Lent 2020: February 26- April 11th

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 – February 26, 2020
Masses with Distribution of Ashes 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:00PM
Prayer Services with Distribution of Ashes 4:00PM

 

Men’s Catholic Conference Sat., Feb. 29, 2020
Women’s Commission Day of Reflection Sat., March 7, 2020 

Eucharistic Lecture Series From Passover Lamb to Risen Christ: Catholic Teaching on the Eucharist (See Calendar Events) (Tuesday nights in Lent at 7:30PM)

Lenten Retreat in Everyday Life Based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (See Calendar Events) (Wednesday nights in Lent at 7:30PM)

Calendar of Lenten Events at St. Thomas

Lenten Regulations

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

 
 
 

Catholic Schools’ Week


National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2020 is January 26 – February 1. The theme for 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

Daily Themes:
Celebrate the following daily themes and celebrations during Catholic Schools Week 2020.

Sunday – In Our Parish
Monday – In Our Community
Tuesday – In Our Students
Wednesday – In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools)
Thursday – In Our Vocations
Friday – In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher Appreciation Day)
Saturday – In Our Families

 

Please visit our Parish School Website at

http://www.staschoolnj.org/stta/

For more information about Catholic Schools Week, please visit https://www.ncea.org/csw/Home_Page/CSW/Catholic_Schools_Week.aspx

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

January 18–25
Christians around the world begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Please pray to the Lord “That they may become one in your hand.”

The theme for 2020 is: They Showed Us Unusual Kindness (Acts 28:2).

For more information and resources, please see the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity site.

The Church Unity Octave, a forerunner of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was developed by Servant of God Father Paul Wattson, SA, at Graymoor in Garrison, New York, and was first observed at Graymoor from January 18-25, 1908. Today, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity invites the whole Christian community throughout the world to pray in communion with the prayer of Jesus “that they all may be one” (John 17:21).

In 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating as a common international text for worldwide usage. Since 1968 these international texts, which are based on themes proposed by ecumenical groups around the world, have been developed, adapted and published for use in the United States by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

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.

Reconciliation

Sacrament of Reconciliation


Saturdays at 11AM in the Church in the reconciliation room is below the stained glass window of Mary Queen of the Universe in the Right Transept (closest to the door for the handicapped entrance).
Reconciliation can also administered by request.
For first Reconciliation: Enroll and attend classes in the parish religious education program.

For examine of conscience, please visit the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ site at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacraments-and-sacramentals/penance/examinations-of-conscience.cfm

Some helpful documents:
Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching and

En Español

Examination of Conscience for Children

Examine of Conscience for Children Ages 7 – 14

Examination of Conscience for Young Adults

Examination of Conscience for Single People

Examination of Conscience for Married Persons

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.