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Opportunities for Moms

Mass, Tuesday, September 8th, 8 a.m.

Come celebrate Mass with other moms on the second Tuesday of the month at the 8 a.m. daily Mass.  We will sit near the cry room located on the baptismal side of the church in case someone needs to step in with a little one.

For more information contact us at


Mom’s Pray and Play

Wednesday, September 9th 9 a.m.

Moms with young children or home schooled children—you are invited to join us for a play date.  We’ll meet at the Goodyear Splash Pad at 9 a.m.  After a short focus on prayer, we’ll have some time to connect with one another and enjoy our kids.

Please RSVP at so we’ll know how many moms and children to expect.


Children’s Spiritual Craft Hour

Friday, September 11th

St. Avila Room, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to come to the Children’s Spiritual Craft Hour where we will create a gift for grandparents.  Grandparent’s Day is Sept. 13.  (Children may opt to honor another relative with their creation.)  The craft hour is sponsored by the MOMS Ministry so all materials are provided to the children FREE.  All we ask is that you RSVP so we know how much materials to bring.

RSVP by email to

or call Mary Sambo at (623) 877-9331.


Prayer Retreat

Saturday, September 26th

St. Clare Hall, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The MOMS Ministry is hosting a day-long retreat focusing on the gift and grace of prayer and ending with a special presentation by Fr. Muir.  We’ll explore Catholic teachings on what prayer is, how to pray, and what keeps us from prayer.  Then we’ll look at specific ways of making prayer part of our everyday life while strengthening our relationships with God, spouse, family and friends.  Leave with practical tools like your own prayer journal and daily prayer cards.  The retreat will end with Fr. Muir hearing confessions from any interested participants. This retreat is limited to 20 people. There is a $15 cost for materials.

Contact by Sept. 14 with your name and contact information.


 Women of Grace

The MOMS Ministry Brings You the Women of Grace Study Series

Register now for this eight-week program that begins Oct. 1

The MOMS Ministry is happy to present for the first time at St. Thomas Aquinas an eight-week Women of Grace Study Series beginning Thursday, October 1 and ending on November 19. Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings  from 6-8pm in the St. Avila Room.  The study series is open to all women of the parish.  Here’s what Bishop Olmsted had to say about this exciting study series:

“This study program brings together Sacred Scripture, the Catechism, other formal Church documents and the wisdom that is found in the lives and writings of many women saints and offers women the opportunity to grow in their knowledge and appreciation of topics which include: the call and gift of women, prayer, the sacramental life and Marian spirituality.”

– Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Nov. 2014

Space is limited to 10 women, so reserve your spot right away.  The cost for each participant is $50 which covers the costs of your study guide, book and any other group materials.

If you’re interested in this study series, RSVP to our Women of Grace Study Series coordinator,

Kandi Madden, at with “Women of Grace” in the subject line


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CD’s of the St Thomas Aquinas Parish 10th Anniversary Concert are now on sale.  The entire concert, which featured every music group in the Parish and School, is now available for your family to keep or give as a gift.  These CD’s are an excellent display of the wonderful talents we have in our community.  […]