WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2014: 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM, SANCTUARY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2014: 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM, SANCTUARY
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2014: 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM, SANCTUARY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2015: 8:00 AM & 7:00 PM, SANCTUARY
NEW YEAR'S EVE DANCE
Tickets are now available for the Annual New Year's Dance sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
$15 a person or $25 per couple. Contact Bob Madura, 832-875-3278, for tickets and information.
DECEMBER 20TH: SIMBANG GABI
Annual Celebration of Filipino Community. 7:00 pm, Sanctuary; Reception follows in Aquinas Center.
DECEMBER 14TH BLOOD DRIVE
Your parish is hosting a blood drive on December 14th in the Aquinas Center from 9 am to 1:30 pm. Please sign up in the gathering area after Mass.
If you are hearing the call and would like to explore the possibility of becoming Catholic, inquiry sessions are held after the 9:30 am Mass on Sundays each week.The Right of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) meets on the 2nd floor of the Thissen Building.
No Faith Formation classes December 21, 2014 - January 4, 2015.
If you would like to know more about the classes, please call Anne Hansel at 281-615-0791.
The annual STA Men's Retreat at Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center will be held on the weekend of January 23-25, 2015. This year's theme is "Meeting the Jesus I Never Knew."
FMI: Bob Favorite, 281-495-0973 or Jim Martin, 281-495-3748.
ANNOUNCING STA'S 2015 WOMEN'S RETREAT
Ladies: Make plans now to attend STA's next annual Women's Retreat. To be held February 20, 21 and 22 of 2015 at Columbia Lakes Resort in West Columbia, Texas, the Retreat theme is "My Covenant With You."
Contact Verna Patout at 281-240-6721 X104 for more information.
LEARN ENGLISH MINISTRY
Now in its seventh year, the Learn English Ministry Program here at STA teaches adults to speak English. These free classes are held mornings, evenings and Saturdays. FMI: contact Pat Fahy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-455-0998.
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
Saturday - 5:00 pm
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,
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
December 14th: Happy Birthday Jesus Parties K-5th, Christmas Crafts and Festivities that celebrate the TRUE meaning of Christmas.
December 16th, Confirmation Interviews continue
December 21st: Ice Cream in December Social ! EDGE Students, 1:30 pm, Aldridge Hall. Fun and games
December 21st Life Teen and EDGE Sunday Mass, 11:30 am. Don't forget to sign in and sit together.
No Faith Formation Classes December 21, 2014-January 4, 2015.
Next Confirmation Class: January 11, 2015.
PRAY THE ROSARY
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.
WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!
Come half an hour before all Masses on the first weekend of the monthand 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.
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.
...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!
The deadline for the weekend bulletin is Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to email@example.com.
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.
U.S. BISHOPS ASK CONTINUED PRAYER FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
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.
DIOCESAN SERVICES FUND
DSF brings Christ's comfort and care to the many pressing needs that cannot be addressed by one parish alone.
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."
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.”