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
Season of Creation
September 1-October 4
The Season of Creation was proclaimed in the Orthodox Churches in 1989 and established in the Catholic Church by Pope Francis on August 6, 2015. This weekend, in the midst of our concern for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and the wildfires out west, the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish community marked the beginning of the Season by offering this prayer for Care of Creation:
God of all creation,
we thank you for the abundant gifts you have given us–
the gift of your unconditional love, the gift of each other and the gift of all created things.
We praise you for your generosity and your loving care for us.
We hear your call to us to live in right relationship with each other and with creation.
Help us to always be mindful of how our actions affect your gifts–
for good or for bad.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Redeemer, and in your Spirit.
If you would like inspiration on how you can become more mindful of your own use of God’s gifts to us, here is a sheet of ideas for the Season of Creation.
Religious Education Registration Is Starting
This year we have planned an exciting program to help our students know and love God in order for them to become Disciples of Christ. A letter and registration material have just been mailed to all parents of RE-aged children on our membership list. If you did not receive the mailing, the contents are available at the links below:
In addition, we are expanding our offerings of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for pre-school children from Friday morning to Wednesday evening. For more information about this program, please see our pre-school page.