Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes begin on Tuesday, May 6th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
The St. Peter's Men's Ministry invites the men of St. Thomas Aquinas to their next 11-week Bible study, James: Pearls for Wise Living. This study takes you through the Letter of James verse by verse, drawing on pertinent passages from the Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church to help you understand what you are reading and how to apply it to your life. Bring your own Catholic Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church. Recommended study kits will be available for purchase at the first class attended.
When: Saturday, 05/03/14, 7:00-9:00 a.m. – coffee and doughnuts provided.
Where: St. Lucy Filippini Room, Panorama Plaza, 1594 Sara Road, SE, Suite J
Information: Brad Hayden, 890-3151
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish is proud to announce the Vatican International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles which will be displayed Friday, June 20 thru Sunday June 22, 2014 in D'Arco Hall, 1502 Sara Road, Rio Rancho, NM.
In the entire history of the Catholic Church, there have been numerous Eucharistic miracles approved by the Catholic Church as truly worthy of belief. The Vatican Eucharistic Miracles Photographic Exhibition faithfully recounts for us many well documented miraculous occurrences. Knowledge of these miracles strengthens our faith in Christ and His Church. They are a visible proof of Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.
My dear parish family,
The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
I pray that the great joy of Easter fill your hearts and homes today. After the penance of Lent, and the sorrow of Good Friday, we come to the glorious triumph of our Savior over sin and death.
As always, I want to thank all the people who, in so many different ways, helped in the celebration of the Holy Week liturgies. It is they who make possible the beautiful celebration of the Lord's Death and Resurrection that we all participate in.
The blessed Easter water is available for everyone in the church. The very ancient custom is for the faithful to bless their homes with the new Easter water. The following prayer may be used:
The family is gathered, and the head of the house may read the following prayers:
Graciously hear us, Holy Lord, Almighty Father and Eternal God, that, even as You protected the homes of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt by means of the destroying angel; which homes were stained with the blood of a lamb (which prefigured our Passover in which Christ was sacrificed); so may you in the same manner graciously grant to send your holy angel from heaven that he may guard, foster, protect, visit, and defend all the inhabitants of this dwelling. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
The rooms of the house are then sprinkled with the blessed Easter water.
A joyful Easter week to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
My dear family,
We now enter into the most sacred of all weeks – Holy Week. During these seven days we are invited to walk with our Lord on the road to Calvary and experience within ourselves the glory of His Resurrection. It is my hope that we all try to join in as many of the services that we can, especially the principle services of Holy Week: the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Liturgy of the Passion, and the Easter Vigil Mass. A few notes on this week:
1. Please note that all the priests will be hearing confessions three times a day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – with a visiting priest joining us at the 7 pm confessions. The priests are in a much better mood on these days than they are on Holy Saturday! Don't wait until the last minute to make your confession!
2. On Holy Thursday we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose from after the Mass until midnight. We should make it a point of honor to spend some time in adoration on Holy Thursday, remembering the question our Lord asked of us that night: "Could you not watch with Me one hour?"
3. Good Friday is a day of strict obligation of fasting (one meal only) and abstaining from eating meat.
4. Traditionally, on Good Friday Catholics refrain from worldly amusements: secular television, movies and music, parties, needless shopping, etc. It is a day of sorrow and mourning over the sufferings and death of our Lord.
5. It is praiseworthy, but not under pain of sin, to fast and abstain from eating meat on Holy Saturday, as the Church sits by the tomb of her Lord in mourning.
6. The Lenten Fast ends with the Easter Vigil, which in our parish is 8:30 pm.
7. Yes, the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil fulfills the Easter SundayMass obligation – in fact it is THE great Mass of Easter.
8. Everyone wants to go to the High Mass on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately the church cannot hold everyone. If you want to hear Mass in the church at 9 or 11 am, get there early, because, once the church is full, you will be asked to go to the outdoor Masses at Vista Verde cemetery.
9. Actually, the two outdoor Masses on Easter morning are very beautiful. Our wonderful LifeTeen choir provides the music. We provide some chairs, but it is a good idea to bring your own chairs or a blanket. If you have young children, these two Masses are ideal for your family. Pray for good weather! If there is bad weather, we will have tents set up at the cemetery.– so there will be the two Masses at Vista Verde, no matter what!
10. At the end of all the Easter Masses, we will have the blessing of the children's Easter baskets. This is a lovely custom that helps the children tie in their Easter candy with the Resurrection.
11. And the blessed Pascal water will be available after all the Easter Masses to take with you to bless your homes.
A truly blessed Holy Week to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
This Sunday is called "Laetare Sunday" ("Rejoice Sunday"), because we are now half-way through Lent. The special liturgical thing about Laetare Sunday is that the vestments are "rose" color (not pink - the clergy can be sensitive about being told that they look good in pink!) Rose is a color half-way between purple and white, so it shows that we are half-way between Ash Wednesday and Easter.
It is always a good day to take stock of our Lenten observances. If we have not been keeping Lent as we ought to, or if we have "fallen off the wagon" with our Lenten penance, now is the time to start again. Half a Lent is better than none! Three more weeks to the glory of Easter!
This week I will be preaching the Lenten Mission at Holy Child Parish in Tijeras. Fr. Mark Granito, the pastor of Holy Child, will be taking my Masses today (Sunday). The mission is only an evening mission, so I will be coming home each night and will be in the office during the day. Please pray for the success of the mission, for the conversion of sinners and the stirring of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the faithful!
Remember that this Friday is a day of abstinence from eating meat.
Attendance at Stations and Benediction on Friday has been very good. What a beautiful thing to do for Lent, 3 and 7 pm.
And remember the special confessions every Friday during Lent at 7 pm during the Stations. Both Fr. Anthony and I are hearing, and we stay until the last penitent has confessed. Much better to make our confession now than to wait to Holy Saturday!
A blessed Lenten week!
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9:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. Closed on Holidays and Holy Days of Obligation.
Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
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