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Bake Sale

Posted on February 06, 2019 in: General News

Bake Sale: to benefit Our Lady Queen of Peace and Les Palmes, Haiti On Feb. 16, (after the 4p.m. Mass and Feb. 17 (after the10:30a.m. Mass); St. Mary Hall will be having a bake sale. The profit from this bake sale will be divided between Our Lady Queen of Peace and St. Mary Haitian Ministry. Please help support us by donating a baked good. Label items donated (especially if nuts are included) and drop off in the hall or bring your item when you are patronizing the bake sale. Thank you for your support!

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Priest Appreciation Dinner

Posted on January 11, 2019 in: General News

In Honor to our Pastor Father John Antonelle All Parishioners and Friends of Father John are Welcome Come show how much we are grateful for all that he has done for our parish! Download the Priest Appreciation Dinner Flyer Friday, February 8, 2019 6:PM Sharp St Mary Church Hall 1600 Main Street, Coventry, CT Professionally Catered – Sit Down Dinner Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms and a Marsala Wine Sauce Long Grain Risotto Mixed Vegetables Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Rolls & Butter Or Stuffed Sole (Crabmeat, Mushrooms, Cheddar, and Crumbled Crackers) Baked Potato Mixed Vegetables T...

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Religious Education

Posted on January 03, 2019 in: General News

Religious Education classes resume this week end at the regularly scheduled time.

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Ministry Appreciation Dinner

Posted on January 03, 2019 in: General News

Ministry Appreciation Dinner
Our Lady Queen of Peace parish is having our annual Ministry Appreciation dinner to be held at St. Mary Church Hall on Friday January 18th at 6:00 p.m. with appetizers and wine followed by a full dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you are involved with any ministry at St. Mary or St. Thomas Aquinas you are cordially invited to attend this dinner. Please call Eileen at St Mary at 860-742-0681 or Kathy at St. Thomas at 860-429-6436. Please RSVP by January 14th.

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Christmas Eve & Day, and New Years Eve & Day Mass Schedule

On Christmas Eve, Monday Dec. 24th, there will be a 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. Thomas and at St. Mary with the Christmas Pageant at St. Mary ONLY. There will also be a 9:00 p.m. Mass held at St. Thomas ONLY.

On Christmas Day, Tuesday Dec. 25th there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass held at St. Mary ONLY.

There will be a Mass on New Year's Eve at 4 p.m held at St. Thomas .

There will be a Mass on New Year's Day at 10 a.m held at St. Mary.

Change in Mass schedule for Winter Break

The Mass schedule will be as follows from December 17th to January 20th
There will not be any daily Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas. Daily Masses will be held at 9 a.m. at St. Mary Church. The weekend Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday There will NOT be a 7 p.m. Mass during Winter Break.

Please make a note of these changes on your calendar.

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Keep Christ in Christmas

Posted on November 16, 2018 in: General News

Keep Christ in Christmas
Saint Mary's and St Thomas Aquinas Parish Presents An Evening of music, entertainment, and fellowship for all! Saturday, December 1st, 2018 Saint Mary Church 7:PM sharp Combining the best of last year’s very successful parish family event with new material, this highly interactive agenda includes a new multi-media presentation that is filled with live music, slide projections, film clips, lights, sounds, and reenactments. The music ranges from new contemporary Christian songs to popular Christmas songs we all know and can sing along to. The evening...

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St. Mary Christmas Fair - Nov 9th & 10th
The St. Mary Christmas fair is being held on Friday November 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday November 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come for fun, food and beautiful crafts and prizes.

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The parish offices will be closed on November 12th for Veterans Day and Religious Education classes will be cancelled on November 11 and 12.

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Seeking Common Ground: Muslim-Christian Relations
The Aquinas Lecture Series at Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel is pleased to present Seeking Common Ground Muslim-Christian Relations Past, Present and Future Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm Aquinas Student Center 46 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus Sandra Toenies Keating, Ph.D. Relations between Muslims and Christians have always been complex and varied, offering both difficult challenges and great opportunities. Dr. Keating will explore some of the theological aspects of these tensions, and ways the two communities are seeking to encourage cooperatio...

