|Mystery Photos||Year of Faith||One Body|
|Church is Open||Faith Formation Ministry||Sports News||Teen Club|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Rectory Offices Move||125th Anniversary Journal||Midwood Catholic Academy|
|Becoming a Fully Initiated Catholic Christian (RCIA)||Parish Pastoral Plan||Bereavement Support Group|
|Planning Commission and Parish Taskforce Feedback||Breakfast with Santa|
|Prayer for His Holiness, Pope Francis||Celebration of Mass||Roman Missal|
|Religious Education News||Music Ministry News||Folk Group News|
|Adult Faith Formation||We're on Facebook!|
|Rosary Society Trip||Adult Altar Servers||Vendors Needed for 1st Annual Christmas Fair at St. Thomas Aquinas||Have You Ever Thought of Being an Altar Server?|
|Theology on Tap||Christmas Giving Tree||Missalette Dedication||Interactive Multisensory Advent Prayer Experience|
|We're on Facebook!|
|We have a Facebook page, so look us up and "Like us on Facebook at St. Thomas Aquinas, Flatlands". Find out what is going on in the parish or leave a message. Click here to visit our page.|
|Sunday, November 17, 2:00pm. First Annual book signing by author Ed Rohs: "Raised by the Church" Can anything good happen from a mischievous, young man? Click here for the flyer.|
|Celebration of Mass|
|As Catholics, we believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is the greatest form of prayer that God has given to us. When we celebrate the Mass, we have the opportunity to experience communion with Christ, and with the community of Christian believers. In every Mass, we pray for the needs of people throughout the world, and for all who have died. In our tradition, we also have the opportunity to remember a particular person or intention at each Mass which is celebrated in the parish.
If you would like to have a deceased loved one remembered or a you have a special intention to be prayed for at a particular Mass here at Saint Thomas Aquinas, please contact the Parish Office during Office hours to make the arrangements. The usual donation for a Mass is $15.00.
|Christmas Giving Tree|
|In the spirit of Christmas sharing, Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Altar Servers and Youth Ministry invites the entire congregation to participate in our Christmas Giving Tree Project. Our goal is to light up the lives of those less fortunate. Again this year we will be collecting Christmas gifts for HOUR CHILDREN.
Next weekend on the Christmas Tree there will be gift tags from a wish list; please take a tag and help us make Hour Children have a Blessed Christmas. All gifts must be returned no later than the weekend of December 14/15. Please bring all gifts unwrapped with the gift tag attached.
|We are replacing the JOURNEYSONG hymnals with an updated Missalette. Each Missalette is valued at $25.00, and you can fund as many Missalettes as you like. Your generosity and commitment to Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish is vital so we can continue to provide the wonderful music ministry. Please place your donation in an envelope clearly marked "New Missals" with your name, telephone number and the name of the person you wish to have inscribed in the Missalette. For those parishioners who already had a hymnal from last year memorialized, those name will be brought over to the new missalette. Any questions please call Mrs. Dawson 718-253-4404. Click here for the Memorial Form.|
|Vendors Needed for 1st Annual Christmas Fair at St. Thomas Aquinas|
|Saturday, December 14th 10:00am-4:00pm at the Little Church of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Each table is $30.00. Click here for the flyer.
If you would like to donate Christmas baking goods, candies, new decorations, etc. - please contact us. For further information, please call Mirlene Jean or Robert Ruggiero.
|Theology on Tap|
|Join us on Saturday December 7th, at 6:30pm in the Aquinas Center for wine and cheese as we celebrate "CHRISTMAS PRESENCE" with Timothy Haines and Wilson Orihuela, co-hosts of VERICAST.net. Free will offering and Raffles to benefit the Religious Education Program. Must be 21 or older to attend. Click here for the flyer.|
|Interactive Multisensory Advent Prayer Experience|
You are invited to
participate in a unique
experience, during this
busy and hurried
Advent Season as we wait
for the Lord in peace, hope, joy & love.
For more information please contact: Elizabeth Matthew at (718) 253-4404 Ext. 30
|Breakfast with Santa|
|The Youth Group will be sponsoring a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 14, 2013, 10:00am-11:30am, in the School Cafeteria. Please enter through the parking lot. Cost is $5 per person. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Group & the Religious Education Program. Click here for the registration form. Please return by December 8th.|
|Faith Formation Ministry|
|Our Adult Faith Formation Ministry will begin a new class for adults who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Sessions will begin in October and are open to anyone sixteen years of age or older who have been baptized and received the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and First Penance. Prior registration is necessary. Do not wait until you disappoint someone who asks you to be a Godparent or Sponsor for the Sacraments of Baptism or Confirmation. Please remember one needs to be fully initiated to be a Godparent for Baptism or Sponsor for Confirmation. Please call Ms. Elizabeth Mathew at : 718-253-4404 Ext. 30. You need to have your Baptism and First Holy Communion certificates.|
|Adult Faith Formation|
|St. Thomas Church will be starting a five weeks adult Faith Formation sessions based on Father Robert Barron's well known program on CATHOLICISM. All are invited. Catechists will be given credits towards their certification. Presentations will be held in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Adult Faith Formation sessions:
You are invited to come and learn more about the Catholic Church and our Faith.
