Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
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Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
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THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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2015 High School Confirmation Registration Is Now Open!!
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Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
Register online here or at the Parish office.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
First of all, a happy and blessed Father's Day to all the Dads in the congregation!
Today we are blessed to have Fr. Gabriel Thomas Mosher, OP, celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Thomas today (Sunday) at 9 am. Father Mosher (who was known in the world as Jason) was a member of our parish and involved with ministry here for many years. Fr. Gabriel was ordained to the priesthood for the Dominican Order three weeks ago, and now returns to his home parish to celebrate with us. There will be a reception after the 9 am Mass in the hall where you may greet Fr. Mosher and receive his First Blessing. Fr. Mosher will be assigned as the vicat at the Dominican parish in Portland, Or. Many congratulations, Fr. Gabriel!
This week we have the great feast day of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. Only three earthly birthdays are commemorated in the Church's calendar: that of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin, and St. John. His birth signaled that our Lord would soon follow. Also, the feast of the birth of St. John is on Mid-Summers Day, the longest day of the year. Thus symbolically are applied the words St. John spoke concerning himself and his Divine Cousin: "I must decrease: He must increase. A beautiful day to attend Mass!
I have been happy to see that attendance at week-day Mass has not only stayed steady during the summer, but has gone up! Praise God.
As many of you know. my best friend, Fr. John Hilton, is riding a bike across the United States this summer raising money for his parish and to promote the New Evangelization. . You can read all about it at his web-site pedalingpriest.com. Anyhow, I'm going to go visit him for a few days next week. Don't worry, I'm not going to be riding a bike! Fr. Woytavich and Msgr. Mukasa will take good care of the parish while I am gone.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
I am happy to announce that our new Vicar has arrived in the parish. Fr. Bill Woytavich (Voy-TA-vich) is 55 year old and a native of Cracow,Poland. He has lived many years in the United States, and was a monk at Christ in the Desert and Pecos Benedictine Monasteries before studying to become a secular priest. He is 55 years old. We welcome Father Woytavich among us and pray God's blessing upon him and his ministry here at St. Thomas.
The Parish Pilgrimage to Rome if filling up. It's September 28 to October 6, the highlight being the ordination of our own parishioner, Michael Niemczak, at St. Peter's Basilica.
Contact the parish office for more information!
The minister's 5-year old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
"Well, honey," he said, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon."
And she asked, "Then why doesn't the Lord answer your prayers?"
First of all, I have the bittersweet duty of announcing that our Vicar, Fr. Christopher Bernabe, has been appointed Pastor of the duel parish of Vaughn and Fort Sumner, effective June 1st. We thank God for Fr. Bernabe's ministry among us and are sad to see him go, but rejoice that he has this promotion after one year of priesthood.
Fr. Bernabe has a long-standing commitment to be at a friend's ordination the last weekend in May, so next week-end will be his last Sunday with us. Therefore, we will have a reception after all the Masses of May 23-24 for Fr. Bernabe, and I encourage you to be sure to stop by the parish hall and give your best wishes to Father.
As to who the new Vicar will be, we will just have to wait until the ordinations on May 23 to find out!
As most of you know, Deacon Joseph Tau Nguyen has been living in residence here at St. Thomas the past few months as he has been studying English. Deacon Joseph will be ordained to the sacred priesthood on Saturday, May 23, 10 am, at the Cathedral in Santa Fe, and will celebrate his First Mass here at St. Thomas next Sunday, May 24, at 9 am. Of course everyone is welcome, and after the First Mass there will be a reception for the new Father Nguyen in Fr. D'Arco Hall, where you can receive his First Blessing. (He is going to share his reception with Fr. Bernabe's farewell reception.) Remember, there is a plenary indulgence for all those who attend the First Mass of a priest (under the usual conditions of confession, Communion, and prayers for the Pope.)
Please pray for Deacon Joseph, and the six other deacons, who will be ordained next Saturday. (Seven new priests this year! What a blessing!)
Some of you remember our former parishioner, Jason Mosher, who left seven years ago to join the Dominican Fathers. His name in religion is Brother Gabriel Thomas Mosher, OP. Brother Gabriel will be ordained to the sacred priesthood on May 30th in San Francisco, and has asked me, his old pastor, to have the honor of vesting him in priestly vestments at his ordination - so I will be gone next weekend attending his ordination and First Mass. Fr. Mosher will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Thomas on June 21st.
We all remember Seminarian Leon Vigil, who served a year doing pastoral work in our parish. Leon will be ordained a Deacon at 10 am on Tuesday, May 26th at the Church of the Incarnation here in Rio Rancho. Again, all are welcome, and please pray for the five seminarians who are being ordained deacons this year.
And today (Sunday), our parishioners Joe Baltz and Tim Meurer, graduate from Holy Trinity College Seminary in Dallas, Texas, thus reaching the half-way point in their priestly formation. Congratulations to them!
Congratulations to those children will make their First Holy Communion next Saturday (May 23) here in the parish. And congratulations to all those who graduated from our parish school last Friday, and who are graduating from the many different high schools that our young parishioners attend!
And finally, I wish to thank everyone for the kind expressions of condolence, Masses and prayers, gifts of food and flowers, and thoughtful help on the occasion of the death and funeral of my dear mother. I know many of us remember when Mom was so involved in the choir and in gardening here at the parish. Mom, who was 81, had been very sick and practically bed-ridden these three past years. She had received the last sacraments, and died a holy and peaceful death. The people of this parish showed her every kindness. It is at times like this that I understand that our parish really is our spiritual family. With all my heart I thank you, and ask you to remember Mom's soul in your prayers.
God bless you all!
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