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The Confirmation Retreat and Mass-In -Class scheduled for Sunday October 28 is postponed until a later date.  We will let you know as soon as possible what the new date will be. Religious Education classes will be held as usual on October 28.

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Seeking Common Ground Muslim-Christian Relations Past, Present and Future Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm Aquinas Student Center 46 North Eagleville Road on the UConn Storrs campus Sandra Toenies Keating, Ph.D. Relations between Muslims and Christians have always complex and varied, offering both difficult challenges and great opportunities. In this lecture, Dr. Keating will explore some of the theological aspects of these tensions, and ways the two communities are seeking to encourage cooperation and peace today. Dr. Sandra Toenies Keating is Associate Professor of Theology at Providence College, where she teache...

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Pancake Breakfast Canceled

Posted on August 31, 2018 in: General News

The pancake breakfast scheduled for September 16th is cancelled due to the construction on the altar at St. Mary Church.

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Mass Location Change

Posted on August 31, 2018 in: General News

Starting September 10th Masses will be held in the Church Hall at St. Mary due to the construction and repairs being done on the altar.

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Front Steps of St. Thomas Currently Blocked Off
As a safety measure, the front steps of St. Thomas Aquinas have been blocked off. The steps are crumbling and too dangerous for people to walk on. The steps were the last project of our capital campaign to be completed and now that the construction is completed by UConn, we can begin to repair the front steps. Thank you for your patience while this work is being completed.

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St. Thomas Closed this Weekend

Posted on August 10, 2018 in: General News

Due to the construction on UConn campus the entrance to St. Thomas will be closed this week end, please enter at St. Mark's and come around to the back of the parking lot to park at St. Thomas This work should be completed by Monday.

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The schedule of Religious Education classes and registration form for 2018-2019 is now available. Please click the appropriate link to download the appropriate forms.

​Please note that the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 class sessions will be taking place at St. Mary’s Faith Formation Center in Coventry.

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Construction at UConn

Posted on June 19, 2018 in: General News

Due to the construction at UConn, the parking lot access to ST. Thomas may have to be thru the St. Mark parking lot and then continue to the rear of the student center into our parking lot. They tell us this will only be for a couple of weeks...hopefully that is true.

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Offices Closed June 12th

Posted on May 31, 2018 in: General News

Offices will be closed June 12th for a staff outing.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Road

Posted on May 18, 2018 in: General News

The road in front of St. Thomas Aquinas will be one way from Division Road to Rt. 195 this will last all summer while construction is being done. Parking is available in the parking lot, aside of the student center and behind the student center.

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The clean up of St. Mary Church schedule for Saturday May 19th has been cancelled due to a funeral at that time, we will re-schedule at a later date.

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Offices closed May 28th

Posted on May 18, 2018 in: General News

Offices will be closed Memorial Day May 28th and will reopen on Tuesday May 29th.

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Change in Mass schedule

Posted on May 03, 2018 in: General News

The daily mass will be going to the "summer schedule" starting May 7th all daily masses will be held at St. Mary at 9 a.m. the 12:20 p.m. Mass at  St. Thomas will be discontinued until the students return the end of August.

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Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

Posted on April 13, 2018 in: General News

The Annual Wine tasting and food pairing fund raiser for Haiti will be held on Saturday April 28, 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Snake Road in Coventry. A silent auction will be available also. This is a major fund raiser for our twinned secondary school in Les Palmes, Haiti. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling Lou Freidrich at 860-872-4189. Tickets will also be sold after the Masses in April. No Tickets will be sold at the door. We appreciate your support for this very worthwhile cause.

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An ACTS retreat is a three-day, three-night Catholic lay retreat presented by men and women who have attended prior ACTS retreats, under the guidance of a Catholic Guide. This is a simple, reverent, Catholic retreat with goals of renewing yourself spiritually, strengthening your faith in your daily life, and creating lasting and supporting friendships within your church communities. Retreats begin on Thursday evening, with a 5:45 PM check-in at Saint Mary Church in Coventry, CT. Participants will then go to My Father’s House in Moodus, CT, for the remainder of the retreat where you will experience true faith, fun and...

