Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out: "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!"-- Mk 11:9-10
WHERE WILL YOU BE THIS HOLY WEEK?
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE AT ST. THOMAS AQUINAS PARISH
APRIL 2ND, HOLY THURSDAY: 8:00 am, Sanctuary, Morning Prayer;
7:00 pm, Mass of the Lord's Supper
APRIL 3RD, GOOD FRIDAY: 8:00 am, Morning Prayer;
Noon, Liturgy of the Hours, followed by Live Stations of the Cross
APRIL 5TH, EASTER SUNDAY: Mass at 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 am
SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS
Holy Thursday, April 2nd, we will close at noon.
Good Friday, April 3rd, closed.
Easter Monday, April 6th, closed.
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA BEGINS GOOD FRIDAY
DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: The Catholic Daughters will lead a novena to the Divine Mercy each afternoon at 3 pm, beginning Good Friday, April 3rd, through the April 11th vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday, in the Divine Mercy Chapel. Pamphlets with the novena will be provided free of charge, courtesy of CDA Court Aquinas #2266.
EASTER SUNDAY EGG HUNT
April 5th, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, Aldridge Hall. Refreshments, raffle, picture with the Easter Bunny. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus.
THE GREAT ESCAPE EXODUS
A dozen students are needed to perform a skit of the Great Escape Exodus during the Saturday Easter Vigil Mass. A dress rehearsal will take place Sunday, March 29th after CCE at 3:30 pm in the Thissen Building Youth Room.
The Easter Triduum begins with the Vigil of Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday.
The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum : "Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year." (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, # 18)
These last Forty Days were a time of preparation for these great Three days, which is what Triduum means. These three days lead us to an empty tomb and an Octave, eight days, of celebrating the Resurrection. They also introduce an entire liturgical season, the Easter Season, which lasts for Fifty days until Pentecost.
Source: Catholic Online
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
NO CLASSES EASTER SUNDAY
Life Teen, Edge and Confirmation: next class is April 12 !
Have a Happy Easter!
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY IS APRIL 12TH
The Catholic Daughters will lead the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in prayer and song before all Masses the weekend of April 12th, Feast of the Divine Mercy. In addition, the Daughters will process the image of the Divine Mercy at the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You," the Lord told St. Faustina. "I want this image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, that Sunday to be the Feast of Mercy."
The Feast of Divine Mercy was established in 2000 by Pope St. John Paul II and is celebrated by the universal church.
PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
NB: In a decree dated August 3, 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary announced that in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion, the Supreme Pontiff (Pope John Paul II) established that this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.”
The plenary indulgenceis granted (under the usual conditions of a sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and a prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, recite the Our Father and the Creed, and also adding a devout prayer (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!).
Private revelation of Jesus to St. Faustina, #699, Diary
"I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."
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.
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!
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 and THIRD 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.
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."
"Epic: The Early Church" will lead you on a powerful, fast-paced journey through the first 500 years of Church history. This dynamic 10-part study program runs through April 30th. REMINDER: THERE WILL BE NO CLASS ON HOLY THURSDAY.
Join us anytime. We meet on Thursdays. Morning (9:00 AM) and evening (7:15 PM) sessions available, Aldridge Hall.
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
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.
FIRST FRIDAY AND FIRST SATURDAY OBSERVANCES
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.
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.
FMI about classes, call Anne Hansel at 281-615-0791.
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.
JOIN POPE FRANCIS IN PRAYING FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
ROME, ITALY, March 15 (CNA/EWTN News) .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop.
In addition to praying for the victims and their families, Francis implored God “for the gift of peace and harmony for that country, and that this persecution against Christians – which the world tries to hide – will end, and that there will be peace.”
With global persecution of Christians escalating daily,
Pope Francis has asked for prayer. Pray the rosary.
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...." -- Privaterevelation of Jesus to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, #1320, Diary
ISIS INTENSIFIES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE CHRISTIANITY
Chilling new images released Monday, March 16th, show ISIS advancing the Islamist army’s dark agenda of eradicating Christianity from Iraq by smashing crosses, toppling statues and destroying sacred relics that have been in place for thousands of years.
Photos show ISIS members in the heart of Iraq’s once-thriving Assyrian Christian community of Nineveh, destroying symbols the Islamist terror group considers polytheistic and idolatrous.
The images are just the latest evidence of ISIS’ ongoing effort to cleanse its so-called caliphate of its Christian heritage.
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)
One of the worst countries in the world for the persecution of Christians is North Korea. (Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide)