Deanery 16

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Community is a member of North Essex Deanery 16 which consists of twelve parishes in Bloomfield, Montclair, Upper Montclair, Nutley, and Belleville. These parishes are:

Church Town Map
St. Thomas the Apostle Bloomfield Google Map
Sacred Heart Bloomfield Google Map
St. Valentine Bloomfield Google Map
St. Peter Belleville Google Map
St. Anthony Belleville Google Map
St. Mary Nutley Google Map
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Nutley Google Map
Holy Family Nutley Google Map
St. Cassian Upper Montclair Google Map
Immaculate Conception Montclair Google Map
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Montclair Google Map
St. Peter Claver Montclair Google Map

The Council was formed on January 20, 1977, and is probably the longest continual and most active Council in the Archdiocese.. Since the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council was placed on a hiatis at the time of the Synod, many of the Deanery Councils have ceased to exist. However, our Council feels that we are an viable iministry and will continue to carry on our mission.

The Deanery Council acts a liaison between the parishes and as a communication vehicle for the members. We share ideas and problems, and hopefully further the mission of the individual parishes. The Council has also put together a Resource Booklet which has been given to all the parishes. This booklet lists the ministries in each of the member parishes.

Meetings are held in September, November, January, March, May, and June in one of the parishes. A delegate for each parish is appointed by the Pastor in cooperation with the Pastoral Council. Some of the parishes also have an alternate. The delegates then select a President, Secretary and Treasurer. Each Deanery has a Dean , who is selected by the Archbishop in conjunction with the Priest's Council. The present Dean is Rev. David Hubba from St. Mary's Parish, Nutley.

The meetings consist of a short business session, parish reports, and a speaker. We have presentations on the various offices of and services offered by the Archdiocese as well as other relevant topics which might be of interest to the parishes. A stipend is given to the speaker for use in their particular ministry or organization.

The parishes are assessed $35.00 per year, due and payable in October.

Mary Pat Bogart
Deanery Representative
St. Thomas the Apostle