Easter Season – The 50 Day Long Feast

Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen!

The fifty-day feast of Easter developed from the harvest feast of ancient Israel known as “Shavuot,” or the “Feast of Weeks.” It was a period of seven weeks (a “week of weeks”) plus one day, beginning with Passover and concluding with the fiftieth day, the day of Pentecost. The fiftieth day marked the end of the barley harvest and included an offering of the first fruits. By the time of Jesus, this festival also had become a celebration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai.

The themes of harvest, Exodus and the Law also became part of the Christian celebration. Christians celebrated the Passover of Jesus through death to new life and the Covenant that was established in him. Images of Christ as paschal Lamb and as first fruits are the earliest Easter images used by St. Paul.

Easter was the first of our feasts to develop beyond the weekly Sunday celebration. This fifty-day period of rejoicing seems to have been adopted by all Christian communities by the second century. Within a few centuries, however, the unity of the feast began to weaken, and the resurrection, the ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit began to be celebrated separately. Easter and Pentecost became two separate days rather than the two names for the same fifty-day period. Only in our own time has the unity of this celebration been reestablished, at least in the liturgical books. The pastoral challenge is to reestablish it in the minds and hearts of the parish, and the best way to do that is by celebrating the whole feast well.

Holy Week

Come Celebrate Holy Week With Us!

Saturday April 13, 2019 – Palm Sunday Mass at 5:00PM

Sunday April 14, 2019 – Palm Sunday Masses at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Monday April 15, 2019 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Tuesday April 16, 2019 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Wednesday April 17, 2019 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Thursday April 18, 2019 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM & Holy Thursday Night Prayer at 11:00PM

Friday April 19, 2019 – Good Friday Morning Prayer at 8:30AM, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00PM & Living Stations of the Cross at 7:30PM

Saturday April 20, 2019 – Holy Saturday Morning Prayer at 8:30AM and The Great Easter Vigil at 8:15PM

Sunday April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday Mass at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Holy Week is quiet week
No ministry events are scheduled and all are encouraged to attend Holy Week services.

Lent 2019: March 6th – April 20th


Lent is a time of good resolutions and new beginnings. Lent is a season of repentance and a season of hope. In Lent we reconnect with our baptismal spirituality as the Lenten practices help us to prepare to renew our baptismal promises on Easter Sunday. The goal of Lent is Easter.
Ash Wednesday – March 6, 2019
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM and 11:30AM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM and 7:30PM

Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

Lenten Regulations

Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7:30PM
Reconciliation on Saturdays at 11:00AM.
Prayer Life Resources on the STA website
Prayer Life Resources external to the STA website

Ordinary Time Liturgical Season

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. (1)

Ordinary Time begins after the Christmas season with the feast of the Baptism of Jesus.  It continues until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Ordinary Time continues after Pentecost which closes the the Easter Season 50 days after Easter Sunday.  Ordinary Time ends with the feast of Christ the King, usually in November. The following week begins the new Liturgical Season with the Advent Liturgical Season.

(1) Taken from US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Mass for Our Country

Dear Friends,

Mass at 7:30PM on January 3, 2019.

Come together as a community to pray in support of our country, for our families and friends, and for our needs.

St. Pio said “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” That is how important it is!

In these challenging times, what better way to seek peace and know God’s purpose and plan than to gather for Holy Mass.

Fr. John Gordon
Coordinator, Office for Evangelization

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Mission Statement

The Roman Catholic Faith Community of St. Thomas the Apostle recognizes God’s call to be a sign of His Kingdom in the communities we serve.
We respond to this call by:

  • Leading people to a deeper relationship with Christ by providing opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal, education, the celebration of the Sacraments, and the worship of God in the sacred liturgy;
  • Encouraging a commitment to justice and to service of those in need;
  • Promoting good stewardship of our time, talent and treasure;
  • Building a community of hospitality and support in the daily living out of Christian ideals by nourishing mutual respect and understanding within our Church, our families, our community, and other faith traditions.