Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 2:44 PM
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Fr. Codd has mentioned in several homilies that the majority of confessions that he hears are about sins and struggles with the 6th & 9th commandments, and issues surrounding purity.  Ask any other priest, and they will tell you the same thing.  This interview with the founders of a new kind of phone takes a look at this from a different angle.  Lots of great topics for discussion!  
 
 

 

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Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at St. Thomas Aquinas
 

A Message from Fr. Matthew Codd (Un Mensaje del Padre Matthew Codd)

Our Lord said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane "Could you not watch with me one hour?" (MT. 26:40)

With this passage in mind, it is my earnest desire to start a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel here at St. Thomas, where parishioners and other faithful can come to spend time with, and adore Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Many parishioners have asked about having more Eucharistic adoration here, and I believe that the fruits that will come from this will not only bless our parish and our families, but the surrounding university community and beyond.  More info and how you can help here!


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Rebroadcast of the Four Temperaments Conference &
Additional Great Resources on the Temperaments!
 

For those who weren't able to make the temperament conference this past Saturday, the video will be on our YouTube channel.  As well, here are a couple of other outstanding talks on the Four Temperaments and how they can be incredibly helpful in your own walk with Christ, in your relationships, raising children, and more!  Don't know what your temperament is yet? Take the test here!




 


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Resources for the Sacrament of Confirmation for Parents & Youth





Great Homilies on the Saints - For those Looking for A Confirmation Saint!

 

Great Sermons on the Angels

All About the Angels, by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan

 

ATTENTION PARISHIONERS:  Exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger coming to St. Thomas - Save the Date!  

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, we are blessed to be able to welcome Fr. Chad Ripperger, SMD, who will be giving a conference here at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.  While our church can seat a large number of people, please help us plan for this event by registeringWe have almost 600 people already registered! Most of these are non-parishioners. We only have space for about 750 in our church.  Please  register as soon as possible.

Fall Landscaping & Decorating!

It is that time of year where we decorate the Church grounds with mums and pumpkins.  As in the past, if you are able to donate either mums or pumpkins, please drop them off outside of Aquinas Hall!  Thanks! 

World Feast: October 15

Is your country participating in World Feast? We need to know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! New contacts are needed for Venezuela, and Vietnam. Many other countries have been represented in the past. If you are new to the parish and would like to get in contact with your country coordinator, or host your own food booth featuring unique cuisines from your nation, please e-mail volunteers@stacharlotte.com to get in touch with your lead!  Countries participating so far: CameroonDominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, India, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Togo, and the United States!

Silent Auction Donations:  Can you donate a gift basket of some item for our annual World Feast Silent Auction?  If so, check out the Amazon Wishlist above, or email us!

Volunteer: Sign up to work during the Feast.  Service hours are offered.  Sign up here or in the Narthex this weekend.

Children's Choir Registration

The STA Children’s Choir is open to children in 2nd–8th grade. We practice on Tuesdays from 6-6:30 p.m. for 2nd graders, 6-7 p.m. for 3rd-8th graders, and sing once a month for the 9:30 a.m. Mass. We also sing occasionally for the 7 p.m. Thursday Extraordinary Form mass.

The children’s choir focuses on building excellent vocal technique and choir skills. We sing music in both English and Latin, as well as Gregorian chant.  Each rehearsal includes choir training for 3rd-8th graders using the Voice for Life program, a graded program that uses workbooks to develop vocal technique and musicianship, as well as choir skills and music theory. There is no cost to participate in children’s choir, but we ask that families pay $8 per child (3rd-8th grade) to cover the cost of the workbooks. Register Here!


Five First Saturdays

Our Lady of Fatima did not just ask the Holy Father to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart. She also asked the faithful to do the Five Consecutive First Saturdays of Reparation.  Have you done it yet?

Last Chance to take our Daily Mass Survey - Please Take a Moment to Do if You Haven't

The Church does not require Daily Mass, but in the lives of the Saints of the Church, many of them went as often as they could. We are doing a brief survey to find out how we as a parish might make it easier for you to attend Daily Mass. You can take the survey here.
       

New Virtual Tours of the Church!

Paul Johnson recently put together a great new virtual tour of the church, the baldacchino, and more! Check it out here!

Fatima Processions

Every 13th of the month from May to October at 7:30 p.m.

Altar Server Training

If you are a young man who has received First Holy Communion, we encourage you to serve at the altar.  Many priestly vocations were birthed from assisting the priest at the altar!  If you are interested in serving the Novus Ordo Mass, E-mail Deacon Martin.  stmartinpfu@hotmail.com
Latin Mass training: daniel.carter@windstream.net

Are You Striving for Sainthood?

This examination is adapted from the official questionnaire that is used when the Church is investigating the worthiness for beatification and canonization of Catholics. They are the questions that are asked of the witnesses who knew the person in question when they were alive. It is a truly great examination of how we are doing, and what type of goals we can set in order to truly live our Catholic faith.  Are we striving to be saints?  There are only saints in Heaven. 

Volunteer at St. Thomas!

If you have been attending Mass, we hope you can assist us with basic needs during the Liturgy! E-mail Deacon Joe Diaz and thanks for your help!

  • Ushers
  • Readers
  • Collection of Offertory
  • Altar Serving for young men 

Blood Drive

Saturday, October 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Sign up online.  Volunteers are needed during the drive, so please e-mail Don if you can assist.

Priests' Retreat

There will be no Confessions or Adoration the week of October 3 through October 7 due to the annual Priests’ Retreat. There is a reduced Daily Mass Schedule so see the online calendar for full details. 

Troops of St. George

All fathers and sons can find more information about the Troops of St. George in the Narthex this weekend. Email info@tsg163.org for more information.

Pet Blessing

In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, join us on Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courtyard with your furry friend and have them receive a blessing in honor of the patron saint of animals. 

Prayer Apostolate of Reparation through Devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus

Every Tuesday morning at 6:00 a.m, folks will be gathering in the church for this devotion. Please consider attending if you can.  Why is this important?

In 1843, Jesus revealed to Sister Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun in Tours, France, that reparation for the sins of atheism, blasphemy, and the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days was imperative. An Archconfraternity was established in 1885 to facilitate this work of reparation looking to St. Veronica as their model.

All STA parishioners are encouraged to seriously consider participating as much as possible in the work of reparation through this devotion, imitating the actions of the holy woman Veronica.

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Replacing Old Aquinas Hall Units
Now that the new units are installed for the church building, with your continued generous support, we hope to tackle the units that need it in Aquinas Hall next! One of the units in the hall is from 1993, and desperately needs to be replaced. The other two units are also in need of replacement, and are from 2003.  These three units take an older style of refrigerant that is very expensive when repairs need to be done. Click the pic above or here to donate online!

Church Security Fund

Can you help us support having the Charlotte Mecklenburg Sheriff's Deputy at Masses here at the church?  We are again collecting for the Church Security Fund, and it is also active on our online giving platform. This expense is expected to cost us $15,000 per year. Any help you are able to give would be greatly appreciated.