Our Safe Environment program (through the Catholic Mutual Group - CMG) requires training to be completed by all employees and regular volunteers every 5 years. The first group of individuals in need of 5-Year Renewal will be due beginning June 18, 2023. Volunteers up for renewal will receive a reminder email from CMG to whichever email address is on record in their CMG account. The Renewal training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. It is expected that volunteers complete the Renewal training within a reasonable timeframe from their renewal date.
At STA, one of our goals is to have our youth parishioners to participate in the weekend liturgies. In support of this goal, our next Family Mass opportunity will be Sunday, April 23 at the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses. Please view the sign up to volunteer your child and family to participate. We look forward to having families and our youth take part in these ministries! If you have questions, please contact Holly Carter

Sign up:
Spring Parish Clean-Up
Saturday, April 22

Annual Parish Meeting
& Potluck Brunch
Sunday, April 23
after the 10:30 Mass
Questions? Ronnie Lindeman


Deadline for nomination + short bio + photo is April 4
You are invited to make a memorial flower donation in memory of a deceased loved one or in celebration of blessings received - for our Easter season flowers this year. We kindly ask a minimum donation of $10. Envelopes are available on the information table (across from the elevator) and on the pick-up table (in the prayer garden pathway). Envelopes can be put in the collection or dropped off at the parish office. To be listed in the Easter Sunday bulletin, donations need to be made on or before Sunday, March 26.
Calling all dads of St. Thomas Aquinas: Do you enjoy camping and the outdoors, have a desire to pass on the Catholic faith to your sons and are interested in hanging out with other dads that share those interests? Troops of St. George Troop #2 invites all interested dads and sons to an open house campout to see what we are about and whether you would be interested in joining our group. Dads and sons are invited to come for all or part of the day on Saturday, April 1st at Ledges State Park for outdoors and faith activities. Please join us for any or all activities on Saturday. Questions about the Troops of Saint George or the open house campout can be directed to Ian Schneider ( or 515-520-0412). 
All adults from the area are invited to join us on April 1 in the St. Cecilia Social Hall. We will provide the meal and refreshments. Please gather for the meal by 6:15pm, followed by Robert and Roxann Stoker sharing how their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land brought them closer to Christ and to each other at 7:00pm, concluding by 8:15pm. We will provide a meal for the children. Please RSVP for the meal and/or childcare by contacting Deacon Ron and Mary Smith at Please know you are welcome to join us, if you have not made a reservation.
A new project on the parish Buildings & Grounds committee's list is the main electrical disconnect for the building.  This large switch, which kills all the electricity to the building, has not been used in over 25 years.  The last time we had electricians working on a major project they opted to NOT use this disconnect, but rather have the City of Ames come out and kill electricity to the building at the utility pole.  Reasoning - having not been moved in over 2 decades if they moved it to "off" and something "broke" we would have been without electricity for several weeks at a minimum.  We are bringing in a company (Shermco Industries) in May to open up the panel, clean, inspect, test the 1200A switch ($2,700) - to replace the panel $44,000.
snow plowing, removal, and sand/salt for this winter
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