Jesus said to Nicodemus: "No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."-- John 3:13-15
Parent meeting: September 16th, 7-8:30 pm, Aquinas Center. First Class: September 21, 2014, 3:45 pm, Thissen Bldg.Youth Room. Enter through back stairs.
MEN OF STA: "THAT MAN IS YOU" IS BACK!!!
Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? Be a better husband? Become a more loving father? Build friendships with other like-minded men? And seek to be the best man you can be?
Then come join "That Man Is You" men's group on Saturday mornings.starting We meet in the Aquinas Center "Cafe" from 7:00-8:00 am.
FMI: Contact Lucio Mendez, 832-646-9146.
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."
AQUINAS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
School has begun! Our children are getting to know friends and teachers. They are planning their community agreements and eagerly waiting to play in the new outdoor environment.
LEARN TO MAKE ROSARIES!
STA has a Rosary Making Ministry. Starting September 16th, we will meet every other Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Siena Room.
Come join. We will teach you at no cost.
FMI: Irma Cuellar, 281-630-4999.
BIBLE STUDY / APOLOGETICS IS BACK ON THURSDAYS!
Semester 4 of our four-semester bible study is now being held on Thursdays in Aldridge Hall.. Morning (9 am) and evening (7:15 pm) sessions available.
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.
We need additional volunteers this year. We train. No teaching experience is needed.
If you have an interest in volunteering or just want more information, please 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
CANDLELIGHT ROSARY RALLY FOR PEACE
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm.
PROCESSION, ROSARY, BENEDICTION & RECEPTION
For more information, contact us at 281-240-6721 or STASUGARLAND.COM.
OCTOBER'S RESPECT LIFE MONTH BEGINS WITH LIFE CHAIN
Join us for 90 minutes from 2:00 to 3:30 pm on Sunday, October 5th, as STA takes part in the annual Life Chain against abortion. The Sugar Land Life Chain is one of 1700 locations in more than 1500 cities. Car pooling available from the church parking lot. Sign up sheet and more information in the gathering area of the church
OCTOBER 18TH JUNIOR HIGH LEADERSHIP FORMATION
The Quest is a leadership program designed for youth in grades 6th-8th. The program introduces youth to the Servant-Leadership model by providing building blocks needed for peer ministry. Through skits, community building games, activities, workshops and prayer, youth discover their gifts and learn how to plan and implement Junior High activities and programs for their parish / school.
Registration is $30 per student and includes lunch and T-shirt. Deadline: September 29th.
Location: St. Dominic's Archdiocesan Center Auditorium, 2403 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77021.
FMI: Crissy Vigil, Youth Ministry Coordinator, 281-240-6721 x111 or email@example.com.
The deadline for the weekend bulletin is noon Friday, nine days before the bulletin date.Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
We could use a second adorer to share the following hours:
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!
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
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.
POPE FRANCIS REQUESTS "INTENSE" PRAYER FOR SYNOD ON THE FAMILY
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.
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."
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.