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On April 21st, the Church throughout the world pray for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more covations to the priesthood and religious life? Pray for the priest who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. • Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week. Encourage your childre, grandchildren, or other young people to conside a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister. Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call. 

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Bring a Friend to Church

Posted on April 13, 2018 in: General News

Bring a Friend to Church Weekend! Saturday / Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2018 Bring a friend, family member or loved one to church with you on Sunday. Share your faith with someone who is important to you!  

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The Spirit of Easter Program

Posted on April 06, 2018 in: General News

An Evening of music, entertainment, and fellowship for all members of our parish, our families and friends.  Saturday, April 14th, 2018 Saint Mary’s Church—7PM sharp. It’s a multi-media production, filled with live contemporary spiritual music, slide projections, film clips, lights, sounds, and live reenactments. There will be presentations to the winners of The Spirit of Easter poster contest for the children. Followed by refreshments, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, candy, music, fellowship, and more in the hall Sponsored by The Knights of Columbus With assistance from the Religious Ed...

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A Brave New World is Coming: Is the Catholic Church Ready for 2050?
by Phillip M. Thompson, JD, PhD Friday April 6, 7:30 pm-Aquinas Student Center, 46 North Eagleville Road; UConn Campus. Dr. Thompson, who has written extensively on religion and technology, will explore how by the year 2050, the world will be transforming in myriad ways. We will be capable of genetically modifying the physical and perhaps the mental capabilities of newborns. Automation will be taking away many traditional jobs. There will probably not be enough young working people to support a social welfare state. Computers will be much smarter in some ways than hum...

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A Brave New World is Coming

Posted on March 26, 2018 in: General News

A Brave New World is Coming: Is the Catholic Church Ready for 2050? by Phillip M. Thompson, JD, PhD Dr. Thompson, who has written extensively on religion and technology, will explore how by the year 2050, the world will be transforming in myriad ways. We will be capable of genetically modifying the physical and perhaps the mental capabilities of newborns. Automation will be taking away many traditional jobs. There will probably not be enough young working people to support a social welfare state. Computers will be much smarter in some ways than humans. We could be more lost in endless technological connectedness. And...

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Responsible for payroll, accounts payable, checking, savings, and investment accounts. Prepares financial reports for the finance committee and yearly budget reports for the parishes. Position requires at least one year bookkeeping experience, knowledge of finance and accounting principals and proficiency with Quick Books and MS office. Position is 18 hours a week . Please submit a resume to Kathy Dochter at St. Thomas Aquinas Church 46 N. Eagleville Rd. Storrs Ct. 06268 or email officemanagerstauconn@gmail.com.

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Bulletin Editor Needed

Posted on February 22, 2018 in: General News

St. Mary/St. Thomas Aquinas is in need of a bulletin editor. If you have experience working with word and publisher and are familiar with transmitting information via pdf, you may find this a fun and interesting position. This is a part-time position averaging 14-16 hours a week. The days would be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If you would like more information regarding this position, please contact Kathy Dochter at 860-429- 6436 or at officemanagerstauconn@gmail.com. Computer experience a must.

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Woman’s Council Lenten Conference

Posted on February 22, 2018 in: General News

The St Mary/St. Thomas Aquinas Woman’s council will again be hosting the Willimantic District Lenten conference. The Conference is scheduled for March 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary church hall. The guest speaker this year is Maribeth Stewart who is president of the National Council of Catholic Women and her topic is “The Dignity of Women, Empowerment of Women, strong in family with a gentle approach”. We look forward to seeing you at the conference. A light lunch will be provided.

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Soup and Stations

Posted on February 16, 2018 in: General News

The three pillars of Lent are: Fasting, Praying, and Giving. Consider observing these three pillars with us every Friday during lent by joining us for Soup and Stations. The Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council 4313 will be sponsoring the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent starting February 16th. AT 6PM each Friday during lent, in St. Mary church hall the K of C will be providing a Simple Soup to help you fulfill the first pillar, Fasting. Soup will be followed by a beautiful Stations of the Cross service in the church at 7PM to help you fulfill the second pillar of Prayer. A Basket will be set up in the church...

