|Mystery Photos||Year of Faith||One Body|
|Church is Open||New Monsignor||New Director of Music Ministry||From the Desk of Father Doyle|
|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|
|Are You Being Called to Serve the Mission of Jesus?||Planning Commission and Parish Taskforce Feedback||Religious Education Program|
|New Liturgical Ministers Welcome||A Call to Serve God's People||Parish Vocation Committee|
|Prayer for His Holiness, Pope Francis||Summer Faith Camp||Scriptures Under the Stars|
|Wedding Anniversary Congratulations||Healing Mass||New Deanery|
|Pentecost Sunday||Memorial Day|
|The Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas has received word that our native son, Father John Boyle has been honored by Pope Benedict XVI with the title of Monsignor. We send our heartfelt congratulations and prayers to Monsignor Boyle and we look forward to him coming back home where we will all celebrate together.||Congratulations!|
|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.
|From the Desk of Father Doyle|
|Scriptures Under the Stars|
|Join us each Saturday after the 5:30pm Mass (beginning May 4th and ending June 29th) in the Convent Garden for Biblical Reflections. We will be exploring the Old and New Testaments its history, literary, and inspirational meanings in our lives. Refreshments to be served. If there is inclement weather, we will meet in the Aquinas Center. (Please use the back door, in the parking lot.) This is sponsored by the Holy Family Association. Click here for the flyer.|
|Summer Faith Camp|
|We are happy to announce a brand new and exciting Religious Educational Program, Summer Faith Camp. The program is designed to provide another option rather than attend traditional classes on Sundays or Wednesdays. Students will attend classes from Monday to Thursday from 10am-3pm starting Monday, July 8th and ending on Thursday, July 25th. We will be accepting enrollment for Grades 1 through 8. The Summer Faith Camp fulfills the normal obligation to attend classes during September to June.
We are now accepting Registration Applications, which is available at the Aquinas Center. For further information contact Mr. Robert A. Ruggiero at 718-253-4404.
|A Message from Sister Terry|
As some of you might already know, I will be leaving my ministry at Saint Thomas Aquinas and beginning a new position as the Pastoral Associate at the parish of Saint Luke in Whitestone, Queens this September. I am very grateful for the countless blessings I have enjoyed through the wonderful parishioners I have come to know and love during the five and a half years of my ministry at Saint Thomas. Be assured of my on-going prayers for you, your families and this parish community and I ask that I be remembered in yours. I will continue my ministry here until the end of July, so I look forward to opportunities to share in our parish life during the coming weeks.
|New Director of Music Ministry|
|We welcome Mr. James V. Millen, our new Director of Music Ministry.|
|Mark your calendar Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th is Pentecost Sunday-the color of the day is RED. The color of Pentecost is red, so add to the festivities and help celebrate the birthday of the Church by wearing red.|
|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.|
|The Easter Lamb|
The Paschal Lamb symbolizes the risen Lamb, Jesus Christ-the Lamb of God-the Christian symbol of the Passover sacrifice of Jesus from death to life.
The symbol of the Lamb remains throughout the Easter Season until Pentecost Sunday, which this year is May 19th..
|Memorial Day Mass in honor of Our Parish Veterans and Father James F. Kehoe Triangle Memorial. -Sunday. May 26th after the 11 :30am Mass Outdoor Procession and Laying of Wreath. Refreshments to follow in the Convent Garden. Click here for the flyer.|
|New Liturgical Ministers Welcome|
|If any parishioner is interested in learning about the ministry of Lector and Eucharistic Minister, or if you think you might have a calling to participate in either of these important liturgical ministries, please contact Sister Terry at 1-718-253-4404, extension 30 and she will provide necessary information about the ministries, the appropriate requirements and the process for offering yourself for service at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish.|
|Religious Education Program|
New Grade level in Religious Education
Reminders and Regulations: any child that has
not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy
|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.
|New Hymnal Dedication Project|
|"To sing well is to pray twice," said Saint Augustine. And a good hymnal is necessary to do that. Last year's introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal has occasioned the need for new hymnals. Our current Breaking Bread hymn books are going to be replaced with a permanent hard cover hymnal entitled JOURNEYSONGS.
We are please to offer to the Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas an opportunity to dedicate one or more of the 400 hymnals, in honor of, or in memory of a loved one
A $25.00 donation per hymnal will provide one dedication plaque, which will be affixed to the inside front cover of the hymnal. These hymnals will then be placed on book racks at the entrances of he Church for use by the parish. If you wish to honor or remember more than one person, you are encouraged to donate more than one hymnal.
