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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:

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR SACRAMENTAL PREP FOR FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION Sep. 19, 2018

Session 3 of the Bible and the Sacraments Sep. 20, 2018

Lesson 4:  On a Mission for God
6:30 to 8:30 pm


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Sep. 23, 2018

1:00 pm; Confessions from 12:15 - 12:45 pm


Session 4 of the Bible and the Sacraments Sep. 26, 2018

Lesson 5:  The Sacrificial Offering 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


CCD - Grades K - 5 Sep. 26, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 pm - Begins in the church


Youth Group - Grades 6 - 12 Sep. 26, 2018

Begins in the parish hall - 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Session 4 of the Bible and the Sacraments Sep. 27, 2018

Lesson 5:  The Sacrificial Offering - 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Confirmation Classes for the One Year Program Oct. 2, 2018

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Adoration Hour for Priestly Vocations Oct. 3, 2018

First Wednesday of the month from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel or St. Joseph's Chapel as space permits.  


Session 5 of the Bible and the Sacraments Oct. 3, 2018

9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall


CCD - Grades K - 5 Oct. 3, 2018

3:30 - 5:00 - Begins in the Church


Youth Group - Grades 6-12 Oct. 3, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Session 5 of the Bible and the Sacraments Oct. 4, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall


First Friday Mass Oct. 5, 2018

8:00 a.m.


First Saturday Mass Oct. 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.


Parents of Infants and Children - Baptism Classes - Spanish Language Oct. 6, 2018

9:00 a.m. Side Vestibule -


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Oct. 7, 2018

1:00 pm; Confessions available before Mass from 12:15-12:45


CCD - Grades K-5 Oct. 10, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 - Begins in the Church


CCD - Grades K-5 Oct. 10, 2018

3:00 to 5:00 - Begins in the Church


Youth Group - Grades 6 - 12 Oct. 10, 2018

6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


Low Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Oct. 14, 2018

Confirmation Classes for the One Year Program Oct. 16, 2018

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.


High (Sung) Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Oct. 21, 2018

1:00 pm; Confessions are available before Mass from 12:15 - 12:45.


Low Latin Mass at Old St. Francis, Bend Oct. 28, 2018

Saturday Night Live Catholic Style - From Muslim to Catholic Nov. 3, 2018

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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.


Weekend Mass Schedule:

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




Diocese of Baker Events:

http://dioceseofbaker.org/RetreatCenter.htm>