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Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas 2021 

January 28, 2021 8:00 am – January 30, 2021 8:00 pm


Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Join us to celebrate our patron saint in a feast in the medieval fashion and created as an event for the Las Vegas community. This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the first time ever we will be hosting a VIRTUAL FEAST over THREE DAYS! This feast is in honor of the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center’s Building Capital Campaign fund in order to build a new sanctuary on campus for Catholic students at UNLV. Register for the virtual event including an exquisite silent auction, adventurous contests and raffles, and a royal Livestream celebration by visiting: Feast2021.givesmart.com

Questions? Click Here for the Virtual Event Program!

JOIN OUR FEAST LIVESTREAM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30, 2021 

AT 6:00 PM PST. 

(on this page or on our Youtube Page)

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Ordination to the Diaconate Deacon Mauricio Espino, December 16, 2020

Bishop, Most Reverend George Leo Thomas, Ph.D. Bishop of Las Vegas at St. Anne Catholic Church, December 16, 2020.
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 __________________________________________________________________Bishop Thomas Extends Dispensation from the Obligation of Mass

DECREE
Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass
Extension - December 31, 2020 through January 31, 2021

While I have granted permission to begin the reopening of public Masses, due to the ongoing gravity of the present moment and the restrictions being placed on us during the civil reopening plan, I hereby extend the dispensation for all Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Las Vegas and those Catholics visiting within the geographic boundaries of our Diocese, from the obligation of attending Sunday Masses and Holy Days of Obligation up to and including December 31, 2020.

While we recognize that many are eager to return to Mass in our churches, it remains important for those who are elderly and otherwise at risk to refrain from returning to public Liturgies until it is manifestly safe to do so. For all the faithful, especially those who are sick, at high risk of becoming sick, and their caregivers, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is hereby dispensed.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Revered George L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of the Diocese of Las Vegas

Date: December 17, 2020

Click HERE for original Decree

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____________________________________________________________________Bishop Thomas visits Catholic Charities Encountering the Gospel 

By Deacon Tim O’Callaghan

Today Bishop Thomas, in the imagery of the Gospel of Matthew, fed the hungry, welcomed the stranger, cared for the brokenhearted, and visited those held captive in the poverty of loneliness.

Visiting Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Bishop Thomas distributed meals, held a prayer service for the staff, and greeted the poor and hungry lined up for a block and a half.  Reflecting on the day, he said, “I was deeply moved by the courage, compassion, and creativity of our amazing Catholic Charities staff, who have remained on the front lines from the beginning of the pandemic.” With a sense of humility, he continued, “On behalf of the entire community, I thank them.” Catholic Charities reopened today at half capacity and with no volunteers, after closing a week ago, when a man in the overnight shelter tested positive for COVID-19. 

Although many Catholic Charities clients are experiencing the hardship of homelessness and the rigors of life on the streets, they are always grateful for the services provided to them. It was no different today as Bishop Thomas and staff not only handed out meals to hundreds; they greeted them with dignity and compassion, and in return received so much more. Bishop Thomas pondering said, “I was also deeply touched by so many expressions of gratitude from those lined up for hot meal, accompanied by a smile and a kind word. They especially blessed my day.”

Catholic Charities is the largest provider of Meals on Wheels in the State of Nevada, with the assistance of a large resort property, the meals continue to roll out. Not to be overlooked by Bishop Thomas, who said, “Among the hidden heroes in our community is the leadership of Wynn Las Vegas. With gratitude, he continued, “They are preparing a thousand meals a day for the poor for two weeks.  Their generosity has allowed our Catholic Charities crew to keep the Meals on Wheels Program alive for the homebound during these trying days.”

With the heart of a good shepherd, Bishop Thomas said, “Finally, I am grateful to the Lord for the visionary leadership of Deacon Tom Roberts and his team. They’ve been nothing short of remarkable throughout these difficult days.” Recognizing the gifts and talents of those he encounters in the fields, and among the co-workers in the vineyard, Bishop Thomas, continued, “We have walking saints in our midst!”

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Coronavirus Update: Bishop Thomas' Pastoral Letter to the People of the Diocese of Las Vegas

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March 18, 2020

My Dear Friends in Christ,

People across the entire globe have been plunged into a world of hardship and uncertainty as the coronavirus continues to take its toll in every nation.

As individuals and families, we are facing the specter of critical illness, certain economic hardship, and the massive disruption of our daily lives.

The Church is no stranger to adversity, suffering, or privation.

In times of difficulty, she has always raised her voice in prayer and earnest supplication, confident that God will hear our every prayer and answer all our pleas.

Down through the centuries, the Blessed Mother has played a vitally important role in times of trial, coming to us as a tender Mother, a tireless advocate, steadfast Intercessor, and cherished friend.

She has visited her people under the familiar titles of Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Antipolo, and Our Lady of La Vang.

She is beloved in Poland as Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Ireland as Our Lady of Knock, and in Japan as Our Lady of Akita.

Mary is revered by the people in Bosnia–Herzegovina as Our Lady of Medugorje, and in Spain, she is treasured as Our Lady of the Pillar. Mary is known in France as Our Lady of Lourdes, and in Portugal as Our Lady of Fatima.

On May 13, 1846, the Bishops of the United States unanimously chose the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Patroness of our Nation. Their decision was ratified by Pope Pius IX on February 7 of the following year.

Now is the hour to turn to our Blessed Mother for her maternal help. She is always ready and willing to carry our prayers and petitions to the heart of her Son.

Mary’s own words, contained in the Gospel of St. Luke, capture the special place that she holds in salvation history as the advocate and friend of God’s holy people. The Scripture says, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.”

I ask you, the people of the Diocese of Las Vegas, to turn to the Blessed Mother, who helps us keep the eyes of our hearts fixed on her Son Jesus during dark and trying days.

The words of a powerful prayer called the Memorare , and attributed to St. Bernard, assure us that when we turn to Mary in times of need we have this blessed assurance -- that never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection, implored her help, or sought her intercession was left unaided.

When our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, she posed to him a question that is intended also for you and me. Mary asked Juan Diego, “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”

Her question is a not-so-subtle assurance that Mary is our Mother too, standing ready and willing to protect and defend us, her children, in times of trouble and uncertainty.

I ask you, the people of the Diocese of Las Vegas, to bring your troubles to Mary. Give her your burdens, your worries. Share with her your cares and concerns. Be assured that under her maternal mantle, prayers are answered and miracles still happen.

Mary will not forsake her children in their hour of need, nor will she neglect our prayers in times of difficulty and distress.

In the days ahead, I ask you to consider praying the Rosary as a family, and ask parents and grandparents to teach your children about the healing power of Mary’s maternal care.

I ask all parishioners to pray the beautiful Memorare at the close of each day, directing your prayer toward those who are sick and suffering, those who have died, for healthcare workers and researchers, and for civic leaders, who are under particular duress during these trying days.

I ask you to invite Mary our Mother into your hearts and homes, and to venerate her as your loving Mother, as one who will lead you and your families closer to the heart of her Son.

Each Sunday, I ask you to consider reading the Sunday readings as a family, allowing the living Word of God to draw you into the heart of the Word made Flesh.

Finally, I commend our entire Diocese to the maternal care of Mary, entreating her to “pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,” and protect our people with grace, peace, and temporal relief.

I close this reflection with the consoling words of St. Francis De Sales, who had deep devotion to Our Lady, and unfailing faith in God’s Provident care. He wrote, “Do not fear what will happen tomorrow. The same loving God who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. God will either shield you from suffering or will give you the unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”

Be certain of my daily prayers and blessings.

Bishop George Leo Thomas, Ph.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas


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