Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE begins on Tuesday, 1/17/14. Classes are held every Tuesday evening in Fr. D’Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and include dinner! There is no cost, and childcare is available for children two years of age and older.
The Pillars series, by Sean Innerst, is a four-part, in-depth study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The first in the series, Pillar I: The Creed is a 12-part study that guides participants through the first of the 4 “pillars” of the CCC. It provides the foundation needed to continue the journey through the entire Pillars series. The Creed opens up the structure of the Catechism and shows how it is far more than a list of “faith facts,” but instead a sure map for their journey of faith.
The new Pillars/Creed study group will meet on Fridays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the staff meeting room of the parish office, beginning 1/10/14. Each participant will need his or her own copy of the CCC ($9-$35 at your local bookstore, depending on print format; electronic versions are available, too--check your e-reader's online store), as well as the Pillars I study kit, available at the first class attended for $19 each. (Married couples usually share one.) The facilitator is Jeannette Schlicher (
Have you been wondering when a new church may be built? Have questions about the new site plan? Do you know the status of the capital campaign? Check the weekly bulletin, click the latest news below, or check out the Capital Campaign Corner Blog!
FROM THE PASTOR ON NOVEMBER 6, 2013.
My dear parishioners, It is my great joy to share with you that as of yesterday, November 5th, our Build My Church Capital Campaign has reached $6,000,559 in pledges. We have reached our goal, thanks be to God! There were those who said that no parish could raise $6 million in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, but they didn't know the people of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. With all my heart, I know that I have the honor of being the pastor of a blessed parish!
THE ALPHA COURSE
What is Alpha? “Alpha for Catholics” is an 18-week course in basic Catholic/ Christian teaching. Participants share a meal, listen to a talk usually presented by one of our own parish clergy, and then discuss the current topic. Topics covered include:
Who can attend? All adults, whether Catholic or not, may participate in our Alpha Course. For people wishing to receive sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion) in the Catholic Church, Alpha serves as the first phase of their preparation to receive any or all of those sacraments in our parish. Active Catholics needing a “recharge,” or Catholics returning to the Church after an extended absence, will also find a welcome in this Course. Non-Catholic spouses and fiancé(e)s wishing to learn more about their loved ones’ faith may also take the Course. Couples are especially encouraged to attend together, and will find that their Alpha experience strengthens their relationships. Again, any adult may come!
Will there be childcare? Yes, we do plan to provide childcare. Infants under one year old remain with their parents, however.
What does the Course cost? Attendance in “Alpha for Catholics” is free of charge, and we will provide you all necessary materials. Participants’ donations to offset the cost of food are gratefully accepted whenever personal finances allow, though!
When does the next Alpha Course begin? Our next Alpha session will begin in Fr. D’Arco Hall on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., and will continue to meet on Tuesday nights. In addition, there will be two special events offered to participants: a Saturday retreat and a day of reflection on a later Saturday (both are required for those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation, and/or First Communion).
How do I register for the upcoming Alpha? To either sign up for The Alpha Course or to volunteer for the Alpha team, please contact Viana at (505) 710-4410 or via email at
Alpha can only take place with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. If you are a confirmed, practicing Catholic, and can commit to one night per week and one weekend of your personal time for 22 weeks (including training), please consider serving God and His Church by volunteering for the next Alpha Course.
9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Closed on Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation.
Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
9:00am & 6:00pm.
Weekdays: 8:30am & 5:30pm. Saturday: 8:30am, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, & 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
12.08.2013 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmTeen Mass
12.09.2013 8:30 am - 8:55 amConfessions
12.09.2013 9:00 am - 9:30 amMass
12.09.2013 5:30 pm - 5:55 pmConfessions
12.09.2013 6:00 pm - 6:30 pmMass
12.09.2013 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmConfirmation Preparation Classes
12.10.2013 8:30 am - 8:55 amConfessions
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511