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Palm Sunday March 28, 2010

St. Thomas More Catholic Church 3000 12th Ave. Coralville, IA 52241

Parish Web Site: www.stthomasmoreic.com

PASTORAL TEAM: 337-2173 Rev. Walter Helms--Pastor (ext. 104) Cheryl Campion--Office Manager (ext. 101) Tracy Christopher - Religious Education Secretary (ext. 107) Judy Duncan--Director of Music Ministry (ext. 113) Ed Goldsmith--Director of Religious Education (ext. 111) Lee Gullickson - Finance Administrator (part-time) (ext. 105) SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturday from 4:30-5:00 P.M. or by appointment. SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM The sacrament of Baptism is arranged after Pre-Baptism Class, which is required for all parents, and is held on the second Saturday of every other month; January, March, May, July, September, and November. Baptism will be celebrated the second weekend of the month during Liturgy. Make arrangements by calling the Parish Family Life Office (337-4231). SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE Six months are needed for marriage preparation. Please contact Fr. Helms prior to selecting a wedding date. SICKNESS Please call the Parish Office whenever someone is ill or whenever there is a need for Communion at home. Home Communion calls are scheduled for Fridays. Council Officers President--Tom Gudenkauf­ 351-0802 Vice President-- Margaret Kaltefleiter - 358-9930 Secretary--Judy Miller - 337-2608 Steering Committee President - John LePeau: 354-2304

TELEPHONE DIRECTORY Parish Office: 337-2173 Religious Education Office: 337-4231 Parish Family Life Office: 337-4231 Youth Ministry Office: 337-4231 FAX: 337-2174 Email: [email protected]

EUCHARISTIC LITURGY WEEKDAYS: 9:00 A.M.(Except Monday) WEEKEND: 5:15 P.M. Saturday 8:30 A.M. Sunday 11:00 A.M. HOLYDAYS: 9:00 A.M., 6:00 P.M. BULLETIN DEADLINE: 9:00 A.M. Monday

NEW PARISHIONERS We welcome you to St. Thomas More. To register please see the Pastor after Mass.

Victim Assistance Coordinator--Diocese of Davenport Alicia Owens, LBSW P.O. Box 232, Davenport, IA 52722-0004 Phone: 563-349-5002 - email: [email protected]

MISSION STATEMENT St. Thomas More Parish strives to be a Parish For All Seasons. We are committed to help all, in whatever season of life, to grow closer to God through alive liturgies, support of family life, strong religious education, outreach to the inactive and unchurched, and a keen awareness of social justice.

Palm Sunday

March 28, 2010

Stewardship ­ a Way of Life

"Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6) Stewardship of TIME: Take a minute to invite a friend to come to Mass with you. Stewardship of TALENT: After much remodeling work using many hours of volunteer labor, the parish received an occupancy permit to use the lower level in our new church building, which then allowed Religious Education classes to resume in their new classrooms. Thank you to the members of the Lower Level Steering Committee, who used their Godgiving talents to plan, organize and coordinate this worthwhile effort: Tracy Christopher, Art DeArmond, Jim Derwin, Len Duncan (chair), Deacon Ed Goldsmith, Dave Johnson, Donna Jondle, Jon Lyon, Brian Manternach (secretary), and Mark Theony. Stewardship of TREASURE: Mar. 20/21 Weekly (green) envelopes AND "loose" basket collections: Needed to meet expenses $8,500 Actual collection $6,982 Qty of envelopes used 140 Year-to-date $354,000 $354,711 154 = wkly avg.

