St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
103 Center Street, Bridgewater
The Procession, held on the 13th of the month at 7:30 p.m. from May through October, is in honor of Our Lady of Fatima. The service includes inspirational music, a Candlelight Rosary Procession led by a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Fatima, and Benediction.
All are welcome to come—to pray for peace in our troubled world at war and for our service men and women in the Armed Forces, and for their own personal intentions. The church is handicap accessible and has ample parking.
Next weekend, Fr. Joe will address both parishes regarding an Increased Offertory Program to be conducted over the next several weeks. This program has the support of both our Parish Finance and Pastoral Councils.
The goal of this program is to increase offertory contributions by 20% or more. Each parish household will receive more information about the program and be asked to participate to the best of their ability.
Some, we realize, are on fixed incomes or experiencing difficult financial times. We are counting on the many though who are able to make a sacrifice and significantly increase their weekly offering.
Once the program is under way, more information will be communicated. We appreciate your continued generosity and look forward to strengthening our parish through this program.
We are two Roman Catholic parishes of the Archdiocese of Boston. We are deeply committed to our Lord Jesus Christ who is the source of all our faith, hope, strength and love. All are welcome to join us at one of our two parishes.
Father Joseph Mazzone
Pastor of St. James & Immaculate Conception
The Holy Trinity is indeed a mystery: Three distinct persons in one God. How can we understand this? How can we solve this mystery? Perhaps this is not a riddle to be solved but a divine life to be lived!
People may only come to know God through a life of faith lived in communion with other believers. The people of Israel heard God speaking from the heart of the fire (First Reading) Saint Paul knew him in everyone led by the Holy Spirit (Second Reading) Jesus knew him as the Father with whom he was one (Gospel). We too experience God’s presence in the Holy Scriptures, in the Holy Eucharist, in the wonders of creation and in the sacrament of our brothers and sisters gathered to worship in faith.
Today’s exploration of space has shown us something of the greatness of the God who created the universe. We are able to appreciate that greatness more than people in past centuries. Even so, in whatever century we live, it is totally beyond us to comprehend God. He knows how limited we are and he has sent us Jesus, his Son, to show us what God is like. Jesus said: “He who sees me, sees the Father.”
As a human like ourselves, Jesus was limited by time and space. He could only meet and know the people around him during his life on earth. But he has given us his Spirit, and now all people can know him. We received that Spirit at our Baptism, when we accepted a part in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Sharing in Jesus’ life, we share his work of making God known to all humankind and we accept this mission with the Holy Spirit to help us.
God is Love. The Holy Trinity is a community of love, and this solemn celebration of the Most Holy Trinity is not a question or a puzzle to be solved, but an invitation to join in that community of love and to share in God’s Divine Life. R.S.V.P.
~ Deacon Pat
Deacon Pat pictured with Adelina Arevalo, 2014
Join us after 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 31st to celebrate in Deacon Pat 35 years of service to the Church. Light refreshments will be served. Come help us celebrate!