COME WORSHIP WITH US AT
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
12627 W. BELLFORT AVE
SUGAR LAND, TX 77478
FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
LAETARE (REJOICE) SUNDAY
But the Lord said to Samuel: "Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart." -- 1 Samuel 16:6-7
ROSARY BEFORE MASSES
Join the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary in praying the rosary half an hour before weekend Masses.
Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you over 18 and never been confirmed? Pick up a registration form for Adult Confirmation in the Narthex. Classes begin March 27th.
MORNING OF PRAYER
For all Heads of Ministry: Saturday, May 6th. Beginning with 8:00 a.m. Mass and ending with lunch at noon.
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
SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
Engaged couples need to contact Verna Patout, 281-240-6721 x 104, six to nine months before your wedding to allow time for preparation.
PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
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
Mass every Sunday
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
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Every Friday at 7:00 p.m.
COMMUNAL RECONCILIATION SERVICES: Tuesday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m.
PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. Mass
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH: 8:00 a.m., Morning Prayers, Liturgy of the Hours;
Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:00 p.m.
GOOD FRIDAY SERVICES, APRIL 14TH: 8:00 a.m., Morning Prayer, Liturgy of the Hours; 12 noon, Midday Prayer and Youth Live Stations of the Cross; 7:00 p.m., Good Friday Lord's Passion
NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY BEGINS GOOD FRIDAY AT 3:00 p.m. in the DM Chapel
EASTER VIGIL: SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH: 8:30 p.m. Mass; EASTER SUNDAY: April 16th
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
A Call to Prayer: 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that is peaceful, safe and EFFECTIVE ! Past campaigns have helped to save more than 12,000 lives from abortion, led 141 abortion workers to leave their jobs, and seen 75 abortion facilities close.
St. Thomas Aquinas prayed at the main Planned Parenthood at 4600 Gulf Freeway in Houston on March 7th, but you can still pray there throughout Lent.
To sign up for other days during the campaign, contact Theresa@houstoncoalition.com
NOVENA TO THE DIVINE MERCY
The Catholic Daughters will lead the novena to the Divine Mercy in the Divine Mercy Chapel, daily from 3:00 p.m. Good Friday through the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday.
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."
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."
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."
LEARN TO MAKE ROSARIES!
The Rosary-making Ministry meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Siena Room. FMI: Irma Cuellar, 281-630-4999.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION (RCIA)
We host year-round Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Learn more about the Catholic Faith and explore the possibility of becoming Catholic. Inquiry sessions are held after the 9:30 a.m. Mass every Sunday in the Thissen Education Building, 2nd Floor. FMI: Scott Sabol, 832-265-3473, email@example.com.
YOUR PARISH IS HERE FOR YOU !!!
In case of illness, please call the priest. Ministers of Holy Communion are available to bring the Eucharist to the sick who cannot attend Mass. Please call the parish office, 281-240-6721, for assistance.
UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
ARCHDIOCESE OF GALVESTON-HOUSTON
YOUTH CONFERENCE 2017
July 28th-30th: George R. Brown & Hilton of the Americas
Registration Underway: April 2nd deadline, $100 deposit
Cost: $275; Balance due by 6/30/17; can be paid in increments & fundraising is available
Youth Office Information: Crissy Vigil, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 281-240-6721
UPCOMING CLASSES AND REQUIRED EVENTS
Youth Office Information: Crissy Vigil, Coordinator, email@example.com, 281-240-6721
SPANISH BIBLE STUDY / ESTUDIO BIBLICO EN ESPANOL
Please call: Cecilia Rusca, 281-498-2512
Por favor llamar a Cecilia Rusca, 281-498-2512
Submission deadline: Tuesday the week of announcement, 5 pm. Email Verna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"INTRODUCTION TO THE DEVOUT LIFE" : THURSDAY BOOK STUDY
St. Francis De Sales, a doctor of the church, published his "Introduction to the Devout Life" in 1608 to help his directees lead an authentic Christian life.
The second semester of "Introduction to the Devout Life" book study is underway. Join us on Thursdays. Sessions at 9:00 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. in Aldridge Hall. Our pastor, Fr. Santy Kurian M.S.F.S., presents.
NO LIFE TEEN OR EDGE CLASSES UNTIL MARCH 12TH! NEXT CONFIRMATION CLASS IS MARCH 25TH.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES: KC Friday Fish Frys & Easter Activities
LIVE STATIONS OF THE CROSS: April 16th. Actors needed. Planning meetings April 2nd and 12th.
TRIDUUM EVENTS: Lector or help with events and environment. Sign up at Life Teen.
S.T.A.Y. CONNECTED @stayministry.com.
MINISTRY TO ABORTION SURVIVORS
If you or someone you know is suffering from an abortion in your past, whether it was a day ago or 25 years ago,
There is Hope:
LEARN ENGLISH MINISTRY IN ITS 9TH YEAR
St. Thomas Aquinas holds conversational English classes for adults. Classes are available Monday through Thursday mornings from 9:00 until 10:30 am in the Aquinas Center. Evening classes are from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm Monday through Wednesday.
This year STA will partner with our neighboring parish, St. Theresa, to offer Saturday classes from 9:00 am until noon.
If you would like to learn more or volunteer (no teaching experience needed and new volunteers are paired with experienced ones), contact Pat Fahy at 281-455-0998.
