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Sincerely in Christ, Joyce Hollowell, DRE - St. Thomas The Apostle

Sincerely in Christ, Joyce Hollowell, DRE - St. Thomas The Apostle

Sincerely in Christ, Joyce Hollowell, DRE - St. Thomas The

A note from the DRE: The month of November helps us to pause and give thanks for all of our blessings. It is a month to consciously live out our faith. I have briefly described some of the opportunities at St. Thomas that we hope will help your family’s faith grow. I encourage you to check them out! Wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Sincerely in Christ, Joyce Hollowell, DRE “Together we will build God’s kingdom here on earth for our children!” UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NOVEMBER: Nov. 5 th : Young Woman’s Group, 6:30 pm Nov. 7 th : Regular Class, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Nov. 14 th : Regular Class, 4:00 - 5:15 pm Nov. 17 th : First Reconciliation – 9:00 am Nov.19 th : RCIA for CHILDREN – 6:30 pm Nov. 21 st : NO CLASS – Happy Thanksgiving! Nov. 28 th : Family Advent Retreat, 6 – 8 pm BACK PACKS for the HOMELESS: We will once again be participating in filling back packs for the homeless of Billings. This coming Wednesday, November 7 th , I will be sending home a back pack with each family (only one of your children will receive the back pack for your family) to be filled with items such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable razors, shaving cream, soap, hand lotion, lip balm, Kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes, combs, socks, winter caps, gloves, sweatshirts, flannel shirts, underwear, sleepwear, blankets, coloring books, crayons, small toys for children. We ask that the items be either new or gently used and the back pack be returned the following week on November 14 th . We will take them to the Women’s shelter for distribution as the cold weather sets in. Thank you for your help in this worthy cause. FIRST RECONCILIATION: We have 28 students preparing to receive their First Reconciliation on Saturday, November 17 th at 9:00am. Please keep them in your prayers during this time of preparation. NOVEMBER 2012 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PARENT NEWSLETTER xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox The Young Woman’s Group will meet this Monday, November 5 th @ 6:30 pm. The topic of interest is “Spirituality for Families”. You will be given ideas how to incorporate our faith into the day to day raising of our children. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox FAMILY ADVENT RETREAT Our Family Advent Retreat is scheduled for Wed., Nov. 28 th beginning at 6:00 pm. We will not have regular Religious Ed. Classes this evening so ALL FAMILIES CAN COME AND PARTICIPATE. To make family attendance as easy as possible, our Parish Life and Education Commissions are providing DINNER so you can come from work and school! Fr. Steve will give a brief Advent presentation immediately after dinner and then we will make Advent Wreaths to take home to use during the Holy Season of Advent. We will provide a Styrofoam wreath, advent candles, and live boughs – you can bring whatever you would like to enhance your wreath, such as ribbon or ornaments. I envision our family nights as a great resource for keeping our children Catholic because it allows us to connect with other families who are on the journey of Faith. What an awesome support system we weave for one another! I hope to see you there because your presence is a gift to everyone! 1

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