New Mass Times
Beginning February 21-22, 2015
our Sunday Mass schedule will be as follows:
Saturday Vigil – 5:00pm
Sunday – 8:30am and 11:00am
Plan to attend the Lenten mission with your family or friends this year. Join us in welcoming distinguished Dominican friar, Fr. Antoninus Wall who will be preaching on God’s Love and Human Suffering. Fr. Wall was ordained in Rome in 1950 and has had a career rich in pastoral and academic experiences. He taught Moral Theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology at Berkeley, later serving as President of the school for a time. For the past 20 years he has dedicated himself to parish missions, retreats and days of recollection.
Sunday, March 1: 7:00pm conference, 8:00pm confessions
Monday, March 2: 8:30am Mass; 9:00am conference; 10:00am confessions;
7:00pm conference; 8:00pm confessions
Tuesday, March 3: 9:00am conference; 10:00am confessions
6:30pm Mass; 7:00pm conference; 8:00pm confessions
Wednesday, March 4: 8:30am Mass; 9:00am conference; 10:00am confessions
7:00pm conference; 8:00pm confessions
Thursday, March 5: 8:30am Mass; 9:00am conference; 10:00am confessions
7:00pm conference; 8:00pm Reception in Hall; no confessions
Join your sisters in Christ at the beautiful and scenic Anderson Lodge in Ariel, WA to learn more about Women of the Bible. Mother Mary’s talks will include both Old and New Testament women and how their lives are relevant to us today. Father Oakland will be available for Lenten Confessions and Mass. Stations of the Cross, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and daily Rosary will be available to all. Women of the Bible 2015
Because Lent provides an opportunity to place emphasis on confession and reconciliation, Catholics are encouraged to experience God’s mercy in the sacrament of penance. A general informational brochure, available at the link below, explains the meaning and purpose of the sacrament with an examination of conscience and other “how to” information.
For more information about “The Light Is On For You” program, go to:
Hungering for the Journey
Join our parish community—and more than 13,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s rice bowl in the church on Ash Wednesday or in the Parish Office.
Remember, your Lenten sacrifices change lives.
LENT AND EASTER SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 13, 7:00pm
Confirmation Preparation-Sundays 9:30-10:30am Fireside – beginning on February 1st.
Starting February 22, 2015: Confirmation class changes to 9:45 – 10:45 due to change in Mass schedule.
Complete list of confirmation classes: Confirmation classes
On November 30, the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis inaugurated a Year for Consecrated Life. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016. There are three primary purposes for this Year:
1. renewal for men and women in consecrated life;
2. thanksgiving among the faithful for the service of sisters, brothers, priests,
3. invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.
An Ignatian Path to Christ
All parishioners are invited to participate in the Forty Weeks program beginning November 30. This program has three goals: 1) to teach individuals to look at the movements toward and away from God in their lives so as to turn all over to Christ and find healing where necessary; 2) to build a daily, personal relationship with Jesus Christ; and 3) to learn how to discern the two different spiritual inspirations (good and evil) that are constantly working beneath our conscious awareness.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUBSIDY
St. Thomas Aquinas offers a subsidy to elementary Catholic school children in order to make a Catholic education more affordable for those who are active parishioners. In order to aid in our budgeting process, these forms must be turned in no later than March 31. Application packets are
available in the parish office or by clicking on the links below.
Epiphany Concert Highlights
Natural Family Planning
Christ and His Church call us to holiness in our everyday lives and in and through our vocations. In the Sacrament of Marriage, a particular kind of conjugal chastity is demanded by the nature of love and God’s order of Creation. In marriage, the two have become one and are called to continually make that gift of self-donation to the other as they strive to build up one another in faith and love. The two, in imitating the Trinity by their union and love, also share with the Trinity in the great work of co-creation. Part of this, of course, is the bearing and raising of children. Marriage in many ways is oriented towards children, which are always a great good.
The couple must remember God’s dominion over Creation as they remain open to life, and must not cut these off through contraception and sterilization. While these are illicit, the Church does allow spouses, with prayer and discernment, to plan their families in a natural way.
Denise Swanson, the NFP Apostolate Coordinator, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or inquiries.