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Charity and Development Appeal

“Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity...” – Pope FrancisThe annual Charity and Development Appeal (CDA) provides critical funding to over 70 programs and organizations across the Diocese. The CDA serves the basic needs of our large and fast growing community beyond what any one parish or community can do alone. Together we can achieve more.With your gift to the CDA, you heed the call to be an instrument of God’s mercy. For more information or to donate online, visit dphx.org/cda. Thank you for your support.

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Monday, April 17
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Tuesday, April 18
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany of Mary: 9:00 am, Church
Wednesday, April 19
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
School Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Young Apostles: 6:30 pm, ICT/Conference Room/Piazza/ St. Raphael
Jr. Apostles: 6:30 pm, Classroom 13
Kings Men: 8:30 pm, St. Raphael
Thursday, April 20
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany for Priests: 9:00 am, Church
Senior Class: 9:00 am, Piazza
Friday, April 21
Men’s Bible Study: 7:00 am – 8:00 am, ICT Classroom
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Saturday, April 22
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, 5:00 pm, Church
Confessions: 3:00 pm, Church
Sunday, April 23
Chaplet/Rosary: 6:45 am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm, Church
Divine Mercy Mass: 3:00 pm, Church
RCIA: 9:00-11:00 am, ICT Classroom
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am, Classroom PK 2
Sodality Retreat: 9:00 am, St. Raphael/ICT/Piazza
Teen Apostles: 6:15 pm-7:45pm, ICT Classroom
K of C Donut Sale: Outside church after mass

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01-01-2017All

Charity and Development Appeal

“Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity...” – Pope Francis The annual Charity and Development Appeal (CDA) provides critical funding to over 70 programs and organizations across the Diocese. The CDA serves the basic needs of our large and fast growing community beyond what any one parish or community can do alone. Together we can achieve more. With your gift to the CDA, you heed the call to be an instrument of God’s mercy. For more information or to donate online, visit dphx.org/cda. Thank you for your support.

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Saturday, March 11
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, 5:00 pm, Church
Rummage Sale Drop Off: 9:00 am, Campbell Parking Lot
Sunday, March 12
Chaplet/Rosary: 6:45 am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm, Church
RCIA: 9:00-11:00 am, ICT Classroom
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am, Classroom PK 2
Teen Apostles: 6:15 pm-7:45pm, ICT Classroom
K of C Donut Sale: Outside church after mass
Monday, March 13
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Saint Vincent de Paul: 6:30 pm, St. Raphael
Tuesday, March 14
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany of Mary: 9:00 am, Church
Wednesday, March 15
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
School Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Young Apostles: 6:30 pm, ICT/Conference Room/Piazza/Raphael
Jr. Apostles: 6:30 pm, Classroom 13
Thursday, March 16
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany for Priests: 9:00 am, Church
Friday, March 17
Men’s Bible Study: 7:00 am – 8:00 am, ICT Classroom
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Stations of the Cross: 5:15 pm, Church
Lenten Fish Fry: 6:00 pm, Parish Hall
Saturday, March 18
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, 5:00 pm, Church
Notre Dame Glee Club Concert: 6:30 pm, Church
Sunday, March 19
Chaplet/Rosary: 6:45 am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm, Church
RCIA: 9:00-11:00 am, ICT Classroom
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am, Classroom PK 2
Teen Apostles: 6:15 pm-7:45pm, ICT Classroom
K of C Donut Sale: Outside church after mass

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12-24-2016AllFr Steve

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BEARING GIFTS, FOLLOWING THE MAGI’S LEAD

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary, his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:10-11)

Dear STA Family,

Fr Steve KunkelOne of the great images we have at this time of year is that of the three Magi traversing the desert in the darkness, being led by a star. Perhaps most recognizable to us about the Magi were their mysterious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Scholars have interpreted the gifts as things that (at the time) would have been given to a King—gold; a Priest, to invoke the presence of the Lord—frankincense; and to one that would have died, as a burial ointment—myrrh. As Catholics, we see that these gifts were prophetic in nature, signifying Jesus’ as we know Him—His Kingship, His Divinity and as the Redeemer who died on the cross.

