Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – January 17, 2021



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2021 Annual Appeal – Archdiocese of Newark








COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine – updated, 1/15/2020





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Please join us for Eucharistic Adoration and Holy Hour on Monday January 25th at 7:00PM.














Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord










We are looking for volunteers to help remove the Christmas Trees Thursday afternoon, January 14th . If you are available please come to the Church at 1:00pm.
Thank you


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Virtual Morning of Reflection

Thursday Jan 21, 2021

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COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine – updated, 1/15/2020







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The Baptism of the Lord is yet another powerful revelation (manifestation or epiphany) of Christ’s identity: God’s beloved Son, on whom his favor rests. Like the visit of the Magi and the wedding feast of Cana, the baptism of Christ by John in the River Jordon is an experience of God’s action and presence revealed in Christ.

All Baptized Christians share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly aspects of Jesus’ ministry:

“These faithful are by baptism made one body with Christ and are constituted among the People of God; they are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly functions of Christ; and they carry out for their own part the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world.” (Lumen Genitum 31).

Statement of Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, on violence in U.S. Capitol

Taken from https://www.rcan.org/statement-cardinal-joseph-w-tobin-cssr-archbishop-newark-violence-us-capitol

Jan. 7, 2020

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s violence in the United States Capitol:

As I watched the appalling chaos in the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I witnessed an icon of democracy occupied and hostage to mob rule.  The procession of violent images was deeply troubling.  Particularly disheartening is that this event unfolded amid a deadly pandemic, a terrible plague that our troubled nation should face in solidarity.

The events of yesterday are a graphic exposure of the deep and advancing polarization in American society that has festered for years. This divisiveness disregards faith, justice and the rule of law.  As shocking as it may be to glimpse how disordered our nation has become, the terrible truth is that we are not immune from further moral and social decay.

If we wish to claim it, Catholics have a legacy that is crucial to the healing of the nation.  Our faith includes a commitment to mutual respect, dialogue, and the principles on which our democracy is based.  We must come together as one nation under God, who loves and bestows dignity on all. The person with whom you may vehemently disagree is also a beloved child of God. For two millennia, our community has tried to live the teachings of Jesus. We are at our best when we put others first, with the common good as our guiding star.

Let us join with all people of good will in a choice for peace during this arduous time.  We pray for our Savior’s protection and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Jesus, Prince of Peace, teach us the way forward.  Our Lady of the Americas, pray for us.

Solemnity of the Epiphany






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Another manifestation of Jesus as God, this time to people who are outside the Jewish tradition.  The magi brought three gifts -GoldFrankincense, and Myrrh – representing three aspects of Jesus’ life.  Gold for His kingship over everything,  frankincense for his divinity and myrrh for his sacrificial death.


According to tradition, St. Thomas traveled East after Jesus’ Resurrection and encountered the three wise men. They were then baptized by St. Thomas.










COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine – updated, 1/15/2020




Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Thursday January 1st, 2021


Stained Glass Window of the Coronation of Mary in the nave of St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Masses are 5:00PM on Thursday December 31, 2020 (Livestreamed and posted to this page afterwards) and 9:30AM and 11:30AM on Friday January 1, 2021.

The church celebrates that Mary is the Mother of God (Theotokos or more specifically “Bearer of God”). One of the most outstanding characteristics of Mary is her willingness to know and do God’s will. We seek to follow Mary’s example more closely so we can be bearers of Christ to the world in the modern world.


A brief summary of some of the major events at Saint Thomas the Apostle in 2020.





COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine – updated, 1/15/2020





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COVID-19 Vaccine Info

COVID-19 Vaccine Info – Updated Jan 14, 2021:

COVID-19: How to contact the County of Essex to seek an appointment for the vaccine.

The County of Essex has posted a notice where eligible persons in our local towns can obtain information on how and where to schedule appointments for the receipt of the COVID-19 vaccine (Moderna).   https://essexcountynj.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/essex-county-vaccine-flier-3-1.pdf  

Here’s how it works, Essex County officials say:

That County posting provides a telephone number (973-877-8456) and a digital link: www.essexCOVID.org to arrange for an appointment. The sites for obtaining the vaccine are different depending on your township residence:  Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley.

“Appointments only can be made after the county receives the vaccines. Vaccinations will be given in two doses. Residents making reservations to receive the vaccination will receive two appointments. It is critical that residents attend both appointments. Residents will be asked to provide their medical insurance information and their insurance provider will be billed $16.94 for the first dose and $28.39 for the second dose. If a resident does not have insurance, the cost of the vaccine will be covered by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provide Relief Fund. There will be no out-of-pocket expenses charged to residents.”

Here’s what to expect, county officials say:

“Each vaccination site is set up in a similar fashion. Residents entering the site will first be pre-screened to verify they have an appointment. Those who do not have an appointment will not be allowed to receive the vaccine that day. Residents will then proceed to a registration table where they will be provided with their paperwork for their visit and receive a card to remind them about their second appointment. After being inoculated with the vaccine, residents will be required to wait 15 minutes while they are monitored for any side effects. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at every site and areas will be sanitized on a regular basis throughout the day.”

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

New Jersey is rolling out its vaccines in phases. An exact timeline hasn’t been made available. Vaccination is voluntary; nobody is required to get a shot.

Here’s how state officials originally described the eligibility list:

In Phase 1A, only frontline health care workers in close contact with the virus were cleared to get a vaccination. Certain vulnerable populations such as nursing home residents and prison inmates were also able to get a shot.

In the first part of Phase 1B, police and firefighters were cleared to get their shots. When the second part of Phase 1B kicks in, other essential employees such as teachers, food service workers and truckers, as well as people over 75-years-old, will be eligible to get a vaccination.

In Phase 1C, the list will expand to other essential employees who work in “overcrowded settings” such as colleges, adults 65 to 74, and people aged 16 to 64 with medical conditions that increase the risk for severe COVID-19.

In Phase 2 of the rollout, anyone in the general public will be able to get a vaccination.

However, New Jersey took a detour from its distribution plan on Jan. 13. Now the list includes seniors over 65 and people with medical conditions that put them at risk from the virus (a group that was originally in Phase 1C.) Read More: Gov. Murphy To Expand COVID Vaccine To NJ Seniors 65 And Older: https://patch.com/new-jersey/warren/gov-murphy-expand-covid-vaccine-nj-seniors-add-sites

Eligible conditions people with medical conditions that put them at risk for COVID, over age 16 include:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD
  • Down syndrome
  • Heart conditions
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Individuals who are pregnant
  • Those in an immunocompromised state and a weakened immune system because of issues such as an organ transplant

This posting has information that is subject to change by the County. So, to obtain current information, contact the above telephone number or County website for future updates on administration of the vaccine.


Related:

Moral Considerations Regarding the New Covid-19 Vaccines



Feast of the Holy Family – December 27, 2020



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A brief summary of some of the major events at Saint Thomas the Apostle in 2020.







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A prayer for families
God made us a family.
We need one another. We love one another.
We forgive one another.
We work together. We play together.
Together we use God’s word. Together we grow in Christ.
Together we love all. Together we serve our God.
Together we hope for Heaven.
These are our hopes and ideals.
Help us to attain them, O God,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christmas Masses 2020




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10:00PM Livestream

8:00AM Livestream

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4:00PM Laying Jesus in the Creche and Introduction

10:00PM Laying Jesus in the Creche and Introduction

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Advent/Christmas Word Scramble

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