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Divine Office

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Please join us in our Chapel for the prayers of the Divine Office.

The summer schedule:

Monday through Friday

Morning Prayer with Office of Readings                                            7:15 a.m.

Evening Prayer                                                                                      5:45 p.m.

The prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours are recited Choir-to-Choir. Prayer books are available for the use of guests. The friars will assist as needed as we recite this ancient prayer of the Church.

Jubilee Challenge – Bulletin Insert

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

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Jubilee Challenge

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

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2013 marks a number of tremendous milestones in the life of the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish. On the feast of St. Joseph, we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its establishment in 1963 as a parish, serving the Catholic faculty, staff, and students at the University of Virginia! It is a long way from the original Newman Club in a little house on Jefferson Park Avenue when the first Dominicans arrived in 1959. There has been incredible growth in the fifty years that the Dominican Friars have been here, and there is a palpable joy, vibrancy, and excitement in the ministry of the friars.

On Holy Thursday, to mark the Parish’s Jubilee, a parishioner came forward and issued a One Million Dollar Matching Gift Challenge for the project! If this goal is met, the new priory will nearly be paid off! Between April 2 and December 31, 2013 each new dollar and each new pledge will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to one million dollars.

We are grateful to all of our parishioners and friends who have so faithfully – and so generously – helped us to pay for our new home. We ask you once again to help us to rise to this Jubilee Challenge and we assure you that you are always in our prayers.

St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

Interest in the new Columbarium continues to be high. Knowing that the deceased will be prayed for daily by the Friars at the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory gives a consolation to family members. The pre-construction discount expires on April 30, 2013. If you are interested in reserving a niche in the columbarium beneath the new Priory Chapel, call 434-293-8081.

Priory Dedication

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Palm Sunday, blessed commencement of Holy Week, witnessed the Dedication of our Priory, Chapel, and the St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium. Richmond Bishop Francis Di Lorenzo presided. Our prestigious guests and visitors included Very Reverend Brian Mulcahy, OP, Provincial of the Province and Pastor Emeritus of St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Bishop Di Lorenzo prayed before a crowd of friends and supporters, who braved the cold and somewhat forbidding weather, and blessed the building, the crypt, and the chapel. In spite of dire weather predictions, many parishioners were on hand for the ceremony. It turned out to be a beautiful day!

We were also happily joined by a number of visiting friars from through the province, several of the Novices from Cincinnati, and Marianne Jablonski, President of the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic in the Province.

The Dedication of the new Priory also marks the beginning of the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Jubilee year. We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the University community in Charlottesville and in the surrounding region. The Priory demonstrates clearly and uniquely the vibrancy of the Catholic Faith in the region. We are continually thankful for this opportunity to serve such a wonderful flock!

Open House

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The weekend was a huge success for our Open House. An estimated 1200 visitors walked through our new home!

With parishioners in place to assist in guiding them through the Priory, and booklets in hand, our many visitors were able to tour the entire house. We will enter Cloister in the first week of March, after which visitors in the living quarters of the friars will be extremely limited.

We hope to move from the old rectory at 308 Alderman Road into the new building in the first week of March. It will be quite a change of pace for us and we are looking forward to the quiet that the building inspires.

Thank you to our many generous parishioners and friends who have helped make this dream a reality!

We hope to have our open house tour loaded onto the website soon. Look for updates here so you may have the opportunity to re-visit our beautiful home, and guide your friends and family through as well!

As We Come Down the Home Stretch!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Now that the landscaping is in, it is becoming clear that the Priory is nearly habitable. The interior looks pretty amazing and we are excited that soon we will be able to show it off to parishioners and friends!
Alexander Nicholson (the builder) is running through punch lists with us:
All systems are undergoing testing to ensure that they are working properly.
The painting is nearly complete – we are almost to the touch-up stage.
All the floors are nearly done – the wood, the carpeted and the tiled.
Appliances have been delivered and are being installed.
We are awaiting furniture delivery – which should take place in mid-February.
Eichoff Columbaria is here installing the niches for the St. Vincent Ferrer Columbarium.
We are looking ahead with excitement to the Open House – when everyone is welcome to tour the facility before we take up residence. This is scheduled to take place on the weekend of February 23-24. More information on this will be in the Parish bulletin.
The Dedication will take place on March 24, Palm Sunday. Bishop Francis diLorenzo of Richmond and the Provincial for the Province of St. Joseph, Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP will both be in attendance. The Dedication will follow the 9:00am Mass at St. Thomas Parish.
Look here and here for more information and updates on both of these events
more will be published in the STA bulletin.

