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, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
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,
This week is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Holy Season of Lent, when we join our Lord in spirit as He fasted for 40 days, and prepare to celebrate the great mysteries of Holy Week.
Please review the Lenten regulations that you can find on the front page. The days of fasting and abstinence are now so few, and the need to make atonement for sin so great, that we want to keep these days of penance with great care and devotion.
Of course the most important thing we do during Lent is make a good confession in preparation for Easter. To that purpose, we will once again have extra confessions during Lent every Friday at 7 pm during the Stations of the Cross. Both parish priests will be hearing plus a visiting priest. This is your opportunity to get your Lenten confession in early, and avoid those long lines during Holy Week!
Now is when we should all be thinking about what voluntary acts of penance we should be doing during Lent – be it keeping the tradition of only eating one meal for the weekdays of Lent, or giving up any other lawful pleasure.
Lent is also a time of greater prayer. Of course, the best way to keep Lent is to go to daily Mass. Remember that we have the 6 pm Mass especially for people to attend after work. For everyone, but perhaps in a special way for those who cannot attend daily Mass, we have the Stations of the Cross and Benediction each Friday at 3 pm and 7pm. We should also be mindful of what works of alms-giving and mercy we wish to do in a special way during Lent.
This year we will have Lenten Soup and Scripture every Monday during Lent, with Soup Supper at 6:30 pm, followed by a hour-long Lenten teaching at 7 pm. This year our topic will be "Lent and the Seven Deadly Sins" ! The teachings will be presented by the priests of the parish. Come learn about these great enemies of our salvation, and how we can overcome them!
A blessed Lent to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
A new month ! There are all sorts of wonderful things happening!
Monday - Feb. 2nd - is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, commonly called Candelmas Day. We bless candles on this day because it is when St. Simeon called the Infant Christ "a Light to enlighten the nations". Bring you candles and place them on the table placed in front of the sanctuary before Mass.
Tuesday - Feb. 3rd - is the feast of St. Blaise, the patron saint of protection from all illnesses of the throat. We will have the traditional blessing of the throats at both Masses on Feb. 3rd.
One ministry that is very dear to my heart is Birthright - our ministry to mothers who are having their child in difficult circumstances, who without that help might be tempted to have an abortion. (As you have heard me say many times, being pro-life is more than just being anti-abortion: it also means helping women who want to keep their children!) Our parish financially assists Birthright every month so that they can have their beautiful facility on Southern Blvd.
Birthright has one fundraiser a year - the "Hearts on Fire" Dance, which will be this Saturday, Feb. 7, 7 pm, in Fr. D'Arco Hall. This is a family friendly dance with great music. Everybody, including the Pastor, (who never learned how to dance!) has a wonderful time. Come, and support this wonderful ministry.
As many of you are aware, our youth minister, A.J. Enfield, resigned at Thanksgiving to take another job in his home town of Phoenix. we have been operating with wonderful volunteer leadership for the past two months. I am happy to announce that Fr. Christopher Bernabe (a former youth minister in Los Alamos) will be acting youth minister of the parish through June. I want to thank Fr. Bernabe for so generously taking on this ministry in addition to his other parish duties!
I am happy to announce our Parish Pilgrimage for 2015. We will be going to the Eternal City of Rome, the Capital of the Church, the City of Sts. Peter and Paul. Going to Rome is always a great spiritual event, but what will make this very special is that we will be present in St. Peter's Basilica for the ordination of our parishioner, Michael Niemczak, to the order of Deacon.
We will spent seven full days in Rome - therefore, we will not have to be changing any hotels, and we can savor all of the spiritual beauty of Rome. We will have a day trip to Assisi. Information is in this bulletin. We have only a limited number of seats, so sign up soon!
In the old calender, this Sunday was called Septuagesima Sunday - the third Sunday before Lent! Time to start thinking - what am I going to do for Lent this year?
A blessed week to you all!
This Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. As is our parish custom, we will have a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving at 9 am, with our combined Children and Liturgical choirs singing.
This is one of the most beautiful Masses of the year. It is so wonderful to start the day in a solemn act of worship, offering God the perfect Prayer of Thanksgiving (of course the word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving".) When we start Thanksgiving Day with Mass, everything that follows is wonderful.
There will be no 6 pm Mass on Thanksgiving Day, and the parish office will be closed Thursday and Friday.
Many thanks for listening to our Stewardship Talk this weekend. In a few days you will receive your intention card for 2015 in the mail. Please carefully pray and consider your tithing commitment for this next year, and return it to the parish by December 15th.
God bless you!
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St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511