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!)
Monsignor Raun will begin a four week adult education series entitled "Theology of Healing" it will begin on 27 October and end on 17 November 2014. The class will be held each Monday starting at 7:00pm in Father D'Arco Hall. All are invited to attend bring a friend.
It is time to prepare for St. Vincent de Paul's annual Thanksgiving basket distribution! We will be collecting nonperishable foods at all Masses beginning October 25. All types of canned goods, especially cranberry sauce, fruits and vegetables, cream of mushroom and celery soup along with such things as stuffing mix, boxed, canned or fresh white or sweet potatoes, dried beans, etc. are appreciated. Perishable items such as turkeys, hams, and pies should be taken to Fr. D'Arco Hall beginning November 10-21 from 9 am to 3 pm. Questions, please call 892-0526. There are many needy people in Rio Rancho who will have a special Thanksgiving meal thanks to your generosity.
God bless you!
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
On Sunday, October 23, 2014 the St. Thomas Aquinas parish held its annual Investiture of the Knights of the Altar. Msgr. Douglas Raun, Pastor Invested the Knights of the Altar and Fr. Christopher Bernabe assisted. The new" Supreme Grand Knight" of the Altar for this 2014-2015 chosen was Steven Lopez who has been for many years of his life an Altar Server with St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
We congratulate Steven who precedes Josiah Fredette who will now serve as the "Grand Knight" with several other former Grand Knights. The Investiture Service consisted of each category of Altar Servers giving their pledge to serve faithfully and commit to the duties as an Knight of the Altar. The service ended with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. We also thank Mrs. Dinah Sandusky and Mr. Steven Woodbury, Director of Liturgy & Music who organized the Investiture Service and reception held for our Altar Servers. Once again, congratulations to all the Knights of the Altar listed below.
My dear family,
Tomorrow our parish pilgrimage leaves for the Holy Land. We take with us all your prayer intentions and we promise to pray for the parish at every holy place we visit. Please pray for us as we journey to walk in the footsteps of our Lord.
This week all of the priests of the Archdiocese will be gathering for their annual convocation in Taos. Please keep them in your prayers. Msgr. Bolman and Fr. Aragon will be celebrating the Masses here at the parish during this time.
Few things growing up kept me closer to our Lord and the Church than being an altar server. I know it was serving Mass that nourished my vocation throughout the years.
We are now forming a new class of altar servers. In our parish, any young man or woman in grade 6 and up may serve. It is my hope that every Catholic youth share in the great honor and grace of serving our Lord at the Altar.
Our Director of Servers is Mrs. Dinah Sandusky. She can be reached at 977-4189.
It's that time of year when we report the parish statistics for the National Catholic Directory. This is the first year we report without St. John Vianney being included in the count. As of right now, we have for this past year:
Children receiving Religious Education (School, CCD,
& teen programs) : 1,208
Baptisms & Converts: 132
First Communions: 186
A few more of those silly jokes from ChurchPop:
Who was the smartest man in the Bible?
Abraham. He knew a Lot.
What kind of man was Boaz before he married?
Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel. The Giants and the Angels were rained out.
Why did the hawk sit on the church's steeple?
It was a bird of pray.
Which servant of God was the worst lawbreaker in the Bible?
Moses. He broke all 10 commandments at once.
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Yes, this Wednesday is October 1st, the start of the month of the Holy Rosary. What blessings come to those who are devoted tothis Crown of Roses that we present to our Lady every time we pray the Rosary!
The Blessed Virgin Mary promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that "Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted." She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.
Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan
1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
4. The Rosary will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
This Friday, the Archbishop will present the St. Francis Awards in Santa Fe. This year, Mrs. Pauline Salata is our parish recipient of the Award. Pauline, with her husband Mike, has served the parish in different ways for many years, but in a special way Pauline is being honored for being the Night-Time (Midnight to 6 am) Coordinator of Eucharistic Adoration from the time we began Perpetual Adoration almost 19 years ago! In Pauline we honor all of our Eucharistic Adorers, especially those who sacrifice to be with our Lord in the "wee hours" ! God bless you, Pauline, and all your fellow Eucharistic Adorers.
The Scouts of Pack and Troop 1974 have been helping to keep up the Rectory yard. Thank you, Scouts and Scouters of the parish!
OK, here are some "Church Puns" from the fun website, ChurchPop:
1) What is a dentist's favorite hymn?
Crown Him with Many Crowns
Extra Points: Holy, Holy, Holy
2) Who's the arch-enemy of the Gsus chord?
The Dmin chord.
3) What's a salesman's favorite Scripture passage?
The Great Commission
4) Where was Solomon's temple located?
On the side of his head.
5) How does Moses make his coffee?
With all of my heart, I want to thank you for your very generous response to our annual Mission appeal, which this year will support our "sister- mission" of the Diocese of Mityana, the Diocese of Bishop Zziwa and Msgr. Mukasa. Last Sunday, you gave id="mce_marker"2,303.97 to assist them, especially in the great work of educating their seminarians.
As I mentioned last week, Bishop Zziwa in the past has had to turn away seminarians because they could not afford the tuition - $700 a year! (It takes us $30,000 a year to educate a seminarian. A different world!) So your generous donation to the work of the Mission will educate 17 seminarians!
And this is bringing us great benefits here in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. At this moment, the Diocese of Mityana has two priests ministering here, Father Paul and Father Dennis, who are the pastors of Ft. Sumner and La Joya.
Again, may God reward you!
In two weeks our annual Parish Pilgrimage leaves for the Holy Land. We are very happy to take with us any prayer requests that you may have. Just write them down, put them in an envelope - mark it "Prayers" or "Intentions" or "Pilgrimage" or something of that sort, and put them in the collection next Sunday or return them to the office.
We do carry these petitions with us to each holy place we visit - Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Jordan, Mt. Tabor, and of course, Jerusalem. We pray for them at each Mass we celebrate at the Holy Places. And we leave them at Mt. Calvary, at the very spot our Blessed Lord died for us. Not everyone from the parish is able to go to the Holy Land (but how I wish I could take you all!), but in this tangible way we carry the whole parish with us.
As many of you know, my parents are getting up in years, so my Dad sent me these reflections on getting old:
"Now that I'm older, here is what I've discovered:
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
2. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
3. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
4. It was a whole lot easier to get older, than to get wiser.
5. I wish the buck really did stop here: I could use a few of them.
6. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.
7. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
8. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded. "
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