POST ABORTION HEALING
Many want to help women & men heal from past abortions but don't know how. Find out: www.goo.gl/MpC7RG
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 number is 7946. Our parish goal is $78,000.
To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.
MOBILE QR CODE
FIRST FRIDAY and FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTIONS
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. NEXT DATE: MARCH 3RD.
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. NEXT DATE: MARCH 4TH.
OUR BLESSED MOTHER REQUESTED FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION
MARCH 4TH IS THE FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH
October is designated the Month of the Rosary by the Church. On October 7, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the title by which Our Lady revealed herself to the three shepherd children on October 13, 1917.
Seven years later in 1925, Our Lady gave Sister Lucia the First Saturday devotion, stating: "Look my daughter, at my Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude."
Today those thorns are even greater. Your practice of the First Saturday devotion removes them and helps save souls that are in danger of eternal damnation.
On First Saturdays of each month we are asked to:
- Go to confession,
- Receive Communion
- Recite 5 decades of the Rosary
- And spend 15 minutes meditating on the mysteries of the rosary, keeping company with Mary.
Eternal Word Global Catholic Network makes available Catholic TV, radio, internet, apps.
Nine networks on cable and satellite. To find local channels for EWTN and EWTN Espanol:
LISTEN TO GUADALUPE RADIO, 1430 AM
In Memory of: Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, Foundress of EWTN, who was called home by her bridegroom, Jesus Christ, on March 27th, Easter Sunday, during the Marinite Rite vigil of the Annunciation.
WHY BE CATHOLIC?
The Mass, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Catholic Answers and much more are available via Catholic radio and TV. The Eternal Word Global Catholic Network (EWTN) can be found on cable, internet, apps and local radio 1430 AM.
A CHAMPION FOR LIFE
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta was bold in her defense of the unborn. "We are talking of love of the child, which is where love and peace must begin, there, in our own family," she stated boldly at a Washington, D.C. prayer breakfast in 1994. "The greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion....Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love one another, but to use any violence to get what they want."
JANUARY 22ND IS THE 44th ANNIVERSARY OF THE INFAMOUS ROE V WADE SUPREME COURT DECISION LEGALIZING THE KILLING OF THE UNBORN: Pray for an end to abortion!
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
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).
ST. FAUSTINA'S ADVICE ON SILENCE
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 is in our chapel.
WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!
Come half an hour before all weekend Masses to pray the rosary with the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary.
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.
A WEAPON FOR OUR TIMES
PRAY THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE
AQUINAS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
* Enrolling 6 weeks to 6 years old.
* We accept NCI.
* All teachers degreed.
* Breakfast, lunch and PM snack included in tuition.
* Reggio Emilia Approach Curriculum.
* Part of Bright Beginning program
* 6:30 am to 6:30 pm Monday to Friday.
* Closed circuit security cameras. Code security access to building.
Parishioner discounts. Come and visit. Call or make an appointment for a tour: 281-240-7196.
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
.- Global persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row and is on a “rapid rise” in Asia, the advocacy group Open Doors UK warned on Wednesday in its annual report on Christian persecution.
“Religious nationalism is sweeping the globe according to figures released today as part of the Open Doors 2017 World Watch List,” said Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK & Ireland.
“Persecution levels have been rising rapidly across Asia and the Indian subcontinent, driven by extreme religious nationalism which is often tacitly condoned, and sometimes actively encouraged, by local and national governments.”
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.
POPE FRANCIS SPEAKS OUT FOR MARRIAGE, RESPECT FOR LIFE
In an address to the United Nations on Friday, September 25th, Pope Francis told world leaders that the right to life is a foundational human right, and that it includes unborn children. His remarks come one day after he urged members of Congress to “defend life at every stage of development.”
“First, it must be stated that a true ‘right of the environment’ does exist,” the Holy Father said. “First, because we human beings are part of the environment. Because every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures.
“Consequently, the defense of the environment and the fight against exclusion demand that we recognize a moral law written into human nature itself, one which includes the natural difference between man and woman, and absolute respect for life in all its stages and dimensions.
He concluded: “The common home of all men and women must continue to rise on the foundations of a right understanding of universal fraternity and respect for the sacredness of every human life, of every man and every woman, the poor, the elderly, children, the infirm, the unborn, the unemployed, the abandoned, those considered disposable because they are only considered as part of a statistic."
WHY WE MARCH
St. Thomas Aquinas was represented at both the March for Life in Washington, D.C., and at the Texas Rally for Life in Austin. The events were held January 27th and January 28th respectively.
JANUARY 27TH MARCH FOR LIFE IN D.C.
Tens of thousands of people marched for life Friday on the grounds of the Washington Monument in our nation's capital. For the first time in 44 years, the March for Life included a sitting Vice President of the United States. Vice President Mike Pence encouraged the crowd to continue its fight for the lives of the unborn.
Since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision in January 1973 legalized abortion through all nine months of a woman's pregnancy, close to 60 million unborn babies have been aborted.
This week, President Donald Trump will name his nominee to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Pray for an end to abortion and for a conversion of hearts in our country.
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.
FREE ENGLISH CLASSES
Learn English Ministry teaches English to non-English speaking people free of charge.
There are four sessions of the classes during the school year, September through April. Mon.-Wed. (9-10:30 am & 7-8:30 pm); Tues.-Thurs. (9-10:30 am only); Sat. (9-12 pm)
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.
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.