Improved Financial Relationship Model

Effective July 1st, St. Thomas Aquinas parish began participation in the Improved Financial Relationship Model (IFRM), which fundamentally changed the financial relationship between all parishes and the Archdiocese of Boston.  The IFRM, first introduced in 2009, is a fair share financial model by which parishes are asked to support the Archdiocese of Boston and Central Ministries on an equal percentage basis.   At the recommendation of the Parish Finance Council, we deferred participation in the program each year since 2009, but effective July 1st, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are now required to participate.  
Earlier this year representatives from the Parish Finance Council held two informational “town hall style” meetings.  The meetings highlighted the various aspects of the program and the implementation process, but more specifically, how participation impacts St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.  We encouraged parishioners to attend so they could understand this program, why the changes were being implemented, and how participation in the IFRM impacts our parish financials (as well as the vision of our parish).   In addition to the meetings, Fr. Bill wrote a series of articles for the weekly bulletin highlighting some of the critical ministries supported by us through our support of the Archdiocese.
We encourage all parishioners to learn more about the IFRM and how it impacts our parish, and have posted on our parish website the IFRM presentation provided parishioners earlier this year.   Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more about IFRM

Please Review the Power Point Presentation thaty was presented to the parish several months ago. 

                                          Click here.

Upcoming Events
Business Manager 
job description click here
To do this summer...

Bible study with Seminarian Jiwon Yoon

Monday Mornings at 10 AM and Tuesday Evenings at 7:00  PM in Parish Center
Call the rectory and talk ot Jiwon for mre information.



     RCIA The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults 
Do you know someone who is interested in being a Catholic? Have you been coming to Mass but never took the first step to become a Catholic? Were you baptized a Catholic but never received First Communion? Have you thought about becoming a Catholic but don’t know where to begin? Have you been away from the church...and now have returned? If any of the above questions apply to you or someone you know, we would love to help you on your journey.  For more information contact the rectory 508-697-9528, Or send an email to stthomasaquinas@comcast.net. 



Improved Financial Relationship Model

Effective July 1st, St. Thomas Aquinas parish began participation in the Improved Financial Relationship Model (IFRM), which fundamentally changed the financial relationship between all parishes and the Archdiocese of Boston.  The IFRM, first introduced in 2009, is a fair share financial model by which parishes are asked to support the Archdiocese of Boston and Central Ministries on an equal percentage basis.   At the recommendation of the Parish Finance Council, we deferred participation in the program each year since 2009, but effective July 1st, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are now required to participate.  
Earlier this year representatives from the Parish Finance Council held two informational “town hall style” meetings.  The meetings highlighted the various aspects of the program and the implementation process, but more specifically, how participation impacts St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.  We encouraged parishioners to attend so they could understand this program, why the changes were being implemented, and how participation in the IFRM impacts our parish financials (as well as the vision of our parish).   In addition to the meetings, Fr. Bill wrote a series of articles for the weekly bulletin highlighting some of the critical ministries supported by us through our support of the Archdiocese.
We encourage all parishioners to learn more about the IFRM and how it impacts our parish, and have posted on our parish website the IFRM presentation provided parishioners earlier this year.   Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more about IFRM

Please Review the Power Point Presentation thaty was presented to the parish several months ago. 

                                          Click here.

Previously video recorded Masses can be found at www.btvaccess.com, by clicking on the videos tab, then clicking on the the left menu item titled "Video On Demand" and then clicking on the "CLICK HERE TO CONNECT TO VIDEO ON DEMAND" link. If you put "Thomas" or "Basil" in the search box, it will post a list of St. Thomas or St. Basil's Masses available to view. Clicking on the Mass you want to view should play the recording on your computer.
Video Recordings of Sunday Masses
upcoming events
CONFESSIONS
The Light is On For You — On all the Wednesdays of Lent from 6:30-8:00pm, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and all the parishes and chapels of the Archdiocese of Boston will be open for individual confession. 
The Archdiocese has set up a website, www.TheLightIsOnForYou.org, to help you prepare. It has videos on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, sheets on how to make a good confession, answers to frequently-asked questions and more. Please make plans to come on Lenten Wednesdays and spread the word of this special outreach of mercy to those you know. Confessions will be available at St. Thomas Aquinas (lower) Church on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross
St. Basil's Chapel - Each Friday of Lent at 6:30 PM beginning March 7th followed by a Simple Supper - all are invited

Lenten Information
GUIDELINES FOR ABSTINENCE AND FASTING

ABSTINENCE -- Catholics over 14 years of age are bound to the obligation of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. On days of abstinence, meat may not be used at all.

FAST -- Catholics over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to the obligation of fasting. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the days of fasting. On these days, only one full meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.

 Mass Schedule - April 13, 2014
7:45 am, 10:00 am & 12:00pm @ St. Thomas Aquinas Church
10:00 am, 5:00 pm @ St. Basil Chapel, BSU

REMINDER: The blessing and distribution of palms begins BEFORE Mass. All Masses next weekend will begin 10 minutes before the normal starting times listed below. We ask parishioners to come early so that they can participate in the Procession of Palms.

Palm Sunday
Holy Week Sacred Triduum Schedule

Holy Thursday - 4/17
9:00 AM - Morning Prayer - St Thomas
7:00 PM - Mass of Lord's Supper - St Thomas

Good Friday - 4/18
7:00 PM - at BSU - St Basil 
Passion of the Lord
Veneration of the Cross

Holy Saturday 4/19
9:00 AM Morning Prayer - St Thomas
7:30 PM -St Thomas
Solemn Easter Vigil Mass