St. Thomas February 2015 E-News

February 2015

In this issue:
World Marriage Sunday, Photos, Lent, Upcoming Events.

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World Marriage weekend was celebrated February 7th and 8th. A special blessing was given to the following couples celebrating significant anniversaries.
Celebrating 10 years of marriage
Barbara & Richard Barrese

Celebrating 25 years of marriage
Michele & Daniel Holler
Maria & Steven Kochanski

Celebrating 30 years of marriage
Sandy & Ramon Campomanes
MaryEllen & Patrick De Cotiis
Lo-Lita & Henry Schrader
Roseanne & Anthony D’Urso

Celebrating 35 years of marriage
Delfi & Chris Oertel

Celebrating 40 years of marriage
Mary Anne & Oreste Milano

Celebrating 45 years of marriage
Kathleen & James McKittrick
Mary & Frank Gencarelli

Celebrating 50 years of marriage
Carol & Al Garth
Mary Lou & Adolph Klenner

Celebrating 55 years of marriage
Joan & Anthony Baldasare
Maria & Giovanni Di Milia
Joan & Thomas Nelson

Celebrating 60 years of marriage
Marilyn & Harry Morsch

Celebrating 64 years of marriage
Marie & John Meehan

The following blessing was given to all married couples:
"May God the almighty Father, give you joy." Amen
"May the only Son of God have mercy on you and help you in good times and bad." Amen
"May the Holy Spirit always fill your hearts with love." Amen
"And may almighty God bless you all, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." Amen


Photos

Catholic Schools Week - Religion Bowl
Youth Choir

Scout Sunday
The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8 (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, which is the primary date to recognize the contributions of young people and adults to Scouting. However, each chartered organization can use either of two other options to celebrate this special day.
Click here for more about Scout Sunday

Lent 2014: February 18th - April 2nd

Lent is a time of good resolutions and new beginnings. Lent is a season of repentance and a season of hope. In Lent we reconnect with our baptismal spirituality as the Lenten practices help us to prepare to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. The goal of Lent is Easter.

The word Lent means springtime. This word comes from the same root as lengthen. Daytime lengthens during Lent. The northern hemisphere turns toward the sun, the source of life, and winter turns into spring. In Hebrew, the word for repentance is the same as the word that means to turn, like the turning of the earth to the sun, like the turning of the soil before planting.

Ash Wednesday - Feburary 18
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM and 7:30PM
Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30PM
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 11:00AM.
Pope Francis's 2015 Lenten Message
Pray the Stations at home the rest of the week with this video.
Prayer Life Resources on the STA website
Prayer Life Resources external to the STA website


St. Thomas the Apostle Rosary Society is joining with the Archdiocese of Newark Office of Development and Stewardship in their second annual Collection of new/gently used First Communion Dresses, Veils, Suits, and Shirts.

Donations will be distributed to families in need in our inner city parishes. A child’s First Communion is a special day and we are trying to make sure financial hardship does not stand in the way of it being as special as it can be. Items will be collected February 23 - March 22

If you would like to make a donation, please contact:
Bernadette Lipoma: 973-893-0114 or Judy Nitkowski: 973-338-1974
All we ask is that the clothes are clean and stain-free. Monetary donations are also being accepted and can be made out to: St. Thomas the Apostle Rosary Society.
Indicate on the check that it is for the First Communion outfit collection.
Envelopes can be placed in the collection basket or dropped off at the Parish Center.


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

Parish Events:

Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday February 15 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday February 15 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Ash Wednesday - Feburary 18
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM and 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday February 20 @ 7:30PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday February 23 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday February 27 @ 7:30PM

23rd Annual Irish Night
Saturday February 28 @ 6:30 PM - 10:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 6 @ 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 13 @ 7:30PM

Catholic Men’s Conference at Seton Hall
Saturday March 14 @ 8:00AM-4:00PM at Seton Hall

Retreat Day For Men and Women Based on Ignatian Spirituality
Saturday March 14 @ 9:00AM-3:00PM

Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday March 15 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday March 15 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday March 16 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

Parish Fish Fry
Friday March 20

Bloomfield Parishes Lenten Penance Service at Saint Thomas
Monday March 23 @ 7:30PM

Wellness Ministry Seminar - Pain Management Procedures for Back Pain
Wednesday March 25 @ 7:00PM

Bunny Breakfast
Saturday March 28 @ 9:00AM


Meeting Dates:

Shawl Ministry
Sunday February 15 @ 11:30AM

Men's Scripture
Monday February 23 @ 7:30PM

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday March 2 @ 7:00PM

Men's Scripture
Monday March 9 @ 7:30PM



Mass Times

Weekend Masses - Saturday 5:00p.m., Sunday 7:30a.m., 9:00a.m., 10:30a.m. and 12:00p.m.
Weekday Masses - Monday-Friday 7:30a.m. and 11:30a.m.; Saturday 8:30a.m.
Holy Day Masses - 7:30a.m., 11:30a.m. and 7:30p.m.
Holiday Masses - 8:30a.m. Only
Reconciliation - Saturday at 11:00a.m.