MONDAY, TUESDAY, & WEDNESDAY - April 14,15,168:30 am and 5:30 pm – Confessions9:00 am and 6:00 pm – Mass7:00 pm – Confessions & Stations of the CrossA visiting priest will be available for 7:00 pm Confessions
HOLY THURSDAY – April 177:00 pm – The Mass of the Lord’s SupperAdoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Midnight
GOOD FRIDAY– April 18A day of fast and abstinence12 noon – The Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord3:00 pm – Divine Mercy Novena7:00 pm – Living Stations of the Cross and Passion Sermon
HOLY SATURDAY – April 199:00 am – Confessions1:00 pm – Blessing of Easter Food3:00 pm – Confessions & Divine Mercy Novena
THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD8:30 pm – Solemn High Mass of the Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday – April 207:00 am – Mass9:00 am – Solemn High Mass9:30 am – outdoor Mass at Vista Verde Cemetery11:00 am – Mass11:30 am – outdoor Mass at Vista Verde Cemetery12:30 pm – Mass
3:00 pm – Divine Mercy Novena
No 6:00 pm Mass on Easter Sunday
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.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is proud to announce the Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles which will be displayed Friday, June 20 thru Sunday June 22, 2014 in D'Arco Hall, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM.
In the entire history of the Catholic Church, there have been numerous Eucharistic miracles approved by the Catholic Church as truly worthy of belief. The Vatican Eucharistic Miracles Photographic Exhibition faithfully recounts for us many well documented miraculous occurrences. Knowledge of these miracles strengthens our faith in Christ and His Church. They are a visible proof of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.
My dear family,
The First Sunday of Advent, the Year of Grace 2014. Twenty-four days to prepare ourselves for our blessed Savior’s Birth!
On Monday, December 2, at 6 pm, we will have a special Mass of Thanksgiving for having reached our $6 million goal for the Build My Church Campaign. All of the volunteers of the campaign will be present, and of course all are welcome to join us in thanking our Lord in reaching this important goal in the life of our parish.
We start hearing the confessions of the catechism children this week to prepare them for Christmas. But of course it’s not just children who need to go to Confession. To make a good Advent confession is our most important preparation for our Savior’s Birthday. During the novena we will have all the priests of the parish hearing confessions day and night, but we can always beat the crowd and get in sooner to prepare our soul for our Savior’s Birth!
Of course I believe in Santa Claus - if by Santa Claus you mean the holy Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas, whose feast-day is this Friday (December 6). St. Nicholas was known for his love of children, and so became their patron saint. I really suggest that our Catholic parents share with their children the lovely stories about St. Nicholas, and help them to understand that Santa Claus is just another name for their blessed patron. It puts the whole “Santa thing” into a right and beautiful Catholic understanding.
A few more witticisms from Steven Wright:
* Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
* What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
* Why do psychics have to ask your name?
A blessed Advent week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
The big event this week is the Solemn High Mass of THANKSGIVING DAY - Thursday, Nov. 28, at 9 am.
Of course, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but a day of special prayer. My friends, it is such a beautiful thing to go to Mass on Thanksgiving Day. So many people have forgotten the meaning of this feast - a day to GIVE THANKS to GOD. When we start the day with Mass, all of our feasting and celebrations seem so much more fitting and joyful. And - it is one of the most lovely and stirring Masses of the year, with both our Liturgical and Children’s choirs taking part.
I do hope that, if at all possible, you can attend Mass that day. On Thanksgiving Day, there will be only the one Mass at 9 am. The office will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
Many thanks to all of you who so generously donated food to the St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving food basket distribution. Many families will have a happy Thanksgiving Dinner thanks to you. God bless you.
I hope you all enjoyed Deacon Larry sharing with us about stewardship last Sunday. This week you should have received your Intention Cards for 2014 in the mail. Please pray and think about you commitment for next year, and return the card to the office by December 15.
If I don’t hear from you by then, I will have to send you a reminder!
Today we celebrate the glorious feast of Christ the King - the feast when we rejoice in the universal Lordship of our Savior and look forward to the manifestation of that Kingdom on the Last Day. It is also the end of the Year of Faith, and our series of sermons on the Creed. I hope that our year-long meditation on the truths of the Faith has deepened our knowledge and love of God.
Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent - the start of the Year of Grace 2014.
Our parish has long had the tradition of celebrating a Novena in preparation for the feast of Christmas, consisting of nine days of special Masses, prayers, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Many people like to have this Novena offered as a Christmas gift for their loved ones, living or deceased. If you would like to do so, there are Novena request envelopes at the doors of the Church. With them are beautiful Christmas Cards, that you can send, telling them that the Novena is being offered for their intentions.
A blessed week! Safety to all who travel!
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!
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9:00am - 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.
04.17.2014 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmSolemn Mass
04.18.2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmChoral Passion Liturgy & Solemn Communion
04.18.2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmLiving Stations & Simple Communion Service
04.19.2014 8:30 am - 8:55 amConfessions
04.19.2014 9:00 am - 9:30 amMass
04.19.2014 3:00 pm - 4:30 pmConfessions
04.19.2014 8:30 pm - 10:30 pmEaster Vigil
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511