PASTOR’S CORNER

Pastor’s Corner April 9, 2017

My dear family, We now enter into the most sacred of all weeks – Holy Week. During these seven days we are invited to walk with our Lord on the road to Calvary and experience within ourselves the glory of His Resurrection. It is my hope that we all try to join in as many of the services that we can, especially the principle services of Holy Week: the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Liturgy of the Passion, and ...
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Pastor’s Corner April 2, 2017

My dear family, With the 5th Sunday of Lent we enter Passiontide, the last two weeks of Lent that are especially devoted to remembering the Passion and Death of the Lord. The liturgical symbol of Passiontide is the veiled statues. The saints represent the Church in glory, but in this season we put aside the thoughts of glory as we focus on our Lord's sufferings. The Cross is veiled so that we will see it anew when it is solemnly ...
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Pastor’s Corner March 25, 2017

Dear family, Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent - Laetare ("Rejoice") Sunday - when we wear the rose-colored vestments rejoicing that we are half-way through Lent, and in three weeks will be celebrating the great festival of the Resurrection! My, we have had a blessed Lent so far! The wonderful "Reboot Your Faith" night with Chris Stefanick, our Lenten Mission with Fr. Dan Gutierrez, the excellent attendance at daily Mass, Stations of the Cross and the Lenten confessions. I ...
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Pastor’s Corner February 26, 2017

My dear family, This week is Ash Wednesday, the start of the Holy Season of Lent, when we join our Lord in spirit as He fasted for 40 days, and prepare to celebrate the great mysteries of Holy Week. Please review the Lenten regulations that you can find on the front page. The days of fasting and abstinence are now so few, and the need to make atonement for sin so great, that we want to keep these days of ...
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Pastor’s Corner February 5, 2017

Dear family, Quite a Super Bowl game, wasn't it. Fr. Johnpaul is going to take some well deserved vacation these two and one-half weeks before Lent, so I will be here running the ranch by myself. I'll do my best to get to everyone as fast as I can, but please be patient! We have had great attendance at the Monday night Scripture study on St. John's Gospel. Every class is self-contained: that is, if you missed previous classes, it ...
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Pastor’s Corner January 29, 2017

Dear family, This weekend we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in our parish. As is our custom, the children from our school will be participating at all the different Masses. St. Thomas Aquinas is not only the patron saint of our parish, he is the patron saint of Catholic education, and his feast day is always the signal for Catholic Schools Week. We continue to ask God’s blessing upon our parish and our beautiful school with the prayers ...
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Pastor’s Corner October 9, 2016

Dear family, Tomorrow (Monday), I and 48 of us will be leaving to Mexico City to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe. Be assured that we will be praying for you and your intentions as we visit our Blessed Mother's holy image. Please pray that we have a holy and safe trip. The office will be closed Monday for Columbus Day. For the same reason, we will have no adult education class that night. A blessed week to you all! Msgr ...
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Pastor’s Corner October 1, 2016

My dear family, It's October, the month of the Most Holy Rosary. We all know the power of this great prayer. I have always rejoiced that we pray the Rosary before almost every Mass here at St. Thomas - I can think of no better way to "warm up" for the Eucharistic Sacrifice than this great devotion, when we meditate on the life of our Lord in union with the person who was closest to Him, His Holy Mother. Certainly I ...
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