November 2016 E-News

November 2016

In this issue:
  • Recap of "Plan Ahead: Medicare/Medicaid Planning for Nursing Home Admission & Alternatives To It"
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle School in the News
  • Veteran's Day
  • Confirmation and School Pictures
  • Mesiti and Friends Concert
  • Advent 2016
  • Saint Francis Xavier Stained Glass Window
  • Immaculate Conception
  • Upcoming Events

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Plan Ahead: Medicare/Medicaid Planning for Nursing Home Admission & Alternatives To It
Gwen Orlowski
Gwen Orlowski speaking to the Saint Thomas
Community about Planning for Medicare/Medicaid

On October 18th, the Holy Name Society, sponsored a talk by public interest elder law attorney, Gwen Orlowski, Esq., on the subject of nursing home planning and admission as well as in-home alternatives to it. Ms. Orlowski is employed by Central Jersey Legal Services and formerly worked for the N.J. Department of Public Advocate, Legal Services of New Jersey and the National Senior Citizens Law Center in the areas of ensuring that low-income older adults had access to affordable health care and long-term services and supports at home and in the community. The HNS event was attended by over 70 persons of all ages, including members of four Protestant congregations in our area. The inspiration for the program came from Pope Francis’s announced Year of Mercy and his invitation to parishes and congregations to display mercy beyond the boundaries of their physical places of worship and to pray and work on an interfaith basis. Upcoming Events sponsored by the Holy Name Society :
Sunday, Dec. 4th Advent Early Afternoon spiritual reflection for men, women and teens on "Now that the 'Year of Mercy' is Ending: Where Do We Go From Here with Mercy: In Our Individual Lives, Parish Community and the World Beyond our parish borders?

Saint Thomas School Supports Cancer Awareness

St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield holds a Pink Tag Day, raising money selling bracelets for the American Cancer Society. Pictured, from left, back row, are Principal Michael Petrillo, Paolo Reyes, Laura Conigliari and Taylor Riccio, and seated, Alasia Comick, Kyle Konderck, Sofya Paumo, Audrey Valle, Kaitleyn McGowan and Olivia Jesolosky.

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St. Thomas Robotics and Lego League Team

The Robotics/Lego League Team of St. Thomas the Apostle School has been busy this year coming up with new ways to make the world a better place. Team Mega Masters took this as a challenge to research the occurring problem on the high seas of oil spills. They quickly utilized one of the newest resources at St. Thomas the Apostle School, their new 3-Dimensional Printer, to design a model of a boat. Fifth graders Camille Schiralli and Diana Prisco along with fourth graders Garan Salandy, Devin Andress, Kenneth McGowan, Regina Salandra, and Carter Courtney hope that with the knowledge they have acquired from this project to one day solve the issues of oil spills in the world. Did you know that a pound of hair can soak up a mass amount of oil in seconds? Did you know that it will take a mushroom or fungi days to soak up the same amount? These are just some of the facts the students found while researching issues for their assignment. This project will be presented in the coming months at their annual Lego League tournament which places the students of St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield against some of New Jersey's brightest and tech savvy students throughout the state.

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St. Thomas the Apostle School Girl Scouts Promote Drug Awareness

The Girl Scouts of Bloomfield, NJ, who are educated at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Bloomfield, felt it necessary to spread the knowledge of Drug Awareness to their school community. In their most recent meeting the girl scouts earned merit badges which displays their knowledge of the risks of drug abuse. St. Thomas the Apostle School held a "Red Tag Day" in support of the girl scouts and the DEA as well as handed out bracelets, pens and pencils to further promote the campaign to the entire school community.

Pictured below are the 5th and 6th grade students who are in the Girl Scouts in front of their Red Ribbon Banner.

From Left to Right Chelsey Georges (standing), Angelina Munoz(standing), Kaitlyn LeSeur, Isabella Calleo, Megan Lardner, Isabella Rivera, Zarabeth Campanella, Caroline Miller, Diana Prisco, Makayla Konderek (standing), and Sofia Mattingly (standing)

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Pray For Our Veterans, Their Families, and For Peace This Veterans Day - November 11th

We grateful for and inspired by those veterans who have given their lives for our country. Thank you!

Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord; may we pray for them when they cannot pray. We ask for, echoing John Paul II, an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars.

Have mercy on all our Veterans. Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions they fought in. Bless all the soldiers who served in non-combative posts; May their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways

Click here to visit the USCCB web page for prayers for peace, our troops and their families

Confirmation 2016

Mesiti and Friends Concert

September Club Fall Bazaar

STA School Pictures
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"Plan Ahead" Presentation Sponsored by the Holy Name Society

November - Remembering All Souls

As we remember our faithful departed in the month of November, we must remember that our prayers for the dead bind us to them in the communion of faith and life promised by Jesus to all who believe in Him. All Souls day is a commemoration of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ marked with the sign of faith and who, we pray, may one day join the saints around the great banquet table of the Lamb. We pray for the dead; we pray for the forgiveness of all their sins; and we pray that God, in his great mercy, will take them to himself.
Please pray for those deceased members of our parish family. The following links are to the bulletins with the names of deceased parishioners from the previous years.
2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007

Feast of Christ the King - Sunday November 20, 2016

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 27, 2016

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.

Feast of St. Francis Xaiver. December 3rd

Friend of Saint Ignatius of Loyola who convinced him to use his talents to spread the Gospel. One of the founding Jesuits, and the first Jesuit missionary.

Missionary for ten years in India, the East Indies, and Japan, baptizing more than 40,000. His epic finds him dining with head hunters, washing sores of lepers in Venice, teaching catechism to Indian children, baptizing 10,000 in a single month.

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Thursday December 8th, 2016

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.

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

Parish Events:

Eucharistic Holy Hour for Life, Marriage and Liberty. Music & Prayer with Fr. John Gordon & the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Friday November 11 @ 7:30PM

Day Retreat at Loyola Jesuit Center
Saturday November 12 @ 9:00AM-3:00PM

Blood Bank
Sunday November 13 @ 8:00AM-3:00PM

November Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday November 13 @ 8:00AM-12:00PM

November Hospitality
Sunday November 13 @ 9:30AM-12:00PM

Shawl Ministry
Sunday November 13 @ 11:30AM

Feast of Christ the King
Sunday November 20

Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday November 24 @ 9:00AM

Thanksgiving Holiday - Parish Center Closed Thursday/Friday
Thursday November 24 - Thursday November 25

Advent Begins
Sunday November 27

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday November 28 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

Advent Afternoon of Reflection
Sunday December 4 after the noon mass

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 7:30AM Mass
Thursday December 8 @ 7:30AM

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 11:30AM Mass
Thursday December 8 @ 11:30AM

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 7:30PM Mass
Thursday December 8 @ 7:30PM

Santa Breakfast in Herron Hall
Saturday December 10 @ 9:00AM

Christmas Concert in the Church
Saturday December 10 @ 7:00PM

December Blood Pressure Screening
Sunday December 11 @ 8:00AM-12:00PM

December Hospitality
Sunday December 11 @ 9:30AM-12:00PM

Bloomfield Parishes Reconciliation Service at Saint Thomas
Monday December 12 @ 7:30PM

Simbang Gabi Celebration at Saint Thomas
Saturday December 17 @ 2:00PM

Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour
Monday December 19 @ 11:00 AM - 8:30PM

Meeting Dates:

September Club Meeting
Monday November 14

September Club Meeting
Monday November 21

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday November 21 @ 7:30PM

September Club Meeting
Monday November 28

September Club Meeting
Monday December 5

Rosary Society Meeting
Monday December 5 @ 7:00PM

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday December 5 @ 7:30PM

Shawl Ministry
Sunday December 11 @ 11:30AM

September Club Meeting
Monday December 12

Men's Scripture Reading and Reflection
Monday December 19 @ 7:30PM