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.
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
February 10, 2016
8:30am at St. Thomas Aquinas
5:00pm at St. Columban
7:00pm at St. Thomas Aquinas
40 Hour Devotion Sechedule
40 HOUR DEVOTION
MARCH 11-13, 2016
The Forty Hours begin
Friday, March 11
Inspirational Message, Praise, Worship
opportunity for confession
During the next 40 hours, the Blessed Sacrament
remains on the altar for personal prayer in adoration of our Lord.
Adoration continues until
Benediction, 10:00 am, Sunday, March 13
If you would like to sign up for one of the hours please call Carol Youso 283-3769.
- 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
Readings for the Week of February 7, 2016
- Sunday: Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 / Ps 138:1-5, 7-8 / 1 Cor 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11 / Lk 5:1-11
- Monday: 1 Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13 / Ps 132:6-10 / Mk 6:53-56
- Tuesday: 1 Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30 / Ps 84:3-5, 10-11 / Mk 7:1-13
- Wednesday: Jl 2:12-18 / 2 Cor 5:20—6:2 / Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17 / Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
- Thursday: Dt 30:15-20 / Ps 1:1-4, 6 / Lk 9:22-25
- Friday: Is 58:1-9a / Ps 51:3-6, 18-19 / Mt 9:14-15
- Saturday: Is 58:9b-14 / Ps 86:1-6 / Lk 5:27-32
- Next Sunday: Dt 26:4-10 / Ps 91:1-2, 10-15 / Rom 10:8-13 / Lk 4:1-13
Fr. Ben's Podcasts
02/04/16 9:35 pm
02/04/16 1:40 am
02/03/16 10:03 am
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:
Everyone loves Donut Sunday!
Held every Sunday in the gathering space after the 10:30am Mass
Please stay and linger after Mass to visit with friends, meet new parishioners, and of course,
enjoy a delicious fresh baked donut!
Volunteer now for your chance to be the most popular person at Mass on Sunday.
It's a great way to serve others.
There are no donuts to buy and everything is provided.
It's easy and fun, even children can help
Volunteer as an individual, couple, with a few friends or as a family.
Call the parish office at 283-3293
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
01/29/16 11:03 am
More than 1,000 "missionaries of mercy" from all over the world will receive a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God's mercy, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
About 700 of the missionaries who were chosen by Pope Francis will be in Rome to receive their special mandate in person during an Ash Wednesday ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica Feb. 10, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the office organizing events for the Year of Mercy.Read More
01/13/16 1:22 pm
Free. The Holy Family was free. Unencumbered by what normally shackles us, they were free to leave everything in order to fulfill the will of God.
Meditate on the moves they were asked to make. They left the normalcy of life in Nazareth to go and register in Bethlehem, because the government said so. There just long enough to encounter a difficult innkeeper or two, shepherds and Magi, and a whole host of angels, they had to pick up the few things they brought with them and go on a moment’s notice to Egypt.Read More
01/13/16 11:59 am
Three upcoming events may have you wishing to mark your calendars and get a registration in: a Day of Fasting and Prayer in Reparation for a Culture of Violence on Jan. 22, the annual men’s conference on Feb. 13 and the annual women’s conference on Feb. 27.
Day of Fasting and PrayerRead More