Check out the bulletin on-line for upcoming events & parish info!
- Thurs, Oct 24 – 6:30 pm Knights of Columbus Meeting
- Sun, Oct 27 – 6 pm BINGO in gym-Youth Fundraiser
- Fri, Nov 1 – 9am-6pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
10 am STA Social Justice Meeting
- Sun, Nov 3 – SM Social Justice Collection
4:30-7 pm SM Fall Festival
St. Thomas Aquinas
Monday Friday 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. OPEN during lunch.
By appointment. Call Father at the STA Church Office or the rectory to make an appointment.
Please call the parish office if you would like Fr. Meyer to visit you during a hospital stay, or you are in need of pastoral care or prayer support. With the privacy laws, health care facilities can only call us if specified by the patient. Call 832-1190. Also, if you or a loved one are homebound, please call the parish office to make arrangements for a minister to visit and bring communion.
ALL FESTIVAL & HARVEST RAFFLE & DINNER
St Mary Fall Festival – Nov 3
St Thomas Aquinas Harvest Raffle & Dinner – Nov 10
Raffle & dinner tickets will be available soon for both of the Fall events. Sign up sheets are available now for helpers in many different areas. Lots of prizes will be given away at both events!! Everyone is invited!
PRAYER PARTNERS NEEDED for STA school children
Anyone can be a prayer partner, all you have to do is promise to pray for a child. They also meet for special Masses during the school year. The first Prayer Partner Mass and Gathering will be Friday, November 8. There will be donuts and coffee after Mass in the gym. The students are anxious to see their Prayer Partners again! Please call Sharon at the school office 515/832-1346 to sign up to be a prayer partner.
The Knights of Columbus thank you for your generosity the past two weekends. Over $1300 was raised for Special Olympics in the Tootsie Roll drive and the omelet breakfast raised over $600 to support our charitable works. Thank you and God bless!
ROSARY BEFORE MASS
The rosary is a very welcome and powerful devotion in the Catholic Church. Those who recite the rosary with a pure heart bring untold blessing to their parish community. The rosary is recited here before all Masses during the months of May and October. It is led by the Knights of Columbus who begin the rosary 25 minutes before Mass so that a time of silence can be observed by all in preparation for our Eucharistic celebration.
Development Director Update
A Tax Wise Giving Opportunity – If you are 70 ½ or older and have an IRA, you are likely familiar with the IRA Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) you have to take in 2019. If not, the RMD means the IRS requires you to take a certain amount from your IRA every year and pay income tax on that withdrawal. But did you know that you that you can roll that RMD directly to St. Thomas Aquinas and pay no taxes on the transfer and your gift from the RMD comes directly to us to support our spiritual mission? To benefit this year your IRA rollover gift needs to be made before Dec. 31. It is important to first of all contact your IRA administrator or the church office for more information on how to make the IRA rollover work for you. There is a specific process and forms that need to be used and they can help you through those simple steps.
STA Project Committee – The committee charged with working with architects to assess our facilities has been meeting on a regular basis and are developing a plan for renovations and updating. A couple representatives met with the Archdiocese and have been given the green light to proceed. We are excited about the possibility of moving forward with some of the projects which have been prioritized by the committee and will keep you informed as we work towards that goal.
SENIOR COMPANIONSHIP MINISTRY
Senior Companionship Ministry is a ministry that supports shut-ins in our community. As part of this ministry, you will be paired with an elderly individual who may be homebound or in a nursing home. Your role will be to be a friend, visit this person, and listen and be present to this person. Other roles that fall under this ministry are possibly helping this person get to Mass, picking up prescriptions, and/or helping this individual get to an appointment. Please contact the office for more details.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the first Friday of every month from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. We are in need of someone to take the 11am to noon hour. Please contact the office to volunteer. Some have asked if that is just for people who are scheduled because it is necessary for someone to always be present during those hours. The answer is that Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is for everyone. Come for any length of time that works with your schedule throughout that day.
From Parish Family Life Committee
The Parish and Family Life Committee is looking at updating the church directory. The last one was done in 2014 so it’s time to get updated pictures of our families and include all of our new members that have joined us since then. Would you consider being a part of the team that coordinates this directory? Please contact the church office.
There are greeting cards available for purchase in the parish office for Father Meyer’s 40th Ordination to the priesthood and Dan Hurt’s ordination to the Diaconate. They are $2.50 each. There are varied choices of cards.
Knights of Columbus Can Drive for Seminarians
The Knights of Columbus are collecting cans for Archdiocese of Dubuque Seminarians. You can call for pick-up: Dennis 297-1602, John 712-249-3060 or Kyle 515-293-0026. These Knights would stop and pick them up for you, or you can take them directly to the redemption center and designate to KC’s. Thank you.
The church has a Facebook page!
For those of you on Facebook, look us up and “like” our page and “follow” us. https://www.facebook.com/stthomaswc/
We will continue to use email to communicate reminders and send the bulletin but you are now able to contact us through Facebook as well.
The school ALSO has a Facebook page!
If you are on Facebook and haven’t seen our page yet, please look for it and “like” our page and “follow” us. https://www.facebook.com/stthomasaquinaswc/
The bulletin deadline is Monday at noon for any notices, announcements, etc. you wish to have included in the bulletin. Please call, email or drop off the notice to the office.
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