WE ARE IN THE SEASON OF LENT
During these forty days of Lent, we are journeying through the "desert" of fasting, prayer and almsgiving toward the celebration of Jesus' resurrection at Easter. Keeping a good Lent is preparation for eternity...one with God, not one with regrets.
MEDITATION OF THE WEEK
|"To the extent that we abandon our personality to Him, He will take possession of our will and work in us. We are no longer ruled by commands coming from the outside, as from a cruel master, but by almost imperceptible suggestions that rise up from within. We feel as if we had wanted all along to do those things He suggests to us; we are never conscious of being under command. Thus our service to Him becomes the highest form of liberty, for it is always easy to do something for the one we love."
-- Peace of Soul by Fulton J. Sheen, p. 182..
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FASTING: Obligates Catholics between the ages of 18 and 60 on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Allows one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal.
ABSTINENCE: No meat. Obligatory for all ages 14 and older on Ash Wednesday and Fridays throughout Lent.
ALMSGIVING: As penance and witness to fraternal charity.
SPIRITUAL READING: Read U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults daily.
LENTEN PARISH MISSION
STA is having a Lenten Parish Mission March 30 through April 2, 2014. Morning sessions: 9:00 am, evening sessions 7:00 pm.
All sessions will be different.
Conducted by Fr.Joe Butz, a Redemptorist priest, the theme of the Mission is "A 4-Day Walk with Jesus and His Church."
JOIN STA MARCH 18TH DURING 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN
FISH FRY/STATIONS OF CROSS
The Knights of Columbus' Fish Fry will be held every Friday of Lent in Aldridge Hall at 6:00 pm. Stations of the Cross in the Sanctuary is at 7:30 pm.
PLEASE BE IN PRAYER FOR
CATECHISMS AVAILABLE FOR LENT
A couple of years ago, parishioners were encouraged to procure a United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA) and to read and reflect on a brief portion daily during Lent. Nearly 500 catechisms were purchased by our parishioners, many of whom shared how much they grew into a much better understanding and appreciation of their Catholic beliefs and traditions as a result of this practice.
Based on the Universal Catechism of the Catholic Church, the USCCA is very readable. It provides an authentic summary of our Catholic Faith with abundant references to Holy Scripture. It is divided into four major sections: Faith Professed (our creed); Faith Celebrated (our sacramental life), Faith Lived (morality) and Faith Prayed (prayer life).
We are making the Catechism available again. The actual cost is $24.99 but our parish is able to give it to you for $20. We encourage you to pick one up at the parish office and use it as part of your Lenten practice.
FIRST COMMUNION CLASSES
First Communion Classes start Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Thissen Building!
This session is only for the families and children who just received the sacrament of Reconciliation.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
We could use a second adorer to share the following hours:
MONDAY: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 12:00 - 1:00 pm; 5:00 - 6:00 pm; 8:00 - 9:00 pm;
TUESDAY: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 11:00 - 12:00 pm; 12:00 - 1:00 pm;
THURSDAY: 10:00 - 11:00 am; 1:00 - 2:00 pm; 3:00 - 4:00 pm;
FRIDAY: 2:00 - 3:00 pm; 3:00 - 4:00 pm.
Contact Jenny Gonsalves, 281-814-4340, or call the parish office at 281-240-6721.
APOLOGETICS, SEMESTER 3: SPRING BREAK THIS WEEK ! ! !
We are taking a "spring break" this Thursday, March 13th, but come join us March 20th for our next class.
We are now into Semester Three of our four-semester course addressing 88 common misunderstandings about the Catholic Church. Jump in on any Thursday to get answers to new questions each week!
Choose to attend the morning class, 9:00 am-11 am, or the evening class, 7:15 pm-9:15 pm, in Aldridge Hall.
FMI: 281-240-6721 or email email@example.com
ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES
Adult Catholics who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation may attend Confirmation preparation classes here at St. Thomas Aquinas. Classes begin on Tuesday, March 18 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Siena Room.
The Sacrament will be administered by the bishop on the Feast of Pentecost, June 8, 2014.
