Answer God’s call

to serve others

CATHOLIC SOCIAL ACTION

St. Thomas Aquinas is committed to providing a supportive environment to love and serve the Lord

INTERNAL MINISTRIES

Bereavement

Bereavement ministry members contact parish members who recently had a death in the family.  Their goal is to offer comfort and understanding from others with the same experience.  Meetings last generally one and a half to two hours.  The format is a support group settings.  They occasionally have guest speakers to augment the video tapes which they routinely utilize.  There is ALWAYS a trained facilitator at every meeting.

Pre-Cana

Generally a four month preparation period is required before a wedding may take place.  Our excellent pre-Cana program consists of the engaged couple meeting one-on-one for seven sessions with a sponsor couple to discuss different aspects of Christian marriage.  Please register on our website or contact the parish office to set up an appointment to begin preparing and to set a date for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Caring 4 Kids

Caring 4 Kids crochets, knits and sews blankets and booties for children who are victims in abusive environments or crisis situations.

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning (NFP) is a way of following God’s plan for achieving and/or avoiding pregnancy using the physical means that God has built into human nature.  NFP consists of two distinct forms: Ecological breastfeeding (a form of child care that normally spaces babies about two years apart on the average) and Systematic NFP (a system that uses a woman’s signs of fertility to determine her fertile and infertile times of her cycle).  Couples seeking to avoid pregnancy practice chaste abstinence during the fertile time of her cycle.  Classes are regularly available!

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EXTERNAL GROUPS

That meet here

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of mena nd women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.  The only requirement for membership is a a desire to stop drinking.  There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through member contributions.  Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

 

Al-Anon & Ala Teen

The Al-Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems.  We believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.  There are no dues for membership.  Al-Anon is self-supporting through member contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics.  We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic.

 

Respect Life (Pro-Life / Right to Life)

“It’s a LIFE, NOT a CHOICE!”  This summarizes the thrust and attitude of this ministry – the “mission statement” if you will.  Essentially opposed to the “Culture of death” espoused by Pro-Choice proponents, Respect Life opposes abortion, euthanasia, contraception, and capital punishment.  Their goal is to educate and make the public aware of the truth in the underlying life/death issues being distorted by educators, law-makers, media, parents, some churches, etc.  Respect Life sponsors guest speakers in the parish, at rallies, seminars, etc.  They monitor lawmakers’ activities, speak out on controversial life/death issues and inform voters of critical non-negotiable life vs. death issues at stake in election year.  They pray in front of the offices of abortion doctors in Albuquerque and talk to willing young women approaching abortion clinics, offering to pray with them and ask that they postpone their decision until they have thoroughly considered other alternatives.

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St. Vincent de Paul

The society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) assists families and individual experiencing financial, emotional, and spiritual crisis.  They society is a volunteer charitable organization that assists with rent, utility, and some medical prescription payments, food, clothing, household furnishings, and gasoline.  Most recipients are people who need short term help to get back on their feet.  An illness or bump in the job situation can cause anyone living paycheck-to-paycheck to get behind on bills.  Many are not eligible for public assistance.  Besides financial assistance, SVdP provides a directory of community resources and makes referrals to public and private agencies and groups that provide specialized legal assistance, counseling, and protective services, and even provide job referrals.  Although not solicited, SVdP collects and distributes clothing, household items, and furniture for redistribution to the needy.  SVdP is funded solely by the single special monthly collection.

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NAMI, Westside

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), Westside offers a Family-to-Family Education Program to families of those with severe brain disorders (mental illness).  Their mission is to reach out and make a difference in the lives of those affected by mental illness through education, advocacy, and support.  The meetings provide a place to discuss their concerns in strict confidence, share, learn, grow, discover community resources and get help when in crisis.  The course itself discusses the clinical treatment of mental illnesses and teaches family members skills needed to cope more effectively.  Trained family members teach the course; all course materials are furnished free to participants.

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EXTERNAL GROUPS

That do not meet here

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA.  Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity.  OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

OA is not just about weight loss, gain or maintenance; or obesity or diets.  It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.  It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.  If you want to stop your compulsive overeating, welcome to Overeaters Anonymous.

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Gamblers Anonymous & Gam-Anon

Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may some their common problem and help others recover from a gambling problem.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling.  There are no dues or fees for GA membership; we are self-supporting through member contributions.  GA is a Twelve-Step program.

Origins Pregnancy Care Center

“It is the right of every pregnant women to give birth and the right of every child to be born.”  Origins is an interfaith, all-volunteer, non-political, non-profit organization which provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women distressed by an unplanned pregnancy.  They provide friendship, emotional support, and referrals to needed services which they don’t provide, as well as maternity and baby clothes.  The provide free pregnancy testing and pregnancy counseling, prenatal information, legal, medical, and educational referrals, adoption information, housing referrals, and information on other community services.  Their help is totally confidential; they help the married and single, regardless of age, race, or religion.

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