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!)
2015 High School Confirmation Registration Is Now Open!!
Reserve your Spot Today!
Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
Register online here or at the Parish office.
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,
First of all, a happy Mother's Day to all our mom's out there. May the Lord bless and reward you, and the Blessed Mother pray for you!
Tuesday, May 12, is the feast of the foundress and patroness of our beloved sisters, St. Lucy Filippini. On that day let us ask St. Lucy to bless our sisters, and to inspire many young women to follow her example in the religious life!
And many thanks to everyone who gave to the special collection today to help our Filippini Sisters.
This is the week for graduations at our parochial school : Kindergarten on Monday, and the 8th Grade on Friday. Congratulations to all. This year's test results show what an amazing education our children are receiving, asnd the fact that this year we won the "Religion Bowl" (kind of the theological equivalent of the Spelling Bee) shows how our kids are learning the Faith.
Speaking of graduations, next weekend, two of our parishioners, Joseph Baltz and Tim Meurer, will graduate from Holy Trinity College Seminary in Dallas. I'll be gone next weekend to attend their graduation. This marks their "half-way" point in their preparation for priesthood. In the fall, Tim will start his theological studies at the North American College in Rome, and Joe at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon. Please pray for them, for all our seminarians, and for many more vocations from our parish to the priesthood.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
By now, I am sure that everyone knows the news of our new Archbishop, the Most Reverend John C. Wester, former Bishop of Salt Lake City. We thank almighty God for sending us a new shepherd, and pray that God will grant him a long and fruitful ministry among us.
Of course we also pray for Archbishop Sheehan, who has given us twenty-two years of faithful service, and been such a great friend to our parish. I'm sure we will be seeing lots of Archbishop Sheehan in the future!
Archbishop Wester will be enthroned as Archbishop of Santa Fe on June 4th at the Cathedral - he will assume the governance of the Archdiocese at that time.
This Saturday at 10:30 am we have the first of our First Holy Communions. God bless all our dear children receiving our Lord for the first time. Also, many thanks to everyone who helps to prepare our children in Catechism Classes or at our parochial school.
Remember the Month of our Lady - pray the Rosary daily.
Come on the parish pilgrimage to Rome, Sept. 28- Oct. 6, and experience the Eternal City as you never have before. Call the Parish Office for registration information.
A lady was mailing an old family Bible to her brother, who lived in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
A blessed week,
This Tuesday we welcome His Excellency the Archbishop to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation during Holy Mass at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend as we have over eighty teenagers and adults renew their baptismal vows and receive the Holy Spirit.
Congratulations to all those being confirmed, and many thanks to everyone who gives so generously of their time ministering in our Confirmation program!
This Tuesday only, there will be no 5:30 pm confessions or 6 pm Mass due to the confirmations at 7 pm.
This Friday is May 1st, the start of the month of our Blessed Mother. As has long been our parish tradition, we will start our Lady's month by having the Holy Rosary, May crowning, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 pm.
This is such a lovely way of honoring our Blessed Mother. I encourage everyone to attend. Whoever wishes to bring flowers to present to our Lady is most welcome to do so.
The parish pilgrimage is filling up! This is your opportunity to experience Catholic Rome, pray at the great shrines of our faith, and attend the deacon ordination of our parish seminarian at St. Peter's. September 28 to October 6 - call the parish office for more information!
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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.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511