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Respect for Life Committee

Instituted in 2001, by the USCCB, the committee's four main functions are to advocate a respect for all life from conception to natural death. 

How?
Through Prayer
Through Education
Through Advocacy
Through Pastoral Service

We celebrate life with a Pro-life rosary on the 22nd of each month before the weekday Mass (no rosary on weekends) and with a special celebration and Mass on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (January 22).  A Respect for Life conference is held yearly in September at Powell Butte Retreat Center.  Advocacy done primarily with educational videos, parish inserts, pre-election information, and running the Pro-Life booth at the Deschutes County Fair.  Bimonthly meetings are held on the first Monday of the month.  Our annual fundraiser is the "baby-bottle" drive each year in May.

Contact person:  Richard Thorne, 541-548-9970

Mission Statement:  In accordance with the U.S. Bishops Plan, we are to assist all members of our Parish with Respect for Life issues in the following ways:


Public information and education on life issues occurring at the beginning, during or at the end of life.

Pastoral care:

  • prenatal counseling and referrals;
  • post abortion healing and resources;
  • care for the chronically ill, disabled or dying;
  • visiting the sick inconjunction with the parish health ministries.


Public policy forums - how to change hearts, minds and ultimately the laws that foster the culture of death.

Prayer and worship devoted to stopping the public acceptance of abortion/PAS/embryonic research/cloning, etc.


Respect for Life Disbursements 5/1/10 to 5/1/11  Please click here to view
 

 

Up Coming Events:

Bible Study Lesson 11 - Ordained to Serve Nov. 14, 2018

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Bible Study Lesson 11 - Ordained to Serve Nov. 15, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Red Cross Blood Drive Nov. 21, 2018

THE RED CROSS URGENTLY NEEDS YOUR TYPE AT THE ST. THOMAS PARISH CENTER FROM 9:30 AM TO 2:30 PM ON THURSDAY, AUGUST 30.  YOU CAN CONTACT DONNA JENSEN AT THE CHURCH OFFICE FOR AVAILABLE DONATION TIMES, OR GO TO www.redcrossblood.org.  ACCESS "SEARCH BY ZIP CODE," PLUG IN 97756, FIND THE ST. THOMAS BLOOD DRIVE, AND CLICK ON "MAKE AN APPT."  YOU MAY ALSO CALL 1-800-733-2767.  SEE YOU THERE!  DON'T FORGET TO VISIT www.redcrossblood.org/RapidPass TO SHORTEN YOUR WAIT TIME ON THE DAY OF YOUR DONATION.


Thanksgiving Day - Office is Closed Nov. 22, 2018

Mass is at 9:00 a.m. rather than 8:00 a.m.


Thanksgiving Friday - Office is Closed Nov. 23, 2018

Mass is at 8:00 a.m.


Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dec. 7, 2018

6:00 p.m.


The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holyday of Obligation Dec. 8, 2018

8:00 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Masses


Advent Penance Service Dec. 13, 2018

6:30 p.m. to all confessions are heard 9:00 to 10:00 p.m. or sooner


Christmas Eve - Office is Closed Dec. 24, 2018

5:30 p.m. - Children's Mass

7:30 p.m. - Mass in the Spanish Language

Midnight Mass is preceded by the choir at 11:00 p.m.


Christmas Day Mass - Office is Closed Dec. 25, 2018

10:00 a.m.


The Day after Christmas - December 26 - The Office is Closed Dec. 26, 2018

New Year's Eve - Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God Dec. 31, 2018

5:30 p.m.


The Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God - Holyday of Obligation Jan. 1, 2019

10:00 a.m. Mass - Office is Closed


Confirmation Jun. 1, 2019

5:30 pm Mass


Weekend Mass Schedule:

Saturday: 5:30pm
Sunday:   8:00am & 10:00am, Spanish Mass 12:00 p.m.




Diocese of Baker Events:

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