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,
I know it's hot.
I know it's not the 1950's.
I know people want to dress casually.
BUT....... I know we need to be modest in our clothing at all times, but especially at Mass.
This is the basic rule, friends :
YOU NEED TO BE COVERED FROM THE SHOULDERS TO THE KNEES, WITH NO BREAKS IN-BETWEEN.
Guys: "muscle" (sleeveless) shirts look really bad at Mass.
T-Shirts with vulgar things printed on them are extremely bad.
Dear parents: we need to teach our kids how to dress appropriately for church, and to set a good example ourselves.
As Grandma used to say, "A word to the wise is sufficient." Please, don't force us priests to have to give individual reprimands.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Today we welcome our dear friend, Msgr. Lawrence Mukasa, who comes to spend the month of June in our parish. As always, we look forward to Msgr. sharing the word of God with us, and telling us about the Church in Uganda. Welcome, Msgr. !
As I write this, the priesthood ordinations are but a few days away. At the ordinations, the Archbishop will announce their new assignments. I will tell you that we are going to receive one of the new priests as vicar at St. Thomas. As soon as the Archbishop makes the announcement, I will let you all know!
This is the season for the priests to make their annual retreat, as required by the Law of the Church. I will be making my retreat this week, and Fr. Anthony the week after. Pray for priests!
A blessed Pentecost to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Well, we have made it through all the 1st Communions, Confirmations, and Graduations. Thanks be to God. Congratulations to all those involved.
I am very happy to announce that this year's recipient of the St. Francis Award from our parish is Mrs. Pauline Salata. Pauline, with her husband Mike, are long-time members of our parish. When we began Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in our parish 18 years ago, Pauline offered to be the coordinator for the "graveyard shift" - midnight to 6 am - and has been doing it ever since, not only finding and scheduling adorers during these hard hours, but often taking the hours herself if no one could come. It is thanks to unsung heroes like Pauline that we are able to have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, and in honoring her, we honor all of our Eucharistic Adorers, especially those who week after week come to be with our Lord in the "wee hours". Pauline will receive the reward on Friday, October 3, at the Cathedral. Congratulations, Pauline!
Did you know that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, is on Twitter? Every few days he comes out with a "tweet", and they are often quite moving. Here are the tweets from this past week:
1. Pope Francis @Pontifex Our Life has been saved by the blood of Christ. Let us always be renewed by this love.
2. Pope Francis@Pontifex May 10 Let us all join in prayer for the immediate release of the schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria.
3. Pope Francis@Pontifex May 10 A family enlightened by the Gospel provides a school for Christian living!There one learns faithfulness, patience and sacrifice.
4. Pope Francis@Pontifex May 9 Holiness means giving ourselves in sacrifice every day. And so married life is a tremendous path to sanctity.
5. Pope Francis@Pontifex May 8 In our families we learn to love and to recognise the dignity of all, especially of the elderly.
A lot of material for meditation in the words of our Holy Father!
A blessed Easter week to you all!
First, I want to say how happy I was with the wonderful attendance at the May Crowning. It was beautiful. And to hear all those voices, many of them belonging to children, singing out the hymns. I know our Blessed Mother was very happy!
Congratulations to all of our children who have made their 1st Holy Communions over the past two weeks, and thanks to everyone who has helped to prepare them for this great day, when they receive our Blessed Lord for the first time.
This Wednesday, May 14, we will have Confirmation in our parish at 7:00 pm. Bishop Arthur Tafoya - the bishop emeritus of Pueblo, Co., and native son of our Archdiocese - will be the celebrant. Please keep these new soldiers of Christ in your prayers.
Please note that there will be no 6 pm Mass or Confessions that day.
And this week we have the graduations at St. Thomas School - the kindergarten kids on Monday, and the 8th grade graduation of Friday. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
No one can ever say that nothing goes on at our parish!!!!!
And of course, today is Mother's Day. Special blessings to all the moms in our parish!
Gratitude for my Mother
Dear Lord, today I turn to you to give you thanks for my mother. With your own gift of life, she bore me in her womb and gave me life. She tenderly, patiently cared for me and taught me to walk and talk. She read to me and made me laugh. No one delighted in my successes more; no one could comfort me better in my failures. I am so grateful for how she mothered me and mentored me, and even disciplined me. Please bless her, Lord, and comfort her. Help her loving heart to continue to love and give of herself to others. Strengthen her when she is down and give her hope when she is discouraged. Most of all, Lord, on this Mother's Day, give my mother the graces she most needs and desires today. I ask you this, in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior forever and ever. Amen.
For a Mother who has died
Dear Lord, relying on your promise to us, I turn to you in trust that my mother is with you and that she is enjoying your loving embrace. You alone know how she loved the best she could and how she faithfully endured the struggles that she faced. You know the graces you gave her and you know the grace she was for me and for so many. For all the ways she truly loved the way you loved her, please reward her, Lord. May she enjoy the communion of all her family and friends who are with you. Lord, I know my mother still loves us who are still here on earth. I ask you that you might listen to her fervent prayers for us. Help me to grow into a new and deeper relationship with my mother now, as I long for the day when we will both meet in your embrace - freed from all that might have hindered our relationship on earth, knowing and understanding everything we did not know or understan on this earth. I ask you this with faith in the resurrection, trusting my mother's love, and desiring that she knows my love for her. Amen.
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