Respect Life

“Choose Life, that you and your descendants may Live…”
Deut. 30:19

The Respect Life Apostolate of St. Thomas the Apostle encourages the protection, respect and celebration of every human life, born and unborn, through education and pastoral care. The Respect Life Apostolate sponsors an annual Baby Shower in the parish and school, Respect Life Week in the school and Respect Life Sunday. They also participate in the Walk for Life, the Life Chain and Chastity Day. All donations support the Sunset Emergency Pregnancy Office which offers counseling and material support for women in crisis pregnancies. Information about all life issues including abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, contraception, post-abortion counseling, living wills, capital punishment, teen pregnancy, and chastity are available. There are two workshops every year, in February and October, where all are welcome to learn more about our call to build a culture that loves and respects all life! For more information call Mari Garcia at the rectory, 305-665-6862.

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Press Release 3/2/2020: Archbishop Wenski issues guidelines to help prevent spread of coronavirus.

Miami ... (March 2, 2020) The Archdiocese of Miami offers the following guidelines parishes can employ to help prevent the spread of contagion.  The same precautions taken for the flu are also to be employed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Because we now have two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state of Florida, the following practices are suggested.
  • Temporary suspension of the minor chalices used for the distribution of the Precious Blood.
  • Temporary suspension of the communal Sign of Peace (kissing or shaking of hands).
  • Not to hold hands during the recitation/chanting of the Our Father.
  • Temporary suspension of the greeting before Mass (if your parish has this practice).
  • Emptying the holy water fonts at the church doors.
  • Use of anti-bacterial soap by the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion before and after distribution of the Host.
  • Reminding parishioners that if they feel unwell or have flu like symptoms they are encouraged to stay home.
  • The celebrant is to use discretion if he shakes hands while greeting parishioners before or after the Mass.
As the distribution of Holy Communion involves contact with both the mouth and hands, any Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion who feels uncomfortable distributing Communion should be allowed to temporarily step down from ministry. It is still left to the discretion of the communicant how they wish to receive the Host. If circumstances should change in the coming days and weeks that require a different course of action, further information or measures will be forthcoming. The Archdiocese of Miami: Instagram/Twitter/YouTube: @CatholicMiami Facebook: /ArchdioceseofMiami Follow our hashtags: #MiamiArchNews #MiamiArchCommunications Media contact: Maria Alejandra Rivas, Media Coordinator, at (305)762-1046, or Mary Ross Agosta, Director of Communications, at (305)762-1043 Click here to view the Press Release on the ADOM website.