YOUTH MINISTRY REGISTRATION
Registration for Life Teen, EDGE and Confirmation is now open through the parish office and after Masses August 16th. Deadline for all Registration is August 20th! Download forms @ stayministry.com.
DUE AT REGISTRATION: Registration form, parent liability waiver and payment of $60. Confirmation registrants must also bring a copy of their Baptismal Certificate.
MINISTRY DAYS AHEAD
Ministry Days 2015 will be held the weekend of September 12th and 13th. What gifts or talents do you have to share with your parish next year? See the parish bulletin for updates.
VIRTUS: PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN
All volunteers in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese must be Virtus trained. If it has been five or more years since you took the class "Protecting God's Children," you will need to take the refresher, "Keeping the Promise."
The next Virtus class for "Protecting God's Children" scheduled at St. Thomas Aquinas is from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Thursday, August 20 (Siena Room).
To sign up for a class, please log on to the website www.virtusonline.org.
All classes start promptly. Please arrive 30 minutes early. Late-comers will be turned away.
AUGUST 15TH-OCTOBER 7TH: JOIN IN PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY
SPARK & BRIDGE/ FIRST SACRAMENTS
Registration for Spark & Bridge (CCE for K-5) and First Sacraments is now open through Thursday, August 20th, during parish office hours. Please see next week's bulletin for after-hours (evening and after Masses) registration schedule.
STA Relgious Education is looking for catechists to help teach the faith to the children and youth of our parish. We will train you and provide the needed tools.
Classes for Children K-8 are held Wednesday evenings.
Classes for High School Youth are held Sunday afternoons.
Contact Karina Wong or Crissy Vigil in the parish office, 281-240-6721, for details.
ROSARY BEFORE WEEKEND MASSES
Various ministries will lead us in the rosary before Masses during the first and third weekend of each month.
LEARN TO MAKE ROSARIES!
The Rosary-making Ministry meets every other Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Siena Room. FMI: Irma Cuellar, 281-630-4999.
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
Sunday - 7:30 am
9:30 am, 11:30 am
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am Mass,
Divine Mercy Chapel;
Wednesday, 7:00 pm Mass,
Life Teen 11:30 am Sunday
Mass each month
First Friday of month Mass
and Anointing of Sick, 7:00 pm,
Eucharistic Adoration Hours
Monday to Thursday from
Friday: from 9:00am/8:00pm.
Divine Mercy Chapel
Sacrament of Penance
Saturday, 4:00 to 4:45 pm
and by appointment
FREE ENGLISH CLASSES RESUME SEPTEMBER 14, 2015
STA's Free Learn English Ministry Program, which teaches adults to speak English, is off for the summer. if you're interested. please contact Pat Fahy, email@example.com or 281-455-0998.
If you are hearing the call and would like to explore the possibility of becoming Catholic, inquiry sessions are held after the 9:30 a.m. Mass every other Sunday. We meet in the Thissen Education Building located directly behind the church on the 2nd floor.
FMI: please call Scott Sabol at 832-265-3473.
COME LEARN YOUR FAITH !
"Catholicism, The Didache Series (2nd edition)," a two-semester study of our faith, begins on Thursday, September 3rd. You can attend the morning session from 9 until 11 am, or the evening session, 7:15-9:15 pm, in Aldridge Hall.
This series is an exceptional opportunity to learn or review the basics of why we are here and where we are going! The basic text relies on Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the lives of the saints, Fathers of the Church, the General Directory for Catechesis and the teachings of Vatican II as witnessed by the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II.
Register online by emailing Arlene Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring cash or check for $50 for book and materials to the first class. This same book will be used for both semesters.
YEAR FOR CONSECRATED LIFE
PRAY THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE
WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!
Come half an hour before all Masses on the FIRST and THIRD weekend of the month and before all weekend Masses in May and October when different ministries at STA lead the Rosary.
The Rosary is also prayed after 8 am morning Masses and before the 6:45 pm Wednesday Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena and Mass.
Pious tradition teaches that Our Blessed Mother gave the Rosary to St. Dominic with instructions to popularize its use, and she has repeatedly asked in church-approved apparitions to pray the Rosary for peace in the world!
In his 2002 Apostolic Letter on the Rosary, "Rosarium Virginis Mariae," Pope St. John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the traditional Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious to give the Rosary "fresh life and enkindle renewed interest in the Rosary's place within Christian spirituality." He asked that the Rosary be prayed for the cause of peace in the world and the cause of the family.
The Rosary is not a dry and boring exercise, the Saint reminds us, but a way of concentrating the mind on the particular mysteries and "remembering" with Mary as we pray to Christ and listen in the Spirit to the Father's voice.
