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John Paul Two, We Love You!

October 22, 2020
“John Paul Two, We Love You!”
Today is the Feast of Saint John Paul II. As a dear friend of mine said, “He was the Pope for the whole world!” Indeed the influence of his teaching and witness changed the world order: Communism fell, the confusion in the life of the Church after the Second Vatican Council was corrected as he traveled the world proclaiming Christ crucified and risen from the dead. He knew, in a very powerful way, his role as Vicar of Christ and Successor of Peter was to confirm the brethren in unity and faith and proclaim Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, though whom the truth of the human person can only be fully understood. Saint John Paul II certainly deserves the appellation “John Paul the Great. We will not see his likes again in our lifetime. May his prayers strengthen the Church and the Christian faithful in this confusing moment.

Today is the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux

October 1, 2020

Today is the feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, popularly known as “The Little Flower.” Pope Saint Pius X called her, “the greatest Saint of modern times.” Her reminiscences of her childhood and her reflections regarding her own spiritual journey were recorded in a notebook she called The Story of A Soul. Commanded by her sister Pauline, the Mother Superior of the Carmelite convent she entered when only fifteen years old, Therese provides an outline of what she terms “the little way’ of love. Soldiers carried copies of her spiritual diary with them into battle during the most devasting war the world had ever known in Europe from 1914 to 1918. Her universal appeal and “little way” prepared Pope Pius XI to canonize her in 1925.

This short film by Bishop Robert Barron, gives an introduction to Therese’s immense contribution to the life of the Church and her insights in being a disciple of Jesus. Enjoy this moment as we celebrate her feast!

Feast of the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

September 29, 2020

Today, September 29, marks the feast of the Archangels Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. During these often troubled and difficult days, here’s a reminder for us all, from a saint of our own time:  


May prayer strengthen us for the spiritual battle that the Letter to the Ephesians speaks of: Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might (Ephesians 6:10).  


The Book of Revelation refers to this same battle, recalling before our eyes the image of Saint Michael the Archangel (cf. Revelation 12:7).  


Pope Leo XIII certainly had this picture in mind when, at the end of the last century, he brought in, throughout the Church, a special prayer to St Michael: 


Saint Michael the Archangel defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.‘ 


Although this prayer is no longer recited at the end of Mass, I ask everyone not to forget it and to recite it to obtain help in the battle against the forces of darkness and against the spirit of this world.” 

—St. John Paul II, Regina Caeli, April 24, 1994 

Weekly Update 9/23/2020

September 23, 2020

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy September 24th, 2020 


A Day of Prayer and Penance in the Diocese of Columbus 


Bishop Brennan invites us to join him in a day of prayer and penance on Thursday, September 24th the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Let us this day, join our prayers in solidarity for our wounded and troubled world, with those of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mercy who gathers us together under her mantle and brings us to Jesus.  


Mary under the title of “Our Lady of Mercy” 


Devotion to Our Lady dates back to the second century after Christ, and it developed widely during the Middle Ages. Mary is venerated as the Mother of God, Queen and Mother of countries, nations, cities, religious orders, religious and secular organizations, and as the Mother of every human being. The devotion to the mercy of Mary first developed in the East, and was then adopted by the Church in the West, which gradually developed the devotion, deepened it and gave it its own form visible in the areas of devotion and iconography. In the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, the idea of Mater Misericordiae began to dawn and it can be seen most clearly through the theological reflection in St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Dives in Misericordiae”. (Taken from  


Take some time on Thursday, September 24th to pray the Rosary or Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy for the healing of our communities.  Make an act of Penance by meditating on the Passion of Christ, denying yourself some treat or privilege, holding your tongue, offering a compliment, etc.  

  1. Together, let us ask Mary to intercede on our behalf and bring us to the font of all Mercy, her Son, Jesus. The Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy, along with other Marian prayers and devotions can be found at 

More information can be found at 

Weekly Update 9/17/2020

September 17, 2020

Feast of Saint Robert Bellarmine 


Dear Friends, 

Monday, September 21st, we begin the new shared Daily Mass Schedule with Saint Nicholas at Saint Nicholas Church. 


Monday Mass at 8:00 am 

Tuesday Mass at 9:00 am 

Wednesday Mass, with the school children, at 9:00 am 

Thursday Mass at 8:00 am 

Friday Mass at 8 :00 am 


Since the Activity Center needs to be used by the Preschool during the week, and our Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel is really too small to accommodate the current requirements of “social distancing,” for the time being, Saint Nicholas Church is the appropriate place for our daily Mass in Zanesville. 

Ordinarily I will celebrate the Masses on Tuesday and Thursday.  Father Ralko will celebrate the Monday and Friday Masses, and he and I will alternate the Wednesday Mass with the school children. 


I will offer a private Mass in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel each Monday, and the Wednesdays I am not able to concelebrate.  The Masses which were scheduled to be celebrated on Fridays at Saint Thomas have been moved to other days of the week which didn’t have a Mass Intention.  With this schedule in place all the Daily Mass Intentions at Saint Thomas will be satisfied by me, either in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel or the Masses I celebrate at Saint Nicholas. 


Based on your response to the proposals for new Saturday evening and Sunday morning Mass times, I will be informing you soon of my decision. 


Saint Nicholas Church does not have the capacity to livestream the Daily Mass.  Here at Saint Thomas we will continue to livestream our Sunday 11 am Mass each week.  We are planning to increase livestreaming options at Saint Thomas by providing the Rosary on a more regular basis.  We also have plans to livestream a weekly catechetical session which will be our RCIA program for now, and also provide other livestreamed adult education opportunities.  The connection livestreaming affords us as a community has been invaluable during this unique moment.  We want to continue this connection with you as we support each other and come together virtually as Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish. 


From my heart to yours, in the hearts of Jesus and Mary— 


Peace and blessing, 

Father Sullivan. 


"I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it." -- 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  •

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