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About Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish

Our Staff

Rev. Fernando Velasco
    Pastor

Randy Jensen
    Parish Council President

Jim Miller
    Deacon

Mary Garrett
    Finance Administrator

Lorena Rodriguez
    Office Administrator

Sr. Marilyn Mark, O.S.B
    Pastoral Associate/Newman Coordinator

Linda Diaz
    Religious Education Coordinator

Maggie Miller
    Sacristan

Manuel Haro
    Custodian

Robert & Lori Jenkins
    Baptism Class Coordinators

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish
725 South 250 East Map
Hyde Park, UTAH 84318
Phone: 435-752-1478
Email: gmail.com@stthomas2006

 


 

About Our Church

A refuge to pray
All are welcome

Statement of Beliefs

The following is from "The Catholic Mass...Revealed!"
 
The Catholic Mass is the most sacred act of worship a person can participate in upon earth. At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ, sat down with his chosen Apostles for what He knew would be their last meal together. At that supper, Jesus does something new, something never done before, and yet something which continues until the end of time.

Knowing more about the Mass, (all of chapter 6 in John's gospel
) we can be closer to Christ and to the miracle He left us on that Holy Thursday night. (1 Cor 11:23-26)

“The Catholic Mass…Revealed!”  is designed to help all people, whether Catholic or not, to better understand the miracle of the Mass. We can come to appreciate its beauty, its rhythm, even why many in history have faced death rather than be deprived of the opportunity to participate in the Mass.

Our prayer is that you come to know and love the Mass as making present again the one sacrifice of Christ’s love for us, (1 Peter 3:18) and a continuation of His Last Supper with his apostles. You too can come to know and love Jesus Christ who both commands and invites us to encounter Him in this very special way.

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Today’s Scripture & Meditation...Read

Why do Catholic Make the sign of the cross?...Read
"by making use of bodily signs of humility, our desire to submit ourselves to God is aroused."
 

The Mass

"For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes." -- 1 Cor 11:26 ...Read


Total Trust
"Striving for ‘perfection’ is the most disastrous of the mistakes good people fall into. It feeds the very vice it intends to destroy."....Read

Artist Transformed 
Cache Valley artist brings her own suffering to crucifix creation...Read


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O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, 
.....which gained for us so great a Redeemer! The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy. Night truly blessed when heaven is wedded to earth and man is reconciled with God. 
~liturgy of Holy Saturday

Somehow, original sin, that inner anguish and brokeness that is even beyond our own doing, can become the place where we come in touch with our original blessing. Somehow our broken father, our limited mother, our neurotic brother, our confused sister and our own inner struggle push us and create in us a hunger to go beyond the pain. "My soul is restless," as St. Augustine says, "until it rests in you, O Lord."

When we begin to know intimacy with God and to accept others and ourselves as we are, we then begin to speak about "happy guilt" or "happy brokenness." Our inner struggle is no longer such a burden, but a way to the truth, to the light, to the life. How could we ever become children of God, embraced by the love of the Father, the Son and the Spirit, and be let into the intimacy of the triune life if God hadn't shown compassion with us, as we are? Through Jesus' incarnation we come to know about the inner life of God. It is in our fragile and mortal flesh that God's original blessing is revealed to us.
 –Fr. Henri J.M. Nouwen

Again welcome to this mission. You may be attending or thinking about attending a Catholic Mass, or maybe you have considered attending the Catholic RCIA program or this may be your first experience with the Catholic Church, or maybe you have had previous contact with members of the Catholic faith. In any case, you have probably come to this site with some questions about the Catholic Church, its beliefs and the Catholic RCIA.

God always speaks the truth to us. Jesus described himself as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14: 6-11). God encourages us to live in His truth through Jesus Christ, within the Trinity. Faith cannot be built upon a false pretense. Faith-seeking is one of the oldest preoccupations of the human mind. We seek to understand as best we can God our Creator and His love for each one of us. At one time or another we all may feel alone. Some of us have been rejected; some of us have rejected another. Some have come against great trials and given up on life altogether.