Registration forms are available in the Gathering area at the back of the church.
FMI: call the parish office at 281-240-6721.
BISHOPS 'DISAPPOINTED' BY SAME-SEX 'MARRIAGE' RULING
Texas' Roman Catholic Bishops issued a statement expressing disappointment at the decision by the Federal District Court in San Antonio to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that voters approved in 2005. This is the latest maneuver in an unfortunate campaign to redefine marriage as a legal endorsement of individual lifestyles rather than as a sacred and beneficial social institution between one man and one woman. This campaign totally ignores the rights of children to know their father’s love and their mother’s love.
While we maintain the deepest love and compassion for all our brothers and sisters, we also recognize that the institution of marriage acts as the foundational unit of society and culture. For centuries, societies have upheld marriage as a public institution between a man and a woman because of its unique and essential contribution to establishing families and ensuring the common good.
No new civil definition of marriage can change what is rooted in the very nature of human beings or what has been revealed by God to be a fundamental and sacred institution within society and the community of the Church. We are hopeful that an objective review of the ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will recognize the fundamental purpose of marriage in society and affirm the right of the people of Texas to continue upholding marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Aquinas Early Childhood Center Enrolling for Fall
Aquinas Early Childhood Center (AECC) is now accepting applications from parishioners for enrollment in the fall.
Please bring your child's immunization record and birth certificate. You will be required to pay first week's tuition to hold your child's space until fall. This fee is non-refundable but will be applied to your child's first week.
Fall semester begins Monday, August 25, 2014.
Please register early as space is limited and we fill fast! FMI: Rebecca or Paul, 281-240-7196.
March 1st and 2nd: Candy Sale after Masses
March 5th: Ash Wednesday
March 11th: Spring Break Outing
OFFICE HOURSMonday to Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (Lunch)
Friday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday:: Closed
MASS TIMESSaturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 7:30 am
9:30 am, 11:30 am
Sunday Teen's Liturgy
Once a month at 11:30 am Mass
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am Mass,
Divine Mercy Chapel;
Wednesday, 7:00 pm Mass,
Monday - Thursday,
9:00 am to 10:00 pm;
Friday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Divine Mercy Chapel
Sacrament of Penance
Saturday, 4:00 to 4:45 pm
and by appointment
LITTLE SISTERS APPEAL AGAINST HHS MANDATE
The Little Sisters of the Poor launched their full appeal before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, February 24th, asking the court to protect their religious freedom from the HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
Without relief, the Catholic religious order faces millions of dollars in IRS fines because they cannot comply with the government’s mandate that they give their employees free access to contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.
Please pray and fast that religious freedom is upheld..
ATTENTION ALTAR SERVERS
When you pick up your February-March 2014 schedule, please visit the sacristy for the following reasons:
* In the Directory, please check the entries for email addresses and phone numbers.
*Please volunteer for the Lent / Easter celebrations.
YOUTH EVENTS IN 2014
High School and Middle School Game Nights, Souper Bowl of Caring Project, Middle School Retreat, Life Teen Spring Retreat, Life Teen Rodeo Houston Outing, Talent Show, Live Stations of the Cross, Graduate Mass and Reception, Senior Retreat AND MORE...
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH
KC FISH FRY, FRIDAYS IN LENT
KC EASTER ACTIVITIES
SIGN UP @ LIFE NIGHT
TRIDUUM MASSES ASSISTANCE: LECTOR OR HELP WITH EVENTS
DIOCESAN SERVICES FUND
If you have not already offered your pledge in this year's Diocesan Services Fund, please do so.
DSF brings Christ's comfort and care to the many pressing needs that cannot be addressed by one parish alone.
Our parish goal for 2014 is $73,500. To give online, visit www.archgh.org/dsf.
AQUINAS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER NOW HIRING
Aquinas Early Childhood Center is currently hiring substitutes in the school. Hours of operation are 6:00 am until 6:30 pm.
Professional childcare experience is preferable, but we will train.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, have a high school diploma and a natural love for children. Children range in age from newborn to age five.
FMI: contact Rebecca at 281-240-7196 or email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.