St. Thomas October 2014 E-News

October 2014

In this issue:
Fr. Andrew's Fifth Anniversary Mass, Rosary Society, October Pictures, Feast of St. Luke/Stained Glass Window, November Events.

Father Andrew’s Anniversary Mass

On May 31, 2014, the faith community of St. Thomas the Apostle was honored to celebrate with Fr. Andrew Onyemaobi the fifth anniversary of his ordination. The liturgical context for this great event was the Seventh Sunday of Easter: the week before Pentecost Sunday.

The first reading for the Mass was from the Acts of the Apostles, 1:12-14, which proclaims that Jesus had just ascended to Heaven and the Apostles, Mary, “some women”, and “his brothers” had returned to Jerusalem to the “upper room” in anticipation of receiving Jesus’ promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Acts specifically says that the Apostle Andrew was there and "all these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer." Indeed, this is exactly what the St. Thomas community modeled in unity with Fr. Andrew and his family and friends in anticipation of Pentecost Sunday

Father’s celebration Mass symbolically prefigured Pentecost Sunday, Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11, where the same actors were in the "upper room" when they were "all filled with the Holy Spirit and [they] began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim."
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The Rosary Society

The primary purpose of the Saint Thomas the Apostle Rosary Society is to praise and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to secure her patronage by the recitation of the Rosary for the mutual spiritual benefit of all the members throughout the world.

The Rosary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle Church is comprised of a group of women who gather together once a month to pray the Rosary. They are one of the largest and oldest Ministries at St. Thomas. The Rosary is prayed in the Church and followed by a short business meeting and fellowship in the Parish Center.

Members of the Rosary Society are also a constant provider of services for the Parish. Some examples are:

Annual Parish Communion Gathering
The Rosary Society traditionally hosts a Communion Breakfast every year but this year tried something different. This year a Luncheon was held in Herron Hall on October 5th immediately following the 12:00 pm Mass. The luncheon was attended by more than 70 people and gives everyone a chance to fellowship and to hear a guest speaker. The guest speaker was Deacon Brian Murphy who spoke about the life of Father Solanus Casey.

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October Pictures


Blessing of Animals October 5, 2014

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Feast of St. Luke. October 18th

This stained glass window is located in the sanctuary at St. Thomas the Apostle.
St. Luke, a physician himself, is the patron saint of physicians. He was a friend of St. Paul, and is author of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. According to tradition, St. Luke died in Greece at the age of 84. In art, he is represented by ox because his gospel begins with the account of the priest Zechariah sacrificing in the temple.

October - The Month of the Rosary:

In the 1200s Mary appeared to St. Dominic in a vision and gave him the powerful prayer of the Rosary. The lower stained glass windows in the nave of St. Thomas focus on the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary. Use the links below to view the stained glass windows mysteries of the rosary and the theological virtue (faith, hope and love) associated with each.


All Saints Day - Saturday November 1st, 2014

The Church honors all the saints of heaven--God's holy ones--those known and unknown to us. This solemnity celebrates all who have been examples of faith throughout the ages, those whose lives mirrored the Paschal Mystery of Christ. As we heard in the Proclamation of the Date of Easter on Epiphany, it is in the lives of the saints that the Church proclaims the Passover of Christ. Today's solemnity honors all the saints, in particular those who are not individually recognized throughout the year.
Mass at 8:30AM
Click Here for list the artwork of Saints we have at St. Thomas.

All Souls Day - November 2 - All the Faithful Departed

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.
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Parish Events

Blood Pressure Screening in St. Peter's Room
Sunday November 19 @ 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Sunday Hospitality in St. Peter's Room
Sunday October 19 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Shop Rite Gift Cards Available in the vestibule
October 19, November 2 and November 16 @ 9:45AM-12:00PM

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

Mass for Solemnity of All Saints
Saturday November 1 @ 8:30AM

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

Feast of Christ the King
Sunday November 23

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

Meeting Dates:

Rosary Society Meeting
November 3 @ 7:00PM

Men's Scripture
October 20, November 3 and November 17 @ 7:30PM

Shawl Ministry
November 16 @ 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.