Progress Apace!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

August Update
Current Status:

Drywall: 80% Complete
Wood Flooring Installation: 20% Complete
Millwork Fabrication: 20% Complete
Caulking: 50% Complete
Mechanical ductwork: 90% complete
Plumbing Rough In: 95% Complete
Electrical Rough In: 90% complete

Future Activities (Next 30 Days):

Interior Doors: Begin Installation
Sitework: Begin Courtyard Grading/Piping
Exterior Concrete: Begin Exterior Slabs and Stairs
Cabinetry: Begin Installation
Ceramic Tile: Begin Installation

As the hot summer days wane, we observe with great happiness the construction of the new Priory building. We recently had our site inspection of the exterior brick work. Inside, beginning on the second floor, the wood flooring is being laid, donated by a generous parishioner. We recently received an altar stone for our Priory Chapel – another donation from a generous parishioner. Fr. Scordo heads up the committee for the selection of the interior furnishings. They have been hard at work finding sturdy and simple furniture for the Priory. Fundraising continues. Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners and many donors, we have just over $2 million left to raise.

Summer Update

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Current Progress:

  • Drywall: 2nd floor complete; 1st floor begun
  • Masonry: 95% complete
  • Mechanical Ductwork: 70% Complete
  • Electrical: 95% complete

Next 30 Days:

  • Roofing: Asphalt Shingle Installation
  • Fire Protection: Begin Sprinkler Installation
  • Landscaping: Preliminary Sketches
  • Furnishings: Initial Selection Process
  • Complete Masonry
  • Complete Roofing
  • Begin Drywall on 1st Floor
  • Install Mechanical Air Handlers

The exterior has truly taken shape; now the friars are making numerous selections for the interior of their new home: Chapel interiors and furnishings, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, desktops, some bookcases, and appliances will all be installed before the end of the year. There is much more to select, and many new and exciting developments to come for the St. Thomas Aquinas Priory!

More Than a Hole in the Ground!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Current Progress:

  • Placement of Exterior Sheathing Felt is Ongoing
  • Window & Door Installation is Complete
  • Drywall: 5% complete
  • Masonry: 20% complete
  • Mechanical Ductwork: 50% Complete
  • Plumbing Rough In: 80% Complete
  • Electrical Rough In: 40% complete

Next 30 Days:

  • Roofing: Asphalt Shingle Installation
  • Fire Protection: Begin Sprinkler Installation

“I expected to see a hole in the ground…”

That’s the comment we hear from many visiting friars. But with the imposing, noble front of the Priory before us, our progress and our progress reports become daily more exciting!

Work on the Priory continues but the pace has dramatically accelerated! Every single day, there are exciting new developments. Now that the building is entirely closed in, the work on the interior changes daily. Plumbing (eighty per cent), electrical (forty per cent) and HVAC (heating and air conditioning – fifty per cent) are moving along. Drywall installation has begun. A crowning moment occurred on April 17 with the installation of the cross on the Chapel roof.

Window and door installation is complete. The plywood on the roof is entirely installed. With these two significant landmarks, we will have a Dry-In Ceremony on May 11 to celebrate. Fr. Brian Mulcahy, Prior Provincial and Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP will join Fr. Luke Clark, Fr. Joseph Scordo and Fr. Stephen Alcott for this event. At the Dry In, we will celebrate along with all the construction and architectural representatives who have worked so hard to make this dream a reality.

The exterior brickwork began this month and is coming along nicely, with about twenty percent complete.

Every day we thank God for the blessings on our Priory, for the construction workers on site and for our many donors who continue to contribute so generously to this important project. We still have $2.1 million to raise. We trust, with God’s grace and the help of so many good people, that we will meet our goals!