St. Thomas June 2015 E-News

June 2015

In this issue:
Eucharistic Ministers, Joseph Catalano, Father Andrew, Father Antonio, St. Thomas the Apostle School Pictures, Photos, Stained Glass Windows of Saint Anthony and Saint Thomas, Upcoming Events

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Eucharistic Ministers

Who Are They and Why Do They Serve?
At Saint Thomas the Apostle Church we have approximately 100 dedicated Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, or Eucharistic Ministers as they are commonly called, who distribute the precious Body and Blood to the congregation every Sunday and at weekday Masses. The Eucharistic Ministers are your neighbors, friends and family members. They are average people doing their part to worship God and provide a service to their parish.

Eucharistic Ministers get a spiritual reward from God. They can't cash it in a bank but it fills their hearts with joy for the opportunity to serve God and the parish. As an extra bonus, the Eucharistic Ministers make good friends and have a few laughs, as they work together to prepare the vessels for the following Mass.

In addition, some Eucharistic Ministers bring Communion to the homebound and to patients at local hospitals. No fancy fanfare, no bells, no whistles, just ordinary people doing God’s work. They deliver Communion and say a few prayers with the sick and homebound while at the same time letting them know that someone cares about them. Their dedication requires time away from their families, travel to the homebound, all inspired by caring to help others.

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Town resident honored for bringing faith to those in need

By: Daniel Jackovino - Staff Writer Essex News Daily.

Photo by Daniel Jackovino At Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, Bloomfield resident Joseph Catalano gives Holy Communion to patient Lawrence Bondanti. Catalano has volunteered at the hospital for the past 15 years.
Photo by Daniel Jackovino
At Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, Bloomfield resident Joseph Catalano gives Holy Communion to patient Lawrence Bondanti. Catalano has volunteered at the hospital for the past 15 years.

Bloomfield, New Jersey — Lawrence Bondanti wanted his hair in place if his photograph were going to be taken by a newspaper reporter. Sitting up on his hospital bed, he asked Grettel Muscato, the director of community services at Hackensack UMC Mountainside, to bring him the comb from the table against the wall. Bondanti, a retired chef who had a fling with musical comedy in his youth, had taken dancing lessons and appeared on stage in a number of community-theater stage productions. And if his picture were going to be taken, he wanted to be ready for his close-up. He quickly put his hair in place and tossed the comb on the table where it landed next to his breakfast dishes.

He was full of chatter about theater and the show “Once Upon a Mattress.” But the business at hand was not so much about the gestures of a stage actor, as it was about the spiritual faith inside a man who was awaiting medical treatment.

Enter Joseph Catalano, a Bloomfield resident, volunteer Eucharistic minister at the hospital, and the gentleman the newspaper reporter had come to see. Catalano had arrived in the room to give Holy Communion to Bondanti, who now lay back on his bed. Catalano took a communion wafer from a small circular container called a pyx and standing over the patient, said a silent prayer.

Catalano is an old hand at this. He had recently been recognized at a hospital luncheon for 15 years of volunteer service. At St. Thomas the Apostle Church, his parish, he has been a Eucharistic minister for 30 years. He sees about 60 patients a day at the hospital, located on two floors. But not every Catholic receives Holy Communion.

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From the Pastor's Desk

Father Andrew Onyemaobi

I have received a letter from Archbishop Myers informing our parish that Fr. Andrew Onyemaobi will complete his term of service here at St. Thomas the Apostle on June 24.

Father Andrew will begin his new ministry at Little Flower Parish in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. We will miss Father Andrew and wish him well as he continues to serve God’s people in a new parish.

Father Andrew will celebrate a Farewell Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. Thomas the Apostle on Saturday, June 20th at 5:00 P.M. A reception with refreshments will follow in the St. Peter Room of the Parish Center. All are welcome! So mark you calendar and plan to attend.

Father Antonio Sarento

I have received a letter from Archbishop Myers informing our parish that Fr. Antonio Sarento will begin his term of service at St. Thomas the Apostle on June 24. Father Antonio was recently ordained a priest having served as a deacon at Holy Family Parish in Nutley.