When? Monday, November 18, 25 Monday, December 2, 9 and 16 7:00-8:30pm
Where? St. Thomas Aquinas Church
What? A deeper look into the beauty and truth of the Catholic Church.
Take advantage of this beautiful opportunity to learn more about our Church and her teachings! Don't be left out! This journey will be guided by Msgr. John Brown, Father Dwayne Davis and Ms. Elizabeth Mathew. For more information please call 718-2534404 Ext. 30
|Prayer for His Holiness, Pope Francis|
Holy Spirit, look with favor upon our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he begins his mission as Shepherd of the Universal Church. May he be a holy servant, a strong leader, and a faith-filled guardian of the teachings of Jesus Christ. As the Vicar of Christ and successor of Saint Peter, may he be filled with zeal for the truth and may his heart be filled with deep compassion and love for the least ones among us. May he experience your peace and grace in abundance, as you pour forth upon him your spiritual gifts of wisdom, understanding, wonder and awe, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, and piety. O Beloved Holy Spirit, bless and watch over our new Pope, and be with him, and us, as we begin this new journey of faith together. We ask these things through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
|Come and joint in our pilgrimage to Rome for the Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. We will also visit Assisi. Depart on April 24, 2014 and return on May 1, 2014. Click here for the flyer with additional details. Deposit of $300 due by December 20, 2013.|
This youth club is a gathering for teens from the ages 12-18 to come together to meet new people and make new friends and be challenged to living the Catholic Faith This is not your average youth club. We take into account the modern trends teens look to. We guarantee that some of your best moments as a teen will come from this youth club. We are dedicated to Faith-raising, Friend-raising, and Fund-raising! We will meet the first and third Friday of the month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Aquinas Center. Can't wait to see you all there!
St. Thomas Aquinas Basketball program will be holding fall registration for children, K through 8th grade. We will be offering a Fall Clinic as well as winter intramural league. Registration will be on Saturday mornings from 10am-12pm In Monsignor King Hall during the month of September.
|Holy Name Society News|
|Calling all men 18 & older. Are you a man searching for something greater? The St. Thomas Aquinas Holy Name men invite all men over 18 to our next meeting on Tuesday, November 26 at 7PM in the Rectory meeting room. The Holy Name Society is open to all men in the parish. Light refreshments will be served.|
|The Holy Family Association|
|The mission of The Holy Family Association is for practicing Catholic families to work more closely with our parish children and youth programs and to help our lapsed Catholic families to rediscover Jesus, Our Lord and God. If you would like to join us please contact Mr. Robert A. Ruggiero at 718-253-4404.|
|Music Ministry News|
The Choir and Hand-bell Choir practices have started. The practices are on Wednesday evenings in the church. The Hand-bell Choir rehearses at 6:00 pm and the Choir rehearses at 7:30 pm.
|Folk Group News|
The Folk Group sings at the 11:30 Sunday Mass every other Sunday.
|We are many parts but One Body in the Lord, as Catholics we come from many ethnic and diverse heritages, differing parts from throughout the world, all of which celebrates our universality as Church. So too, here at the Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas we come from many parts but are One Body in the Lord. To begin to discover the vast parts of Catholicism here at Saint Thomas Aquinas, I would like to begin by cordially inviting you to help bridge our One Body. So if you are interested in sharing your personal ethnicity, culture, and traditional Catholic identities and to help the Parish identify and celebrate the many parts (of ethnicities and cultures) please join us in becoming One Body. Kindly call and speak with Mr. Robert A. Ruggiero at 718-253-4404, ext. 31. As One Body in the Lord we are committed to a Church that fosters evangelism, service, hospitality, stewardship and a need for genuine unity and belonging. Help us to continue in the building of the One Body in the Lord.|
|Year of Faith|
|The Year of Faith was announced by Pope Benedict XVI last year in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei. It will begin on October 11th, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The year will end on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism 50 that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith. Learn more at www.usccb.org.
