COME WORSHIP WITH US AT
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
12627 W. BELLFORT AVE
SUGAR LAND, TX 77478
6TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, and spoke to me, saying,"Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb." And in the Spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. --REVELATION 21:9-11
THE FEAST OF THE ASCENSION WILL BE CELEBRATED ON SUNDAY, MAY 8TH
In the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the Ascension of the Lord is observed on Sunday, May 8th.
THIS THURSDAY IS NOT A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
CONFIRMATION & FIRST SACRAMENTS
Parish office - 4/16- 8/12 during Regular Business Hours
Evenings - 6/14 - 6/30 & 7/19 - 8/11 Tues. / Thurs. 5 - 8 pm
Sundays 8/7 & 8/14 after all Masses
During VBS Hours 8/1, 8/3, 8/5
Late registration - 8/15 - 8/24 During Regular Business Hours Only.
NO REGISTRATION AFTER AUGUST
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER
Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on April 29, May 1 or July 22-24, 2016. Register early to reserve a spot. Contact Brian and Tina Little, 281-773-4014 for more information or go online to houstonme.org.
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
Wednesday, eleven days before the bulletin date.Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSARY BEFORE WEEKEND MASSES
Join the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary in praying the rosary half an hour before all weekend Masses.
Explore the possibility of becoming Catholic. Inquiry sessions are held after the 9:30 a.m. Mass every other Sunday in the Thissen Education Building. FMI: Scott Sabol, 832-265-3473, 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
MAY IS THE MONTH OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER: CROWNING IS MAY 7TH
The Legion of Mary will host 2016's May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
Rosary: 10:30 am
Mass: 11:00 am
Reception follows in the Aquinas Center
CALLING CATHOLIC WOMEN
Check out the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the largest women's organization in the Catholic Church. Come to the next meeting of Court Aquinas Monday, May 9th at 7:30 pm, Aquinas Center Room C.
CONFIRMATION MASS WITH CARDINAL DINARDO
On Sunday, May 8th, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will be preside at the 5:00 pm Confirmation Mass. All are invited.
MORNING OF PRAYER
All Heads of Ministry are invited to a morning of prayer on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Begins in the Sanctuary with 8:00 am Mass and ends with noon lunch.
MAY 6TH IS FIRST FRIDAY; MAY 7TH IS FIRST SATURDAY
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.
WHEN IS A DOOR NOT JUST A DOOR?
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DECEMBER 8TH - NOVEMBER 20, 2016: YEAR OF MERCY
This year, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th marks the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis in a papal bull. The Holy Father urged all members of the Church to make the jubilee a time to meditate on scriptural accounts of the Lord’s mercy, to receive the sacrament of confession, to welcome those on the margins of society and to offer forgiveness within our own families and communities.
"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.
--Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1343
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.
Submission deadline: Tuesday the week of announcement, 5 pm. Email Verna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
PRAY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
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.
THURSDAY STUDY EXAMINES CATHOLICISM
The second semester of "Catholicism, The Didache Series (2nd edition)," is underway, but you can join us any time.
Attend the morning session from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, or the evening session, 7:00 pm. Both sessions are held in Aldridge Hall.
FMI: Arlene Schroeder at email@example.com.
An Evangelization team meets the first Monday of the month. We invite interested parishioners to join us. FMI: Viviane Anicete at the parish office, 281-240.6721.
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?
56 WAYS TO BE MERCIFUL DURING THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Practicing works of mercy during this Jubilee Year takes...well... PRACTICE. Here are some excellent suggestions from Aleteia.
EDGE CLASSES RESUME IN SEPTEMBER
CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL: MAY 6 @ 7 PM
CONFIRMATION MASS: MAY 8, 2016 AT 5 PM
YOUTH MINISTRY OFFICE INFORMATION:
Crissy Vigil, Coordinator
WE PRAY THE ROSARY AT STA!!!!
Come half an hour before all Masses on the FIRST and THIRD weekend of the month and 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.
A WEAPON FOR OUR TIMES
PRAY THE ROSARY FOR WORLD PEACE
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."
ST. JOHN PAUL II: "DEFEND LIFE, AMERICA ! "
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.
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. To give online, visit http://www.archgh.org/dsf/.
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HOPE FOR 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:
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.
Adoration in the chapel will be closed down on March 19th for the Easter Holidays. Resumes March 29th, 8:30 am.
PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS LABELED "GENOCIDE"
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)
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."
POPE ENCOURAGES LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR; U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE
Pope Francis greets Sister Marie Mathilde, 102 years old, at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Washington, D.C., last September. The Holy Father made a surprise visit to the Little Sisters, who are fighting the HHS Mandate in the courts. The mandate would force the order, which serves the elderly, to provide abortion-producing drugs in violation of religious objections. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked both sides to submit proposals to resolve the issue. -- Photo courtesy Little Sisters of the Poor.
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)
GOD BLESS AMERICA
OUR BLESSED MOTHER REQUESTED FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION
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.
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.