We welcome Father Antonio to St. Thomas the Apostle and wish him many happy and productive years of service to God’s people here in our parish.

A little about Fr. Antonio (Taken from
Originally from Bukidnon, Philippines, Fr. Sarento, 33, is the youngest of four children of Antonio and Thelma Sarento. Raised on a farm, he learned to trust "Divine Providence" at a young age, and in high school began to see the joy of priesthood in life and ministry.

He credits his parents, Antonio and Thelma, with guiding him to his priestly vocation. "My family plays a big role in my decision to enter the seminary," he explained. “Growing up, I saw the fidelity of my parents in their marriage and their stewardship of time for Church activities. I was born on my father's birthday and with that, he considers me as a perfect gift he received from God on that day."

After coming to the United States, he studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University. Fr. Sarento served his diaconate at Holy Family Parish in Nutley, and celebrated his first Mass on May 24 at his home parish of our Lady of Victories, Jersey City.


St. Thomas the Apostle School - Softball

A huge congratulations to our STA Softball team for winning the GIL championship!!!! Great Season Girls!!
St. Thomas the Apostle School - Graduation

Congratulations to the Saint Thomas the Apostle Graduation Class
St. Thomas the Apostle School - Engineering Project

St. Thomas the Apostle School - Chess Team

St. Thomas the Apostle School - Field Day

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers John and Patty before Mass.

Esric and Joe before Mass.

The Piegaro's bringing up the gifts at Mass.

The gifts ready to be brought up
STA School Music

The Bear Necessities!! Our so talented 2nd graders - Click the Picture to view on YouTube.

You've got a friend in me, a moment of magic at our spring concert - Click the Picture to view on YouTube.

Saint Anthony of Padua, Missionary & Doctor - Feast Day June 13th

St. Anthony began as a missionary to Muslims but poor health resigned him to monastery work where he realized his great gift of preaching and biblical knowledge. Through his eloquent words many notorious sinners, heretics and careless people were brought to conversion. He was given the title, "Doctor of the Church" in 1946 by Pope Pius XII because of his orthodox preaching and teaching. He died of frail health when he was only thirty-six. Although pictured with lily and Child Jesus, Anthony was known as the "Hammer of Heretics" for his fearless and strong opposition to oppression, clerical abuses and the laity's half-hearted dedication to their faith.

Prayer to Saint Anthony

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

The stained glass window is from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ.

Saint Thomas the Apostle - Feast Day July 3rd

St. Thomas, our parish patron Saint, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was a Jew from Galilee called by Jesus to accompany him on his mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When Jesus' life was threatened as he went to raise Lazarus from the dead, Thomas said to the others, "Let us also go, that we may die with Jesus'. Thomas doubted that Jesus had truly been raised from the dead. The Resurrection was proven to Thomas when Jesus appeared to him. Thomas said, "My Lord and My God". St. Gregory the Great once said, "The unbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. Our doubts are answered by the demand of St. Thomas to know that Jesus' resurrection was real. According to tradition, St. Thomas preached the gospel in India. Click here for a list of Bible Passages with St. Thomas.

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Parish Events:

Family Pasta Night
Friday June 12 @ 6:00PM

June Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday June 14 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

June Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday June 14 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Shop Rite Gift Card Sale to Support STA Home and School
Sunday June 14 @ 9:45AM to 12:00PM

Farewell Mass of Thanksgiving for Father Andrew
Saturday June 20 @ 5:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday June 22 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

September Club - A Day at the Races
June 26

Summer Directed Retreat
June 25-28

Wedding Music Showcase
June 27 after the 5:00PM Mass

Summer CCD
June 29-July 2 and July 6-7

Summer Directed Retreat
July 2-5

Holy Name Society Annual Retreat - All Men Welcome - Please sign up by June 7
July 17-19

Meeting Dates:

Shawl Ministry
Sunday June 14 @ 11:30AM

September Club
Monday June 15 @ 11:30AM

September Club
Monday June 22 @ 11:30AM

Men's Scripture
Monday June 22 @ 7:30PM