Another striking interpretation of the Magi’s gifts comes to us from Saint Irenaeus, who likened them to virtue, prayer, and suffering. Virtue—which we’ve spoken much about this year with our Building Virtues Capital Campaign and is core to our school curriculum—is that which makes us dignified, morally good and pure. When we live a virtuous life, we are preparing ourselves for God—perfecting ourselves to be worthy when presented in front of Him. Prayer is that which connects us to God. When we take time to speak to Him, we deepen our relationship with Him. When we worship and adore Him, we are letting Him replace those evils in our lives and restore our glorified nature. Lastly, suffering—which can be the hardest to swallow—is really an act of true love. In suffering, we are united to Christ’s Passion. We can offer ourselves up in all that we do—through the blood, sweat and tears—as a gift to Him.

We can take a cue from the Magi this Christmas and look into our own hearts, asking what gifts we each have that can pay homage to God. I see many of you have already began bearing beautiful gifts here at Saint Thomas. I think of Sodality and their gift of bringing back Advent Nights—thank you! I think of the team that has worked tirelessly for our Fund for All ministry to provide our children with scholarships—thank you! I think of each parishioner, young and old filling our pews each week, bringing your songs and prayers, your time and tithing—thank you! These are just a few examples of how we can each give of ourselves and show our love. I hope we will each be inspired this Christmas to find our “perfect gift”...something to honor the King, to praise the Lord, to thank Our Savior for His Sacrifice. Let us make the spiritual journey to find Him and make our offering, letting His light guide our way. I wish all of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

In all things may Christ be glorified,

Father Steve

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Schedule of Events

Sunday, December 18
Chaplet/Rosary: 6:45 am, Church
Sunday Masses: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 5:00 pm
RCIA: 9:00-11:00 am, ICT Classroom
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am, Classroom PK 2
K of C Donut Sale: After Morning Mass Outside Church
Teen Apostles: 6:15 pm-7:45pm, ICT Classroom
Monday, December 19
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Saint Vincent de Paul: 6:30 pm, St. Raphael
Tuesday, December 20
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany of Mary: 9:00 am, Church
Wednesday, December 21
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
School Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Confessions: 6:00pm, Church
Family Rosary: 6:30pm, Church
Young Apostles: 6:30 pm, ICT/Conference Room/Piazza/Raphael
Jr. Apostles: 6:30 pm, Classroom 13
King’s Men: 8:30 pm, First Way, 3501 N 16th St.
Thursday, December 22
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Litany for Priests: 9:00 am, Church
Friday, December 23
Men’s Bible Study: 7:00 am –8:00, ICT Classroom
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 8:30 am, Church
Saturday, December 24
Chaplet/Rosary: 7:45 am, Church
Holy Mass: 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 12:00 am, Church
Rosary for Priests: 9:10 am, Adoration Chapel
Sunday, December 25
Chaplet/Rosary: 6:45 am, Church
Sunday Masses: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, Church
RCIA: 9:00-11:00 am, ICT Classroom
Li’l Apostles: 9:00 am, Classroom PK 2
Teen Apostles: 6:15 pm-7:45pm, ICT Classroom

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Welcome Karen Rubsam our new Finance Director

09-18-2016News

Karen immediately got work on her first day- she spent her first few hours counting the weekly plate collection and hasn't slowed down since! She quickly observed that, "Under Father Steve's leadership it is clear that the parish stand are sincerely seeking to be the best possible stewards of the talent and treasure entrusted to them". She is not only well "versed" in parish finance operations from her previous role, she is also a licensed CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst (in the state of New York). She brings with her over 30 years of financial experience with roles as an auditor, stock analyst, controller and then Chief Financial Officer for a reinsurance company that traded on the NYSE, an adjunct instructor and consultant.

Karen has oversight of the parish financial operations and looks forward to engaging parish volunteers to work with her. "We are a very busy parish and there are many tasks that need to be done to manage the operations and deliver high quality financial reporting to Father Steve and Finance Council, all while keeping costs down". She will develop several recurring volunteer roles for a wide range of skill sets---for those with little finance experience to those who love accounting--and would like to "count" you in! Look for more information coming soon in the bulletin.

Karen and her husband Paul just celebrated 34 beautiful years of marriage and have two very active rescue dogs. "My creative outlet, to balance my analytical accounting brain, is sewing and machine embroidery".

Please join us in giving Karen a warm Saint Thomas welcome!

