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.
Summer Party at the Rectory
Summer Party at the Rectory
Seminarian Beau Braun and Fr. Ben will be hosting a summer party for the parish community!
Wednesday July 29th from 6pm-9pm at the Rectory
2000 Spruce Street.
If you’re interested in joining the celebration, please sign up in the gathering space
by the 26th of July
- 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 suspended for the summer|
|Thursday||1:30 pm Ridgeview suspended for the summer|
|Friday||10:00 am West Falls Estates suspended for the summer|
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
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:
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
07/23/15 10:54 am
Catholic News Agency/EWTN News — Twelve prominent events, each with the participation of Pope Francis, have been scheduled in Rome for the upcoming Jubilee of Mercy, and CNA was able to glance at details of their programs.
The 12 big events of the Jubilee of Mercy will be: 24 hours for the Lord, a day-long period of Eucharistic adoration; To Dry the Tears, a prayer vigil; and jubilees centered on pilgrimage workers; the sick and disabled; catechists; deacons; teenagers; priests; volunteers of mercy; the Curia; Mary; and Divine Mercy spirituality.Read More
07/23/15 10:42 am
A ninth-grade class religious education class was learning about the moral teachings of the church when one of the inquisitive students wanted to know, “How far can I go before it’s a sin?”
While the student’s concern about avoiding sin is certainly commendable, the purpose of our lives is not simply to avoid sin. It is much more than that. We were made to grow in love of God and one another.Read More
07/23/15 10:39 am
As significant the Twelve Apostles are to the Christian faith, we know so little about them. Even the book in the Bible known as the Acts of the Apostles is a misnomer, because it’s really only about one of the original Twelve (Peter) and the late-comer Paul.
What we know about the rest of the original Twelve is nothing. There is simply no reliable contemporary writing about what happened to the other apostles after Pentecost. There is, however, plenty of tradition. Each of these men have had fascinating stories develop around their person throughout 2,000 years of Christian tradition, mostly written centuries after their deaths. None of them is more interesting than St. James the Greater, whose feast day we celebrate July 25.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
07/29/15 10:36 pm
07/26/15 1:34 pm
07/26/15 12:55 pm
Readings for the Week of July 26, 2015
- Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:42-44 / Eph 4:1-6 / Jn 6:1-15
- Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34 / Mt 13:31-35
- Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28 / Mt 13:36-43
- Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35 / Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42
- Thursday: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 / Mt 13:47-53
- Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37 / Mt 13:54-58
- Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17 / Mt 14:1-12
- Next Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15 / Eph 4:17, 20-24 / Jn 6:24-35