September 8, 2021

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This Saturday
Because of the IOWA vs ISU football game, with a 3:30pm kickoff, the STA parking structure, both levels, will be CLOSED from 4am till 3:40pm to insure parking for the 4:45 Mass.
Prayer Garden Work

Work to repair and enhance the wall above the south exit into the prayer garden begins on September 13 (expected time 5 days).  If you don't remember why we are doing this, see the photos below of vertical members pulling out of the wall and wood damage.  Not only will this work repair these conditions, but it is the hope of the Buildings & Grounds committee that it will enhance the general appearance of the garden.  The major donor for the garden hoped that the garden would provide a quiet, green, attractive space for residents and students to gather, reflect, and study.

Our prayer board in the Gathering Space is located next to the Story Wall and elevator. We invite you to place your prayers and petitions for yourself or for loved ones, so all who pause here may see and pray with you. In doing so we are not alone in our prayers. As a community of faith we support one another and we join others in lifting these needs up to the Lord.

Please do not include the name of anyone who has not given you permission to make their need public. Prayer cards (please use only these) and thumbtacks can be found on the prayer board and pens on the table opposite the prayer board.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  1 Peter 4:10

Please consider the opportunity to be part of a ministry to serve others as a Christian caregiver.  Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one Christian care to those suffering through any number of life’s challenges. The Ames Catholic Community Stephen Ministry group will be starting a new training class this November. To minister to the Spanish speaking members of the community we would love to include anyone fluent in Spanish as well as English in our upcoming training class. To learn more about Stephen Ministry and how you can be a faithful steward of God’s grace please attend one of the 2 informational meetings coming up this fall.  September 16 from 6:30 to 7:30pm in south social hall at St Cecilia or September 20 from 7–8pm in the Prophets and Martyrs Room at St Thomas Aquinas.  Any questions please call Cindy Hauber at 515-291-0250.  

Middle School Youth Ministry

Anchor EDGE is kicking off its fall programs with Decisive Direction: An EDGE Night on A Relationship with Jesus. Join us on Sunday, September 12 at 6:30pm in St. Cecilia School.

Martha's House of Hope, a home in Ames for expecting mothers, is partnering with the Rustic Rose Barn in Roland for an upcoming fundraising event. Sunsets at the Rose, a Farm to Table event, will be held on Saturday, September 25th from 6 – 10 pm at the Rustic Rose Barn at 3275 400th Street in Roland. Join us for fresh food, local brews, and live music! This Farm to Table event will feature a local dinner catered by Silver Spoon Catering, featuring local meats and produce at a century-old barn. Throughout the night, enjoy locally brewed beer by Exile. After dinner, enjoy some dessert by The Bakery while enjoying live music from Old School, who specializes in jazz, blues, and classic rock music. Come enjoy a relaxing evening in the country with us! Tickets are $45 and must be purchased in advance at or by calling Missy Sanow at (515) 337-0618.
Evening Prayer
every Monday at 5:30 in the chapel
This prayer is part of the Liturgy of the Hours and is based on the Psalms.  It is an excellent way for the community to come together in public prayer and only takes about ten to fifteen minutes. We use the iBreviary app (free!) for the text. Please contact Deacon Frank ( if you have any questions.
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A new community feature highlighting the parish staff - to appear in this e-bulletin as well as the print bulletin.
Each staff member answering the same 5 questions!

Bobby LeBlanc

Business Manager
  • Where did you grow up?
    • I was born and grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about 1 mile from the LSU campus. The son of an Ag Engineer and a very southern Mama!  Both from the Louisiana river parishes south of New Orleans.
  • How many in your family?
    • I have 2 siblings. My brother passed away in Tennessee in 2015. My sister. 13 years older than me, splits her time between Dallas, Texas and her house in a somewhat remote village (of 25 people) at El Maguey in Jalisco, Mexico. 
  • What is the most rewarding part of your ministry at STA?
    • I am energized by seeing "good things happen" at STA and knowing I had some small role, usually behind the scenes, in supporting the mission and in doing so providing parishioners with the service, answers, and help they need to make parish ministry happen, with an eye to good "business sense."
  • Who is your favorite saint?
    • Having attended 3 Jesuit colleges:  Loyola University, New Orleans, Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, and Fordham University, Bronx, NY and having good Jesuit friends while in religious life, including spiritual directors, as well as having made a 30 day silent retreat with the Jesuit community at Manresa House of Retreats in Louisiana, Ignatius Loyola would have to be my "go to" Saint: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • In May of 2016 I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a lung disease without a cure. Throughout the pandemic I have had to be cautious, but happily a speciality drug I take has kept me somewhat stable and continuing my new favorite activity:  breathing!  I do enjoy LSU sports, Saints football, binging TV series, photography and authentic Cajun food. Despite all my efforts to the contrary I still tend to be a workaholic!
Student Lounge
14 new chairs will not arrive till the end of October, the bottle-filling water fountain should be installed within the next 10 days and soon the new countertops for the first floor restrooms will arrive.  We are substantially finished!
Season of Creation
In 1989, the Eastern Orthodox Church proclaimed September 1 as a day of prayer for
creation. It was embraced by Pope Francis for the Roman Catholic Church in 2015. This year the Season of Creation runs September 1 -October 4 with the theme “A Home for All: Renewing the Oikos of God.” Oikos, (Greek for house), includes Earth our common home, everyone living in it, and the web of connections that unites all living things on our common home.
Information and a guide for the Season of Creation 2021 can be found at will unite with people globally to pray and take action for our common home as we sponsor an Outdoor Prayer Service Oct 3. Stay tuned for more information.
Almost became
Patron Saint
of Pirates!

Of course we would have to install a hook for the missing hand! But just almost - the missing hand has been retrieved and returned to our St. Thomas Aquinas!
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