Preschool Opens its Doors!

08-28-2016NewsFr Steve Kunkel

Father Steve gives an update on our preschool grand opening! Enjoy this video message and learn more about our continuing efforts to GROW our COMMUNITY beginning with the littlest among us!

All are welcome to ATTEND the preschool dedication on September 25th @10:00am

Welcome Karen Rubsam our new Finance Director

09-18-2016News

Karen immediately got work on her first day- she spent her first few hours counting the weekly plate collection and hasn't slowed down since! She quickly observed that, "Under Father Steve's leadership it is clear that the parish stand are sincerely seeking to be the best possible stewards of the talent and treasure entrusted to them". She is not only well "versed" in parish finance operations from her previous role, she is also a licensed CPA and Chartered Financial Analyst (in the state of New York). She brings with her over 30 years of financial experience with roles as an auditor, stock analyst, controller and then Chief Financial Officer for a reinsurance company that traded on the NYSE, an adjunct instructor and consultant.

Karen has oversight of the parish financial operations and looks forward to engaging parish volunteers to work with her. "We are a very busy parish and there are many tasks that need to be done to manage the operations and deliver high quality financial reporting to Father Steve and Finance Council, all while keeping costs down". She will develop several recurring volunteer roles for a wide range of skill sets---for those with little finance experience to those who love accounting--and would like to "count" you in! Look for more information coming soon in the bulletin.

Karen and her husband Paul just celebrated 34 beautiful years of marriage and have two very active rescue dogs. "My creative outlet, to balance my analytical accounting brain, is sewing and machine embroidery".

Please join us in giving Karen a warm Saint Thomas welcome!

Preschool Opens its Doors!

08-28-2016NewsFr Steve Kunkel

Father Steve gives an update on our preschool grand opening! Enjoy this video message and learn more about our continuing efforts to GROW our COMMUNITY beginning with the littlest among us!

All are welcome to ATTEND the preschool dedication on September 25th @10:00am

New Preschool Director

06-19-2016All

After a statewide search, we are pleased to announce that the new Preschool Director for St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School is Mrs. Annemarie Mansour. Mrs. Mansour has served as the Preschool Director at Cross Roads Preschool and Kindergarten in Phoenix for the last three years. She has a strong background in early childhood development, program planning, faculty and staff development, admissions, marketing and business administration. In addition, Mrs. Mansour has taught children, ages two through Kindergarten. This classroom experience is important since the Preschool Director position for the upcoming school year includes teaching the new three day 3’s program.

Annemarie and her husband Nick have two children who have graduated from Saint Thomas the Apostle, Nick and Isabelle, and have two who currently attend STA, 3rd grader Joseph and 6th grader Marissa. Mrs. Mansour received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from Saint Mary’s College of California, and her Master’s Degree in Psychology from Palo Alto University. Prior to moving to Phoenix in 2011 her family lived in Maryland. There she served on the board and worked at her children’s preschool as well as worked as a Family Behavioral Specialist, helping families with children ages 0-5 manage behavior problems to ready their children for kindergarten.

“The timing of this opportunity feels to me to be divinely inspired. I am thrilled to able to use my knowledge and experience for the greater good of the community that I love! A school launch will certainly be a challenge, however, knowing the people that I will be working with and the community I will be working for gives me both faith and confidence to take on this challenge.”

We are so blessed to have her on board during this important and exciting time in the life of STA!

A Shining Light Of Hope

05-22-2016AllFr. Steve

Dear STA Family,

Recently we celebrated the Baccleaurate Mass and the 8th Grade Graduation at our parish school.  In a world and a culture that can be downright discouraging, these events serve as a shining light of hope!  These families chose to entrust the academic and spiritual formation of their children, outside the home, with our amazing faculty and staff.  The result is an outstanding group of young men and women who have received dedicated preparation for the intellectual and spiritual challenges that lie ahead.

 

I asked that our entire parish dedicate some prayer time this week for all of the parish students - regardless of where they attend school - making the leap to high school.  All of our children need our love, our support, our strength and our prayers.  Please also pray for these children’s  parents, that they are granted the wisdom to know how to reach their children and successfully help them navigate the cultural and spiritual land mines that lay ahead.

 

In Christ May All Things Be Glorified,

Father Steve