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Plenary Indulgence of The Forgiveness of Assisi  

July 29, 2021

August 2 is the Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi, the young lady, who inspired by the witness of Saint Francis, left the world and entered a monastery to embrace a life of radical poverty, chastity and obedience after the example of Jesus and Francis.  The life of prayer and forgiveness is honored throughout the Church with the opportunity to obtain a Plenary Indulgence on this day. 


A Plenary Indulgence, which remits the temporal punishment due to sin, is granted by the Church through the application of the infinite merits of Christ and His saints to a particular request of the Christian faithful by means of prescribed prayers and the celebration of sacramental Confession in a specified period of time.  This Indulgence may be applied to yourself or for a departed soul. 


On special occasions during the year, the Church offers the Plenary Indulgence to increase devotion to God’s mercy and to turn hearts in prayer to Jesus in thanksgiving for his sacrifice on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life as revealed in the Resurrection. 


The Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi can be obtained by visiting any Franciscan church or oratory or any parish church.  The chapel at the Genesis Hospital is named in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi in honor of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who have long ministered in our community in education and health care. 


To gain the Plenary Indulgence on August 2:  

  1. Visit the Saint Francis Chapel at Genesis Hospital
  2. Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during the eight days before or after)
  3. Participate in Holy Mass andEucharistic Communion 
  4. Pray the Apostles Creedto reaffirm one’s own Christian identity 
  5. Pray the Our Father to reaffirm the dignity as a Child of God received in Baptism
  6. Prayfor the Pope’s August Prayer Intention to reaffirm membership in the Church, of which the Roman Pontiff is the foundation and sign of visible unity:  

“For the Church.  Let us pray for the Church, that she may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.” 

Weekly Update 7/21/2021

July 21, 2021

Behold Saint Christopher And Be On Thy Way In Safety! 


As a young boy my grandmother, quite anti-Catholic in her upbringing and outlook, gave me a Saint Christopher medal.  When he was a boy, my grandmother had also given a Saint Christopher medal to my father.  She even had a Saint Christopher statue on the dashboard of her automobile! 


“Christopher” is my given middle name, and I wore the medal she gave me proudly for many years and “religiously” invoked his assistance in my every need. 


At the time of the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in the late 1960s, the Calendar of Saints was also renewed.  The desire was to add new Saint celebrations and commemorations from around the world, making the obligatory celebration of saints’ feast days reflect the universal character of Christ’s Church.  The former calendar was top heavy with local and obscure Italian saints.  A number of very popular intercessors were removed from universal observance…Valentine, Barbara, Philomena…and now are considered local celebrations.  This is the category Saint Christopher fell into after the renewal.  Christopher is still a saint!  Saint Christopher Churches are still Saint Christopher Churches and Saint Christopher medals are still prayers in medal form asking the good traveler’s intercession! 


This weekend at the Saturday and Sunday Masses we will commemorate Saint Christopher, Martyr, patron of travelers.  I will preach about him and after the homily bless Saint Christopher medals which can be displayed in your varying modes of transportation.  Immediately following Mass I will invoke God’s blessing and sprinkle your vehicles with Holy Water, as you drive them by the side entrance of the Rectory on the south side of the Church. 


July 15, 2021

CCD is around the corner – we are looking for a handful volunteer CCD Teachers. September will be here before we know it . . ., and that means CCD is not far off. As always, this program can only operate through the giving of time through our Parishioners. Should you feel called to offer your time and talents for the betterment of the youth in our Parish – you are who God needs for these children. Please contact Rob Rodgers at for more information, or text at 740-617-6953. 


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) will start up again on October 4th, should you know anyone who desires to enter the Catholic Church, or deepen their existing knowledge of the faith please contact Rob Rodgers at for more information, or text at 740-617-6953.  Watch the bulletins and the Church doors from more information and registration forms. All are welcome to attend the Sessions – these evenings can provide an excellent learning opportunity for all.


NET Ministries will be returning to work with the youth of Muskingum County again this year!  Through their Catalyst Nights, area youth from 8th grade through High school are challenged to deepen their relationship with Christ.  Evenings of inspiring talks, games, food, and great fellowship these evenings offer an excellent opportunity to not only grow in our faith but enjoy solid fellowship and a great environment. Each year over a hundred youth 18 – 25years of age give a year of their life to travel around the country for NET Ministries, to share their love of Gospel with those on retreat.  For more information about NET check out their website at  Retreats will begin in October this year and will be held once a month on Sunday nights from 6:00 – 8:30. Watch the bulletin and the Church doors for more information.  The retreats are free . . ., and did we say there was food? Dinner is provided!

Welcome Father Stinnett 

June 24, 2021

Newly ordained Father Jacob Stinnett will offer a “First” Mass at Saint Thomas Aquinas this Sunday, June 27, at 11 am.  Father Stinnett, as a seminarian, accompanied me during my first weeks at Saint Thomas four years ago.  He had been assigned to me in Newark for the summer and came to Zanesville to help me in the move.  He has been with us on special occasions ever since; Advent, Lent, Marian celebrations and various Sundays when his schedule permitted. 


He wanted to come and celebrate Mass for you before his first priestly assignment begins in Chillicothe on July 13. 


All are invited to attend this Sunday’s 11 am Mass as we welcome Father Stinnett to Zanesville. 

Weekly Update 6/10/21

June 10, 2021

Father Stephen Ondrey, newly ordained priest of the Diocese of Columbus, will offer a “First” Mass at Saint Thomas Aquinas on Sunday, June 13 at 7:45 am.


Father Ondrey, while a seminarian, served at Saint Thomas during the summer of 2019.  He led that summer’s Server Boot Camp and edited the parish Server’s Manual.  


Some of our parishioners may remember him when he practiced dentistry in our community before going to the seminary.  


All are invited to participate in this Sunday’s 7:45 am Mass, as we welcome Father Ondrey back to Saint Thomas Aquinas before he begins his new ministry at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Pickerington.  


Welcome and Congratulations Father Ondrey!

"If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go,

take Christ, because He Himself is the way." -- 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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