving as a shepherd. In adulthood, he became a priest and returned to Ireland as another kind of shepherd - a bishop of the Church. He is the patron Saint of Ireland and is credited for establishing the Church there. 

St. Joseph (1st Century) -March 19: This solemnity honors Jesus’ earthly father and husband to Mary. Joseph was a righteous and just man, open to all that God wanted to do for him (Mt. 1:18). St. Joseph is the patron Saint of all workers, carpenters, fathers, and social justice. St. Joseph is a model of fatherhood and a protector of the Holy Family. 

Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord – March 25: We celebrate the appearance of the angel Gabriel to Mary to announce that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Savior. We also celebrate Mary's response: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done with me according to your words" (Lk. 1:38). Meditate on Luke 1:26-38, the Gospel for this day. 

The Stations of the Cross and Benediction

The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 2:00 PM on all Tuesdays afternoon of Lent, beginning March 12th and concluding on April 16th. The Stations of the Cross started as a practice of pilgrims to Jerusalem who wanted to trace the steps of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, this practice was adapted for the sake of those who could not travel to Jerusalem. Eventually, it took the form we now know and can find in most Catholic Churches: 14 pictures along the walls of the sanctuary. The devotion can be prayed at any time, both individually or as a community, but its observance is especially fitting during Lent. They can be found on page 232 in Breaking Bread 2019.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Lent is a time for renewal; the ideal time to make a good confession. Setting some time this Lent for repentance and prayer will enhance your celebration of the feast of Easter. Lent is a penitential time - an opportunity offered by the Church - calling each of us into the love and mercy of God. We open our hearts to recognize our faults and failings - not to discourage or condemn us or anything of that sort - but to bring us to the Lord for his healing mercy. 

- Saturdays at 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

- St. Therese will be celebrating our parish communal Lenten Penance Service on Monday, March 25, at 5:00 PM with several priests available.

Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. Make plans to celebrate this great Sacrament of God’s healing.


10 Tips for Making the Season of Lent more Meaningful

1. Slow Down - Set aside 10 minutes a day for silent prayer or meditation. It will revitalize your body and your spirit.

2. Attend daily Mass, the Stations of the Cross, celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and God’s forgiveness.

3. Read a good book - You could choose the Bible, life of a saint, a Spiritual how-to, an inspirational book or one of the pope's books. 

4.  Be kind - Go out of your way to do something nice or special for someone else every day. 

5.  Get involved - Attend a Lenten lecture or spiritual program.

6. Volunteer at your parish - Whether it is the monthly dinner, 50/50 tickets or helping with the food drive, it will give you a chance to help others.

7. Reach out - Invite an inactive Catholic to come with you to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.

8. Pray - Especially for people you don't like and for people who don't like you.

9. Tune out - Turn off the television and spend quality time talking with family members or friends. 

10. Clean out closets - Donate gently used items to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.


What almsgiving really means

Giving alms has always been an important part of Lent. For many people, it means giving money to Catholic charities or some other good cause. But the concept of almsgiving goes much deeper. It is our response to the teachings of Jesus that encourage us to reach out to people in need—not just with our money—but with our time and our talents. Today we might call it 'stewardship'.

Lent gives us the opportunity to cultivate a spirit of generosity. It gives us a chance to share what we have and who we are with other people. It puts us in communion with others and helps us understand that we are all members of the Body of Christ. Think carefully about how you will share your time, your talents and your treasure during Lent. Keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).

Lenten Prayer

Compassionate and powerful God, you have always guarded your people form the power of evil. You teach us to rely upon the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we enter this Lenten season of mercy - of prayer, fasting and giving. Make me more aware of how close you are when I struggle to do what is right and just. Fill me with your grace, that I might be strengthened to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Amen.

Lenten Book Study - Into His Likeness

2019 Fashion Show - Sunday, March 31

The Sixth Annual Fashion Show will be presented by the St. Therese Council of Catholic Women on Sunday, March 31, at 12:30 PM at the Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club House. The theme is “For the Love of Fashion” and will feature clothing presented by Christopher & Banks located at Sanibel Outlet and accessorized by Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski.  A "Little Italy Lunch Buffet" will be served by Dina's Restaurant.  Tickets (Cost $30) are available at all weekend Masses.  Because of limited seating, all ladies of the parish (and their invited guests) are encouraged to purchase their tickets without delay.  Gather a group of friends and reserve a table (8 or 10).  All profit will be given to charity.

Date: March 31, 2018

Event Time: 12:30 PM

Cost: $30.00

Location: Sabal Springs Golf & Racquet Club House

 Hosted by

Council of Catholic Women - C.C.W.

St. Therese Church - North Fort Myers, Florida

All proceeds going to Charity

 What to Expect

Great fashions

Door prizes

Chinese auction

50/50 tickets

Superb food

Wonderful socializing

 Contact Information

Please Call Chairperson Josephine Weiss 567-1761, Co-Chairs Brenda Dolan 980-4546 and Fran Rossadivito 609-540-0018

 

Faith, Hope & Love 50/50 Raffle Winners

 

Raffle Winners ~ February 2019

Ticket # 594503

Ticket # 812466

Ticket # 825293

Winning Tickets must be claimed no later than March 29, 2019.

Thank you to all who participated.