At 12 noon on October 11th, 2012, hundreds of Catholic churches and thousands of people across the United States joined together to ring in the first day of the Year of Faith. Bells have long been part of the Catholic tradition and fulfill an important role in the community. Since the 14th century, it has been customary to ring church bells to remind the faithful to pray the Angelus. The sound of bells ringing out together across communities to mark this important year was a memorable celebration for our parish and community.
|Becoming a Fully Initiated Catholic Christian (RCIA)|
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults ...or RCIA is a process by which people who are considering membership in the Catholic Church come together for weekly classes to experience Christian Community and share a journey of faith.
IS GOD CALLING YOU?
|Church is Open|
|Our church is open every day for private prayer. Some folks pray quietly before the tabernacle; while others pray the Stations
of the Cross or light a candle in the shrines to the Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph
or Saint Thomas Aquinas. Others sit in the pews and meditate on scriptures or pray in some fashion. Feel free to stop in at any time, when the Church is open.
Monday through Friday 6:00am to 2:00pm
Saturday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday 7:00am to 7:00pm
Bishop DiMarzio in an attempt to increase cooperation and communication among the parishes of the Diocese and with the diocesan church has reorganized the Cluster structure presently in place within the Diocese. The Bishop following Canon Law has placed the parishes in groupings to be known as a Deanery; to coordinate each Deanery is a Dean. The Dean is a priest and will represent the Bishop to the parishes in his Deanery and in turn represent the parishes to the Bishop.
Bishop DiMarzio installed these Deans on Sunday, April 28th at a Vesper Service at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint James.
Saint Thomas Aquinas is now part of a Deanery made up of the following parishes: Saint Bernard, Mary Queen of Heaven, Saint Columba, Saint Brendan, Our Lady Help of Christians, Resurrection, Good Shepherd, Saint Edmund, Saint Mark and Saint Margaret Mary. Father Frank Hughes, Pastor of Saint Columba has been appointed by the Bishop as the area Dean.
You are asked to pray for the success of this new diocesan structure for pastoral ministry. As this new process begin, please be assured that you will be kept informed.
|We need your help!
A box of photos was found in the rectory, and we are not able to identify the people in them. Please look at the Mystery Photos page of our website, and see if you can assist us. Some of the photos are old ones, while others are more recent.
Thanks for your assistance!
|Religious Education News
Registration Applications for Sunday and
Wednesday Programs (Grades K to 8) are
available at The Aquinas Center (2000 Flatbush
You may also download a copy at
Sacramental preparation for Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation requires a minimum of two consecutive years of catechetical instructions per Sacrament.
For Students in Grade 8 the deadline to complete their 30 hours of Christian Service is March 31, 2014.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is administered to properly prepared candidates in the 8th Grade during spring 2014 pending complete fulfillment of 2013-2014 Confirmation Candidates Guidelines - Requirements and Assignments, which has been issued to all 8th Graders.
|Rosary Society Trip|
|The St. Thomas Aquinas Rosary Society will be sponsoring a trip to the Hunterdon Playhouse in New Jersey on Friday, November 22th. The day will include a delicious dinner and a wonderful Christmas Show. Total cost is $80.00. The bus will leave at 9:00am from in front of the Church on Hendrickson Street. Call Maryanne at 1-718-258-5871 for more information.
Reservations must be made by November 15, 2013. Everyone is welcome to join us that day.
|Note the date change!|
|Have You Ever Thought of Being an Altar Server?|
|St. Thomas Aquinas parish needs you! The program is open to children in the 3rd Grade and up. Training sessions are held in the church on Sundays after the 11 :30AM Mass. If you are interested, please see Fr. Dwayne For an application. Training began on Sunday, November 3, 2013. We look forward to seeing you there. Click here for the form.|
|Adult Altar Servers|
|St. Thomas Aquinas is going to begin an Adult Altar Servers Program for those adults who are interested in serving the weekday Masses and Funerals. For those Adults who are interested, please see Fr. Dwayne.|
The Roman Missal also referred to as the Sacramentary, is the large book that is
placed upon the altar to guide the way we celebrate the Mass and all the sacraments
that are so central to our Catholic faith. The book contains the prayers and blessings
for all of our liturgies. It encompasses the entire liturgical year with all of the seasons
such as Advent, Christmastime, Lent, Eastertide, special feast days as well as those weeks of the year that we refer to "Ordinary Time." The Missal also contains all of the directions about the actions of the Mass (called rubrics) and the way we as a community of God's people pray together in order to be united with the Church throughout the world.
Click here for "What is the Roman Missal?" issued by the Liturgy Training Publications.
Click here for "Ten Questions on the Roman Missal, Third Edition," issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Click here for "Celebrating the Lord's Day," issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Click here for "Welcoming the New Roman Missal."
Click here for "The Act of Penitence."
Click here for "The Gloria."
Click here for "The Nicene Creed."
Click here for "The Eucharistic Prayer."
