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
My dear family,
By now, most of your know the wonderful news that we have reached our $6 million goal for the Build My Church Campaign. With all my heart I want to thank all of you, my dear parishioners, who so sacrificially gave towards this critical project for the future of this parish. And of course I want to thank all the people who worked so hard as volunteers in the Campaign. God bless you all!
Now we will enter discussions with the Archdiocese about financing our buildings, and continue work with our architect. We will keep you posted! God bless you all!
Those who are on our parish email list got word of this as soon as it happened! Do we have your email address? If not, call the parish office and give it to us, so that you can keep up on all the latest parish happenings! (ed. Subscribe HERE!)
This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday - the time that we get ready to recommit to our support of the parish for this next year. This weekend, Deacon Larry Carmony from Holy Child Parish in Tijeras will be sharing with us. This week you will receive your intention card for 2014. Pray, reflect on the teaching of the Word of God, and return the card to the parish in the next few weeks. If I don’t hear from you by December 15th, I’ll need to send you a reminder!
Remember the four points of stewardship:
1. God give all to us: in gratitude we must make return to Him.
2. Our return to Him must be planned (not just giving God the left-overs, but putting Him first), proportional (according to the size of our income), and sacrificial (it should “hurt” a bit.)
3. The Bible tells us what this amount should be: 10% of our income. (In our parish, we recommend 5% to our parish, and five percent to other pious and charitable causes. The Capital Campaign is part of that second 5%.)
4. As we expect the parish to be accountable in its use of our money, we are accountable for the giving of the money by making our intended giving know to the parish and “gift-wrapping” our offering in the envelope. Stewardship is the sole means by which the parish is able to provide ministry to her people. God bless you for your stewardship!
This Thursday is the feast of the Presentation of our Lady in the Temple. On this day, our beloved Sisters, the Religious Teachers Filippini, renew their vows for the following year. Our Sisters take the traditional three vows - poverty, chastity, and obedience - but then they take a fourth vow: to devote their entire life to the religious education of youth. What a beautiful vocation. What gratitude we owe to these women who give their entire lives, in Christ, to the spiritual care of our children!
Pray for our dear Sisters, and pray that God will raise up vocations to join their ranks to serve future generations of our children!
Next Sunday is the glorious feast of Christ the King - the end of the Year of Grace 2013 and the end of the Year of Faith. Advent is coming!
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
This Monday, Nov. 11th, is Veteran’s Day. The office will be closed, but we will have the normal confessions-Mass schedule.
On this day we should thank God for all the brave men and women who have served in the defense of our beloved country. I also like to remember the original meaning of the day - Armistice Day, the day the First World War ended, the “war to end all wars”. On this day let us pray that indeed war may end, and the world be filled with a just and lasting peace!
Next weekend our Confirmation kids go on retreat. I will be with them for a good part of the weekend, hearing their confessions and celebratingMass for them. Pray that our kids be open to the power of the Holy Spirit and experience true and deep conversion in their lives!
Next Sunday is Stewardship Sunday in our parish. Deacon Larry Carmondy of Holy Child Parish in Tijeras will share his testimony with us and remind us of the basic Biblical principles of tithing. This will be in preparation for us renewing our financial commitment to the parish for the year 2014.
Last year we did not have a Stewardship Sunday because we were in the midst of our Capital Campaign. But stewardship remains the bedrock of our parish’s finances, and it will do us all good to renew ourselves in these great Biblical principles which have brought us as a parish and as families and individuals, so many blessings.
All of the month of November is a time of special prayer for the souls in Purgatory. Remember them in a special way at Mass and in your daily prayers.
(During November I have long had the habit of giving the penance in Confession and asking the penitent to offer it “for the souls in Purgatory”. On last Saturday we were “slammed” with confessions - all sorts of people coming and we priests all had to put in a lot of “overtime” - oh happy problem. Then it struck me - the souls in Purgatory were prodding people to get to confession to get the extra prayers!)
And I was very pleased with the attendance at the All Saint’s Day Mass. The High Mass that evening was especially beautiful and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Praise God, and may the saints always intercede for us and our dear parish.
Did you remember to have your clocks “fall back” one hour? (The Pastor does not like all this changing of clocks!)
I want to thank everyone who joined in praying the novena to Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots. Our Lady answered our prayers, but not quite as fully as I had hoped. As of when I write this (Tuesday, Oct. 29th), we are at $5,875,000, with $125,000 to make our goal of six million. Again, thanks to those who have given so generously. Pray that hearts may be touched!
I am very happy to announce that our parishioner, Mr. Ed Leyba, has been accepted as a candidate for the Deacon Formation program. Please pray for him and all the men who start their preparation to receive the Holy Order of Deacon.
The St. Vincent de Paul society starts their collection of food for the Thanksgiving baskets now. Last year they served over 600 families from our community, assuring them a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.
This was all thanks to your generosity! You know the routine - nonperishable foodstuffs can be brought to the church and left in the vestibules - perishable foods (like frozen turkeys) can be brought to the parish office during business hours.
Some more witty quips from Steven Wright:
- Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.- Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.-If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
A blessed week,
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