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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Welcoming everyone to proclaim and live the joy of the GospelInvitando a todos a proclamar y a vivir el gozo del Evangelio
535 Rucker Rd. Alpharetta, GA 30004 Follow us:
Sunday, January 28, 2018
“To one that has faith, no
explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no
explanation is possible.”
- St. Th omas Aquinas
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feast of St. Th omas AquinasJanuary 28
PARISH NEWSJANUARY 28, 20182
The Life of St. Thomas Aquinas
Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca near Aquino, Italy. He was one of many children of a
wealthy, aristocratic family. He devoted his life to under-standing God through contem-plation, prayer, and the study of philosophy and theology.
He went to school at Monte Cassino Abbey, the University of Naples, and the
University of Paris. In 1244, he entered the religious order of the Dominicans.
Th omas wanted to become a mendicant friar—not the kind of life that was expected from a person of nobility. His family was so outraged at his wishes that they kidnapped him and sheltered him for a year, but that didn’t change his mind. He went to the University of Paris to study with the re-nown Aristotelian scholar Albert the Great, and received a degree in Th eology.
Th e rest of his life was spent teaching, preaching, and, above all, writing. His writings included works on Scripture and the sacraments. Among the most famous are the Summa contra Gentiles (1259-64), a treatise on God and creation, and the Summa Th eologica (1266-73), the classical systematic exposition of theology. Th omas was involved in every major intellectual debate of his time.
In his teachings and writings, Th omas made eff orts to bridge the gap between faith and reason. He sought to shed light on the greatest theological debates, includ-ing the Eucharistic controversies of the Middle Ages.
Th omas was an introvert. He spent most of his time alone and his favorite recreation was said to be walking around the cloister on his own. He was a man of intense prayer and always turned to prayer when he was
unable to understand something.
Physically, Th omas was a large man, tall and obese with light brown hair.
Th omas had been asked by the Pope to assist at a forthcoming church council in Lyons due to begin in May, 1274. It was said that Th omas had been invited to the council because he was considered to be one of the wisest and holiest men in the world. But on the journey he became ill.
Th omas died on March 7, 1274 and was canonized in 1323. He didn’t become a saint by the number of miracles he per-
formed. In fact, at the time of his canon-ization, so few miracles could be found in his life that it was raised as an objection against canonizing him. Th omas’ saint-hood was vested in his intellectual service of God rather than in the sort of display of supernatural power which attracted most people’s attention. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1567, a title given to saints because of their contribution to doctrine and theology.
Th e Church celebrates his feast day on January 28. He is known as the patron saint of students, schools, and publishers, among others.
St. Thomas Aquinas
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Knights Of Columbus Annual Basketball Free Throw ContestSunday, Jan. 288:30 a.m. to noon
For all girls and boys ages 9 through 14 as of Jan. 1, 2018. Winners in each age and gender group will advance to the district contest and receive a plaque, bas-ketball and free Fish Fry Dinner for their immediate family.
Contest will be in the Parish Hall, Sunday, Jan. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Practice, practice, practice before the contest.
Your helping hands are needed
Th e Family Dinner Ministry is asking for Helping Hands to share their talents to prepare, cook, serve, and clean up on the following dates:
• Th ursday, Feb. 1: Prep work in the kitchen, 1-3 p.m.
• Friday, Feb. 2: Preschool Family Fun Night, 12-9:30 p.m.
Volunteers can help for as little as one hour or the entire shift. All help is greatly ap-preciated! To sign up contact Niki Reis at 678-907-4909 or [email protected].
PARISH NEWS / NOTICIAS DE LA PARROQUIA
Welcoming everyone to proclaim and live the joy
of the GospelPlease help me in welcom-ing with open arms these new parishioners to the St. Th omas Aquinas Family!
— Msgr. Dan Stack
Invitando a todos a proc-lamar y a vivir el gozo del
EvangelioPorfavor ayúdenme en darle la bienvenida con los brazos abiertos a estos parroquianos nuevos a la familia de Sto. Tomás de Aquino!
— Msgr. Dan Stack • Paul Higgins & Chelsea Bucci• Andrew and Molly Golden• Isaac and Nayeli Villegas
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On Friday, Feb. 2, we will observe the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which marks the day Jesus was presented in the Temple, 40 days after his birth.
Th is feast is also known as Candlemas day, since the blessing and procession of candles is included in the day’s liturgy. Candles will be blessed at the 9 a.m. and noon Masses.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, we will remember Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr,known as the Patron Saint of ailments of the throat.
Th roats will be blessed during the 9 a.m.Saturday morning Mass.
