Building Virtues Capital Campaign Update

06-04-2019Pastor LetterFr. Steve Kunkel

This is an exciting time for Saint Thomas the Apostle. Our Building Virtues Capital Campaign these past three years has helped us make incredible progress on the vision we outlined when I became your pastor just a few years ago. Together, we have achieved so much in a short time! I want to keep the momentum we have and make progress on our master plan that will take Saint Thomas long into the future.

The parish is preparing to launch an important effort that will continue to build on the efforts we have made so far. In the past couple weeks, we began a feasibility study that will assist us in determining how to move forward. To conduct this study, we have retained the services of Ruotolo Associates, a national firm with local presence that has experience working with Catholic communities just like ours.

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Letter on Ad Orientem Letter 2 of 2

11-11-2018Pastor LetterThe Priests of St. Thomas the Apostle

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Starting on the feast of Christ the King, we will begin to offer the 11:00 Mass “Ad Orientem,” which is to say that the priest and the people will together turn to face the Lord in the Eucharistic Prayer. In our last bulletin letter, we began to address the reasons for this decision, starting with a brief analysis of the Second Vatican Council’s stated ends in proposing a reform of the Liturgy.

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Letter on Ad Orientem-Letter 1 of 2

10-28-2018Pastor LetterThe Priests of Saint Thomas the Apostle

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

One of the many great blessing of serving St. Thomas the Apostle parish is the beauty and solemnity with which this community approaches the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy. This is a commitment we not only want to maintain but also to continue and to deepen.

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Welcome Fr. Musie Tesfayohannes

09-02-2018Pastor LetterFr. Musie Tesfayohannes

Fr. Musie Tesfayohannes will be joining Saint Thomas as Parochial Vicar this week. He looks forward to his new assignment and meeting our community. Fr. Tesfayohannes wanted to share this letter of introduction with you and please give him a warm Saint Thomas Welcome when you meet him.

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State of the Parish and School

08-15-2018Pastor LetterFr. Steve Kunkel

Dear STA Family,

Welcome back and Happy "FALL"! I know it's still entirely too hot to feel like celebrating, but we have much to be glad about as we finish the summer and welcome home all our vacationing parishioners and students back to Saint Thomas. I spent some of the summer overseas, traveling through Europe and as great as my adventures were, it is GREAT to be back, together with all of you.

I want to kick off our new fiscal year and school year with general updates on the state of the parish and school.

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Letter from the Pastor

Lift Up Your Hearts

04-21-2019Pastor LetterFr. Steve Kunkel

Dear STA Family,

In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II visited Phoenix and was surrounded by 75,000 faithful as he celebrated Mass and the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. I was recently moved by a recording from that event and want to share a portion of it with you today, thirty-two years later as we celebrate the Risen Lord and the restored hope He brings this Easter. In his address, Saint Pope John Paul II reminds us of our universal heritage as children of God - that we are an "Alleluia!" people, healed from sin through the sacraments and destined for eternal love.

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Monday, February 12
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Children’s Adoration: 11:00-Noon, Church
Saint Vincent de Paul: 6:30 pm, St. Raphael
Tuesday, February 13
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Wednesday, February 14
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Mass Times: 6:30am, 8:30am, Noon & 6:00pm
School Mass: 8:30 am
Kings Men: 8:30pm, ICT Room
Thursday, February 15
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany for Priests: 9:00 am, Church
Friday, February 16
Men’s Bible Study: 7:00am, ICT Room
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30am, Church
Saturday, February 17
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Rosary for Priests: 9:10am Church
Sunday, February 18
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 6:20am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00pm
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am,: Classroom PK 2
Saturday, February 3
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 7:20am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Rosary for Priests: 9:10am Church
Sunday, February 4
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 6:20am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00pm
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am,: Classroom PK 2

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LOVE AMONG US, A Christmas Letter from the Pastor

12-24-2017AllFr Steve

Dear STA Family,

Merry Christmas! The Lord is with us! It is with great joy that I write to you this holy day and I thank you for being here to share in our celebration as we reflect on the birth of our Lord and stoke the flame of our relationship with Him.

Many times when I write you or speak to you in a homily, I address you all as the "Saint Thomas family." In truth, this is so much more than a salutation...we are, in all sincerity, a real family—a reality made possible through our Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom we are united. This reality that we are a family in Christ means we are deeply connected, by something extraordinary and supernatural. In greeting you as "family", I mean for us to recognize in each other the nature we share as children of God.

Pope John XXIII remarked, "Mankind is a great, and immense family...This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas." It is true that at Christmas we feel something supernatural among us...it's as if we can physically feel that indelible spiritual mark which God places on our hearts in the Sacraments. At Christmas, we feel that pure and intimate familiarity of belonging that is the Lord's hallmark—His comfort fills those voids where we are "un-whole" and restores our hope in everything. At Christmas, we feel that Love is among us!

We don't need to reserve this feeling for just one season. In fact, the Lord, Love Himself; is among us all year at Mass and in our relationships with each other. Saint Teresa of Calcutta wrote: "It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you." We must nurture, protect and uplift each other as only family can do. It is from the family—that fundamental cell of society—that we bear the fruit of Christ which can then be shared with others. This is as true in the homes we share as a family as it is in the parish we share as a family.

In the coming year, we will gather each week in thanksgiving for all that God gives us. In return, He wants us, perhaps now more than ever, to "love one another as He loved us." He wants us, surely now more than ever, to go out and proclaim Him. To everyone we meet—let us regard them and care for them as family and share the Good News! Let us open our hearts, enlarge our boundaries and bring those at the farthest edges, closer. Beginning even here, look to the brother or sister next to you in the pew. Do not let them leave a stranger. If you came to Saint Thomas alone, see that you are not alone! You are each part of the STA family, bonded together by a different kind of flesh and blood—one that was born thousands of years ago but that is living still today.

Together in this, let us rejoice!

Yours in Christ, Father Steve

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