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                  April 7, 2021
                                                                                                                               email archive
St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center was incorporated on April 8, 1947. You can find a brief history of the parish at staparish.net/about-us/history or photos from the past at www.flickr.com/photos/sta_ames/albums
Pastoral Council Election Nominations
St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Council is recruiting parishioners to serve on the Council.  On the last weekend of April, we will be electing five new representatives, two will be resident parishioners and three will be students.  The terms will begin in July, and the resident parishioners will serve three year terms while the students serve one year terms.

The Pastoral Council asks you to consider representing the STA community by serving on the Pastoral Council.  For the vision and mission of the parish to be realized it is essential that student and resident parishioners, young and old, male and female have a voice in the life of the parish.  The voice needed could be yours!  The Pastoral Council is a representative group of the entire parish, whose goal is to ensure that all voices of the parish can be heard and responded to appropriately.  They work with Fr. Kyle to develop policy and long-range planning priorities for the Parish.  Please prayerfully consider serving St. Thomas Aquinas as a member of the Pastoral Council. 

If you have questions about the Pastoral Council or are willing to serve on the Council, please contact one of the following Council members: 
Francis Todey,  515-232-4722,  fwtodey@yahoo.com
Ronnie Lindeman,  mmdesign@netins.net 
Scott Law,  lawscott@ymail.com
K’Lynn Lynn,  klynnkuehl@gmail.com

 
Monday, April 12 DEADLINE for nominations or self-nominations.
Please keep in prayer our high school students who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation Sunday, April 11 at 2pm at St. Thomas Aquinas. This Mass will be only for immediate family & sponsor of the Confirmation Candidate. Other family, friends, and parishioners may attend the Mass via the livestream link from St. Thomas Aquinas.
Josie Baggs
Grace Barragy
Olivia Beauchene
Gabriel Christensen
Nathan Collett
Nicole Cory
Jacob Danilson
Elaina Deardorff
Margaret Fink
Abigail Gerder
Timothy Hanulik
Alexandra Harswick
Carolyn Koenig
Ellie Lynch
Meredith Moody
Michelle Osanya
Emily Reed
Madeline Roche
Nolan Weber
Isabel Wolf
Staff Position at STA
St. Thomas Aquinas Church & Catholic Student Center has an opening for an Administrative Assistant beginning June 1, 2021. This person serves as the face and voice of Christ for those who enter, call or contact the Church seeking an encounter with the Lord. The full-time position, 40 hours per week, plus benefits, requires an individual with good organizational and computer skills. Serves as primary office receptionist, answering calls and receiving guests, as well as secretarial duties.  Candidate must be able to handle sensitive and confidential information, assist the pastor and large church staff as a collaborative team member.  Please send resume or questions to Bobby LeBlanc, Business Manager, 2210 Lincoln Way, Ames 50014 or email to bobby@staparish.net.  Deadline for application is April 26, 2021.
Parents of 8th Graders !
All current 8th grade students are invited to attend a Life Night on Wednesday, April 14 from 7:15-8:45pm at St. Cecilia in the Narthex and Worship Space. This is an opportunity to experience what Life Teen is all about next year when you become a freshmen! This night we will be called, The Evidence: Proofs of the Resurrection where our Life Teen Core (adults and high school students) will help you understand the belief that Jesus existed and was raised from the dead is rational due to reasonable, historical evidence and eyewitness accounts. The night will consist of a lot of fun from a large group game, to listening to a witness talk, to discussion in small groups, and finally a sending prayer to tie it all together! The Life Teen Core is looking forward to meeting you and having you join this fun night in-person or online (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86945114032?pwd=cVVuaG5hT2laZGt5Y1FkRGNaOXFVUT09  passcode: lifeteen). Please contact Kayla Greiner at kgreiner@stceciliaparish.org for more information.
Saint Cecilia Pre-School is now enrolling
for the 2021-2022 school year!
Divine Mercy Chaplet
The Divine Chaplet will be prayed on Sunday, April 11 at 2pm at St. Cecilia in the church. Click here to watch the Livestream of the Divine Chaplet.  Click here for information on how to pray the Divine Chaplet. 
Date Night
Saturday, April 10, from 7-8pm at St. Cecilia in the church. Adults from the area are invited to join us in-person or via livestream at https://youtu.be/78lUiMMlrKo  Sam and Anne Rothstein will present on " Ecclesia Domestica - Domestic Church" and what they have found that strengthens their marriage. For more information or questions, please email DateNight@StCeciliaParish.org or  contact Deacon Ron at 515-441-0480.
National Catholic Youth Conference
Calling all current 8th through 11th graders! Want to deepen your faith and have fun? Join us in going to NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) 2021 in Indianapolis, IN November 18-21. To learn more, hear testimonies, see pictures of NCYC 2019 and to sign up go to anchorames.com/national-catholic-youth-conference-2021
First come, first serve! Limited to 50 students & adult chaperones.
Story County is participating in a survey aimed at improving the availability and affordability of high speed internet access to rural communities. In today's world, reliable internet is quickly becoming a necessity to all and we want to help make sure all voices are heard in this survey. If you are unable to complete the survey yourself, please contact anyone on STA staff over the phone at 515-292-3810, and they can relay your answers the survey on your behalf. It should take less than 5 minutes. If you are able to complete the survey yourself, you may do so by typing: https://bit.ly/39ipino into your address bar.
Children's Sunday Activity Bulletin
Ages 3+         Ages 7+
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