MISSIONARIES OF ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
St. Thomas Aquinas parish is served by the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales.
Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, also known as Fransalian Missionaries, is an international missionary religious congregation, founded in France in 1838 by Fr. Peter Mermier, under the patronage of St. Francis de Sales, to bring about the renewal of Christian life.
Fransalians are now in Europe, North and South America, Africa, India and in many other parts of the world dedicated to the renewal of Christian Life by preaching parish missions, evangelization, education and other pastoral ministries. The pastoral ministry and lifestyle of the Fransalians witnesses a spirit of simplicity, gentleness, optimism and availability in service in the local Church.
Fransalian missionaries have been present in the United States for more than forty years. At present, fifty priests are in pastoral ministry in different dioceses in thirteen states.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
St. Francis de Sales (1567 –1622) is noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions resulting from the Protestant Reformation. A Doctor of the Church, he is known for his writings on the topic of spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and Treatise on the Love of God.
"LOVE DEEPLY, SERVE GENEROUSLY, PRAY INTENSELY."
MEET OUR PASTOR, FR. SANTY KURIAN
Fr. Santy Kurian, M.S.F.S., celebrated his first Mass as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, and was officially installed by The Most Reverend Bishop George Sheltz at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, July 20, 2014..
Fr. Santy is a member of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, a religious order. He has served as a Catholic school principal for seven years, a pastor for four years, and as a parochial vicar in India and the U.S. for eight years. A native of Kerala, South India, Fr. Santy came to the U.S. in October 2007.
Ordained a priest on May 2, 1995, Fr. Santy notes that "Priesthood is meaningful only when rooted in the Eucharist."
PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
"We the Parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church are a diverse, Christ-centered community empowered by the Holy Spirit and strengthened by the Word and Sacraments to proclaim the Good News."
DIOCESAN SERVICES FUND
DSF brings Christ's comfort and care to the many pressing needs that cannot be addressed by one parish alone.
Our parish goal for 2015 is $75,000. Our parish number is 7946. To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.
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OUR LORD TO SAINT FAUSTINA
Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you. ... Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. ... When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior. ... Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy. ... Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with my will (687, 1541, 1731).
FROM THE DIVINE MERCY
"At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion...." -- Private revelation of Jesus to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, #1320, Diary
PERFORM WORKS OF MERCY
THE SEVEN SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY: 1. Admonish Sinners; 2. Instruct the Ignorant; 3. Counsel the Doubtful; 4. Comfort the Sorrowful; 5. Bear Wrongs Patiently; 6. Forgive All Injuries; 7. Pray for the Living and the Dead.
THE SEVEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY: 1. Feed the Hungry; 2. Give Drink to the Thirsty; 3. Clothe the Naked; 4. Visit and Ransom Captives; 5. Harbor the Harborless; 6. Visit the Sick; 7. Bury the Dead.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed in the chapel after daily Mass and the Rosary for the conversion of sinners, for those who will die that day, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Saying the chaplet for the dying at the 3 pm Hour of Mercy is especially powerful and a great Spiritual Work of Mercy.
A copy of the original image of the Divine Mercy in our chapel.
Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to email@example.com.
Submission deadline: Tuesday the week of announcement, 5 pm. Email Verna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS RENEWED SENIORS (STARS)
The St. Thomas Aquinas Renewed Seniors (STARS) are on summer vacation. "See you in September."
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Our Lord Jesus Christ invites you to spend an hour with Him in Eucharistic Adoration.
Adoration is held in the Divine Mercy Chapel during weekdays from 9 am to 10 pm, or until 8 pm on Friday.
If you wish to sign up for a regular hour during the week, contact Jenny Gonsalves, 281-814-4340, or call the parish office at 281-240-6721.
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IS GLOBAL
Christians are the most persecuted religious group worldwide. (Source: Open Doors USA)
Christians in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their belief in Christ. (Source: U.S. Department of State)
In 41 of the 50 worst nations for persecution, Christians are being persecuted by Islamic extremists. (Source: Open Doors)
PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.
We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEXICO
Join us as we visit the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City and the churches in Puebla, Cholula and Tlaxcala. Also take in archeological site of Teotihuacan, Xochimilco and Toltec archeological zone. Departs Sunday, October 4th, and returns Saturday, October 10th. The $1400 cost Includes roundtrip airfare, 4 Star Hotel, bus transport, meals, tourist and spiritual guides, priest for Masses, etc. FMI: Mayela Chapman, 281-630-9460, email@example.com.
WHERE DOES PRAYER COME FROM?
Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times). According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain. -- Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2562.
"DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME"
It was above all on "the first day of the week," Sunday, the day of Jesus' resurrection, that the Christians met "to break bread." (Acts 20:7) From that time on down to our own day the celebration of the Eucharist has been continued so that today we encounter it everywhere in the Church with the same fundamental structure. It remains the center of the Church's life.