We will be able to accept cash or checks - please make checks payable to Saint Thomas Aquinas with a reference to "Hymnal dedication" on the check memo section. All proceeds will be used to defray the cost of the hymnals and benefit the Music Ministries of our Parish.
If you are interested in dedicating one of more hymnals, please provide the following information:
Your name; your address; your telephone number and the name of the person you wish to honor or to have in memory of; along with your payment. Click here for a form you may use.
If you are looking for a way to honor or remember a loved one at the Christmas holidays, a hymnal dedication is a beautiful way to do so!
|Becoming a Fully Initiated Catholic Christian (RCIA)|
|Fully initiated Catholics have celebrated the
three sacraments of initiation, Baptism, Confirmation
and Eucharist. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process which helps to prepare adults who are seeking to become fully initiated Catholics.
The journey of faith is a journey of the heart - if you or someone you know may feel that your
heart journey is leading you to exploring becoming a fully initiated Catholic, the RCIA provides
guidance and companions along the path.
RCIA is a process which welcomes those who wish to inquire about joining the Catholic community. Along with members of our Saint Thomas Aquinas community, inquirers explore the loving presence of God in their lives, deepen their prayer, and prepare for celebration of the sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
The process is designed for adults who are nonbaptized, baptized in another Christian tradition,
baptized Catholic but not fully initiated by the reception of Confirmation and Eucharist.
For more information please call the Parish Office at 718-253-4404 and leave your name, address and telephone number.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish has been asked to form a Vocations Committee. As a first step we will begin our Vocation Cross Prayer each week. Each Sunday a family, couple or individual will be called forward at the 11:30am Mass to receive the vocation cross. In taking the cross they commit themselves to pray during the week, in the name of the parish, the vocation prayer in thanksgiving for all those generously sharing in Church ministry and in particular for the gift of sisters, brothers, priests and deacons. They are also asked to pray for an increase in vocations.
All of us are invited to participate in this program. We encourage all to sign up for one of the weeks and then attend the 11:30am Mass that week to receive the cross. It is our hope that this experience will encourage each of us to take seriously our vocation as a member of the Body of Christ and encourage ALL of us to pray for the gift of vocations to priesthood and religious life.
We believe the Spirit is calling men and women from our parish to these roles of service. May our prayers help inspire young men and women to be attentive to the movement of the spirit within them and to step forward in faith and with generous hearts to wherever the Spirit leads them.
We will begin the Vocation Cross Program in September.
Currently there are several openings on the
Parish Pastoral Council. The Parish Pastoral
Council of Saint Thomas Aquinas seeks to
build , strengthen and nourish faith and to empower
members by encouraging critical thinking
and ownership. All efforts are rooted in
the challenge of the gospel and flow from the
community's prayers, gifts and needs as we
gather around the Eucharistic table to express
and intensify our relationship to one another
in the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.
|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
|A Call to Serve God's People|
Have you thought about becoming active in service to Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish in this Year of Faith? We would like to expand our team of dedicated ushers to include women and men interested in this ministry.
New Ushers are needed for the Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday, 8:00am; Sunday, 11:30am and Sunday, 5:30pm. Also needed are Ushers for Holy Day Masses and Special Liturgies.
Whether you can make a steady weekly commitment or wish to volunteer on an “as needed” basis, please consider joining this most important ministry. For more information about the Ministry of Usher here at Saint Thomas Aquinas, please speak to Mr. TJ Chin after Mass.
|Our Trilingual Rosary is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 2:00pm in Church. Please plan on joining the Rosary Society and the Legion of Mary for this special devotion to the Blessed Mother. Come join us
as we pray
the prayers of the rosary
and sing hymns to Mary
in English, Spanish,
and Creole. Click here for the flyer.
|The Parish of Saint Thomas Aquinas will again be hosting a Healing Mass with Monsignor Jeffrey Conway, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Staten Island on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30pm. For more information please contact Mr. Robert Ruggiero at the Faith Formation Office, 1-718-253-4404, extension 31.|
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 Registration for 2013-2014|
We are now accepting Registration Applications for the Summer, Sunday, or Wednesday Programs
|Wedding Anniversary Congratulations|
On Saturday, April 27th, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will preside at a Mass at Immaculate Conception Church to celebrate the wedding anniversaries of those celebrating a significant anniversary this year in our Diocese and our parish.
Arthur & Ann Batson -60 years
Congratulations to you and please be assured of our prayers for you and your families.
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: May 12, 2013