March 2017 E-Newsletter

March 2017

In this issue:
  • Ministry Fair 2017 - March 26 from 8:00AM-2:00PM
  • Pictures (Pre Cana, Irish Night, School)
  • Lent
  • Solemnity of the Annuciation
  • Holy Week
  • Easter
  • Upcoming Events

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Saint Thomas the Apostle Church
Ministry Fair 2017
60 Byrd Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Meet our Ministries on
March 26, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to share our talent, time and love to serve one another and be a visible sign of God’s presence in the world. Please reflect on your gifts and interests and plan to meet with our ministries on Sunday March 26. Our ministries will be down stairs in the parish center with additional information and be able to answer any of your questions. Below are the list of ministries that will be represented at the fair. You can view a flyer for the event by clicking on the image on the flyer image below.
Altar Servers Prayer Shawls
Beyond Cornerstone Pre-Cana Team
Children's Liturgy of the Word Religious Education
Choir Adult / Gabriel Choir /
Children Choir / Instrumentalists
Respect Life
Confirmation Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Eucharistic Ministers Rosary Confraternity
Friday Night Small Christian Community September Club
Greeters Spiritual Direction
Holy Name Society Ushers
Lectors Women’s Small Christian Community
Men’s Cornerstone Wellness Committee
Men's Scripture Readings Youth Group


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Irish Night

Saint Thomas School

Saint Thomas School Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair

Saint Thomas School Sports

Solemnity of the Annunciation - Feast of the Incarnation - March 25

Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."

But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end."

But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God." Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Holy Week

Come Celebrate Holy Week With Us!

Saturday April 8, 2016 - Palm Sunday Mass at 5:00pm

Sunday April 9, 2016 - Palm Sunday Masses at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon

Monday April 10, 2016 - Morning Mass at 7:30am and 11:30am

Tuesday April 11, 2016 - Morning Mass at 7:30am and 11:30am

Wednesday April 12, 2016 - Morning Mass at 7:30am and 11:30am

Thursday April 13, 2016 - Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30pm & Holy Thursday Night Prayer at 11:00pm

Friday April 14, 2016 - Good Friday Morning Prayer at 8:30am, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00pm & Living Stations of the Cross at 7:30pm

Saturday April 15, 2016 - Holy Saturday Morning Prayer at 8:30am and The Great Easter Vigil at 8:15pm

Sunday April 16, 2016 - Easter Sunday Mass at 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am and 12:00noon

Holy Week is quiet week
No ministry events are scheduled and all are encouraged to attend Holy Week services. Schedule of Events at St. Thomas

Easter Sunday

Easter calls us to grasp, on a deeper and more profound level, what it means to be a follower of the crucified and risen Christ. In the prayers and readings of the season, we are led each Sunday to a deeper understanding, for our lives, of what it means to be baptized into the death and Resurrection of Christ. We are called to deeper conversion - deeper immersion - into the mystery of our participation in Christ's Passover from death to life. In our own experience of the sacraments of initiation, God's power and presence in Christ made us a new creation, his chosen sons and daughters, members of his eternal reign. Easter is the time to reflect on these mysteries of our faith and to meditate on their importance for our lives of faith in the world today. The liturgical life of the season - the readings, prayers, rites, devotions - allows us and calls us to this reality.

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

Parish Events:

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
Sunday March 26 8:00AM-2:00PM

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

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

Parish Fish Fry
Friday March 31

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

Bloomfield Parishes Reconciliation Service at Saint Valentines
Monday April 3 @ 7:30PM

Stations of the Cross
Friday April 7 @ 7:30PM

Bunny Breakfast
Saturday April 8 @ 9:00AM

Palm Sunday
Sunday April 9

Holy Week & Quiet Week
No meetings in the Parish Center

Monday April 10 -14

Holy Thursday
Thursday April 13

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Thursday April 13 @ 7:30PM

Holy Thursday Night Prayer
Thursday April 13 @ 11:00PM

Good Friday
Friday April 14

Good Friday Morning Prayer
Friday April 14 @ 8:30AM

Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion
Friday April 14 @ 3:00PM

Living Stations of the Cross
Friday April 14 @ 7:30PM

Holy Saturday
Saturday April 15

Holy Saturday Morning Prayer
Saturday April 15 @ 8:30AM

Easter Vigil
Saturday April 15 @ 8:15PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday April 16

Easter Sunday Mass @ 7:30AM
Sunday April 16 @ 7:30AM

Easter Sunday Mass @ 9:00AM
Sunday April 16 @ 9:00AM

Easter Sunday Mass @ 10:30AM
Sunday April 16 @ 10:30AM

Easter Sunday Mass @ 12:00 Noon
Sunday April 16 @ 12:00 Noon

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday April 17 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

April Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday April 23 @ 8:00AM-12:00PM

April Hospitality
Sunday April 23 @ 9:30AM-12:00PM

Meeting Dates:

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

September Club Meeting
Monday April 3

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday April 3 @ 7:00PM

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday April 3 @ 7:30PM

September Club Meeting
Monday April 17

Shawl Ministry
Sunday April 23 @ 11:30AM

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.