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Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

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Schedule for Ash Wednesday

Posted on February 01, 2018 in: General News

7:30 a.m. Mass & Ashes at St. Mary 12:20 p.m. Mass & Ashes at St. Thomas 4:00 p.m. Ashes Service at St. Thomas 7:00 p.m. Ashes Service at St. Mary

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World Day of the Sick

Posted on February 01, 2018 in: General News

Next Weekend February 10-11 is World Day of the Sick and Father John will be blessing anyone who would like to receive the sacrament of the sick after the Masses. You don’t have to be sick at the time of the blessing but anyone who has a chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure COPD etc may receive the sacrament. 

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Adult Bible Study

Posted on January 25, 2018 in: General News

St. Mary’s/St. Thomas Aquinas Adult Religious Ed program is offering a 10 week session Bible Study on First Corinthians: The Church and the Christian Communitypresented by The Great Adventure Bible Series with Dr. Tim Gray. The conflicts of the early Christians in Corinth are in many ways similar to our struggles as Christians today. Come and explore St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians ….a much-needed message for our own times. When February 11 at 7pm at St. Mary’s Religious Ed center. Cost for study booklet: $25.00. Please contact Laurie Felix 860-742-9495 or Eileen Rivers at 860-742- 0681 for re...

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The St Mary/St. Thomas Aquinas Woman’s council will again be hosting the Willimantic District Lenten conference. The Conference is scheduled for March 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary church hall. The guest speaker this year is Maribeth Stewart who is the President of the National Council of Catholic Women. We are honored that Maribeth can take time from her busy schedule to speak to us. Please mark your calendar now for this very special event. A free lunch will be provided and we look forward to seeing you again this year. 

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Ministry Appreciation Dinner

Posted on January 03, 2018 in: General News

The Annual Ministry appreciation dinner will be held on Friday January 19th at St. Mary Church Hall at 6:30 p.m.. If you are involved in any ministry at St. Mary or St. Thomas Aquinas you are invited to attend this celebration of your service to the parishes. The dedication and service of our parishioners is a testimony to the faith they share and the gift of time talent and treasure. The work of the parishes is done by many who faithfully serve in various capacities and ministries. All of the ministries of the parish are of vital importance from sweeping floors to teaching religious education and we are so grateful for th...

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Keep Christ in Christmas Program

Posted on December 13, 2017 in: General News

The Keep Christ in Christmas Program that was scheduled for December 9 at St. Mary Church Hall will be held on Saturday December 16th at St. Mary. Please try to attend this very special program.

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7:00 PM, 12/12 at St. Mary Church

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The Children’s Mass and Christmas Pageant will be held at the 4 p.m. Mass on Christmas Eve  at St. Mary in coventry. Rehearsals for the pageant will be held on Monday December 11th at 5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Monday December 18th at 5:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (this is a dress rehearsal) We will need Mary, Joseph, Innkeeper, Angels, Narrators Shepherds, Prophets, townspeople angel Gabriel and the star of Bethlehem. Please contact Melissa Lachut at St. Mary Church or by email at religiousedstm@gmail.com if your child would like to participate in this special event.

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WAIM Walk for Warmth Update

Posted on December 06, 2017 in: General News

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the WAIMWalk for Warmth to sponsor Fr. John and Patsy. Through your great generosity we raised $3,932 for this wonderful cause. Fr. John and Patsy and Dick and Kathy Mckee all enjoyed the walk. The winners have not been announced yet but we are looking for a gold or silver sneaker.

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The keep Christ in Christmas program is this Saturday December 9 th at 7 p.m. in St. Mary Church Hall. Take time out from your busy schedule to attend this family centered event.

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The Giving Tree

Posted on December 06, 2017 in: General News

Gifts from Dec 16/17 will be going to the Holy Family Home and Shelter. Residents are moms with teenagers and/or younger children. They have a need for teen gifts (gift certificates, Hoodies, CD's, DVD's, jewelry, hair accessories, sports-related items) as well as toys, games, clothing for all ages.  Thanks so much. With gift cards, we had about 300 gifts from both churches this weekend. God bless, Barbara Sloan

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Keep Christ in Christmas

Posted on November 21, 2017 in: General News

The Keep Christ in Christmas Program will be held at St. Mary Church Hall  on December 9th at 7 p.m. Please Plan to attend

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Mass of the Holy Spirit

Posted on November 17, 2017 in: General News

The Annual Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Bishop Michael Cote will be held next Sunday November 26 at 7 p.m. This Mass is significant in that the Bishop makes a special point to come and welcome UConn students back to campus. The Mass is concelebrated by Fr. John and an ice cream social follows the Mass.  Please make every effort to attend this very special Mass and welcome the bishop to our parish family.

