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Catholic Faith At-Home Resources Newsletters
Becky Ready

Catholic Faith At-Home Resources Newsletter

7/16/2021

 
CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES
FOR ST. THOMAS MORE PARISHIONERS
JULY 18
 
 
12 REASONS WHY CATHOLICISM
IS GOOD FOR YOU
 
We do not follow the Catholic faith because it:
  • Is therapeutic or moralistic
  • Is useful
  • Gives us a list of rules to become good men and women
 
We follow it because it is true.
 
Here are 12 reasons to reflect on why Catholicism is good for you!
  1. Religion is good for you
  2. Prayer Brings Peace
  3. Confession Clears the Decks 
  4. Doctrine Gives Structure
  5. Moral Teaching Gives Guidelines 
  6. Community is Healthy
  7. Religious People Live Longer
  8. Catholicism Makes You Prosperous
  9. The Economy Benefits From Religion
  10. Liturgy and the Rosary Have Hidden Benefits
  11. Catholicism Brings Universal Purpose 
  12. Catholicism Integrates Beauty 
 
Click on the link below to read more about each reason:
 
 
DO YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO IS
INTERESTED IN
BECOMING CATHOLIC?
 
To become Catholic an interested person participates in a process
created by the Church called
the Rite of Christian Initiation. (RCIA)
 
This process is designed for both adults and youth (4th grade and up)
who have not been baptized or
have been baptized in another faith denomination
but never completed the other initiation sacraments.
 
 
This process will begin at St. Thomas More on
Sunday, September 12
at 11:15am in the Faith Formation Room.
 
If you or someone you know is interested,
email Becky at bready@sttm.org!
 
Click the links below to read more about the process:
 
 
 
 
Letter from Archbishop Schnurr
 
Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr
released a letter to the faithful
regarding the new initiative,
 
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
As we celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we give thanks to our generous God for the many blessings He has bestowed on us and look forward with expectant faith to what is to come.
 
Much has changed in our archdiocese and in the United States over the past 200 years. For instance, we are an increasingly mobile society, no longer traveling to work or church on foot or horseback. Compared to earlier eras in our country’s history, when waves of European Catholic immigrants faced scorn and discrimination, Catholics have made tremendous progress in educational level, social acceptance, career achievement and affluence. Catholics can now be found in the highest tiers of every profession and public office in this country.
 
Unfortunately, not all change over the past two centuries has been for the better. American assimilation has brought with it a certain diminishment of distinctive Catholic culture. Religious practice among Catholics, following the overall U.S. trend, is in serious decline. One need only look at the empty pews of an average Sunday Mass to know this.
 
Catholic families are generally not as large as they used to be and fewer parents encourage their children to consider a religious vocation. Here in our own archdiocese, while we have been blessed these past few years with an increase in the number of men ordained to the priesthood and in seminary formation, we have even more in active ministry who are at or beyond retirement age.
 
Despite these discouragements, our mission – Christ’s great commission to proclaim the Good News of salvation and make disciples of all nations – remains. We are called to be God’s joyful witnesses, to radiate Christ in all we do, so that all people might know, love and follow Jesus through this life and into the next.
 
As Church, together we always have the responsibility to look ahead and make the best use of all the Lord has provided us. If we are to be the Church as Christ intends, we must understand that “status quo” can have no place in our vocabulary. We must prayerfully ask ourselves, “What in God’s plan must we do next?” Are our resources properly and most effectively aligned with our God-given mission? Is each of our parishes a strong, vital community of evangelization, centered on the Eucharist, that continuously draws its parishioners and attracts new members into a more intimate relationship with Jesus … or is it just struggling to survive? If the latter, why is that? And what might we do about it?
 
To address these questions, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has launched Beacons of Light, a process of comprehensive pastoral planning for our third century of faith in this archdiocese. Under the leadership of Father Jan Schmidt, Director of Pastoral Vitality, and in collaboration with our priests and experienced consultants, we are studying every aspect of our archdiocese and parishes to determine how to best array our resources – human, physical and financial – to spread the Gospel far and wide.
 
This process will naturally bring with it much anxiety and trepidation as you wonder about the future of your beloved parish. This is a testament to the deep affection parishioners have for their parishes, for which I am very grateful. Beacons of Light will challenge each of us to place the best interests of the Church and our future generations at the forefront of our planning. It will require us to be open to solutions with which we may not immediately feel comfortable.
 
Our local Church is a part of the Lord’s plan for His people, and that plan cannot fail. God’s love is too powerful for that. It is up to us to rely on that love and respond to it, both as individuals and as members of the one Church. As we look to the future, we can be certain that the Gospel will continue to be preached, the sacraments will continue to be celebrated, and the Lord will always be with His people.
 
The Beacons of Light plan will be finished by the end of this year, but the actual implementation will take several years. You will have an opportunity to comment on the plan in October before it is finalized, and you will be invited to assist your pastor with the implementation at the parish level. I urge you to stay engaged with this initiative by signing up for the free Beacons Update newsletter at CatholicAOC.org/Beacons.
 
As we embark on this challenging but necessary endeavor, let us together ask for the intercession of our Blessed Mother that God continue to bless us with His presence and His love, as He has our first 200 years.
 
Sincerely yours in Christ,
 
Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati
 
 
CLICK BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR THE FREE BEACONS OF LIGHT UPDATE NEWSLETTER:
 
DO DOGS GO TO HEAVEN?
 
We know God is Love, and
we can see and feel His unconditional love in animals.
 
In many ways, animals are better at pure love than many people.
 
But will our dogs go to heaven with us?
(Assuming we get there!)
 
Click the link below for the answer:
 
WE STILL NEED YOU!
PRESERVE OUR
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
 
Offer when you can be there - if not weekly, then note the frequency when you can be there.
 
Nothing we do is more intimate or more adoring
than receiving Jesus' very Body and Blood of Christ
in holy Communion.
 
And He grants us His Presence physically,
risking abandonment and mishandling
to be near us physically through Eucharistic Adoration.
 
He is not a symbol or Bread - Christ's True Presence IS at Mass and in the consecrated Hosts.
 
HE asked us to visit Him at Church
- for YOUR SAKE - and mine and for all.
 
During Adoration, He is Present in a beautiful monstrance,
Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus,
really, truly, and substantially present in the Eucharist.
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Jesus needs you and others to
rest with Him in Church on Fridays between 9 and 3
so that STM continues offering Adoration.
 
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The sign up chart is in the church' s vestibule.
Please help us keep alive extremely valuable ministry!
 
Click the link below to read about the history of Eucharistic Adoration:
 
Click the link below for aids to help you pray during Eucharistic Adoration:
 
NEW!!! Click the link below to download the sign up chart and then email to Deacon Bob at bbrazier@sttm.org
 
 
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