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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
12627 W. BELLFORT AVE

SUGAR LAND, TX 77478

281-240-6721

 

21st SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus said in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father." --  Mt 16:15-17

AECC FALL ENROLLMENT

Aquinas Early Childhood Center (AECC) is now accepting applications from parishioners for enrollment in the fall semester that begins Monday, August 25th.

We have space for 12 months to 4 years old. Please call to set up a tour to view our beautiful facility: 281-240-7196.

Classes are filling fast, so reserve your child's learning space NOW! Free registration for Parishioners for July.

CCE REGISTRATION IS AUGUST 4TH-29th

CCE Registration opens August 4th-29th. Register through the parish office Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 4 pm (closed between 12-1 pm), and on Sunday, August 10th and August 17th after all Masses.

REGISTER EARLY. Late fees apply after August 17th.

Register for grades K through 12th, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and RCIC.

Sacrament registrations are separate classes in addition to regular faith formation. All sacrament registrations are not complete until Baptismal Certificates are on file with completed registration forms.

LIFE TEEN & EDGE REGISTRATION

Register at the parish office through September 1st. LATE FEES APPLY.

Forms can be downloaded from stayministry.com.

CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

August 17th after Masses or through the parish office.

Downloaded forms @stayministry.com.

Paperwork due at registration * Registration form and parent liablity waiver / medical consent form * Copy of Baptismal Certificate * Payment of $60 must accompany paperwork.

OFFICE HOURS

Monday 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 TIMES

Saturday - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 7:30 am
9:30 am, 11:30 am

Daily Mass
Monday - Saturday
8:00 am Mass,
Divine Mercy Chapel;
Wednesday, 7:00 pm Mass,
Sanctuary

Life Teen 11:30 am Sunday
Mass each month

First Friday of month Mass
and Anointing of Sick, 7:00 pm,
Sanctuary

Eucharistic Adoration
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

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

Life Teen Core Mtg: September 7th, 3:30 pm

Edge & Life Teen 1st Class: September 14th

Confirmation 1st Class: September 21st, 3:45 pm

Confirmation Team Mtg: September 23rd, 6:30 pm

Edge Day of Reflection: September 27th

Edge Core Mtg: September 30th, 6:30 pm

Quest (Middle School Event): October 18th

Chili Cook-Off: October 18th

ATTENTION ALTAR SERVERS

Please attend the training for all altar servers on Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9:30-10:30 am.

NEW PROCEDURES WILL BE INTRODUCED.

 

UPCOMING SUMMER 2014 DATES

Adoration Evening: August 28th, 7:00 pm, chapel

BULLETIN DEADLINE

The deadline for the weekend bulletin is noon on Friday, nine days before the bulletin date. No exceptions.

Submit items to czavala@stasugarland.com.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

Interested in being part of our Life Teen, Edge or Confirmation Teams?

We are looking for Adults, Young Adults, Recent Grads, High School Juniors and Seniors for our teams. Training is provided.

Call the Youth Office, 281-240-6721 X111 for details.

U.S. BISHOPS ASK CONTINUED PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

On August 17th, the U.S. Catholic bishops asked American Catholic parishes to pray for peace in Iraq and for persecuted Christian minorities. That request is ongoing.

In 2013, about 100 million Christians were persecuted and/or martyred around the world simply because of their faith. Most of the 111 countries doing the persecuting are dominated by fanatical Muslims.   

Eleven years ago, there were 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq.  Since then, the numbers have plummeted to 400,000.  The world is riveted on the genocide of these people by ISIS, the terrorist army of ten-thousand strong, organized with the intent on establishing a caliphate in the northern part of the country and beyond. The Iraqi Christians have been given three alternatives:  (1) convert to Islam, (2) pay a tax if you wish to remain in your country as Christians, or (3) death by beheading. 

ISIS is a tightly-knit, tightly-structured army, more barbaric than its relative, Al-Queda, who it is also reported, fears ISIS.  The goal of ISIS is to establish a caliphate, world-wide Islamic state, the central headquarters of which will be located in territories they are seizing every day in Iraq.  By its own admission, it has resolved to destroy the United States. 

Source: Catholic News Association (CNA), Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J. 

S.T.A.Y. CONNECTED

St. Thomas Aquinas Youth Ministry: stayministry.com or on Facebook.

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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 2014 is $73,500. Our parish number is 7946. To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.

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.

FAITHFUL ADORERS...

...Don't forget to schedule a friend or family member to take your place at your hour of Eucharistic Adoration during any absence. If you will be gone for an extended period of time, please notify the Captain of your day of the week when you have found your substitute.

Jesus should NEVER be left alone!

 

WHO CAN RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST?

Catholics who have received their First Sacraments, who are not conscious of grave sin, and who have fasted for at least one hour, are encouraged to devoutly and frequently receive Holy Communion.

IMPORTANT: To respond to this invitation we must prepare ourselves for so great and so holy a moment. St. Paul urges us to examine our conscience: "Whoever, therefore, eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself." Anyone conscious of grave sin must receive the sacrament of Reconciliation before coming to Communion. (CCC#1385).

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. 

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.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

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.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

PRAY THE ROSARY

 

Lucia's Rosary

 

WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!

Come half an hour before all Masses on the first 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.

POPE FRANCIS REQUESTS "INTENSE" PRAYER FOR BISHOPS' OCTOBER SYNOD ON THE FAMILY


Dear Families,

With this letter, I wish, as it were, to come into your homes to speak about an event which will take place at the Vatican this coming October. It is the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of "pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization". Indeed, in our day the Church is called to proclaim the Gospel by confronting the new and urgent pastoral needs facing the family.

This important meeting will involve all the People of God - bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay faithful of the particular Churches of the entire world - all of whom are actively participating in preparations for the meeting through practical suggestions and the crucial support of prayer. Such support on your part, dear families, is especially significant and more necessary than ever.

This Synodal Assembly is dedicated in a special way to you, to your vocation and mission in the Church and in society; to the challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children; and the role of the family in the life of the Church. I ask you, therefore, to pray intensely to the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task.

As you know, this Extraordinary Synodal Assembly will be followed a year later by the Ordinary Assembly, which will also have the family as its theme. In that context, there will also be the World Meeting of Families due to take place in Philadelphia in September 2015. May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel.

--POPE FRANCIS

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."