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Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm, Reception to Follow
The Filipino community of St. Thomas Aquinas is inviting everyone to join us in the celebration of God's love & faithfulness on Friday, December 5th at 7:30pm in the Church. There will be a light receiption in Aquinas Hall after the Mass. Share in this beautiful Filipino tradion...
Latin Masses Begin (MEF)
In his document "Summonrum Pontificum," Pope Benedict XVI decreed, "In parishes where a group of faithful attached to the previous liturgical tradition exists stably, let the pastor willingly accede to their requests for the celebration of the Holy Mass according to the right of the Roman Missal published in 1962." (source)
Beginning the first Wednesday in Advent, December 3rd, and ongoing, the 7pm Mass will be Mass in the Extraordinary Form (MEF) said in Latin. Come join us in this new tradition.
Experience Mass from All Saint's Day
Laudetur Iesus Christus - Rorate Solemn High Mass
Father Kauth will celebrate a Rorate Mass at 6am on Saturday, December 6th, in the Extraordinary Form. This is a pre-dawn Mass held "in media rocte" (in the middle of the night) and lit only by candlelight. It will be quite a site to behold. The Mass is an ancient Church custom held during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
A Rorate Mass is so named from the opening words of the Introit which is taken from Isaiah 45:8 which reads:
Latin: 'Rorate, Caeli, desuper, et nubes pluant justum; aperiatur terra et germinent Salvatorem, et Justitia oriatur simul: ego Dominus creavi eum.'
English: 'Drop down dew, you heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud forth a savior: and let justice spring up together: I, the Lord, have created him.'
Holy Angels, located in Belmont, N.C., provides specialized, round-the-clock care for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions. Holy Angels is a nonprofit organization that depends on the support of others to provide the highest quality of medical, educational, vocational, spiritual, and emotional support and healing. This year’s Angel Tree donations will assist Holy Angels as they strive to provide each individual with the highest quality and dignity of life. The items are used in the daily care, routine, as well as therapeutic activities. Some of the requested items may seem cumbersome on your holiday budget, we encourage several families to get together and split the cost of the larger items. For example, an iPad in the hands of a resident becomes a means of communication and allows them to become more independent. For more information regarding Holy Angels, please visit the website at http://www.holyangelsnc.org.
If you would like to help with the Angel Tree organizing and planning efforts this year, please contact Andi Walsh in the office at 704-549-1607 x207 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your prayerful consideration as we begin this year's Angel Tree Efforts. More information can be found in upcoming week's bulletins leading up to the Angel Tree collections beginning Thanksgiving weekend.
BINGO at Saint Thomas - EVERY Monday at 7pm!
STA BINGO has begun!!! Join us on Monday evenings in Aquinas Hall. Doors open each week at 6:15pm for early bird games. We will also have concessions available to make for the perfect game night! BINGO Card Prices will be $12 for the Entry Pack with regular games (minimum entry price) and Special Packs range from $1 to $12 depending on games and prizes! Jackpots will be paid based on the number of players - the more people who play the more money there is to win! Be sure to bring your friends for an excellent game night out!
Interested In volunteering for Bingo or looking for more information? Sign up to be on a Bingo Team! Each teams serves just one week a month, leaving plenty of time for play!
Ordinary Miracles Project
It is important for all of us toshare the experiences of faith in our lives. We are collecting stories from our Parish Family about how the Lord has worked an 'Ordinary Miracle' for them in their life. These stories shape and grow us as a community and individuals in faith. Find our more information and share your story here or email@example.com.
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