"This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." -- ACTS 1:11
MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY, OUR BLESSED MOTHER
MAY 2ND CROWNING
WE ARE IN THE SEASON OF EASTER ! !
Easter Season points us to the merciful love of God and the forgiveness of sins that lies behind the whole Paschal Mystery – the death, burial and resurrection of Christ – made present to us in the Eucharist. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation.
HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE GRADUATE MASS
Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11: 30 am Mass.
If you are a high school or college graduate, you are invited to Mass and reception in your honor! We are asking that all graduates wear their cap and gown.
During the month of May, various ministries will lead us in a rosary before all weekend Masses.
FR. SANTY 20TH ANNIVERSARY
Please keep our pastor, Fr. Santy Kurian, in your daily prayers. The parish joined in celebrating the 20th anniversary of Father's ordination to the priesthood on May 2nd, but prayers for our shepherds are always needed.
LIFE TEEN AND EDGE END-OF-YEAR CARNIVAL
Join us for fun, games and food on Sunday, May 17th, 1:45 - 3:45 pm, Youth Room & Pavilion.
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
Join us Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7 pm for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presiding.
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
PRAY THE ROSARY DURING MAY!
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."
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).
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
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.
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.
"Enter" the link above and discover the history, beauty, spirituality and accomplishments of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ more than 2,000 years ago.
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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
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.
STA's Learn English Ministry Program teaches adults to speak English. Free classes mornings, evenings and Saturdays. FMI: Pat Fahy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-455-0998.
JOIN PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY
If you crochet or knit, or are willing to learn, your gift of time and talent can bless others! The Prayer Shawl Ministry is looking for new members. There is no cost, you are provided the yarn you need, and you can work out of your own home or meet at a set time with others.
The sick and spiritually needy are covered by individual prayer lifted up during the making of every prayer shawl. Before they are distributed, all prayer shawls are blessed by a priest or deacon.
FMI: See the church bulletin or contact Pastoral Assistant Verna Patout at the parish office, 281-240-6721.
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.
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.
TERRORISTS TARGET CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDEAST, AFRICA, AND AROUND THE GLOBE
Approximatley 130 Ethiopian Christians were either shot or beheaded in Libya the week of April 19th by terrorists promising to eradicate Christianity.
On April 5th, Churches in Kenya turned to armed guards to protect their Easter Sunday congregations after al Shabab gunmen massacred nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university, singling out Christians for point-blank executions.
Boko Haram became known worldwide in 2014 when members kidnapped nearly 300 girls from a school in Borno State. The group has killed 1,000 people across Nigeria in the first three months of 2015, according to Human Rights Watch. Nigerian bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is leading others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears.
Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded for their faith in February.
With global persecution of Christians escalating daily, Pope Francis has asked for prayer. Pray the rosary.
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.
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)
THE CHURCH OF MARTYRS!
The Church of martyrs
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
(by L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly ed. in English, n. 17, 24 April 2015)
In the chapel of Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, recounting the story of the first martyr, St Stephen, Pope Francis recalled the many present-day martyrs: including those whose names we do not know, who are suffering in prisons or who are defamed and persecuted “by so many modern Sanhedrins”, or for living “the faith within their own family”.
“Today the Church is the Church of martyrs”. And among these martyrs are “our brothers whose throats were cut on the beach of Libya; that young man burned alive by companions for being a Christian; those immigrants on the high seas thrown overboard for being Christians; those Ethiopians assassinated for being Christians”.
"DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME"
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.