Sun Mar 28 8:30 AM - Dr. Charles R. Eicher 11:00 AM - For The People Mon Mar 29 NO MASS Tue Mar 30 9:00 AM - Burne Sippy Wed Mar 31 9:00 AM - Bruce Beasley Thur April 1 7:30 PM - Holy Thursday Fri April 2 7:30 PM - Good Friday Sat April 3 8:15 PM - Mr & Mrs H.W. Hinckley Sun April 4 8:30 AM - For The People 11:00 AM - Lee Quigley

Father Wally's Weekly Homily Preparation Group What: An hour long meeting where parishioners share insights on the upcoming Sunday Scriptures. When: Tuesdays, 9:45-10:45 - coffee is on! How: Parishioners need only to show up. Participation is most welcome! Spring into the habit of using SCRIP: garden, groceries, groovy clothes, and good restaurants. Thanks for your support. Readings for the week of March 28, 2010 Sunday: Lk 19:28-40/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/ Lk 22:14---23:56 or 23:1-49 Monday: Is 42:1-7/Jn 12:1-11 Tuesday: Is 49:1-6/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38 Wednesday: Is 50:4-9a/Mt 26:14-25 Thursday: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/1 Cor 11:23-26/ Jn 13:1-15 Friday: Is 52:13---53:12/Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9/ Jn 18:1---19:42 Saturday: Vigil: Gn 1:1---2:2 /Gn 22:1-18 / Ex 14:15---15:1/Is 54:5-14/ Is 55:1-11//Rom 6:3-11/Lk 24:1-12 Next Sunday: Acts 10:34a, 37-43/Col 3:1-4 or 1 Cor 5:6b-8/Jn 20:1-9

Stewardship Opportunity: During the upcoming Holy Week, participate in some (or all!) of these special activities (see elsewhere in this bulletin for dates & times): Sacrament of Reconciliation (private or communal), Stations of the Cross, the Seder meal, Washing of Feet, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Veneration of the Cross, and ringing of bells during the Gloria at Mass. Stewardship thought for you: Palm Sunday "I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows this day, you will deny three times that you know me." (Luke 22:34) This Holy Week let us reflect upon how often we deny that we know Jesus by the ways in which we decide to use our time, our talent and our treasure.

Operation Rice Bowl Proceeds from Operation Rice Bowl will benefit the Catholic Relief Service and the North Liberty Food Bank. Please return the bowls to church on Holy Thursday, April 1.

Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, Sacristans, Acolytes and Lectors are needed for all Masses. Please consider lending your talents to these ministries. Contact Tracy Christopher at 337-4231 or [email protected] if interested.

Palm Sunday St. Thomas More Holy Week Schedule Communal Reconciliation Monday, March 29 Holy Thursday Thursday, April 1 Good Friday Friday, April 2 Easter Vigil Saturday, April 3 Easter Sunday Sunday, April 4 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:15 PM 8:30 AM 11:00 AM

March 28, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Iowans receive government food assistance each year including 100,000 children and 100,000 working adults. Food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens distribute over 10 million pounds of food each year to needy households. Please give generously to your neighbors during STM's Lenten food drive. Statistics from A PORTRAIT OF HUNGER IN IOWA

PALM SUNDAY AND HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday ---if weather permits, the palms will be distributed outside followed by the blessing and then process into church. Monday of Holy Week -- Stations of the Cross 6 PM Holy Thursday ---the ringing of bells during the singing of the Gloria (bring a bell!) --everyone is encouraged to participate in the Washing of Feet --Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until midnight (Plan to spend a half hour or an hour or more with the Lord. Sign up sheet in assembly area.) Good Friday ---Stations of the Cross 6:30 PM --Reading of the Passion according to St. John --Veneration of the Cross --Communion Easter Vigil ---Blessing of the new fire outside (weather permitting) --Reading of the History of Salvation --Ringing of bells during the singing of the Gloria (bring your bells!) --Baptisms, Confirmations, Liturgy of the Eucharist Meals on Wheels, a program of Elder Services, Inc. is in immediate need of individual or group volunteers to deliver a smile and a hot meal to the elderly once a week. Please call Heather at 356-5212 for more information.

Seder Meal - Join us for STM Seder Meal, Wednesday, March 31, 6:00 PM in the church lower level. There is a sign up sheet in back of church as reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is Monday, March 29. Call Carol Stroyan for more info (545-2481). Crop Walk raises money to fight hunger, with 25% of the funds raised going to local food banks. This year's Crop Walk will take place Sunday, March 28, 1 PM in Iowa City and we are looking for walkers to participate. The walk takes about an hour. There will be a table to sign up walkers and to accept donations in the back of the church after Saturday and Sunday Masses. For more Information, call Kathleen Kamerick 338-5590.

