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.
Fr. Celsus Auguiste is returning to St. Thomas Aquinas Parish to present our Parish Lenten Mission running Monday, 3/10/14, through Thursday, 3/13/14, 9:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m., in the church.
Please plan to attend either daily session, as many days as possible. Parishioners who came to his last mission recall that he is a very dynamic and enthusiastic preacher! Amen?
"Living the Eucharist," a six-session, small-group study for adults focusing on "the Source and Summit of our faith," will be held in the Religious Education Center on Thursdays, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/24/14 (no meetings on 3/13 or 4/17).
Multiple groups will meet from 7:30-9:00 p.m. A daytime group will meet on Mondays, 3/17-4/21, 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the St. Lucy Filippini meeting room (Panorama Plaza, 1594 Sara Road, SE, Suite J).
Participants' donations toward the cost of study materials are appreciated. Please contact Jeannette at
My dear family,
Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple. Forty days after our Lord's Birth, Our Lady and St. Joseph presented Him in the Temple in accordance with the Law of Moses. There, blessed Simeon declared that this Child would be "a light to the nations" - therefore we bless candles on this day, and it is commonly called "Candlemas Day" - the Mass of the Candles. May Christ always be our Light!
Tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 3rd) is the Feast of St. Blasé - the patron saint for protection from all illnesses of the throat. We will have the traditional blessing of throats after both Masses tomorrow.
Many thanks to all of you who gave id="mce_marker"5,981.66 to our dear Filippini Sisters for their elderly nuns. Our Lord and St. Lucy will bless you!
On Tuesday, Feb. 4th, I will be leaving for a weeks' vacation. I will return on Thursday, Feb. 13. The parish will be in the competent hands of Fr. Anthony! See you the Sunday after next.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
A blessed feast of St. Thomas Aquinas! May our beloved patron intercede for our parish, gaining for us the graces of heavenly knowledge, profound holiness, and a deep love for Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist!
This is Catholic Schools Week, (because it is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the patron saint of Catholic schools.) Today we are so happy to have our school children participate in the Liturgy.
Our school is now in its 14th year. We "ol' timers" recall what an adventure it was to start our school - the first new school in the Archdiocese in 48 years! How God has blessed our undertaking! We now are the second largest elementary school in the Archdiocese, and the achievement tests show our academic excellence. Most importantly, our school is a school of holiness, producing the young Catholics who shall lead the Church in the next generation.
How many do we have to thank for our school - our dear Sisters, the teachers, the staff, the volunteers, the parents who make the sacrifice to send their children, and our benefactors - who are all of us, because our parish supports our school, which is an integral part of our parish ministry. God bless you all!
Next Sunday is the feast of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple - Candlemas Day. We will have the traditional blessing of candles at all the Masses. Just bring your candles to Mass and place them before Mass on the table placed in front of the altar. You will be able to pick them up after Mass.
My dear family, Tomorrow (Monday) is Dr. Martin Luther King Day. The office will be closed for this Federal Holiday, but we will have the normal Mass schedule. On this day we should pray for racial equality and harmony throughout our nation and in all the world.
Next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in our parish. It’s also the day that we showcase our school. (Catholic Schools Week always falls in the week of St. Thomas, because he is the patron saint of Catholic Education.) Our kids will be reading and assisting in the Liturgy of all the Masses celebrated next weekend. A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
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