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, May 6th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
A new Great Adventure Bible Study group is forming to study the 24-session foundational Bible study, The Bible Timeline. It will meet on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Religious Education Center, room 11, beginning 6/26/14. (The times will change to 7:30-9:30 p.m. following Labor Day.) The RE Center is located directly behind the church, off of Sara Road. The facilitators are Ronda and David Fernandez.
All Great Adventure studies require participants to have a Catholic version of the Bible and a Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The optional, but strongly recommended study kit will cost $30.
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,
Today we celebrate the glorious feast of the two greatest Apostles: Peter, prince of the Apostles and the first Pope of the Church, and Paul, the Apostles to the Gentiles, both whom were martyred this day in Rome under the wicked emperor Nero in the year 64 AD. They are the primary patrons of the Church of Rome, and the apostolic pillars of the Holy Catholic Church. It is a day of special prayer for the Pope and Bishops - the successors of Peter and the Apostles - and for the unity and holiness of all the Church.
Friday is July 4th - Independence Day. In our parish we observe it as a day of special prayer for our beloved nation and for the protection of religious freedom.
There will be Solemn High Mass celebrated for our nation on July 4th at 9 am. Being a holiday, I encourage everyone who can to come to Mass that day to pray for the United States, and all who govern, serve, and protect us.
The office will be closed July 4th, and there will be no 6 pm Mass that day.
We have a very special event taking place on July 7th in our parish. That day is the anniversary of the decree issued by our beloved Pope-Emeritus, Benedict XVI, allowing the old rite of Mass (the pre-Second Vatican Council rite, officially called the "extraordinary form" of the Roman Rite, as opposed to the modern, 1970 Order of Mass, officially called the "ordinary form" to be celebrated by any priest at any time.
(Some people just call the old rite "the Latin Mass". But this is not quite accurate. While the old rite had to be celebrated all in Latin, the modern rite can be celebrated all or in part in Latin or any other language of the people.)
In observance of this, His Excellency the Archbishop will celebrate a Solemn High Pontifical Mass in the old rite on Monday, July 7, at 6 pm, here at St. Thomas.
This does not happen this often, and will be something to attend. For our older parishioners, it will be a "trip down memory lane" to once again see how Mass was celebrated in our childhood. For our younger parishioners, it will be educational to see how your parents and grandparents attended Mass, and to experience how Mass was celebrated for hundreds of years. For everyone, it will be an occasion not only to receive the graces always present at any Holy Mass, but to also experience the beauty and reverence that were the special marks of the old Liturgy, especially when celebrated as a Solemn High Mass. For everyone, it will be a beautiful event to attend.
I want to announce a personnel change here in the parish. Mrs. Jeannette Schlicher, our Director of Adult Education and Evangelization, will now be the Assistant Director of Children's Ministries, assisting Sister Roseann. The Adult Ed and Evangelization position will be assumed by Deacon David Little, who now joins the parish staff full-time. These changes will take effect July 1st.
Some more witticisms from Steven Wright:
-If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
-A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
-Experience is something you don't get until just after you don't need it.
-The hardness of the butter is in direct proportion to the softness of the bread.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
First of all, many thanks to everyone who helped with and visited the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit. What a powerful testimony this is to the central reality of Catholic worship - the Real Presence of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament.
And remember that today (Sunday) we will have Vespers and the outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 pm. This is the traditional and distinctive observance of this great feast of Corpus Christi - to publicly show our faith in the Real Presence and to ask our Lord's blessing upon our community by the outdoor Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. I encourage everyone to attend (and pray that there is no wind!)
This Friday, June 27th, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - not a holy day of obligation, but a day of deep devotion in the Church. Indeed, the whole month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
The Sacred Heart is the great symbol of the personal love that God has for each one of us, made visible - indeed, made flesh - in the Heart of Christ. Our Lord made twelve beautiful promises to us through His servant, St. Margaret Mary, concerning those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart:
(1) "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
(2) I will establish peace in their homes.
(3) I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
(4) I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
(5) I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
(6) Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
(7) Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
(8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
(9) I will bless everyplace in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
(10) I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
(11) Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
(12) I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."
A blessed week,
First of all, I am very happy to announce that His Excellency the Archbishop has appointed the new Father Christopher Bernabe as vicar here at St. Thomas. Fr. Bernabe is 31 years old, is from Prince of Peace Parish in Albuquerque, and did his studies at the North American College in Rome. Father Bernabe will start his ministry here on June 20th.
A happy Father's Day to all the dads of our parish. God bless you!
Remember - this Friday we have the opening of the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit at 4 p.m. The Archbishop will be present to bless the Exhibit, which will be open all weekend in Father D'Arco Hall. I want to encourage everyone to go see the displays about these miracles which strengthen our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
And of course next Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi - the day when we honor our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist. As is our tradition, we will have Vespers, Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 pm. Come give this public honor to our Eucharistic Lord.
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