You and your loved ones are most welcome to join our parish family for these and other upcoming events. Please mark your calendar.

Our Bishop’s Annual Visit. Please join us in the Church, at 10:45 AM on Sunday, April 23, 2017, commonly known as “Low Sunday” (The first Sunday after Easter) for Holy Communion. The Rt. Rev. Rocco Florenza, Bishop of the Diocese of the Resurrection, will celebrate and preach; whilst the Venerable Bruce Bellmore, Archdeacon of the Diocese, will assist. A celebratory lunch will follow the service in the undercroft. All are welcome!

PAST EVENT!  All Souls Day Service and Fellowship for Families of our Founders. Is at least one of your parents or grand-parents was an original (or early) member of the Parish of Saint Thomas of Canterbury? If so, then you’ll be an honored guest for this wonderful tribute:  A reunion of the families of our Founders and Benefactors. There will be a worship service (Evensong) devoted to prayer for the repose of your forefathers’ souls, followed by delightful food and fellowship, and a long-overdue renewal of acquaintances long remembered (or forgot)! Father Fred will officiate at Evensong, and Dr. Luther Gette will play the organ. This historic event will occur on All Souls Day, Wednesday, Nov. 2, beginning at 6:30 PM in the Church.

PAST EVENT!  Blessing of the Animals. Back in merrie old England, the Blessing of Horses and Hounds would occur in connection with the Fox Hunt or Steeplechase. Bring your pet dog, cat, horse, rabbit, or any other pet or animal to be blessed by the priest. Treats will be on hand for most animals; and all will receive a “certificate” of blessing. Kindly RSVP if your animal is “unusual”, e.g., an elephant or a rhino! The blessings will occur at Saint Thomas’ Church, close to the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi–lover and protector of animals, and St. Hubert–seventh century patron of hunters and archers. The Blessing of Animals was held at the Church on Saturday, Oct. 15. Friends, neighbors and parishioners brought their pets to be blessed between 10:30 AM and Noon.

Feel free to phone the Parish Office at (814) 376-6170, or call or text Father Fred at (814) 207-3109, if you have any questions concerning these or other upcoming events sponsored by the Parish of Saint Thomas of Canterbury, 116 N. 2nd Street, Philipsburg, PA 16866.