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,
          and nuns
     3.  invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation.

For the Year for Consecrated Life here at St. Thomas Aquinas we have several special programs and events that I hope you will take advantage of.  Please click on the link below for all the details.

Letter to Parishioners Year of Consecrated Life

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.

Week Two assignment:  The exercises for the second week are related to the conversion story of St. Ignatius.  Pay careful attention to what in Ignatius’ experience touches your own unique history.


Parish Advent Mission Dec 14-18



SUNDAY, Dec 14  Mission 7-8pm,  Confessions following
MONDAY, Dec 15 Mass 8:30am,  Mission 9-10am,  Confessions following;
Mission 7-8pm,  Confessions following
TUESDAY, Dec 16  Mission 9-10am,  Confessions following
Mass 6:30pm,  Mission 7-8pm,  Confessions following
WEDNESDAY, Dec 17   Mass 8:30am,  Mission 9-10am, Confessions following
Mission 7-8pm,  Confessions following
THURSDAY, Dec 18  Mass 8:30am,  Mission 9-10am, Confessions following
Mission 7-8pm,   Reception in Hall 8-9pm

* Please note Confessions end when all are heard.

Fr. Anthony Gramlich MIC (Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception) will lead the 5 day parish Advent mission. Father Anthony’s community is entrusted with spreading the message of Divine Mercy as revealed by St. Faustina and is currently the Rector of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Fr. Anthony has conducted numerous parish missions, retreats and healing Masses across the United States and Canada.  A gifted and dynamic speaker, Fr. Anthony also serves as the Director of the Diocesan Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Springfield, MA, and is the chaplain for the New England Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry, (a pro-life healing retreat for men & women who have experienced an abortion).  Father will speak on the spirituality of St. Faustina and St. Therese of Lisieux.

Advent Event Calendar 2014

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 St. Andrew Christmas Novena

Beginning on his feast day, November 30, the following beautiful prayer is traditionally recited fifteen times a day until Christmas (all at once, five times at each meal, or perhaps split up throughout the whole day).  This is a very meditative prayer that helps us increase our awareness of the real focus of Christmas and helps us prepare ourselves spiritually for His coming.  It is also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold.  In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,  (here mention your specific request) through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.   Amen

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 camasnfp@gmail.com with questions or inquiries.


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