St. Thomas April 2015 E-News

April 2015

In this issue:
The Lector Ministry, St. Thomas School Tricky Tray, Photos, Easter Season, Stain Glass Windows - Saint Mark and George, Upcoming Events

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The Lector Ministry

The Lector Ministry serves St Thomas the Apostle in a special way. We take part of the weekly service unlike any other ministry. We walk in the processional and recessional and we go to the lectern and profess God's word to the congregation. It is an honor to be able to be such an important and visible part of the mass.

St Thomas is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of dedicated Lectors who take the responsibility seriously. Our Lector's ages range from 17 to 70+ and every one of them makes sure that they are ready to read when scheduled. In fact they are so dedicated that they are ready to jump in and read at a moment's notice should they be called upon in a pinch.

How do Lectors Prepare

Lectors know well in advance when they will be reading so they have plenty of time to prepare. Each lector is given a book with all the readings for the liturgical year. This gives them assistance with difficult names and words and assists the lector in understanding the meaning behind the message. This is very important because the lector isn't simply reading from the Old Testament (1st reading) or the New Testament (2nd reading) but he or she is professing the word of the Lord. Every lector will pre-read his or her reading several times so that with every pause and inflection in their voice, the congregation understands the meaning trying to be conveyed. This assists the priest in his explanation during the Homily where he further discusses the readings to fully bring across the message from God.

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Saint Thomas the Apostle Tricky Tray

Saint Thomas the Apostle's Home & School hosted its 37th annual Tricky Tray last year at the Valley Regency in Clifton. It was a huge success. The tickets included a delicious dinner and dessert. The baskets were spectacular and plentiful! The venue was brightly and beautifully decorated with florals for its Swing into Spring theme. There were three prize levels and a successful 50/50. The first prize level was $40- $125, the second level $125-$350 and the super grand level was $350 and up! Some prize items included a grill, an outdoor bar set, an Ipad, Coach and Michael Kors handbags, designer jewelry, Disney passes, One Direction concert tickets, a GoPro camera, $500 Visa Gift Card, plus gift cards to restaurants, stores, entertainment events, etc. and many, many more prizes ! The winning numbers were called by our DJ and numerous happy winners went home with great gifts!

Please join us this year for our 38th annual Tricky Tray on April 30, 2015 at the Valley Regency. Reserve your tickets now.....


Girl Scout Sunday - March 8, 2015

Saint Thomas the Apostle School Science Fair - March 2015

Choir - April 8, 2015

The St. Thomas Choir sang to Father Peter Funesti and his mother during the octave of Easter
Good Friday - April 3, 2015

Living Stations of the Cross - April 3, 2015

Lectors in Action

Easter - The 50 Day Long Feast

Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen!

The fifty-day feast of Easter developed from the harvest feast of ancient Israel known as "Shavuot," or the "Feast of Weeks." It was a period of seven weeks (a "week of weeks") plus one day, beginning with Passover and concluding with the fiftieth day, the day of Pentecost. The fiftieth day marked the end of the barley harvest and included an offering of the first fruits. By the time of Jesus, this festival also had become a celebration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai.

The themes of harvest, Exodus and the Law also became part of the Christian celebration. Christians celebrated the Passover of Jesus through death to new life and the Covenant that was established in him. Images of Christ as paschal Lamb and as first fruits are the earliest Easter images used by St. Paul.

Easter was the first of our feasts to develop beyond the weekly Sunday celebration. This fifty-day period of rejoicing seems to have been adopted by all Christian communities by the second century. Within a few centuries, however, the unity of the feast began to weaken, and the resurrection, the ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit began to be celebrated separately. Easter and Pentecost became two separate days rather than the two names for the same fifty-day period. Only in our own time has the unity of this celebration been reestablished, at least in the liturgical books. The pastoral challenge is to reestablish it in the minds and hearts of the parish, and the best way to do that is by celebrating the whole feast well.

Saint George Feast Day April 23rd

St. George was a Christian soldier who was martyred in Palestine in the fourth century. Although very little is known of his life, legend says that he rescued a King's daughter from a dragon, and because of his faith in fighting the dragon, many people believed in Christ and became baptized.

Saint Mark Feast Day April 25th

St. Mark, author of the second Gospel, was a member of the early Christian community in Jerusalem. He was a friend of St. Peter and St. Paul, and was a cousin of St. Barnabas. According to tradition, St. Mark became a leader in the Church of Alexandria in Egypt. In the ninth century, his relics were brought to Venice where they rest in the beautiful Cathedral of St. Mark. In art, St. Mark is depicted as a winged lion. It is believed that he wrote his Gospel, the first to be written, about thirty years after the Resurrection of Jesus.

Ascension Thursday - May 14th

40 Days after Easter. This year it is celebrated on Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Holy Day of Obligation

Masses 7:30am, 11:30am & 7:30pm

Click on any of the links for more information and the option to download to your electronic calendar.

Parish Events:

April Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday April 19 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

April Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday April 19 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday April 27 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

38th Annual Saint Thomas the Apostle Tricky Tray
Thursday April 30 @ 6:30PM

May Crowning
Saturday May 2 @ 4:45PM

Drivers Safety Program For St. Thomas Parishioners
Monday May 8 @ 9:00AM to 3:00PM

May Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday May 17 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

May Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday May 17 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Trip to NJ Ballet Performance of Sleeping Beauty
Sunday May 17

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday May 18 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

St. Thomas Super 300 Raffle Drawing
Friday May 29

September Club - Mini Vacation at the Woodloch Pines Resort
June 16-19

September Club - A Day at the Races
June 26

Meeting Dates:

Shawl Ministry
Sunday April 19 @ 11:30AM

September Club
Monday April 20 - lunch 11:30AM/meeting 12:30PM

September Club
Monday April 27 - lunch 11:30AM/meeting 12:30PM

Men's Scripture
Monday April 27 @ 7:30PM

September Club
Monday May 4 - lunch 11:30AM/meeting 12:30PM

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday May 4 @ 7:00PM

September Club
Monday May 11 - lunch 11:30AM/meeting 12:30PM

Men's Scripture
Monday May 11 @ 7:30PM

September Club
Monday May 18 - lunch 11:30AM/meeting 12:30PM

Men's Scripture
Monday May 18 @ 7:30PM