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1343
FIRST FRIDAY AND FIRST SATURDAY
The practice of receiving Holy Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is derived from revelations made by Christ to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). See First Friday Devotion.
Those who practice the First Saturday Devotion receive Holy Communion on five consecutive First Saturdays, receive the Sacrament of Penance within an octave of this reception, recite five decades of the Rosary and make a 15-minute meditation on one of these mysteries. This devotion traced to St. John Eudes gained momentum after Our Lady of Fatima (1917) requested it, promising her intercession for final perseverance at the hour of death to all who would be faithful to it. See First Saturday Devotion.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH LITURGY SCHEDULE
7:30 AM MASS: LECTORS: Kimberly Onwukwe and Rita Onyema; EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: David Richards, Anicete Lobo, Eleanor Felonia, Bob Madura, Diane Madura; HOSPITALITY: Lourder Atmosphera, Fely Pinyupusarek, Alexa Villamayor, Precy Villamayor; CHILDREN'S BASKET: Gloria Miguel; LITURGY ASSISTANT: Vickie Mendoza; SACRISTAN: Viviane Anicete.
9:30 AM MASS: LECTORS: Enric Pasculado and Karena Pena-Wong; EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Earl Marasigan, Lino Manahan, Diana Pasculado, Scott Sabol, Yolanda Sison, Jean Thompson Cora Vergara, Cindy Vlasin, Brenda Wilson, Nemesio Agustin; HOSPITALITY: Ianne Quilla, Delia Agustin, Joceltn Fortin, Virginia Chan; CHILDREN'S BASKET: Ave Gomilla; LITURGY ASSISTANT: Michelle Montealegre and Marivic Concepcion; SACRISTAN: Viciane Anicete.
11:30 AM MASS: LECTORS: Rodney Pinina and Florence Osuide; EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Jim Sloat, Lawrence Amushie, Stella Amushie, Noelise Cornelius, Cecilla Cusi, Pat Egbuna, E-mac Elege, Joyce Felonia, Pamela Fernandez, Jennifer Hill, Shirley Hoang; HOSPITALITY: Allan Pinto, Milo Chancoco, Hilary Oransaye, Martin Williams; CHILDREN'S BASKET: Alexix Nguyen; LITURGY ASSISTANT: Alice Logsdon and Ligaya Ocampo; SACRISTAN: Viviane Anicete.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH LITURGY SCHEDULE
5:00 PM MASS: LECTORS: Juanita Hoffman and James Taylor; EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS: Steve Smith, Kathy Ward, Claire Paguio, Julita Samora, Angeles Sanchez; HOSPITALITY: Lino Callo, Ben Corea, Veronica Okere, Victoria Corea; CHILDREN'S BASKET: Elaine Herff; LITURGY ASSISTANT: Dorothy Smith; SACRISTAN: Donna Buczo.
FROM DANIEL CARDINAL DINARDO / ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON
The Supreme Court's narrow majority decision (June 26th) is gravely unjust as it attempts to change the nature of marriage. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error harming the common good and the most vulnerable among us. The ruling does not and cannot change what marriage really is. No one and no court can make what is false true.
Marriage is a perennial institution, with deep roots in who we are and in our nation's culture and laws. Marriage is and always will be the union between one man and one woman. This truth is inseparable from the duty to honor the God-given dignity of every human person, to protect the beautiful truth of marriage, which concerns the essential well-being of the nation, especially children. Children have a basic right, wherever possible, to know and be loved by their mother and father together. The law has a duty to support every child in this most basic right.
With renewed purpose, we call upon all people of good will to promote and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman for life. The redefinition of legal marriage to include any other type of relationship has serious consequences, especially for religious freedom.
Our Church will continue its efforts to support public policy issues, including a version of the marriage and religious freedom act, which would prohibit the government from discriminating against those who act in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is the union between a man and woman.
I encourage the faithful of the Archdiocese to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, and love for all our neighbors. Together, we must increase our efforts to strengthen marriages and families and rebuild a marriage culture. And, we shall continue to reach out with love and support to all people, including those who experience same-sex attraction knowing that all people are loved by God and are called to love Him.
JOIN PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
If you crochet or knit, or are willing to learn, your gift of time and talent can bless others! The Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for new members. There is no cost, you are provided the yarn you need, and you can work out of your own home or meet at a set time with others.
The sick and spiritually needy are covered by individual prayer lifted up during the making of every prayer shawl. Before they are distributed, all prayer shawls are blessed by a priest or deacon.
FMI: See the church bulletin or contact Pastoral Assistant Verna Patout at the parish office, 281-240-6721.