April 8-9, 2017
St. Thomas Aquinas, Ames, Iowa
Fr. Jon Seda
Today, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, a week full of beautiful liturgies and ancient traditions, which speak to the core of our faith, the paschal mystery, the death and resurrection of Christ.
Today also marks the beginning of something else that is near and dear to our hearts. Today is the 70th anniversary of the founding of St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center.
On April 8, 1947, 75 families, 1154 Iowa State students and Father James Supple joined together and St. Thomas Aquinas was born. My good friend Fr. Supple served our parish and student center for 49 of our 70 years. He would often tell me that when he came here to found St. Thomas Aquinas, there was only one stop light in Ames. So things have changed. We are grateful to still have three charter members with us: Alice Morrissey, Dr. Joe Stritzel, and Bill Judge. And we are grateful to them and all the others who have gone before us to make St. Thomas Aquinas a place of grace.
When we look at what God has done in our midst these past 70 years, it is truly awesome. We are still going and growing. We look back to the tens of thousands of people from all over the world who have been formed and fed in this community. We look ahead to grow the vision and continue to be a beacon of hope for Ames, Iowa State University and the world. You will hear more about exciting plans to grow this vision on the months ahead.
Today we remember our beginnings, of what Jesus did for us this Holy Week, and of what St. Thomas Aquinas has done for so many. It seems the only appropriate response is gratitude. We do today what those who have gone before us have done every Sunday for the past 3640 Sundays. We celebrate the Mass, our Eucharist, which means thanksgiving.