Italian Dinner and TriviaFeb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Join us on Saturday, Feb. 17 for our annual Italian Night and Trivia in the Parish Hall. It will start at 6:30 with an Italian dinner of penne pasta, Italian sausage, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tea and lemonade will be served. Beer and wine will be available. After dinner please stay for a spirited game of Trivia. The game will feature questions in the categories of television, movies, sports, religion,
Mark Your Calendar For The Observation Of Two Saints’ Feast DaysFriday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3
and general trivia. All pro-ceeds will go to the Parish Mission trip to Whites-ville, West Virginia, this summer. The cost is only
$9 for adults, $6 for chil-dren 12 and younger. For questions or to reserve a table, call Ralph Mense at 770-552-9120.
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A Message from Archbishop Gregory
My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We must speak to them with our hands, before we try to speak with our lips.” – St. Peter Claver
Th ese simple and profound words of St. Peter Claver call us to action. Much like the
theme for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, “Go, Th erefore, and Make Disciples” they remind us to act upon the love of the Lord and openly share those actions of love with others. As we look to this year’s ap-peal, please refl ect on that call of love and
participate again, or for the fi rst time, in this year’s Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
I invite you visit https://appeal.archatl.com/ to read the stories at our featured ministry spotlights, Fr. Ceballos, Kat Doyle, and Deacon Bill Donohue, and see the great impact your gift to the appeal enables. Th ese examples are just a small snapshot of the important work being done in central and north Georgia – only made possible by your generous dona-tions to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, the main funding source for all of the ministerial, outreach, education, formation and discipleship work of our archdiocese.
Th ank you in advance for your thoughtful giving and support of our community. May you be blessed beyond measure for all your kindness!
Gratefully in Christ,
† Wilton D. GregoryArchbishop of Atlanta
“Our Catholic faith and the way we live it, has to be based on protecting the dignity of every human being.” - Kat Doyle
“The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal gave me the opportunity to serve.” - Fr. Gerardo
After my diaconate formation, I see the world diff erently.” - Rev. Mr. Bill Donohue
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Un Mensaje del Arzobispo Gregory
Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,
“Debemos hablarles con nuestras acciones siendo generosos, antes de intentar hablarles con nuestros labios”. – San Pedro Claver
Estas palabras sencillas y profundas de San Pedro Claver nos piden actuar, de la misma manera que lo hace el tema de la Cam-paña Anual del Arzobispo, “Vayan, pues, y hagan discípulos”. Ambos fragmentos nos recuerdan que debemos actuar moti-vados por el amor del Señor y compartir
generosamente esos actos de amor con nuestros hermanos.
Cuando miren la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo de este año, por favor mediten sobre ese llamado de amor y participen nue-vamente o por primera vez en esta campaña. Los invito a que visten https://appeal.archatl.com/ a leer las historias del Padre Ceballos, de Kat Doyle y del Diácono Bill Donohue. Estos ejemplos son solo una pequeña muestra de la importante labor que se realiza en el norte y centro de Georgia, la cual solo es posible gracias a sus generosas donaciones a la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo. Esta campaña es el medio de fi nanciación principal de toda la labor ministerial, educativa, formativa, de divulgación y discipulado de nuestra arquidiócesis.
Agradezco de antemano sus consideradas donaciones y su apoyo a nuestra comunidad. ¡Que Dios los bendiga infi nitamente por toda su bondad!
Profundamente agradecido en Cristo,
† Wilton D. GregoryArzobispo de Atlanta
“Nuestra fe católica y la forma en la que vivimos tienen que estar basadas en la protección de la dignidad de cada ser humano”. - Kat Doyle
“La Campaña Anual del Arzobispo me dio la oportuni-dad de servir”. - Fr. Gerardo Ceballos
“Después de termi-nar mi formación diaconal, veo el mundo diferente”. - Rev. Mr. Bill Donohue
FAITH FORMATIONJANUARY 28, 20186
Spring Retreat 2018Feb. 9-11
Spring retreat is around the corner. Applications are open and on the website at http://stalifeteen.com/retreats/ February 9-11, 2018Covecrest, Tiger, Ga.
Joyful Noise - the goal of this retreat is to bring teens into intimate and honestrelationship with God through the Sacraments, Scripture, prayer, worship and community.
DEADLINE: In order to guarantee a long-sleeve retreat T-shirt, applications need to be returned no later than today.
