The Roman Catholic Community of Saint Thomas Aquinas & Holy Family. Two churches - Joining as ONE Family - Together in Love.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Living Nativity

More pictures to follow later on our web site


At this beginning of the new year of 2006 we wish you many blessings!! May this year be a peaceful and Spirit-filled one for all of us!!

To quote our Holy Father's Christmas Message!!

"God seeks persons who can be vessels and heralds of his peace. Let us pray that he will not find our hearts closed. Let us strive to be active heralds of his peace -- in the world of today. Among Christians, the word "peace" has taken on a very particular meaning: It has become a name for the Eucharist. There Christ's peace is present. In all the places where the Eucharist is celebrated, a great network of peace spreads through the world. The communities gathered around the Eucharist make up a kingdom of peace as wide as the world itself. When we celebrate the Eucharist we find ourselves in Bethlehem, in the "house of bread." Christ gives himself to us and, in doing so, gives us his peace. He gives it to us so that we can carry the light of peace within and give it to others. He gives it to us so that we can become peacemakers and builders of peace in the world. And so we pray: Lord, fulfill your promise! Where there is conflict, give birth to peace! Where there is hatred, make love spring up! Where darkness prevails, let light shine! Make us heralds of your peace! Amen."

May we be heralds of Christ the King this year!!

¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year!!

Merry Christmas

Christmas was beautiful at STA. We have living Nativities at both the Christmas Eve Family Mass at 5:30 p.m. [and Santa made a quick visit prior to setting off on his Christmas deliveries :-) ] and at the Christmas Day Spanish Mass! The joy of the children participants was inspiring!

On behalf of all of us at ST. Thomas Aquinas Church we wish you a blessed and happy Christmas season!

To all of our parishioners and our web visitors!

It is our joy to bring you Christmas greetings and to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you are and you have done for our parish community. This is the time of year when our thoughts turn with longing to the central mystery of our faith, the incarnation ~ the enfleshment of God in the Person of Jesus. Always at the heart of our Christmas celebration is the greatest gift of love the world has ever seen. We are not now and will never again be alone! The angel's invitation on this sacred night to the shepherds watching their sheep to come and to celebrate the birth of Christ still echoes to us 2,000 years later. We encourage all who read this note to mark the birth of our Saviour by celebrating with our community at St. Thomas Aquinas. We invite you to come home for Christmas, to reverence our God and gather with us around the Lord's table. Our God has come to save us and He awaits you! May this Christmas inspire each one of us to become more like Christ, the Gift of God, to our family, friends, and the other members of our community. For greater than any gift of the Magi is the gift of yourselves given to our parish and the world. As we prepare for the arrival of Christmas, we are grateful for the rich gift of our different traditions and rituals. Each one of you bring something special to our community and our parish is blessed by the diversity of its members. Every year the traditions of Christmas fill us with the trust that even in these difficult times, we too will know the saving power of God. May the blessings of the Holy Infant Jesus fill your homes and your lives, and may the coming New Year bring us lasting peace and happiness!


Sincerely,Fr. Jesús & Fr. John