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
05/20/15 1:09 pm
Bishop Paul D. Sirba has made the following clergy assignments:
Effective May 31, 2015:Read More
05/07/15 12:59 pm
May 6, 2015
Father Brian Lederer, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, was arrested in Hibbing May 5 as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. While the circumstances leading to his arrest are currently unknown to us and while we believe Father Lederer is entitled to the presumption of innocence, we take this development very seriously and are monitoring it closely. We will cooperate fully with civil authorities in any investigation and, as more facts emerge in this case, we will uphold our responsibilities to civil law, to church law and under our policies and procedures for the protection of young people. We continue to pray for all those affected by sexual abuse and urge anyone who has been a victim of it to come forward to church authorities and to civil authorities.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
Explanations of heaven with help from our students: Daily Mass Homily–Thursday, May 21st, 2015 (School Mass)
05/21/15 10:12 am
This is not a 25 minute homilyâI forgot to turn off the recorder! Â Enjoy the rest of Mass after the homily to start!Read More
Readings for the Week of May 17, 2015
- Sunday: Acts 1:1-11 / Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13 or Eph 1:17-23 / Mk 16:15-20
- Monday: Acts 19:1-8 / Jn 16:29-33
- Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 / Jn 17:1-11a
- Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 / Jn 17:11b-19
- Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Jn 17:20-26
- Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 / Jn 21:15-19
- Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Jn 21:20-25
- Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39
- Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / Ez 37:1-14 / Jl 3:1-5 / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39
- Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Gal 5:16-25 or 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / Jn 15:26-27; 16:12-15 or Jn 20:19-23