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

Confessions

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

Staff

Online Stewardship

  

                 

 

Eucharistic Adoration

 

 

                                                                                         

Click here to listen to Fr. Drew Braun 40 Hour Devotion Talk:   
http://bhadrich.podbean.com/e/the-power-of-eucharistic-adoration-fr-drew-brauns-talk-at-40-hour-devotion/
 
Click here to listen to the Theology of the Body talk by Kevin Pelon: 
http://bhadrich.podbean.com/e/kevin-pilons-40-hours-theology-of-the-body-talk/
 

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.

Sign up here

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August 11

August 18

August 25

September 1

September 8

September 15

September 22

September 29

October 6

October 13

October 20

October 27

November 3

November 10

November 17

November 24

December 1

December 8

December 15

December 22

December 29

or call the parish office at 283-3293

or email

 [email protected].

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

Sacristan

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion  

Funeral Lunch Committee 

Homebound Ministry

Faith Formation (Children and Adult)

Tabernacle Society

Welcome Ministry

Usher

Music Ministry

Lector

Knights of Columbus  

Catholic Daughters

Diocese News

Father James B. Bissonette chosen as diocesan administrator

On Dec. 4, Father James B. Bissonette, pastor of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Duluth and St. Rose Catholic Church in Proctor, was elected as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Duluth.

Father James Bissonette

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Bishop Sirba’s funeral will be livestreamed by WDIO

We anticipate that many mourners, both from the Diocese of Duluth and from outside of our diocese, will wish to attend our beloved Bishop Paul Sirba’s funeral Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, and that the resulting crowd may well far exceed the available seating at the Cathedral. Therefore we are grateful to announce that WDIO-TV has graciously offered to have the liturgy livestreamed on the Internet, making it accessible to all across the region and beyond who wish to see it.

The stream will be available on WDIO.com.

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Obituary: Bishop Paul D. Sirba, 59

Bishop Paul David Sirba, Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, MN, beloved shepherd of the people of the Diocese of Duluth, dear son, brother, uncle and great-uncle died of apparent cardiac arrest at his home in Proctor, MN on Sunday morning, December 1, 2019, the First Sunday of Advent. Bishop Sirba was born in Minneapolis, MN on September 2, 1960, to Norbert and Helen Sirba. He attended Nativity of Mary Grade School in Bloomington, Academy of the Holy Angels in Richfield, and the College of St. Thomas and St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. Bishop Sirba received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul Seminary as well as a Masters in Arts from the Notre Dame Apostolic Catechetical Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Paul Sirba was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on May 31, 1986 and served in the following parishes: St. Olaf, Minneapolis; St. John the Baptist, Savage; and Maternity of Mary, St. Paul. He also worked in the Spiritual Formation Department at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul and was a Spiritual Director at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul. He was appointed Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on July 1, 2009, and was subsequently appointed by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, as the Ninth Bishop for the Diocese of Duluth. He was ordained Bishop of Duluth on the feast of St. John of the Cross, December 14, 2009.

While a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Sirba was a member of several committees including the Priority and Plans Committee, Administrative Committee, and the Catholic Home Missions Committee. Bishop Sirba was also an active member of the St. Paul Seminary Board of Directors and the Episcopal Advisory Board for the Institute on Religious Life. He also served as the state chaplain of the Knights of Columbus.

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