Click here for "The Priest's Prayers."
|Planning Commission and Parish Taskforce Feedback|
The following comments are a series of recommendations
made by members of the Diocesan Planning Commission and Parish Taskforce during
their review of all parishes within the diocese as part of Christ Jesus, Our Hope, the diocesan strategic planning process. This feedback is meant to assist parish leaders in their ongoing discernment and pastoral planning.
|125th Anniversary Journal|
On Sunday, May 30, 2010 we had our Anniversary Mass and Reception. Read the article in The Tablet.
The DVD Journal that includes the Mass, Reception, Memorials and Sponsors of our 125th Anniversary Celebration is now in the mail to those who purchased ads or completed the information sheet at our Reception. If you were there and did not complete an information sheet, please leave a message at the Parish Office (718-253-4404) for Rosemarie Walsh. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Since 1885, the parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas has been a visible presence within this community. In 2010, we celebrated 125 years of ministry. In 2009, we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the blessing of the cornerstone of the new church. In 2010, we also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the new church's dedication by Bishop Mugavero.
For a list of the priests who are part of our parish history, please click here.
Our theme for this special year is What Others Have Begun, We Shall Continue. A year of Jubilee celebration gives us, as a parish, the opportunity to celebrate our history; recalling important moments of the past and the people who have given so much to bring us to where we are today. Our celebration gives us a chance to celebrate our life as a parish now, at a time when many new people are coming to Saint Thomas Aquinas. Finally, our celebration helps us to look to the future, with its challenges and opportunities for us, as a community of faith and so a community of great hope.
|CHRIST JESUS, OUR HOPE: A DIOCESAN STRATEGIC PLAN FOR RENEWAL|
This past week the Strategic Plan of the Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas was submitted to the Diocesan Task Force for their review. Click here to read our plan.
We would like to address the place of our parish in relation to the Diocesan Strategic Planning Process entitled "Christ Jesus, Our Hope." The goal is not merely to cut expenses by closing parishes; rather, we are being asked to "re-imagine" our diocese and parishes so that we can more effectively carry out the mission of evangelizing our neighborhoods and culture in general. The Parish Data reports has been shared with you. The last several weeks The Tablet has published a report with diocesan-wide data about the stark realities in our Diocese.
Click here for "What is 'Christ Jesus, Our Hope'?"
Click here for "How Strategic Planning Relates to Evangelization."
Click here for "Strategic Planning and Parish Finances."
Click here for "The Planning Options."
Click here for "Yesterday & Today: What Have We Achieved?"
|Midwood Catholic Academy|
In September 2009, Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish welcomed to our facility Midwood Catholic Academy. We welcome Mrs. Elena Heimbach (Principal), faculty, staff and students. For more information on the school, please call (718) 377-1800 or visit their website: http://www.midwoodcatholicacademy.org
Read The Tablet's article about this relocation: http://www.thetablet.org/08292009/stories25.html
|Rectory Offices Move|
As of October 13, 2009, the Rectory Office moved over to the Aquinas Center, 2000 Flatbush Avenue. This move includes the Main Office, the Office of Faith Formation (Mr. Robert Ruggiero) and the Pastoral Associate (Sister Terry Agliardi, RSM). Also located in the Aquinas Center is the Office of Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Mail will continue to be addressed to 1550 Hendrickson Street and we are will continue to use the same telephone and fax numbers.
|Bereavement Support Group|
The death of a loved one usually ushers in a time of sadness and loss that can seem more than overwhelming at many times. Our new Bereavement Support Group will serve to offer comfort, companionship and helpful information about recovery from loss. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, in the Aquinas Center, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. If you or someone you know would benefit from such a support group, please contact Sister Terry at (718) 253-4404 ext. 30.
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion|
Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion currently visit many sick and homebound members of the parish who are unable to attend Mass and receive Communion in church. As a result of the generosity of these ministers, Holy Communion is available to these persons every Saturday evening or Sunday coinciding when the community gathers for Eucharist.
If you or someone you know in our parish is in need of visitation by one of our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, please contact Sister Terry Agliardi, RSM, who is coordinating this ministry to the sick. She can be reached at (718) 253-4404 extension 30 or by e-mail. It is the desire of the Pastoral Staff to reach as many people in our community who are in need of this service. Please pray for our ministers as they bring Holy Communion and the love and concern of this community to our sick and homebound members.
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|Parish Pastoral Plan|
The Parish Pastoral Council presents our Parish Pastoral Plan, which is comprised of the Mission Statement, Goals, and Objectives.
We, the people of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Flatlands, Brooklyn, are a multi-cultural community, invigorated to respond to the call of Jesus under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Consistent with the tradition of the Catholic Church, we are:
Objectives for Goal One
Objectives for Goal Two
Objectives for Goal Three
Last Updated: November 24, 2013