ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are DAYS OF FASTING. Fasting means eating only one meal. In addition, two small “snacks” may be eaten, but together they must not equal another meal. This binds all Catholics ages 18 to 59 inclusive under pain of sin.
ASH WEDNESDAY and ALL THE FRIDAYS OF LENT are DAYS OF ABSTINENCE FROM EATING MEAT. Meat here is understood as the flesh of any animal except seafood. This binds all Catholics age 14 and over under pain of sin.
Any serious health reason automatically excuses a Catholic from these laws if their health would be hurt by fasting or abstinence.
All Catholics are bound to make their EASTER DUTY during the Pascal Season, which in the United States is from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday. The Easter Duty consists of confessing one’s mortal sins in the Sacrament of Penance and receiving Holy Communion worthily.
The whole SEASON OF LENT is a TIME OF PENANCE. Marriage is not to be solemnly celebrated. The faithful are encouraged to practice voluntary works of penance and mercy during the days of Lent, and to keep the spirit of Lent in their daily lives.
Fr. Celsus Auguiste is returning to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish to present our Parish Lenten Mission running Monday, 3/10/14, through Thursday, 3/13/14, 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m., in the church.
Please plan to attend either daily session, as many days as possible. Parishioners who came to his last mission recall that he is a very dynamic and enthusiastic preacher! Amen?
"Living the Eucharist," a six-session, small-group study for adults focusing on "the Source and Summit of our faith," will be held in the Religious Education Center on Thursdays, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/24/14 (no meetings on 3/13 or 4/17).
Multiple groups will meet from 7:30-9:00 p.m. A daytime group will meet on Mondays, 3/17-4/21, 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the St. Lucy Filippini meeting room (Panorama Plaza, 1594 Sara Road, SE, Suite J).
Participants' donations toward the cost of study materials are appreciated. Please contact Jeannette at
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.
03.08.2014 8:30 am - 8:55 amConfessions
03.08.2014 9:00 am - 9:30 amMass
03.08.2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConfessions
03.08.2014 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmVigil Mass
03.08.2014 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmConfessions
03.09.2014 7:00 am - 8:00 amMass
03.09.2014 9:00 am - 10:00 amMass
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511