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The Parish Offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday November 23 and 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday they will re-open on Monday November 27. Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving Day of gratitude for all your blessings.

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Letter from Father John

Posted on November 10, 2017 in: General News

Dear Friends, Something has come to my attention that I feel I need to address and shared with all of you. I understand that a few parishioners (albeit a very small number), have left our parish to join a group in South Windsor. I understand that it can't be considered a parish because it's not recognized or part of the Archdiocese of Hartford. It is known as St. Lawrence Chapel in South Windsor and is staffed by the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX). They promote themselves as being Roman Catholic and in a way they are but there's more to it. This Society was founded in 1970,,by ...

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Christmas Fair at St. Mary

Posted on November 03, 2017 in: General News

Christmas Fair at St. Mary
As pastor of St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas I would like to invite ALL parishioners to the St. Mary Christmas Fair. This is a time of celebration and fellowship in anticipation of Advent and Christmas.  It is a time for families to get together to enjoy the season and get to know their fellow parishioners.  It is my wish that all parishioners feel at home at both parishes and we can express our unity not only of parishes but of faith. May God bless you during the coming season of Advent and Christmas and SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!

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Happy Halloween!

Posted on October 25, 2017 in: General News

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween Everyone from Patsy 

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Wednesday November 1st is All Saints day which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses are at 12:20 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas and at 7 p.m. at St. Mary. The Parish offices will be open. 

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Acapella Concert

Posted on October 25, 2017 in: General News

Acapella Concert
The St. Thomas Aquinas Knights of Columbus are sponsoring an Acapella Concert on Saturday November 4th at 7 p.m. in the  St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children under 10 are free.  The maximum cost for a family is $35. Tickets will be available at the door. Come and enjoy an evening of beautiful music by the UConn Acapella groups.

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Pancake Breakfast

Posted on October 12, 2017 in: General News

Pancake Breakfast
The St. Mary Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday October 22nd after the 10:30 a.m. Mass in the church hall. The cost for breakfast is $5.00 and includes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, lemonade, ,sausage, and your choice of regular, pumpkin or gluten free pancakes with butter and syrup. 

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St. Mary Haiti Committee Pasta Supper & Basket Raffle
All are invited to join us on Saturday, October 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the St Mary Hall for a delicious Pasta Supper. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, kids under 4 years eat free. All proceeds from this supper financially support teachers' salaries and student sponsorship in our school in Les Palmes, Haiti. Your support is appreciated. Call Lou Friedrich at 860-872-4189 to reserve your ticket or you may purchase a ticket after Mass. We will also have beautiful, themed baskets to raffle off, come be a lucky winner! 

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Pumpkin Sale

Posted on October 12, 2017 in: General News

Pumpkin Sale
The confirmation classes are selling pumpkins after the masses at both parishes on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15 to support the talk by Frank Runyeon. Pumpkins are $3 for one or 2 for $5.

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Columbus Day

Posted on October 06, 2017 in: General News

 Church offices are closed for Columbus Day and will re-open on Tuesday Oct.10.

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An Afternoon with Frank Runyeon

Posted on September 20, 2017 in: General News

An Afternoon with Frank Runyeon
On Sunday, October 29th, at 4:00 p.m., St. Mary & St. Thomas Aquinas will be hosting an afternoon with Frank Runyeon, an actor and man of faith who will be presenting a one-man performance: the Sermon on the Mount, followed by Hollywood vs. Faith: The Other Three Beatitudes. Frank has starred in more than 1,000 TV shows. An honors graduate from seminary, he also studied Mass Media at Princeton & Yale. http://www.runyeonproductions.com/

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