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 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.”
“For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.”
“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”
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 Italian 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 (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
Click here to listen to Fr. Drew Braun 40 Hour Devotion Talk:
Click here to listen to the Theology of the Body talk by Kevin Pelon:
- 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
4:00pm on Saturday at St. Thomas and 30 minutes before every Mass
|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|
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.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Funeral Lunch Committee
Faith Formation (Children and Adult)
Knights of Columbus
04/23/15 8:49 am
God’s plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said.
A culture that does not value “the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring honor back to marriage and the family,” he said April 22 during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square.Read More
04/23/15 8:26 am
Church history is certainly my favorite subject to study. There is so much in our past that can help us today. And in the case of our history, it is accurate to say that truth is stranger than fiction.
Any trip to Europe will make clear that parish churches were plentiful even in small towns. They indicate how important the faith was to our ancestors. Many of the cities here in the United States also have several Catholic parishes within a few city blocks of each other, most often split up by nationality.Read More
04/17/15 4:14 pm
Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.
His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George “a man of peace, tenacity and courage” in a statement he read at a news conference held outside Holy Name Cathedral to announce the death.Read More
Fr. Ben's Biblical Blog
Parish Mission Messages
Link to Davis Walsh Talk
Link to Fr. Brandon Moravitz Talks
Link to Bishop Sirba Homily
Fr. Ben's Podcasts
04/27/15 11:02 am
04/19/15 11:13 pm
Readings for the Week of April 26, 2015
- Sunday: Acts 4:8-12 / 1 Jn 3:1-2 / Jn 10:11-18
- Monday: Acts 11:1-18 / Jn 10:1-10
- Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26 / Jn 10:22-30
- Wednesday: Acts 12:24--13:5a / Jn 12:44-50
- Thursday: Acts 13:13-25 / Jn 13:16-20
- Friday: Acts 13:26-33 / Jn 14:1-6
- Joseph the Worker: Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24 / Mt 13:54-58
- Saturday: Acts 13:44-52 / Jn 14:7-14
- Next Sunday: Acts 9:26-31 / 1 Jn 3:18-24 / Jn 15:1-8