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.

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.

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 Ellie and Kevan McElhaney, Debbie Blackmar and Toni Orlando, 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.  Janell Kelsey-Pawlus joined the Church in her northern Parish, St. Matthew, in Michigan.

Pentecost - Receive the Holy Spirit

The story of Pentecost found in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles recounts the descent of the Holy Spirit. First, the apostles heard “a noise like a strong driving wind” and then “there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them” (Acts 2:2-3). A large crowd gathered at these sights and sounds, and the Jews “from every nation under heaven” heard each apostle speaking “in his own language” (Acts 2:5-6). Then Peter, the rock upon which Christ built his Church (cf. Mt 16:18), testified to the risen Christ. And “about 3,000 persons were added that day.”

If only all conversions could be that easy. If only we could all witness the birth of Christ’s Church and hear the first pope, Peter, testify to the divinity of Jesus and his saving power. “Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Acts 2:38).

We continue to receive that gift, as the Holy Spirit continues to dwell among us and change hearts and minds, just as it was 2,000 years ago. “And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).

As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday we affirm our belief in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit who is with us today. Through the experiences of adversity and conflict we are called to invite the peace and calm of the Holy Spirit to take root in our lives. Many would suggest that we live in a world of chaos. Optimists would propose that the world is full of positive opportunities ready to be embraced. No matter how we view the world, the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and in the Church offers us a new way of looking at reality.

The Spirit creates order in the midst of chaos and brings the seven gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. When conflict arises in our relationships we seek the wisdom of God and pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with wisdom. In the midst of war and the news of young people losing their lives protecting our freedoms, we seek an understanding that will lead us to the goal of peace, and we pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with understanding. When society lures us into the world of pluralism we seek the counsel of God and the truth that will set us free, and we pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with counsel. When we incur insults by making a stand for what is right and give witness to the gospel, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with fortitude. When our lives are not black and white, and we face difficult decisions, we pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with your knowledge. In encountering your presence in worship and in the presence of others may we reverence You, and pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with piety. Finally, as we contemplate the many wonders and gifts the world has to offer, may we reverence the Giver of the gifts, and pray: Come, Holy Spirit, gift us with the fear of the Lord. Amen!

Prayer

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth. O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation

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. 

 

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