It is our hope that we can share the Love of Christ with you, because He can help our lives become happier and more meaningful. The peace that Christ can bring when we come to Him for strength in our suffering and our joy can replace every pill ever made, every drink ever drank and every new age psychiatrist that ever lived.

Jesus did not come to condemn you or me; Jesus came as a physician to heal us, to save us. As we all say together at Mass “Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the Word and I shall be healed. All sinners are welcome in God's Church. To know God's love through Jesus is the ability to give Gods love to others. To help others find a special place in this life where one can go to receive unconditional love that only God, through Jesus can give. To find peace, true happiness in good times as well as in bad times.
 "We are all in need of our Savior"
 
The Parable of the Prodigal Son in the Gospel of Luke is familiar to all of us, as we are all in need of our savior. The Prodigal son has the nerve to ask for his inheritance even before his father has died. Then without thought or good conscience he goes out and spends every lastpenny on those things that only the world could offer. Not until he is confronted with hopeless failure and a deep despair, does he yearn to return home, to his fathers embrace. 
Repentant and willing to do anything possible to win back his father's love he begins his journey back home. . . as he approaches his home to his surprise his father comes running towards him with open arms.

He embraces his son, glad that his son has returned home to him, and giving no mind to what he has done or what he has failed to do. Its a breathtaking story of God's mercy for all of us, God's patient grace, and His willingness to welcome each of us home into His loving and forgiving arms forever.
"For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. 

Church History

 

History of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Catholics were present in Cache Valley as early as 1872, but the first mass was celebrated on September 19, 1918 by Fr. Thomas N. Stanton.  The first St. Thomas Aquinas church was at 45 East 500 North in Logan. Dominicans Fathers  Joseph Valine and Colin McEachen arrived in Logan and had the first Mass on December 8, 1941(the day after Pearl Harbor). This church was dedicated on May 17, 1942.

Fr. Jerome Stoffel arrived five years later, and would shepherd the parish for 30 years.

By the mid-1950s, the church was too small for the growing community, and so the diocese bought a former fraternity at 795 North 800 East, near Utah State University, and it became a Newman Center and St. Jerome’s Chapel.

The diocese sold the old church in 1962, and for the next 44 years, members of St. Thomas Aquinas parish and students from the Newman Center would celebrate mass at St. Jerome’s Chapel.

Fr. Bob Bussen became pastor in 1977, and was the first priest to suggest the parish council consider remodeling or building a new church. After a sabbatical in Bolivia in 1984, he began celebrating mass in English and Spanish.

Between 1986 and 1995, the parish was served by Fr. Colin Bircumshaw, Fr. David Van Massenhove, and Fr. Francis W. Voellmecke, and beginning in 1990, by Spanish-speaking priests as well: Fr. Francisco Gomez, Fr. Jesus Montoya, and Fr. Fernando Cristancho.

Fr. Clarence Sandoval and Fr. Francisco Pires arrived in 1995, and when Fr. Pires (who would later return as pastor) left in 1999, Fr. Sandoval began celebrating both Spanish and English masses.

With the arrival of Fr. Sandoval, interest in a new church building was revived. Parish members made pledges and fundraisers, and by the fall of 2000 the church was being designed.

The parish sold a parcel of land that had appreciated in value considerably in the years since Msgr. Stoffel purchased it, and an anonymous benefactor donated a parcel of land in Hyde Park for the construction.

The new church and parish center were dedicated on June 24, 2006, and the Newman Center was renamed the St. Jerome Catholic Newman Center.

Permanent Deacon Jim Miller arrived after the parish moved to Hyde Park, Fr. Francisco Pires returned as pastor in the summer of 2011, and Sr. Marilyn Mark, who had served the parish for much of the 1990s, returned in late 2012.