Upcoming Life Nights:
• Tonight: Holy mess - women of scripture - the women in the genealogy of Jesus• Feb 4: No life night - Super Bowl Sunday• Feb 11: No life night due to retreat• Feb 19: No life night - school break • Parent informational letters regarding Life Nights can be found on the Youth website at www.stalifeteen.com. For more information on all activities, follow the Youth Ministry Department at twitter.com/ LifeTeenSTA.
Teen Bible StudyWednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room 218
All High schoolers are welcome!
Th is semester we will be studying the Book of Revelation. Come see how God’s salvation has entered the world in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Food, Fun, Fellowship and Faith!
Youth ConferenceJuly 6-8 2018
Steubenville Atlanta (July 6-8 2018) is a conference in which students encounter Christ through nationally-renowned speakers, wor-ship to music by recording artists, and encounter Jesus in Mass, confession, and
Eucharistic adoration. Each year, many teens will attribute this weekend to a major conversion in their lives.
Applications are now open. More information can be found at http://stalifeteen.com/steubenville/. Or contact Cindy at [email protected]
Be a part of a mission to serve chwc style! You will work, serve tirelessly, think deeply, celebrate mass and build relationships. You will dance, laugh till your side hurts, pray, change on the inside and be a part of trans-forming lives and communities for Christ! Your youth group will never be the same!
CHWC is open to any student currently in 8th grade or higher. St Th omas Aquinas will be traveling to Charleston, SC the Week of July 15-21 to join with hundreds of other Catholics from across the country.
Deadline to sign up is March 1. More in-formation can be found at http://stalifeteen.com/mission-trips/. Or contact Cindy at [email protected].
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Participating in the liturgy is crucial to faith development. St. Th omas Aquinas off ers special opportunities for children to actively participate in the Mass. During our special youth-led Litur-gies, children and youth will serve as Ministers of Hospitality and Lectors.
Th e Children’s Choir will lead us in the m usical celebration. We invite all children and their families to participate. Dates for our special youth-fi lled liturgies:
• Feb. 24 – 5:30 p.m. • March 18 – 12:00 p.m. • April 21 – 5:30 p.m.
ClassTh e Divine Dance: Th e Trinity and Your TransformationTh e Life and Letters of St. PaulCatholicism: Th e Pivotal PrayersSpanish for Beginners Centering PrayerTh e Great Adventure Bible Study
Adult Faith Formation Classes for the Week of January 28, 2018
Paul’s Second Letter to the CorinthiansBl. John Henry Newman – Th e Convert
Do you have questions about the annulment process?Monday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Are you or is someone you know staying away from the sacraments because of divorce? Th is Monday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 202 Deacon Don Nadeau and Kathy Hampton, Coordinator of the Annulment Case Sponsor Program at St. Th om-as Aquinas, as well as several of our Case Sponsors will be available to answer your questions and clarify the Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce and the annulment process. Th is is an opportunity for you to become better informed about this widely misunderstood process and to hear about the changes Pope Francis has called for. Come and fi nd out what it’s all about and why the Church is granting more annulments.
Th is weekend, we celebrate the feast day of our patron, Saint Th omas Aquinas, a man who sought nothing more in life than to know and love God.
Here is a prayer in his honor that can be prayed at any time of the year:
O God,St. Th omas left a wealthy family to follow your will.Help us, like Th omas, to hunger and thirst for you, and in all things to see your will before all else.
Th omas was one of the greatest thinkers of all time.He asked new questions, helping to shed new lighton the issues of the day.Enlighten our minds, that we might be fi lled with wonder.
Among the wise, Th omas was faced with one controversy after another.He never sidestepped any arguments, and always sought the truth.Help us in all that we do to be lovers of the truth,and to seek it, no matter the cost.
Th omas spent much time in silence and in solitude.Teach us to make room for God in our busy lives,that in the silence, your voice might speak to us too.
Th omas wrote that perfection expresses itself in charity.Help us to be a people who give freely to all in need.
Th omas cherished a deep devotion to the Eucharist.Help us as we celebrate the paschal feast, to be a Eucharistic people, a people who practice love and compassion.
May our words and actions enable us a share in eternal lifewith Th omas Aquinas and all the saints in your Kingdom,where you live, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Ava MoraKaye MoranBe y MurphyLeanne NendzaMa hew NguyenLinda OleszczukRita PedenGreta PowellGeorge PriceEmilia QuirantesRichard RikerMaria SanchezKathy SaulersGreg SedgwickFr. Jim Sexstone Susan ShirleyCamille SmithChris S nne Maya S nne Dn. John
VollertsenRichard WeedTom WeinerJennifer WelchFrank Whyte Tom WienerT. WilliamsMaryann
Wingfi eldEd Wylie
This list of those suff ering illness is a ministry of Forever Young Friends and is updated at noon on Friday every week. To be listed for six weeks, removed or extended, contact Doris Kirk at breez[email protected] or 770-518-0117. Names are also found in the
bulle n on the STA website.
