Mass times for the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (holy day of obligation) are 7 pm December 7th and 8 am December 8th.

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Religious Education

Our Religious Education Motto:

"Lord Prepare Me"

 

St. Thomas Religious Education

Lord, prepare me to be a sanctuary,
pure and holy, tried and true.
With thanksgiving, I'll be a living sanctuary for you.
Ephesians 2:20-22

 

St. Thomas Religious Education (CCD)

St. Thomas Apostle parishioners provide catechetical classes for all registered parish students in Pre-Kindergarten through High School. All St. Thomas Catechists are required to be fully-initiated Roman Catholics in good-standing; certified by the Diocese of Boise to teach the Catholic Faith; and, commissioned by the Pastor to instruct the youth of the parish.  In addition, all catechists and support staff have completed the diocesan workshop, Creating a Safe Environment.

Parents and/or Parishioners interested in assisting in our Religious Education Program as catechists, substitute catechists, or other support personnel are always invited, needed, and welcome. Our catechists operate under the 'Trinity Model' of catechetical teaching: 1) teach one week, 2) assist one week, 3) off one week, thereby sharing teaching responsibilities, duties, and joys with colleagues, as they grow individually in faith. Please call our Religious Education Office to join our catechists. 208-664-0793

Religious Education and Sacramental Preparation classes for baptized Catholics in pre-K through 12th grade are held on Wednesday evenings (6:00pm-7:30pm) from the beginning of September through May 1, in the Parish Center. Parents are asked to complete a registration form and provide a copy of each student's baptism certificate.

Second-grade students prepare for the Sacraments of Penance/Reconciliation (celebrated on Dec. 12) and Eucharist (celebrated on Diving Mercy Sunday, April 28, 2019-10am Mass). Ninth-grade students prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation (celebrated in early Spring). If your student has missed this timeframe, please know we will accommodate and make sure your student receives their Sacraments. Please call our Religious Education Office to set up your student's sacramental prep schedule. 208-664-0793

Home School families are asked to contact our Religious Education Office at the beginning of the school year if their children will be receiving their sacraments with a St. Thomas parish class. 208-664-0793

Family Pizza Night is for Rel. Ed. families to share a meal together prior to class start and is held each Wednesday from 5:30-5:55pm in the lower-level of our Parish Center. Please join our families for a Pizza and milk/water dinner: the cost is by donation. A parent or guardian does need to be in attendance with their students as catechist time begins at 6pm.

The Religious Education program also provides instruction for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIA) for non-Catholic families (with children) interested in inquiring into the Catholic Faith.

For more information, please contact the Religious Education Office located in the St. Thomas Parish Center at (208) 664-0793.

An Important Message to Parents Regarding Catholic Religious Ed. [PLEASE READ]

Catholics should follow their conscience in all things, whether it's about voting, morality or Religious Education.  It's true, and our Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us so — quite plainly, "Man has the right to act in conscience and in freedom so as personally to make moral decisions.  He must not be forced to act contrary to his conscience.  Nor must he be prevented from acting according to his conscience, especially in religious matters" (CCC 1782).  This teaching is at the heart of what it means to have free will.  But that doesn't mean that our conscience is free from all responsibility or can be ignorant of God's law.  This is what our Catechism refers to as having a "well-informed conscience."

The Catechism assigns great responsibility to a persons's conscience.  "Moral conscience, present at the heart of the person, enjoins him at the appropriate moment to do good and to avoid evil … It bears witness to the authority of truth in reference to the supreme Good to which the human person is drawn, and it welcomes the commandments.  When he listens to his conscience, the prudent man can hear God speaking" (1777).

In other words, our conscience isn't simply what we "feel is right" — it's what we judge to be right based on what we know of the teachings of God and the Church.  And in order to make that judgment, we have a responsibility to study and pray over these teachings very carefully.  The Catechism has a section dedicated entirely to the careful formation of our conscience — that's how important it is in making right decisions.  And in the end, whether right or wrong, we're still held responsible for our actions: "Conscience enables one to assume responsibility for the acts performed" (1781).

