February 2017 E-Newsletter

February 2017

In this issue:
  • Men's Conference and Women's Day of Reflection
  • Lent Begins March 1st
  • Pictures
  • Feast of Saint Patrick - March 17th
  • Feast of Saint Joseph - March 19th
  • Upcoming Events

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Archdiocesan Men's Conference at Seton Hall
March 4 @ 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Archdiocesan Women's Day of Reflection at Seton Hall
March 11 @ 9:00AM - 3:30PM

Lent 2017: March 1 - April 14

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 - March 1
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.
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


New Altar Servers at Their First Mass

Cub and Boy Scout Sunday - February 5, 2017
Celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of Scouting

School Grandparents Day

School Sports

School Pictures

Saint Patrick Feast Day March 17th

St. Patrick was enslaved by Irish raiders at 16, as a herdsman in harsh conditions, he learned to pray and grew in great holiness. As a missionary to pagan Ireland, he brought the Faith to the Gallic Peoples. Patrick is depicted with a snake (for his legendary removal of snakes from Ireland), a shamrock (to explain the Trinity: 3 persons, 1 nature); a book to represent this "Confessio", one of few authentic writings which presents him as humble and courageous in converting the people of Ireland, a staff, jewel and green vestments and miter, since, as Bishop of Ireland he divided Ireland into dioceses, founded monasteries, ordained many priests and encouraged spiritual growth among laity. The harp represents the hymn he wrote, "Breastplate: Christ with me... before me... beneath me... above me... on my right... on my left... when I lie down... when I arise... in the heart of every person who thinks of me...in the mouth of every person who speaks of me...in the eye that sees me...in the ear that hears me".

Stained Glass Window is from St. Thomas' North tower.

Saint Joseph Feast Day March 19th

St. Joseph is Jesus' earthly father and protector of the Holy Family. St Joseph is not recorded as saying a single word in the Gospel, but obedient to God's voice.

St. Joseph is patron of fathers, immigrants, workers, carpenters and many more.

Memorare to Saint Joseph
Remember, O most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary, my beloved Patron, that never has it been heard that anyone invoked your patronage and sought your aid without being comforted. Inspired by this confidence I come to you and fervently commend myself to you. Despise not my petition, O dearest foster father of our Redeemer, but accept it graciously.


Tech Tips - Security

It is not uncommon to hear a friend or family member having an account compromised online. Below are some helpful hints to protect yourself and family. Follow any tip that you think is valuable. Hopefully you are already doing these.

The Federal Trade Commission has put together this information that you may find helpful and informative. It is much more exhaustive than the tips below.


Look for the "green secure lock" or HTTPS when entering personal information. Each web browser is different, but usually near the web address will have https or a green security lock when it a secure connection. The 'S' in HTTPS means secure so information being sent is sent securely. Regular HTTP can be seen by any computer that is looking for information between your computer and the web site you are on.

Hover over links before clicking them on web browsers or in emails. Again, each browser is different, but usually at the bottom there will be text for what the link points to. Make sure it is a site you trust. A single letter difference will take you somewhere you may not intend to go.

Use strong passwords that include a upper and lower case letters, numbers, special symbols and are at least 8 character.Compared to an 8 character lowercase password, the strong password is 3500 times tougher to guess. The more characters you use, the tougher it is for someone to guess or an automated program to crack

Don't email passwords or too much personal information.Even if you trust the person who is receiving it, their email could get compromised and they would have access to your information. There is always a chance that your account or the email provider itself could be compromised by a hacker.

Use a unique password for each account online.While it can be an inconvenience, it is the best way to protect all your accounts if one gets compromised. Most services use an email as the login. If an account is compromised on another site, hackers may try that email address/password on other sites.

Secure your wireless router.A wireless router signal can travel 100 feet. If you have an open wireless router, anyone could connect to it without entering your home. Once connected they could use your Internet connection for anything including viewing web site or even listening to the traffic connected to the router.

Be very cautious about giving someone remote control of your computer. Many computer service sites will ask if they can control your system from their office to resolve an issue. By giving control, they would have access to many things on your computer including files and the ability to install software. These services may be legitimate, but unless you know and trust the user it is not recommended.

Be aware of "social engineering". Social engineering is where someone tries to obtain information that should not have, usually for the purpose of fraud later on. The general rule of thumb is don't give out information to someone you don't know. There are a lot of different forms of this Wikipedia article on Social Engineering (Did you try the tip about hovering over a link before clicking?  The link is safe, but it is a good practice to hover over it before you click.)

Do not give out information if you get an email/call from someone claiming to be a bank, etc. Anything a bank will need you to do can generally be done via the web site or bank location. You can always call the phone number on your statement or bank card and they should be able to help you if it is legitimate

Be aware of a pop-up support ads. Even the most popular web sites have advertisements. Clicking (or accidentally clicking) them will take you to another site. Some may have a pop-up ads that may try to sell you something or say your system has been compromised when it was not. Use caution before giving them any personal information or signing up for service.

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

Parish Events:

February Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday February 19 @ 8:00AM-12:00PM

February Hospitality
Sunday February 19 @ 9:30AM-12:00PM

President's Day - Mass at 8:30AM only and Parish Center Closed
Monday February 20

Bishop Robert Barron's "The Pivotal Players" - Michelangelo
Thursday February 23 @ 7:30PM

Confirmation Classes Begin February 25
Saturday February 25

Irish Night
Saturday February 25 @ 6:30PM-10:30PM

Shop Rite Gift Card Sale to Support STA Home & School
Sunday February 26 @ 10:00AM-12:00PM

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

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday March 1
Masses with Distribution of Ashes at:
7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes at:
4:00PM and 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 3 @ 7:30PM

Archdiocesan Men's Day of Reflection at Seton Hall
Saturday March 4 @ 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 10 @ 7:30PM

Archdiocesan Women's Day of Reflection at Seton Hall
Saturday March 11 @ 8:00AM - 3:30PM

Day Light's Savings Time
Sunday March 12

Girl Scout and Brownie Scout Sunday
Sunday March 12 @ 10:30AM

September Club Trip - The Five Irish Tenors' 'Salute to Ireland'
Sunday March 12 @ 8:00AM - 3:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 17 @ 7:30PM

March Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday March 19 @ 8:00AM-12:00PM

March Hospitality
Sunday March 19 @ 9:30AM-12:00PM

Soup & Bread Evening of Lenten Reflection on Pope Francis’s Encyclical "Care for Our Common Home"
Wednesday March 22 @ 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 24 @ 7:30PM

Ministry Fair - Save the Date
Sunday March 26 after all masses

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

Home and School Tricky Tray - Save the Date
Friday March 31

Parish Fish Fry - Save the Date
Friday March 31

Stations of the Cross
Friday March 31 @ 7:30PM

Meeting Dates:

Shawl Ministry
Sunday February 19 @ 11:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday February 27

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday February 27 @ 7:30PM

September Club Meeting
Monday March 6

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday March 6 @ 7:00PM

September Club Meeting
Monday March 13

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday March 13 @ 7:30PM

Shawl Ministry
Sunday March 19 @ 11:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday March 20

September Club Meeting
Monday March 27

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday March 27 @ 7:30PM