St. Thomas More's New Season Project Cost Update Expected Project Cost $5,845,893 # Expected Income $4,268,028 Long-Term Debt $1,577,865 #Includes an estimated $150,000 for 100 additional parking spaces. *Assumption: All pledges are paid in full. NOTE: Parish Center selling price is $575,000. Fundraising Update Total Pledges $2,058,265 Pledges Paid $1,376,536 Data as of March 2, 2010. Figures will be updated monthly. New Season Campaign Pledge Cards are available in the back of the church. Contributions to the Campaign can be made using the blue envelopes in your monthly envelope packet.

Palm Sunday - March 28, 2010 The Diocese of Davenport received a wonderful gift from the estate of Marguerite Ritzinger, formerly of St. Mary Church, Sigourney, Iowa, for a scholarship fund. The Diocese established a committee of people to determine how to administer the scholarship. They have decided to give ten $1,000 scholarships each year to Catholic students spread among college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The application can be obtained through the STM parish office (337-2173) with a deadline to the Diocese of April 1. Cheryl can email the application as a Word document to you.

With Thanks to Almighty God, St. Patrick Parish Council invites you to a Public Open House Tuesday, April 13, 2010, to celebrate our new building on the 4th anniversary of the Iowa City Tornado. Tours from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Closing Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. St Patrick Catholic Church 4330 St. Patrick Drive Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Join us for the 11th Annual Iowa City Hospice Walk for Dignity Sunday, April 18, 2009, 1:00 PM Willow Creek Park, Iowa City Join the family of John McDonald, this year's Honorary Family, to celebrate the lives and honor the memories of loved ones, and show support for Iowa City Hospice. Walk individually, form a team, or simply collect donations. You can even set up your own personal fundraising web page at: www.firstgiving.com/iowacityhospice Visit www.iowacityhospice.org/calendar/walk.html or call us at 319-688-4219 or 800-897-3052 for more information, to form a team, collect donations, and Walk for Dignity! The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 15, 9:30 to 2:30 at St. Patrick Church, Iowa City. " Women of Faith; Women of Action" will feature interesting speakers, fine food, entertainment and Mass with Bishop Amos. All Catholic women are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is recommended. Mail the $15 registration to Mary Seemuth, 1401 Sycamore St., Iowa City, IA 52240.

Palm Sunday - March 28, 2010

Performance of "Living Last Supper" will benefit the Free Lunch Program The Living Last Supper is a dramatic telling of the final meal Jesus had with his disciples. The production is based on Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, "The Last Supper." It is performed by men from Solon United Methodist Church. The service includes the disciples telling their individual stories, and lasts approximately one hour. It will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave in Iowa City, at 7:00 PM. on Palm Sunday evening, March 28. Everyone is invited and welcome! A free-will offering will benefit the Free Lunch Program, which has provided good food in our community for over 25 years. All High school youth are invited to a Connections event this Sunday, March 28, 6:30 PM at St. Pat's, Iowa City, lower level. Our program is entitled, "Staying Active." We will be doing many fun and active games as well as talking about how to stay active in our faith. Contact Chuck Brock at 354-5590 with questions. Revelation The Kingdom Yet to Come with Jeff Cavin Mondays, April 5-June 21 (except Memorial Day) 9:30-11:00 AM St. Wenceslaus Church Hall or St. Patrick's Church Social Hall 7:00-8:30PM Binder with Questions and Responses available for $20.00 Cash or checks payable to: St. Mary's Adult Enrichment To reserve materials or if you have questions call Dan Teets at St. Mary's Office (337-4314, Ext. 105)

Celebration of Life Breakfast - Sunday, April 11, 8am-1pm, $7 Adults & $4 Kids Under 12 11:30 Keynote Address by Human Life Alliance KC's Hall, 4776 American Legion Rd., SE, Iowa City. Pancakes, Sausage & Fruit Cup Informational Booths and Silent Basket Auction Fundraiser to benefit Johnson County Right to Life's educational outreach on the U of I campus. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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