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 classes began on Tuesday, January 5th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation)
STATIONS OF THE CROSS AND BENEDICTION Every Friday during Lent: 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Soup and ScriptureEvery Monday evening at 6:30 pm during Lent in Father D’ Arco Hall
EXTRA LENTEN CONFESSION TIMES Every Friday of Lent: 7 pm
Join us for Adult Education Soup N Scripture starting Monday 15 Feb.Feb 15 - Catholic Social Teaching (history)
Feb 22 - Catholic Social Teaching Part II (human Dignity, Solidarity, and Social Justice)
Feb 29 - Catholic Social Teaching Part III (Principles)
Mar 7 - Catholic Social Teaching Part IV Encyclicals and official Documents
Mar 14 - Temptation and How we Can Overcome them
We are in need of Volunteers to help with set up , serving and tear down at the end. Please Contact Deacon Dave in the pairsh office to volunteer if you would like to help.
My dear family,
Just yesterday I had a nice visit with one of our parishioners: a fine young man : he and their wife just had their fourth child. To my surprize, he told me that they were going to Mass at St. Jude's, although they still belonged to St. Thomas. Why?, I asked. Was there something they disliked about St. Thomas? Not at all, he answered. In fact they miss the Liturgy at St. Thomas greatly. The problem is our wretched, inadequate cry room. They have to go someplace where they can bring their kids.
We thank God for all the rain that we have been receiving. But last Sunday it came pouring into the church - on top of the organ! Msgr. Bolman has told me that the roof has leaked from day one, and that over the years the different pastors have put buckets of money into trying to fix the roof - but nothing works. The study we had done on the church building has shown that the whole roof is structurally defective. And, of course, we cannot get new pews if the roof will leak on them.
In other words, every day that goes by shows how critical our new church building is for the future of our parish. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Build My Church Campaign. We need to be working to reaching the $4 million we need in the bank to make the down payment on our new parish plant. God bless you always!
This morning I saw the most interesting study done by Business Weekly, listing the top ten jobs in personal job satisfaction. Nine of them were in health care and education. But ranked number one in job satisfaction - clergy !
Our parochial school is getting cranked up to open this week. I am happy to report that our school is filled - in fact we are a few over what we consider "capacity" - 425 students. How thankful to God we must be when so many Catholic schools are lacking students. This is due to our wonderful Sisters, lay teachers and staff, and of course parents who see Catholic Education as one of the best investments a person can make for their child.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
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.
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?"
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9:45am - 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.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511