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 began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
2015 High School Confirmation Registration Is Now Open!!
Reserve your Spot Today!
Mandatory Parent and Teen Orientation is Tuesday, September 8th @7pm in the church.
Classes will be on mondays at 7pm, starting September 14th.
Register online here or at the Parish office.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
Labor Day is right around the corner, and after that holiday we start a new year of religious education in the parish. Now is the time for us to be registering our children.
Of all the things we learn in life, none is more important than learning about God, and His wonderful plan for us. Parents have the duty of providing for the education of their children - this applies first and foremost to their spiritual education!
Catechism classes are offered in our parish from Kindergarten to 8th grade. There is no fee - your Sunday tithing pays the expenses of the classes.
Confirmation in our parish is in 11th grade. All 11th graders and unconfirmed 12th graders should be registered for confirmation classes.
High School religious education takes place at LifeTeen, held every Sunday night at 700 p.m. in the parish hall. There is no registration required for LifeTeen.
To register your child for catechism class, please call the Children's Ministries office: 892-1497. To register for confirmation, please call the parish office: 892-1511. Or do it online - stanm.org
Friends, we have had something new happen at our parish - sometimes beggars have been showing up at Mass. While we feel sorry for such people, we cannot always be certain that the money is being used for what they say. (A few months ago, we had a family out at the driveway with signs that said "We are hungry." We offered to take them to eat breakfast at the parish hall. They refused, and wanted to continue collect money. It makes you wonder.)
No one has permission to beg for themselves on parish property. If anyone asks you for money, please inform the clergy, sacristans, or ushers. We will call the wonderful "Rapid Response Team" of the St. Vincent de Paul Society who will be at the church within minutes to help these people with food, shelter, gas, or whatever is in our power to assist them with. Please do not give these people money. Sad experience has shown that they will use it for unhelpful things. Rather, tell them to talk to the priest, and the parish will help them.
My seven-year old daughter would nightly kneel by her bed and pray for each family member, each friend, and each pet by name. And then she would say "And all girls". Curiosity got the best of me, and I asked her, "Honey, why do you add the part about "all girls" to your prayers?" Her response? "Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men' !
A blessed week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
Our new members of the parish Pastoral and Financial Councils have just taken office.
The Pastoral Council advises the Pastor on all parish matters except finances. Our new members are:
Nick Atencio and Sean Herrera. They join our present members: Theresa Fenton, Liza Hayden, Jeff Schaff, Norman Burns, Patrick Murphy and Ed Russick.
The Finance Council advises the Pastor on (obviously!) the Finances of the parish. Our new members are David Meurer, Ben Maes, David Heil and Douglas Taylor. They join our continuing members: Steve Neel, Bernard Ela, Anthony Del Angel and David Baltz.
I wish to thank these parishioners who give of their time to assist me in the pastorate of this beautiful parish.
Every year the Archbishop gives the St. Francis Award to a parishioner who has given outstanding service to God and His people. I am very pleased to announce that this year's recipient from our parish is Mary Davidson. Mary has worked for many years with our Bereavement Group, which has brought consolation and healing to hundreds of people. Also, with her husband Tim, work with our pre-marriage program. Congratulations, Mary! Mary will receive the Award from Archbishop Wester On October 5th at the Cathedral in Santa Fe.
I have never seen so much rain in a summer here in New Mexico. Thank God - we need every drop. But, boy oh boy, has it done havoc to our church building. Let's recall what we learned from the structural study we had done of the church: it leaked from the day it was built, hundreds of thousands of dollars spent over the past forty years have done nothing to stop the leaks, and the only answer is to rip off the whole roof and put a new one on. In the meantime, the leaks make it foolish to repair the pews or flooring (when they will only be ruined again quickly), and contribute to the rapidly progressing deterioration of the structure of the church.
It's now even leaking on the organ - a lot. I'm trying to keep Professor Woodbury from having a nervous breakdown! :-)
Which just reminds us how important our Capital Campaign is , and why we need quickly to start building our new, leak-proof church! Thank you for being faithful to your pledge. Thank you for being faithful to contributing to the Building Fund!
Somebody has said that there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord!", and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."
A blessed week,
Last week on my day off I went over to east side of the state to see three of our priests: Fr. Chris Bernabe in Ft. Sumner, and Fr.Fernando Saenz and Fr. Simon Carian in Clovis. I'm happy to report that these sons of our parish are doing fine in their new pastorates, and doing great things for the church in that rather isolated corner of our Archdiocese. I always enjoy going to visit our young priests in their rural and remote assignments.
This upcoming Saturday is August 15 - the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. It is the oldest, and most important, feast of our Lady. Normally, it is a Holy Day of Obligation, but because this year it falls on a Saturday, we are excused from the obligation. Therefore, it is not a mortal sin this year to miss Mass on August 15.
This does not mean we are forbidden to attend Mass on August 15th! All those who love our Lady will want to give her honor on this day that she entered, body and soul, into the glory of heaven. Therefore, we will celebrate High Mass in honor of the Assumption at 9 am. I hope many will come and show their honor and affection for the glorious Mother of God.
I hope everyone is enjoying our five-week series on the Eucharist as we read the sixth chapter of St. John at Mass. The Eucharist is the living Heart of our faith, and I think it important that we renew our understanding and love of the Eucharistic Mystery often.
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Saturday: 5:00pm, Sunday: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, & 6:00pm.
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Weekdays: 8:30am & 5:30pm. Saturday: 8:30am, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, & 6:00pm - 7:00pm.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish 1502 Sara Rd. NE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Tel: (505) 892-1511