Welcome to the parishes of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban!  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.    

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


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

Office Hours

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


Fr. Ben's Podcasts

Peace and/or evilness: Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Stewardship of God’s grace: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 (School Mass)

Sorry about the extra recording for this homily.  One of our students kept the recording going so you could listen to the rest of the Mass!

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St. Luke as an evangelist: Tuesday, October 20th, 2016

Eucharistic Adoration




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: 

Donut Sunday

 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

or email


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


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion  

Funeral Lunch Committee 

Homebound Ministry

Faith Formation (Children and Adult)

Tabernacle Society

Welcome Ministry


Music Ministry


Knights of Columbus  

Catholic Daughters

Diocese News

Father Michael Schmitz: Hope is powerful and calls us to action

How do I live with hope? This world seems so lost at times. Even more personally, my life seems so painful and senseless at times. It all just seems so pointless.

Thank you so much for writing and asking this question. The very fact that you have asked this question is a sign that you have a certain degree of hope, because you have taken action in asking for an answer. And hope is almost always going to be connected to action. Years ago, I read Laura Hillenbrand’s phenomenal book “Unbroken.” the story of the life of Louis Zamporini, who joined the Air Force during World War II and found himself flying in a B-52 bomber in the South Pacific.

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Father Richard Kunst: No, we don’t always have more time

I am a huge Minnesota Twins fan, which means this was a very disappointing summer. When they started off with a 0-9 record, I knew that things were not going to be good, and as it turns out, that was not even their longest losing streak of the season.

Still, I love watching them. Call me hopelessly optimistic. My summer evening routine (when I do not have commitments) includes a good book and the Twins on mute. When there are a couple of runners on base, I will turn the mute off and pay closer attention to the game, or when I am done reading for the evening I finish watching the game with sound. During games this season, there has frequently been a commercial for a lawn mower. Though I cannot remember the brand, the commercial has certainly stuck in my brain for other reasons.

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Peter Kreeft talks in Duluth

There is still time to get in on Professor Peter Kreeft’s talks in Duluth! The diocesan chapter of the Catholic Medical Association will host the Boston College philosophy professor and world-renowned apologist as part of the annual White Mass celebration. Kreeft’s first talks are Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Holy Rosary School gym in Duluth, where he will speak on “How to Evangelize a Hostile Ex-Christian Culture” at 2 p.m. and “How to Talk About Gender Issues” from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mass itself will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cathedral, which will be followed by the dinner and a talk on “The Problem of the Denial of Human Dignity.” Kreeft will also speak Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Cathedral social hall on “Why be a Catholic?” from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. All the events, including the dinner, are open to the public, and except for the dinner, all are free. To register for the dinner, visit www.duluthcathmed.org. Cost is $35 per person.

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