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!)
Stations of the Cross: Every Friday of Lent 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Extra Lenten Confession Times: Every Friday of Lent 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Soup and Scripture: Every Monday of Lent 6:30pm
The topic for this Lenten Soup & Scripture program is “Lent and the 7 Deadly Sins”. It will be presented on Monday evenings, starting on 23 February, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., in Fr. D’Arco Hall. Kitchen helpers are also Greatly needed.
Please contact Deacon Dave in the parish office, at (505) 892-1511 Ext.103, to volunteer.
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,
Yes, this Wednesday is October 1st, the start of the month of the Holy Rosary. What blessings come to those who are devoted tothis Crown of Roses that we present to our Lady every time we pray the Rosary!
The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.
Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
This Friday, the Archbishop will present the St. Francis Awards in Santa Fe. This year, Mrs. Pauline Salata is our parish recipient of the Award. Pauline, with her husband Mike, has served the parish in different ways for many years, but in a special way Pauline is being honored for being the Night-Time (Midnight to 6 am) Coordinator of Eucharistic Adoration from the time we began Perpetual Adoration almost 19 years ago! In Pauline we honor all of our Eucharistic Adorers, especially those who sacrifice to be with our Lord in the "wee hours" ! God bless you, Pauline, and all your fellow Eucharistic Adorers.
The Scouts of Pack and Troop 1974 have been helping to keep up the Rectory yard. Thank you, Scouts and Scouters of the parish!
OK, here are some "Church Puns" from the fun website, ChurchPop:
1) What is a dentist's favorite hymn?
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Extra Points: Holy, Holy, Holy
2) Who's the arch-enemy of the Gsus chord?
The Dmin chord.
3) What's a salesman's favorite Scripture passage?
The Great Commission
4) Where was Solomon's temple located?
On the side of his head.
5) How does Moses make his coffee?
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
With all of my heart, I want to thank you for your very generous response to our annual Mission appeal, which this year will support our "sister- mission" of the Diocese of Mityana, the Diocese of Bishop Zziwa and Msgr. Mukasa. Last Sunday, you gave id="mce_marker"2,303.97 to assist them, especially in the great work of educating their seminarians.
As I mentioned last week, Bishop Zziwa in the past has had to turn away seminarians because they could not afford the tuition - $700 a year! (It takes us $30,000 a year to educate a seminarian. A different world!) So your generous donation to the work of the Mission will educate 17 seminarians!
And this is bringing us great benefits here in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. At this moment, the Diocese of Mityana has two priests ministering here, Father Paul and Father Dennis, who are the pastors of Ft. Sumner and La Joya.
Again, may God reward you!
In two weeks our annual Parish Pilgrimage leaves for the Holy Land. We are very happy to take with us any prayer requests that you may have. Just write them down, put them in an envelope - mark it "Prayers" or "Intentions" or "Pilgrimage" or something of that sort, and put them in the collection next Sunday or return them to the office.
We do carry these petitions with us to each holy place we visit - Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Jordan, Mt. Tabor, and of course, Jerusalem. We pray for them at each Mass we celebrate at the Holy Places. And we leave them at Mt. Calvary, at the very spot our Blessed Lord died for us. Not everyone from the parish is able to go to the Holy Land (but how I wish I could take you all!), but in this tangible way we carry the whole parish with us.
As many of you know, my parents are getting up in years, so my Dad sent me these reflections on getting old:
"Now that I'm older, here is what I've discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
3. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
4. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
5. I wish the buck really did stop here: I could use a few of them.
6. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
7. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
8. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded. "
Today we welcome our dear friend, BISHOP JOSEPH ZZIWA, to the parish. As many of you know, Bishop Zziwa is the bishop of the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana inUganda. Msgr. Lawrence Mukasa is his vicar-general. For many years we as a parish have "adopted" the Diocese of Kiyinda-Mityana, especially with helping to pay the tuition of their large number of seminarians, and various projects to helpthe living standards of the poor in the diocese.
Today, at the end of each Mass, there will be a collection forBishop Zziwa's diocese. This is our annual Mission collection. Checks may be made out to St. Thomas Aquinas - we will thenwire all the collection to the account of the diocese. God bless you for your generosity.
Today (Sunday) is the Feast of the Holy Cross. As is our custom, we will have a healing service today (September 14), at 3 pm. This will not be Mass, but a service of prayer that will contain the blessing of the sick with the relic of the True Cross, and the laying on of hands for any needed healing of mind, soul, or body. All are welcome!
If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.
A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.
A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years.
And you tell me to exercise ??? As W.C. Fields once said, "Exercise never killed a person, but then, I say, why take a chance?"
A blessed week to you all!
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