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Adoration Cancelled 1/19/22

January 19, 2022

Due to the amount of Snow on the street and in front of the building Adoration will be cancelled today 1/19/22. Sorry for the inconvenience 

The Blessing of Homes on the Solemnity of the Epiphany

January 6, 2022

The Blessing of Homes on the Solemnity of the Epiphany 

The custom of blessing homes on the Epiphany developed because the feast commemorates the time the Magi visited the home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  Traditionally, after the blessing, the initials of the three Magi’s names were written in chalk on the lintel above the front door.  The series of numbers, letters and crosses will read as follows: 




The letters have two meanings.  They are the initials of the traditional names of the Magi; Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar.  They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus Mansionem Benedicat” which means “May Christ Bless this Home.”  The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, as well as the purpose of the blessing.  The crosses represent Christ, whom we invoke.  The inscription is made above the front door, so that all who enter and depart this year may enjoy God’s blessing.  The inscription is made of chalk, a product of clay, which recalls the human nature taken by God’s Eternal Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, which we celebrate during this Christmastide.  With time the chalk will fade.  As it does, we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions.  

The Blessing

Lord Jesus Christ, 

The three Magi presented their gifts 

To You in praise and adoration: 

Grant that those living in this house 

May use their talents and abilities to Your greater glory. 

We pray, 

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven…” 

Lord God of heaven and earth, 

You revealed your only begotten Son 

To every nation by the guidance of a star. 

Bless this house and all who inhabit it. 

Fill them with the light of Christ, 

That their concern for others 

May reflect your love. 

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen. 

40 Hours Devotion in Honor of Jesus Christ

November 3, 2021

40 Hours Devotion in Honor of Jesus Christ

Present in the Most Blessed Sacrament

Sunday November14, Monday November 15, Tuesday November 16

at 7 pm

Saint Thomas Aquinas Activity Center

Exposition, Sermon, Adoration, Rosary and Benediction

Followed by Confessions each evening

Join Father Bill Garrott, OP

As he leads us to a deeper appreciation of

the Gift of Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist

(Father Bill will preach at all the Masses the weekend of November 13/14)



Due to unforeseen circumstances, November 14th Net Nights will be from 1:00-3:45 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Rodgers at or 740-453-3301, ext. 125. 

Weekly Update 10/14/21

October 14, 2021

The Catholic Schools of Zanesville Board of Trustee Election will be held at Bishop Rosecrans High School,
October 18th beginning at 6pm. Three worthy candidates will vie for the two open spots available.
To vote, please plan to attend next Monday’s meeting. 

Board of Trustees – 2021 Candidates

Connie BauerBorn October 22, 1970, in Zanesville, Ohio Raised in Somerset, OH with 4 brothers and 4 sisters.  Attended Holy Trinity Catholic School and Sheridan High School. Married Kip Bauer, December 1992.  My son, Evan Bauer, is a freshman at Bishop Rosecrans and a member of the school’s golf team. Member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Volunteer of the Octoberfest and the St. Thomas Parish Festival. Volunteer in school functions, specifically: Golf team mum sales. Russo’s Pizza night and golf outings. Worked in concession stand for volleyball, basketball, soccer, and football even though my son does not participate in those sports. Volunteered for the overnight science class trips. Assisted room mothers in classroom activities and Donated to the soccer camp and soccer concessions. Employed with Blue Links. Wholesale Lumber, Sales Representative.  Real estate agent.  Pine Ridge Subdivision, President Member of the Board of Governors of Weyerhaeuser Corporation PROS Award from Weyerhaeuser



Jason Newton: ​I would like to be considered for the open board of trustee’s position. If chosen, I am excited to see what impact I will have on the growth of the Catholic schools. I am a proud parent of a Bishop Fenwick student, so the success of the school is important to my family. I look forward to contributing my time and knowledge to this position. I believe in the schools and the quality Catholic education it provides. I have been with my wife Samantha for 29 years. Our daughter is a 6th grader at Bishop Fenwick. I work at Park National Bank as a branch manager. As a bank associate, I have had the pleasure of giving back to the school on a couple of occasions. I am a graduate of Muskingum University. I am currently the treasurer of the Knights of Columbus Council 505. I joined this organization because it supports the two local Catholic churches and schools. I am a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. I am also a ForeverDads board member. I love volunteering and giving back to the community that I have lived in my whole life. Thank you for the consideration and God bless.



Betsy WilliamsonIs Senior Director of Strategy and Business Optimization for the Utilization Management organization at CVS/Aetna where she oversees teams of professionals who apply strategic development, process excellence, training and change management to achieve business optimization. She has more than 14 years of experience in analyzing organizations’ critical business requirements, identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, and developing innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenue, and improving service offerings. Betsy is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background which includes cardiac care, intervention, telemetry, and trauma. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Charter Oak State College, Master of Health Administration from Ohio University, and a Master Black Belt in Six Sigma and Lean from Villanova University. She is an active member with the Population Health Alliance and the American Society for Quality. Betsy grew up locally graduating from Crooksville High School living in several states before deciding to return to her home state of Ohio where she has resided for the past fifteen years. She is married and has four children. Her oldest, Peyton Farrell graduating from Bishop Rosecrans in 2016 and the other three currently enrolled: Parker Farrell a senior, Preston Farrell a seventh grader, and Piper Farrell a fifth grader. Betsy is a member of Saint Nicholas Parish where she was Co-Chair of the festival for 10 years. She volunteers her time in many ways supporting the school, athletics, parish, community, and local charities.

Weekly Update 9/16/21

September 16, 2021

If you have not signed up for CCD yet please click Here and complete the attached forms and return to the Parish Office asap. CCD will start on September 26th at 9:30 am in the Parish Office. If you have any questions please contact Rob Rodgers @ or text at 740-617-6953.

We are looking for families willing to host our NET Team during retreats. The host family would need to be able to host 2 NET Team members and transport them to and from the retreat. if interested please contact Rob Rodgers @ 740-617-6953 or

We need volunteers to help livestream Mass on Sundays at 11 am. If interested, please contact Keri at the Parish Office 740-453-3301 or email

The Catholic Schools of Zanesville is looking for Board of Trustees. If you or someone you know would like to become involved in the school as a representative of our CSZ Board of Trustees, please email to no later than September 24th. Nominees must be a parent/guardian of a current Catholic Schools of Zanesville student or a parishioner of St. Nicholas or St. Thomas Aquinas.

First Annual October Fest 2021

"The things that we love tell us what we are." -- Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church  •  144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506  •  740-453-3301  •
Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church  •  144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506

740-453-3301  •

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506


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