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Ministries

St. Thomas Ministries and Stewardship in the Catholic Church

A simple definition of Stewardship is to live out a commitment to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered. It is not about fund-raising, money or donations it is about prayerfully discerning which and how much of your God-given resources of time, talent, and treasure you can commit to our parish and community. These ministries give all of us a unique opportunity to deepen our faith in the Lord, through prayer and service. The various ministries of St. Thomas parish provide you with a wide variety of ways of connecting with our Parish community. Through these ministries you can learn and grow as an individual, meet others who share your values, and reach out to serve the larger parish and community. Our ministries survive on volunteers and we hope there is something for everyone! If not, join us in creating future ministries.

Opening our hearts to stewardship also opens our hearts to the Lord’s outpouring of His grace and mercy and strengthens us to go forth as His witnesses to the whole world. So read through our ministries and find one that speaks to you – and be a VOLUNTEER!

Youth Tots, Tweens, Teens & Young Adults

Sacred Heart School

….celebrating over 100 years of educational excellence.

Supported by both Sacred Heart and St. Thomas parishes, Sacred Heart School provides a quality Catholic education for each child enrolled in preschool through the twelfth grade. Students from both St. Thomas and Sacred Heart Churches, as well as students with other religious backgrounds receive a superior college-preparatory education with literature and phonics-based reading programs, Saxon math, art, music/drama, computer science, Spanish, physical education, library science, and enrichment science. Sacred Heart students consistently

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Nursery

The St. Thomas Nursery staff provides a safe and fun atmosphere for all children under age 4, during 8:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sunday Mass.

 

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CYO/Youth

Senior CYO: Our mission is to provide a well-rounded; Christ centered experience for our Catholic youth in grades 9-12. Activities include service work for our local community, an annual CYO convention in Biloxi, semi-annual trip to the National Youth Conference, and lots of local fun activities. The only skills needed are a love of youth and lots of energy! Adult help is needed for advisors, chaperones, fund raising and occasional transportation to events. Junior CYO: Meets on Sunday evenings once

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Altar Servers

Meet periodically for training. Altar servers assist the priests of our parish, or their substitutes with the celebration of Mass. You must be in the 3rd through 12th grade. The only other requirement is to go through an initial altar server training. More altar servers are needed for Saturday evening Mass. Contact: Nancy Ewing  601-549-9834

 

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Vacation Bible School

For one week in June, we offer our children from grades Pre-K to fourth the opportunity to participate in Vacation Bible School, VBS. This half-day VBS Program provides much fun, faith-filled activities. VBS activities may include arts and crafts, music, games, storytelling, and snacks. Watch bulletin for dates to enroll your child for a week of fun! To be a part of helping make VBS a great success and experience for our children.

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Children’s Church

Meets during Sunday 10:15am Mass. Children’s Church presents the Sunday readings and homilies to children ages 4-8 during the 10:15 Mass. Help is needed to read and present prepared homilies. The only requirement is a willing spirit, love of children and an ability to relate to children. Also, patience is a necessary virtue!

Contact:

Kaye Taylor

Phone: 601-606-6471

Email: kaye_w_taylor@hotmail.com

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CCD Receptions

During the course of the CCD year, several receptions are offered for those families and students who are receiving the sacraments. The events range from a pizza lunch after First Reconciliation, cookies, cake, and punch at First Communion, three meals at the Confirmation Retreat, to a formal reception with the Bishop at Confirmation (every other year). These receptions provide the opportunity for food and fellowship following our Sacramental Celebrations. We need and welcome help to plan for, cook, setup, and

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CCD Pre-K – 11th Grade

Classes are held Sunday mornings 9:00am – 10:00am. CCD provides religious education to pre-k – 11th grades. All Catholic children in grades 1-11 not attending Catholic schools are expected to attend parish religious education classes. A student must attend religion classes for at least one year prior to enrollment in sacramental preparation classes. The Sacrament of First Communion and First Reconciliation are celebrated in the second grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in the eleventh grade. Volunteers are needed

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Southern Miss Catholic Student Association (CSA)

Meets Sunday and Wednesday nights at 6pm for mass with free dinner following. (College students only) Also, join us Wednesday nights for fun activities and dinner. Our goal is to provide a “home away from home” and allow a chance for fellowship with other young Catholics. Other events include a fall and spring retreat, our annual mission trip, community service projects, praise and worship, and Bible study, to name a few. Volunteers are needed to help prepare Wednesday and Sunday

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