Welcome St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in International Falls, MN!  Founded in 1905 the church has been our faith home for more than 100 years and is a testament to the faith of the proud, resilient and independent people who first settled in our area.

 

Please explore our website for information about the Catholic faith, parish events, our publications, and much more! We encourage visitors and new parishioners to become involved in our parish community and the many events and programs we offer to grow in faith.

Mission Statement

 
Mission Statement of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish

 

Love God.  Love our neighbor.  Seek the lost.  Make disciples.

 

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

(Matthew 22:37-39)

 

For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 (Luke 19:10)

 

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age

(Matthew 28:19-20).

St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban

 

We are blessed with amazing patrons at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban parishes. 

 

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was an ItaliSt. Thomas Aquinasan Dominican friar and a Catholic priest.  His “introduction” to our faith is a five-volume work entitled Summa Theologica.  He is a doctor of the Church and famous for his brilliant writings in philosophy and theology.  It has been said that he would dictate up to five different works at the same time with his scribes!  At the end of his life, Jesus appeared to Thomas and said, “Well have you written of me, Thomas, what shall be your reward?”  Famously, Thomas replied, “Only you, Lord.”  The feast day for St. Thomas Aquinas and our parish is January 28th.  He is the patron saint of Catholic schools, colleges, schools and students.

 

 

St. Columban

St. Columban (559-615) had a heart for monasticism and missionary work.  After fleeing Ireland to avoid temptations of lust, Columban entered a cloistered monastery and eventually worked with his companions throughout Europe to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  He was known for his discipline, especially in his rule of life and spiritual practices.  His personal holiness, toughness, witness to marriage and fidelity to the pope continue to inspire us today.  The feast day for St. Columban and our parish is November 23rd.    

40 Hour Devotion

 

                                                                                         

 
40 Hour Devotion
at
 St. Thomas
March 27-29, 2015
 
 
 The Forty Hours Devotion begins  
 
Friday, March 27
7:00pm
 
Inspirational Message, Praise, and Worship
Opportunities for Confession
 
                      During the next 40 hours, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a monstrance.  We are all invited to father for personal prayer in adoration of our Lord.
 
Saturday, March 28
Inspirational Message, Praise, and Worship 
7:00pm
 
The 40 HOUR DEVOTION ends with
Formal Benediction at 10:00AM SUNDAY, MARCH 29 
 
 
    If you would like to sign up for an hour or more of Adoration, please call Carol Youso at 283-3769.

Mass Times

St. Thomas

  • Saturday- 5:00 pm
  • Sunday- 10:30 am
  • Monday- 8:30 am
  • Tuesday- 8:30 am
  • Wednesday- 8:30 am & 3:30 pm (Falls Care Center every other week)
  • Thursday- 8:30 am & 1:00 pm (Littlefork Care Center same week as Falls Care Center)
  • Friday- NO MASS

St. Columban in Littlefork

  • Sunday- 8:30 am

Confessions

4:00pm on Saturday at St. Thomas  and 30 minutes before every Mass

Communion Services

Monday 2:00 pm the Villa Apartments 2nd and 4th Mondays
Thursday 11:00 am Ranier Roost
Thursday 1:30 pm Ridgeview
Friday 10:00 am West Falls Estates

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm
Friday: 8 am - 1 pm

Staff

Volunteer at St. Thomas

 

We are welcoming parish and encourage all members to become active in a ministry or volunteer in an area where your gifts and talents will best serve the church. 

The following is our list of ministries we currently have available for all to join.  If you are interested in learning more about a specific ministry please contact the parish office for further information.

Altar Server

Sacristan

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion  

Funeral Lunch Committee 

Homebound Ministry

Faith Formation (Children and Adult)

Tabernacle Society

Welcome Ministry

Usher

Music Ministry

Lector

Knights of Columbus  

Catholic Daughters

Diocese News

Pope Francis on the family synod: ‘We need prayers, not gossip’

During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.

“The church needs a prayer full of love for the family and for life,” the pope told pilgrims gathered in a drizzly St. Peter’s Square for his March 25 general audience.

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Father Richard Kunst: Annunciation adds meaning to Mass in Nazareth

When I go to Rome, my favorite place to say Mass is over the tomb of St. John Paul the Great in St. Peter’s Basilica. Being inspired by him and having had the opportunity to meet him make that altar particularly important to me.

In my years of priesthood I have been blessed to celebrate Mass in many important holy places. I have said Mass near the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul and in the room where St. Catherine of Sienna died. I have prayed Mass at the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, near the cave where he was born in Bethlehem, not to mention in Fatima, Portugal, Lourdes, France and at St. John’s in Duluth!

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Blood of Naples’ patron liquefies during pope’s visit to cathedral

At the end of Pope Francis’ spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city’s patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy.

After Pope Francis blessed the congregation with the reliquary holding the vial, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples announced, “As a sign that St. Januarius loves the pope, who is Neapolitan like us, the blood is already half liquefied.”

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Fr. Ben's Podcasts

The Power of Eucharistic Adoration: Fr. Drew Braun’s talk at 40 Hour Devotion

We had the pleasure of hearing from Fr. Drew Braun, pastor of St. Mary’s (Cook), St. Martin’s (Tower) and Holy Cross (Orr) to help us kick off our 40 Hour Devotion of the Blessed Sacrament.  Fr. Drew spoke about the power of Eucharistic Adoration and how, by simply being in Christ’s presence, we are changed for the better.

(Recorded and published online with Fr. Drew’s permission.)

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Ecumenical Prayer Service–The Commandments of Life: 6th and 9th Commandments: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

This evening we hosted a soup supper and ecumenical prayer service at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.  As part of our prayer service I gave a talk on the 6th and 9th commandments, largely influenced by St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

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