When properly formed, conscience helps us to know when we've done something right — or something wrong, whereby forgiveness is required for our sin.  By seeking a fully-informed conscience, we actually experience great freedom, because we're drawing closer to God's infinite Truth.  It's not a burden that keeps us from doing what we want; rather, it's a guide to help us do what is right!  Therefore, "The education of the conscience guarantees freedom and engenders peace of heart" (1784).

Our Religious Education Motto:

"Lord Prepare Me"

 

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Lenten Information

ABSTINENCEALL FRIDAYS DURING LENT ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS (14+ YEARS OF AGE).

FASTINGONE FULL MEAL AND TWO SMALLER MEALS MAY ALSO BE TAKEN, BUT NOT EQUAL TO FULL MEAL (AGES 18-59).

ASH WEDNESDAY & GOOD FRIDAY ARE DAYS OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE.  QUESTIONS REGARDING FASTING AND ABSTINENCE:  ST. THOMAS RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, 664-0793. 

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Rel. Ed. Calendar for 2018-19

CALENDAR:  First Reconcilation - Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at 6:00pm Families of students receiving their Sacrament of Reconciliation you are invited to attend;  please be present at First Reconciliation.

CALENDAR: First Holy Communion - Divine Mercy Sunday, April 28, 2019 (10:00am Mass- be there @ 9:30am)

CALENDAR:   Sacrament of Confirmation - Early Spring @ Pope St. Pius X Parish, CDA

CALENDAR:  PreK-12 Instruction, Wednesdays (6:00pm-7:30pm).  Please scroll below for schedule. 

REMINDER:  Please pick up your copy of the Parish Bulletin.

REMINDER:  Please make sure student Baptism Certificate is on file at the Religious Education Office.

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Altar-Server Information CALLING ALL SERVERS!  Please contact Brian Moen or John Kastelic, 208-664-4327, to find out when Altar-Sever Training Sessions (Beginner, Refresher, Advanced) will be held. All Servers are asked to please call Brian Moen or John Kastelic, 208-664-4327,  to schedule a training day.  Current Gold Cord Trainers will be asked to make themselves available during the week as they may be needed for the training sessions.  Ribbon advancements (Black through Red) will also be reviewed during this time.  Please contact Brian Moen or John Kastelic (664-4327) or email jmsk1957@hotmail.com  for more information.  Thank you and BE NOT AFRAID!

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Catechist Certification:  If you have finished viewing, please return video instruction materials to the Religious Education Office.  Certification training will continue through the school year for Catechists interested in completing Basic Certification for the Diocese of Boise.  If you would like to update your worksheet, call 664-0793.  Upon completion, certifications will be framed and posted outside the Religious Education Office.  Also, please remember to visit our web-site for information and updates.  Thanks!

St. Thomas Parishioners:  If you are interested in joining our outstanding team of Catechists, please call or drop by the Religious Education Office located in the Parish Center.  'Lord Prepare Me'

Cove of Crosses Shrine:  Dozens of beautiful Crosses have been donated to the Cove over the past year.  Many of these  Crosses came to the Cove from all over the world, and many have been donated by St. Thomas parishioners.  If anyone would like to donate a Cross/Crucifix to the Cove, please contact any 6th Grade Religious Education student or call the Religious Education Office at 664-0793.

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+ St. Thomas Religious Education calendarRel. Ed. Calendar for 2018-19
+ St. Thomas Religious Education Office phone:  208-664-0793
+ St. Thomas Religious Education email: stthomasadahmen@gmail.com

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St. Thomas the Apostle
 Prayer

 Almighty and ever-living God,
who strengthened your apostle Thomas
with sure and certain faith in your Son's resurrection:
Grant us so perfectly and without doubt
to believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord and our God,
that our faith may never be found wanting in your sight; through him who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen


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Rel. Ed. Registration for 2018-19

Rel. Ed. Calendar for 2018-19

Rel. Ed. office: 208-664-0793 Pre-K - Grade 12 Education Programs

Rel. Ed. email: stthomasadahmen@gmail.com

 RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) – for those wishing to join the Catholic Church, contact the parish office, 664-9259

 

"The Master Teacher"