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THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, February 10th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
First of all, I have the bittersweet duty of announcing that our Vicar, Fr. Christopher Bernabe, has been appointed Pastor of the duel parish of Vaughn and Fort Sumner, effective June 1st. We thank God for Fr. Bernabe's ministry among us and are sad to see him go, but rejoice that he has this promotion after one year of priesthood.
Fr. Bernabe has a long-standing commitment to be at a friend's ordination the last weekend in May, so next week-end will be his last Sunday with us. Therefore, we will have a reception after all the Masses of May 23-24 for Fr. Bernabe, and I encourage you to be sure to stop by the parish hall and give your best wishes to Father.
As to who the new Vicar will be, we will just have to wait until the ordinations on May 23 to find out!
As most of you know, Deacon Joseph Tau Nguyen has been living in residence here at St. Thomas the past few months as he has been studying English. Deacon Joseph will be ordained to the sacred priesthood on Saturday, May 23, 10 am, at the Cathedral in Santa Fe, and will celebrate his First Mass here at St. Thomas next Sunday, May 24, at 9 am. Of course everyone is welcome, and after the First Mass there will be a reception for the new Father Nguyen in Fr. D'Arco Hall, where you can receive his First Blessing. (He is going to share his reception with Fr. Bernabe's farewell reception.) Remember, there is a plenary indulgence for all those who attend the First Mass of a priest (under the usual conditions of confession, Communion, and prayers for the Pope.)
Please pray for Deacon Joseph, and the six other deacons, who will be ordained next Saturday. (Seven new priests this year! What a blessing!)
Some of you remember our former parishioner, Jason Mosher, who left seven years ago to join the Dominican Fathers. His name in religion is Brother Gabriel Thomas Mosher, OP. Brother Gabriel will be ordained to the sacred priesthood on May 30th in San Francisco, and has asked me, his old pastor, to have the honor of vesting him in priestly vestments at his ordination - so I will be gone next weekend attending his ordination and First Mass. Fr. Mosher will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Thomas on June 21st.
We all remember Seminarian Leon Vigil, who served a year doing pastoral work in our parish. Leon will be ordained a Deacon at 10 am on Tuesday, May 26th at the Church of the Incarnation here in Rio Rancho. Again, all are welcome, and please pray for the five seminarians who are being ordained deacons this year.
And today (Sunday), our parishioners Joe Baltz and Tim Meurer, graduate from Holy Trinity College Seminary in Dallas, Texas, thus reaching the half-way point in their priestly formation. Congratulations to them!
Congratulations to those children will make their First Holy Communion next Saturday (May 23) here in the parish. And congratulations to all those who graduated from our parish school last Friday, and who are graduating from the many different high schools that our young parishioners attend!
And finally, I wish to thank everyone for the kind expressions of condolence, Masses and prayers, gifts of food and flowers, and thoughtful help on the occasion of the death and funeral of my dear mother. I know many of us remember when Mom was so involved in the choir and in gardening here at the parish. Mom, who was 81, had been very sick and practically bed-ridden these three past years. She had received the last sacraments, and died a holy and peaceful death. The people of this parish showed her every kindness. It is at times like this that I understand that our parish really is our spiritual family. With all my heart I thank you, and ask you to remember Mom's soul in your prayers.
God bless you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
First of all, a happy Mother's Day to all our mom's out there. May the Lord bless and reward you, and the Blessed Mother pray for you!
Tuesday, May 12, is the feast of the foundress and patroness of our beloved sisters, St. Lucy Filippini. On that day let us ask St. Lucy to bless our sisters, and to inspire many young women to follow her example in the religious life!
And many thanks to everyone who gave to the special collection today to help our Filippini Sisters.
This is the week for graduations at our parochial school : Kindergarten on Monday, and the 8th Grade on Friday. Congratulations to all. This year's test results show what an amazing education our children are receiving, asnd the fact that this year we won the "Religion Bowl" (kind of the theological equivalent of the Spelling Bee) shows how our kids are learning the Faith.
Speaking of graduations, next weekend, two of our parishioners, Joseph Baltz and Tim Meurer, will graduate from Holy Trinity College Seminary in Dallas. I'll be gone next weekend to attend their graduation. This marks their "half-way" point in their preparation for priesthood. In the fall, Tim will start his theological studies at the North American College in Rome, and Joe at Mt. Angel Seminary in Oregon. Please pray for them, for all our seminarians, and for many more vocations from our parish to the priesthood.
A blessed week!
By now, I am sure that everyone knows the news of our new Archbishop, the Most Reverend John C. Wester, former Bishop of Salt Lake City. We thank almighty God for sending us a new shepherd, and pray that God will grant him a long and fruitful ministry among us.
Of course we also pray for Archbishop Sheehan, who has given us twenty-two years of faithful service, and been such a great friend to our parish. I'm sure we will be seeing lots of Archbishop Sheehan in the future!
Archbishop Wester will be enthroned as Archbishop of Santa Fe on June 4th at the Cathedral - he will assume the governance of the Archdiocese at that time.
This Saturday at 10:30 am we have the first of our First Holy Communions. God bless all our dear children receiving our Lord for the first time. Also, many thanks to everyone who helps to prepare our children in Catechism Classes or at our parochial school.
Remember the Month of our Lady - pray the Rosary daily.
Come on the parish pilgrimage to Rome, Sept. 28- Oct. 6, and experience the Eternal City as you never have before. Call the Parish Office for registration information.
A lady was mailing an old family Bible to her brother, who lived in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.
A blessed week,
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