St. Thomas November 2014 E-News

November 2014

In this issue:
Ministers of Hospitality – Our Ushers, Holy Name Society, Monthly Pictures, Christ the King, Advent, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Upcoming Events.

Ministers of Hospitality – Our Ushers

If you look up the definition of an usher in the dictionary it states: An officer or servant who has care of the door or entrance of a court, chamber, church, or like.

How profound with reference to our faith is it that an usher is likened to a servant. As Catholics, we are all called to be Disciples of Christ by serving one another. Jesus came to serve, not to be served. As an usher at St. Thomas the Apostle the very act of helping and assisting our fellow parishioners and serving them with respect and compassion becomes a model of how we are attempting to share Gods love within our parish.

A church usher is a person who helps ensure a smoothly running church service and who ministers to our worshipers in a variety of practical ways. Our role as a minister of hospitality includes reminding everyone that Christ is present in the people as they greet and welcome the memebrs of the "Body of Christ" entering the Church, offer assistance in seating attendees if needed, welcoming guests, collect tithes and offerings, distribute bulletins and service programs, and generally provide any helpful information we can concerning the parish.

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Holy Name Society

The Holy Name Society (HNS) promotes reverence for the Sacred Names of God and Jesus Christ, obedience and loyalty to the teachings of the Catholic Church, and the personal sanctification and holiness of its members. Members are regular men who are aware of their sinfulness; yet, with God's grace and mercy seek to live a life of holiness through prayer and action. The HNS has been at STA since the founding of the parish.

Members are called to contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church and to make perpetual acts of reverence and love for our Lord. The HNS assists in parish ministries by performing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. "The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.
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Monthly Pictures


Feast of Christ the King - Sunday November 23

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. Its official name is the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. Conventional understandings of kingship and power are transformed. Rather than calling up images of Jesus Christ dressed in kingly robes, the Gospel proclaims him as king by the sign over his head on the throne of a wooden cross (I.N.R.I.: –IESUS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM– Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Paradoxically, it is the thief who recognized in Christ the Lord and Messiah.

Through our baptism we share in Christ's kingly office, exercising good stewardship for people and things we are put in charge of. (Lumen Genitum 31).

Advent begins November 30, 2014

Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. We prepare for the annual celebrations of Christ's incarnation at Christmas, his manifestation at Epiphany, and the beginning of his mission at the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Advent means "coming." We are to prepare for the coming of God among us as a child who is a King, as an infant who is a Savior, as one born at a given time and place yet who is a Messiah for all ages and people.

Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare us for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ's Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

Immaculate Conception of Mary

Monday December 8th, 2014
Masses at 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:30PM.

Immaculate Conception of Mary. Saint Anne and Saint Joachim are her parents. The stain glass is from the "Mary Queen of the Universe" Window in the right transept.

According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was conceived free from original sin and all its penalties. This privilege was granted to Mary because she was to give birth to Jesus, the Savior. Mary was the first to benefit from the saving passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Mary was conceived and born without sin because of the merits of her Son, Jesus.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception always occurs during Advent. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Mary is the patroness of the United States. This special feast of Mary is a holy day of obligation in the United States.

Parish Events

Fall Morning of Reflection for Women
Saturday November 15 @ 9:30AM

Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday November 16 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday November 16 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Shop Rite Gift Cards Available in the vestibule
November 16, December 7 and December 21 @ 9:45AM-12:00PM

Feast of Christ the King
Sunday November 23

Advent Giving Trees in the Church
Begins the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday November 24 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday November 27 @ 9:00 AM

Advent Begins
Sunday November 30

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Monday December 8. Masses at 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:30PM

St. Thomas Christmas Concert
Saturday December 13 at 7:00PM
Advent Bloomfield Parishes Penance Service at Sacred Heart
Monday December 15 at 7:30PM at Sacred Heart

Simbang Gabi Schedule for Deanery 16
December 15th-23rd

Simbang Gabi Mass at St. Thomas
December 19 at 7:30PM

Meeting Dates:

Shawl Ministry
November 16 @ 11:30AM

Rosary Society Meeting
December 1 @ 7:00PM

Men's Scripture
November 17, December 8 and December 22 @ 7:30PM

Bereavement Ministry
November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21 at 11:45AM-1:00PM in the Parish Center.

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.