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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
12627 W. BELLFORT AVE
SUGAR LAND, TX 77478
SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
"Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God." -- JOHN 1:34
ST. JOHN PAUL II: "DEFEND LIFE, AMERICA ! " JANUARY EVENTS INVITE YOUR WITNESS
JANUARY 27TH MARCH FOR LIFE IN D.C.
The March for Life Rally will take place at noon on the grounds of the Washington Monument, near the corner of 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. Following the Rally, the March will begin on Constitution Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets at approximately 1:00 pm.
BUS FROM SUGAR LAND TO TEXAS RALLY
The Texas Rally for Life will be held January 28th on the south steps of the Capitol in Austin from noon to 3:00 pm.
A bus to the rally will leave Sugar Land's St. Laurence Catholic Church at six am that morning and return at 3:30 pm. The cost is $30.
If you are interested in participating, please get further details at www.stlaurence.org/respect-life and click on the link at the top of the page. You can also contact Marie McCoy at 281-610-3986 or MarieMcCoyprc@gmail.com.
BUS FROM DOWNTOWN HOUSTON TO AUSTIN
Join Life Advocates for the annual Texas Rally for Life to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade abortion decision.
A $30 per person donation includes bus transportation to and from Austin, snacks and drinks.
We will stop for lunch before arriving at the Rally, so bring money for lunch.
Plan to leave from Annunciation Catholic Church, 1618 Texas Ave., in Downtown Houston at 8:30 a.m. Call the office at 713-682-5433 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Send your $30 to guarantee your spot by mailing your check to: Life Advocates, 10900 NW Fwy., Suite 112, Houston, Texas 77092.
Fr. Paul Felix will bless everyone after the 8 a.m. Mass. The bus will return to the church at approximately 7 p.m. Please remember to arrive prior to 8:30 a.m. and bring money for lunch.
POST ABORTION HEALING
Many want to help women & men heal from past abortions but don't know how. Find out: www.goo.gl/MpC7RG
NOVENA FOR OUR NATION: THROUGH JANUARY 20, 2017 INAUGURATION DAY
ROSARY BEFORE MASSES
Join the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary in praying the rosary half an hour before weekend Masses.
PATRIOTIC ROSARY FOR OUR COUNTRY
Guadalupe Radio, 1430 AM, is broadcasting the Patriotic Rosary after the 3 pm Divine Mercy Chaplet through the January 20th Presidential Inauguration.
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.
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
PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to email@example.com.
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
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS WOMEN'S RETREAT
The annual St. Thomas Aquinas Women's Retreat is February 17, 18 and 19, 2017 at Columbia Lakes Resort in West Columbia, Texas. This year's theme: "Teach Me Your Ways."
FMI: contact Verna Patout, 281-240-6721, firstname.lastname@example.org, or pick up registration form in gathering area of the church.
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.
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.
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:
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.
UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
IN HIS IMAGE: EDGE Spring Retreat, Saturday, January 14th, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
St. Cyril of Alexandria Church
$25. Deadline to register: December 30, 2016
Youth Office Information: Crissy Vigil, Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 281-240-6721
UPCOMING CLASSES AND REQUIRED EVENTS
SOUPER BOWL OF CARING: January 29th
CONFIRMATION STUDENT/SPONSOR AFTERNOON: January 29th, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
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 DEVOUT LIFE RESUMES FEBRUARY 2, 2017
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 begins February 2, 2017. Our pastor, Fr. Santy Kurian M.S.F.S., presents.
ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL JRS. AND SRS.
Do you like to discuss your faith? Do you like to help people learn?
Do you need service hours for your graduation or college applications?
Become an EDGE catechist and help our middle school students learn about their faith.
If interested, please contact the youth office before August.
S.T.A.Y. CONNECTED @stayministry.com.
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. Amount paid thru September 25th: $74,042.78 (90.6%)
To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.
MOBILE QR CODE
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.
CHILDREN'S 5:00 PM CHRISTMAS MASS
HOLY NAME MEN'S RETREAT
Our annual Holy Name Men's Retreat will be held the weekend of January 20-22. To watch a video or to register: www.holynameretreatcenter.com. The Holy Name Retreat Center is located at 430 Bunker Hill Road in Houston.
Questions? Contact Scott Sabol, 832-265-3473.
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
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: FEBRUARY 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: FEBRUARY 4TH.
OUR BLESSED MOTHER REQUESTED FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION
FEBRUARY 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.
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."
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.