It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome you to St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish! At S.T.A. we believe that all human beings have worth and dignity, regardless of age, status, state of life, or cultural background. We want our Church to be a place of God’s mercy and hope, where all feel welcomed, loved, forgiven, and encouraged to live according to the good life of the Gospel. Our doors here at STA are wide open so that all may enter.
These same doors are also wide open so we can go out to proclaim the Gospel to our world. From our uplifting Masses and Liturgies that echo all the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith to our outreach and pastoral care ministries, everything we do at St. Thomas Aquinas leads us out into the world to build up the Kingdom of God.
With your participation in our parish family, we can live out the joy of the Gospel in our own lives and find even more ways of spreading the Good News to the world. Together may we grow to love God, love others, and make disciples!
Fr. Bart D. Timmerman, Pastor
One Community from Across the Globe
As part of our Year of Mercy focus in June on the Corporal Work of Mercy Welcoming the Stranger, we took an informal survey of the people who attended all our Masses one weekend to see what countries of origin are represented in our parish and how many generations the people from those countries have lived here. Then we marked the countries represented on a large map of the world in our Gathering Area. May this unique visual reminder of how we were once all strangers inspire us in our efforts to welcome the stranger we see among us right now.
Tabernacle Relocated to Center of Sanctuary
Due to our desire to reaffirm and reinvigorate our belief and love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and to show unity with our neighboring Catholic parishes, effective May 29, the weekend of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), we have moved our Tabernacle from the chapel to a space behind the altar in the center of the sanctuary. This is the first of two steps in a process to provide Our Lord, really present in the Eucharist, with a Tabernacle which is prominent, beautiful, and secure.