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ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
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."
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.
Cardinal DiNardo is continuing the dispensation of the obligation to Sunday and Holy Day Mass attendance. Therefore, no one is required to attend public Mass at this time.
Persons attending daily Mass will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing rules.
PROCEDURE FOR HOLY COMMUNION
The procedure for distributing Holy Communion during Mass has been changed. The priest will no longer circulate among the congregation. The parishioners will now receive Communion at the altar.
Social distancing must be observed. Markers have been laid out on the sanctuary floor to make it easier. The ushers will guide the flow from the pews to the altar.
Communion will be given in the hand only. Keep your mask on as your receive the Blessed Sacrament. Move away from the altar before lowering your mask to consume the Host.
CAN'T RECEIVE THE EUCHARIST?
In cases where we are unable to leave our home to attend Mass, the Church encourages us to make an act of "Spiritual Communion" where we unite ourselves to God through prayer. Making an act of Spiritual Communion for countless saints was an essential part of life and drew them closer to God on a daily basis.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things,and I desire to receive You into my Soul.
Since I cannot receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.
ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Please contact Fr. Joseph by phone at 281-240-6721 or by email at [email protected]
Beginning on Saturday, 25 July 2020, one of the Fathers will be available for hearing Confessions before the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass.
The Priest will be in the Cry Room from 4:15 until 4:45 PM. Please maintain the mandatory distance of at least six feet between the Priest and the Penitent. A mask must be worn. Children cannot be brought into the Cry Room during Confessions.
YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE APPRECIATED
To all who have been continuing their regular STA contributions during this time of difficulty, thank you! Contributions can be made electronically through Faith Direct or Vanco. You may also mail in your contributions or use the drop slot at the parish office. God bless you and your families and may God keep you safe and healthy during this terrible crisis.
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/.
As of April, 2020, STA Parishioners have contributed $38,799 toward its goal.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CARES CAMPAIGN
The St. Thomas Aquinas Cares Campaign will address several parish needs and contribute to our mandatory share in the Archdiocesan Ignite Campaign.
The monetary goal is $2.5 million, to be used as follows: parish needs and improvement: $1,960,000; Archdiocesan Ignite Campaign: $540,000. Pledges currently exceed $2.2 million. Contributions received to date: $1,323,556.
For details on the planned improvements to the parish, please watch our video below.