Sept 9th is a Day of Prayer for Peace

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In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society. The Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities will be celebrated on the feast of St. Peter Claver, September 9th. The following is a prayer that can be used on that day. Visit this site for additional resources.

Prayer of the Faithful for the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities

For an end to the violence perpetrated by harsh words, deadly weapons, or cold indifference. May our homes, our nation, and countries around the world become havens of peace, let us pray to the Lord.

For the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of race, language or culture, let us pray to the Lord.

For the wisdom to receive the stories and experiences of those different from ourselves and to respond with respect, let us pray to the Lord.

For the strength to teach our children how to resolve differences non-violently and respectfully, and the courage to model it in our own behavior, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may celebrate and welcome the diverse faces of Christ in our worship, our ministries, and our leaders, let us pray to the Lord.

For our faith community, that we may respond boldly to the Holy Spirit’s call to act together to end violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For healing and justice for all those who have experienced violence and racism, let us pray to the Lord.

For the protection of all police and first responders who risk their lives daily to ensure our safety; for fair and just policing that will promote peace and wellbeing in all our neighborhoods, let us pray to the Lord.

For our public officials, that they will strive to work for fair education, adequate housing, and equal opportunities for employment for all, let us pray to the Lord.

For our parish, that we may cultivate welcome, extend hospitality, and encourage the participation of people of all cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds, let us pray to the Lord.

For the courage to have difficult conversations about racism, and for a better appreciation of how our words and actions – or even our silence – can impact our communities, let us pray to the Lord.

For solidarity in our global human family, that we may work together to protect those who are most vulnerable and most in need, let us pray to the Lord.

Parish Partnership Creates a Place to Belong

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Center director Bethany Welch and Youth Voices member Carid Maranan install mural panels in the Multicultural Community Garden.

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Just a few miles from where Democratic convention delegates met July 25-28 at the Wells Fargo Center, a South Philadelphia neighborhood echoed with the sounds of multiple languages, presenting an array of cuisines and businesses that cater to a dizzying diversity of ethnicities and cultures.

Once a landing place for Italian and Irish immigrants, the area which houses the Aquinas Center, an innovative church- and community-supported venture in welcoming and supporting immigrants, is now home to Asian, African, Latin American and others families seeking a new life in America.

Founded in 2013 as a collaboration between the people of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and various social service organizations and educational institutions, the center sits on the northeast corner of the church campus.

It is adorned with six community-created murals, the result of collaborative work that reflect the values and common vision of the groups who find a home at the center.

To read more about mural making and our desire to be a place that welcomes all, check out: http://catholicphilly.com/2016/08/news/local-news/parish-partnership-creates-culture-of-inclusion-in-phila-neighborhood/

St. Thomas Aquinas Needs a New Roof

STAFor over 100 years, the parish church of St. Thomas Aquinas in South Philadelphia has been the home of wave after wave of immigrant families seeking a better life for themselves and their loved ones. The church has been the site of sacraments spanning the very beginning of life to the tearful burying of the beloved deceased….. and the powerful, significant steps in between through First Communion, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Marriage, and sometimes simply a holy place to pray quietly. And that mission continues today in the same beautiful, majestic setting of St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

Today this Church is in need of a new roof, and we hope to begin the repairs in September. Already, within just a few months out, present parishioners have raised over $40,000 with $10,000 more in a pledge that will be fulfilled, but we still require outside help. A major portion of the remaining $70,000 must still to be collected before the repairs can begin. If you can support us with a donation, we would be most appreciative. If you could pass on this need of ours to others, especially those who still hold precious memories of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in their hearts, we would be most grateful, as well.

Give online at GoFundMe or, send a check made out to St. Thomas Aquinas to 1719 Morris Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

Any monies over and above our goal will be used to maintain the Church’s hope-filled presence in the neighborhood. Specifically, pointing on the front of the church, repairs to the stained glass windows, and upkeep of the floor are high on the list of priorities. This Church was built and maintained over these many years with LOVE. We wish to continue this mandate.

Please remember us in your prayers! Help spread the word!
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St. Thomas Aquinas Selected to Host Jubilee of Migrants & Refugees

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In response to the invitation of Pope Francis, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will sponsor a Jubilee of Migrants and Refugees celebration on Tuesday, June 21 at 7 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in South Philadelphia. The theme of the gathering comes from Pope Francis and is ‘Migrants and Refugees challenge us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy’.   It will be a Liturgy of the Word celebration and Archbishop Chaput will preside. It is being sponsored by the Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees office, the Office for Black Catholics, and the Office for Hispanic Catholics. The Prayer Service will feature 4 different choirs, 3 testimony speakers, and readings and prayers of the faithful in different languages. All are invited to join!

24 Hours for The Lord

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Pray with us!

If you can’t join us in person, submit a petition below and our community will pray with you. Petitions will be printed and placed in the chapel in a special basket. Your name and contact information will not be included.

In addition, you can pray for the following petitions during different hours:

Friday, March 4th
3PM Mercy for all those who need mercy
4PM Pope Francis and all faith leaders who are instruments of mercy
5PM Safety for those fleeing conflict
6PM Food for those who are hungry
7PM Water for those who are thirsty
8PM Shelter for those who are homeless
9PM Reconciliation and comfort for the suffering
10PM Healing for those who are caught in addiction
11PM Eternal rest for deceased loved ones

Saturday, March 5th
12AM Dedication to equity among leaders
1AM Transformation of broken systems
2AM Peace for all who suffer injustices
3AM Government leaders to honor the human dignity of each person in their decisions
4AM Conversion in our own hearts and in the hearts of our enemies
5AM Understanding and unity across peoples
6AM Care for God’s Creation
7AM Freedom for the victims of human trafficking
8AM Fair wages and work environments for those who labor
9AM Promotion of a culture of life
10AM Healing for the ill
11AM Rehabilitation for the incarcerated
12noon Forgiveness to be practiced and received
1PM Consolation for the doubtful
2PM Church to serve as a home for all
3PM Opening of hearts and minds to be transformed by mercy
4PM Appreciation for the beauty of diversity in the Mystical Body of Christ

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