Let us pray together as a family for your inten ons.
Pope Francis announces his monthly prayer intentions, and requests that we include the intentions in our per-sonal prayers.
• Religious Minorities in Asia: Th at Christians, and other religious minorities in Asian countries, may be able to practice their faith in full freedom.
Cada mes, el Papa Francisco anuncia sus intenciones mensuales y solicita que las incluyamos en nuestras oraciones personales.
• Minorías religiosas en Asia: Para que, en los países asiáticos, los cristia-nos, como también las otras minorías religiosas, puedan vivir su fe con toda libertad.
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MASS INTENTIONSMonday, Jan. 299 a.m.12 Noon
Tuesday, Jan. 309 a.m.12 Noon
Wed., Jan. 319 a.m.12 Noon
Thursday, February 19 a.m.12 Noon7 p.m.
Friday, February 29 a.m.12 Noon
Saturday, February 39 a.m.5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 47:30 a.m.9 a.m. 10:30 a.m.Noon2:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
(L) Kevin & Anne Marie Carlock(L) Lorraine Loechner
(+) Michael Belmont (+) All Souls
(+) Bishop Francis Hyland(+) Gerry Moore
(L) Evere Johnson (+) Margaret & Henry Lynch(+) Mirna Sanchez
*Nursery available for children ages 12 months to 3 years.
Sacrament of ReconciliationSacramento de La Reconciliación
Saturday 4:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Visitation of the SickWe would like to be attentive to your
loved ones who are ill. Please let us know their name by calling Kate Oates in the
Pastoral Offi ce @ ext. 102
Do you need food assistance or know of someone who does?Our St. Vincent de Paul Ministry is looking for people in need of food as-sistance. Please call at 770-475-4501 ext. 217. Leave a message with your name and phone number and a volun-teer will return your call to setup an appointment.
¿Necesita ayuda alimentaria o sabe de alguien que lo necesite?Nuestro ministerio de San Vicente de Paul está buscando a personas que necesiten ayuda alimentaria. Por favor llama al 770-475-4501 ext. 218. Deja un mensaje con tu nombre y número de teléfono y un voluntario te devolverá la llamada para hacer una cita.
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Archbishop’s Annual Appeal 2018
Th is year the theme of the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is “Go, therefore, and make disciples.” Serving over
1,000,000 Catholics, the mission of the Archdiocese of Atlanta is to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord, and grow all of North Georgia in faith, hope, love, and service to others. Together, we are God’s hands and feet, sharing God’s compassion and mercy, and demonstrating that “Go, therefore, and make disciples.”
Your gift to the 2018 Archbishop’s An-nual Appeal helps makes it possible by supporting the ministerial, outreach, ed-ucation, formation and discipleship work of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Please read the material that has been included with your Sunday bulletin.
Please give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services sup-ported by the Appeal. Next weekend, we will hear a recorded message from Archbishop Gregory about the Appeal and everyone who has not yet make a gift to the Appeal will have the op-portunity during our in-pew process. Please be prepared next week to make a pledge to the 2018 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal.
Campaña Anual del Arzobispo 2018
El tema de la Campaña Anual del Ar-zobispo de este año es “Vayan, pues, y hagan discípulos.”
Sirviendo a más de 1,000,000 de católicos, la misión de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta es proclamar el evangelio del Señor e incrementar la fe, la esperanza, el amor y el servicio a todos aquellos en el norte de Georgia. Juntos, somos las ma-nos y los pies de Dios, compartiendo su compasión y misericordia y demostrando que “Vayan, pues, y hagan discípulos.”
Su donación a la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo 2018 ayuda a que esto pueda ser posible, al apoyar la labor ministerial y de divulgación, educación, formación y discipulado de la Arquidiócesis de Atlanta.
El próximo fi n de semana escuchará un mensaje grabado del Arzobispo Gregory, y aquellos que todavía no han donado a la campaña, tendrán la oportunidad de hacerlo durante el proceso en las bancas. Por favor, venga preparado la próxima semana para hacer su compromiso a la Campaña Anual del Arzobispo 2018.Para obtener más información, o para donar por Internet, visite appeal.archatl.com. El video del Arzobispo Gregory y su mensaje sobre la campaña, también están disponible por Internet.también están disponible por Internet.
No offertory information was available at the time the bulletin went to press.