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,
First of all, many thanks to everyone who helped with and visited the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit. What a powerful testimony this is to the central reality of Catholic worship - the Real Presence of Jesus in the most Blessed Sacrament.
And remember that today (Sunday) we will have Vespers and the outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 pm. This is the traditional and distinctive observance of this great feast of Corpus Christi - to publicly show our faith in the Real Presence and to ask our Lord's blessing upon our community by the outdoor Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. I encourage everyone to attend (and pray that there is no wind!)
This Friday, June 27th, is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - not a holy day of obligation, but a day of deep devotion in the Church. Indeed, the whole month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
The Sacred Heart is the great symbol of the personal love that God has for each one of us, made visible - indeed, made flesh - in the Heart of Christ. Our Lord made twelve beautiful promises to us through His servant, St. Margaret Mary, concerning those who are devoted to His Sacred Heart:
(1) "I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
(2) I will establish peace in their homes.
(3) I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
(4) I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
(5) I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
(6) Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
(7) Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
(8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
(9) I will bless everyplace in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
(10) I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
(11) Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
(12) I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment."
A blessed week,
Msgr. Doug Raun
First of all, I am very happy to announce that His Excellency the Archbishop has appointed the new Father Christopher Bernabe as vicar here at St. Thomas. Fr. Bernabe is 31 years old, is from Prince of Peace Parish in Albuquerque, and did his studies at the North American College in Rome. Father Bernabe will start his ministry here on June 20th.
A happy Father's Day to all the dads of our parish. God bless you!
Remember - this Friday we have the opening of the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit at 4 p.m. The Archbishop will be present to bless the Exhibit, which will be open all weekend in Father D'Arco Hall. I want to encourage everyone to go see the displays about these miracles which strengthen our faith in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
And of course next Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi - the day when we honor our Lord's Real Presence in the Eucharist. As is our tradition, we will have Vespers, Procession and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 pm. Come give this public honor to our Eucharistic Lord.
A blessed week!
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!
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