Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

“The central mystery of Christian faith and life” is the mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity (CCC, 234 – Click Here to read more). This solemnity offers us time to meditate upon this defining mystery of our faith.

During our Eucharistic Liturgy the use of the Trinity is expressed in many ways, including:

  1. with the sign of the Cross
  2. the Doxology at the end of the presiders prayers
  3. the Gloria
  4. the Profession of Faith
  5. the Eucharistic Prayer culminating in the Great Doxology above
  6. Solemn Blessing at the end of Mass.

The stained glass window is from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey

Memorial Day

Monday May 28, 2018

We are grateful for and inspired by those service men and women who have given their lives for our country. Thank you!

Staff Sgt. Kerrin Kampa of Mifflinburg, Pa., and Staff Sgt. Judy Dukes of Aurora, Ill., plant U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on May 23, 2013 in honor of the fallen to mark Memorial Day. CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec
God of power and mercy, you destroy war and put down earthly pride.

Banish violence from our midst and wipe away our tears,
that we may all deserve to be called your sons and daughters.

Keep in your mercy those men and women who have died in the cause of freedom
and bring them safely into your kingdom of justice and peace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

R. Amen

Prayer taken from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

More Prayers for Those in Military Service

Content taken from http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/prayers/memorial-day-prayer.cfm.

Pentecost

For the Jewish people, Pentecost was a feast of thanksgiving that marked the conclusion of the grain harvest; it was also a time to commemorate the giving of the law at Sinai. It was celebrated 50 days after Passover. For the first Christian believers, gathered to celebrate this feast in Jerusalem, the giving of the Holy Spirit reinvented Pentecost. It marked a new beginning: God would be present among his people not in words carved in stone, but in a whole new way, living in their hearts, and speaking through them. Just as the old feast was a time to celebrate the abundance of God’s gifts by giving back to God the first fruits of the fields, so the new Pentecost celebrates the incredible abundance of God’s giving, the many gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Pentecost is “the joyful conclusion of the Easter season” (Proclamation of the Dates of Easter on Epiphany). It ranks with Christmas, Epiphany, and the Ascension (see GNLYC,59). It is a day to pull out all the stops, a day for incense, processions, banners, for creative expression of the truth we celebrate: the gift of the Holy Spirit has been given to us. Jesus is here!

Pentecost is 50 Days after Easter and is known as the birthday of the Church. This year it is on May 20, 2018.

Click Here to read about Pentecost in the Bible (Acts 2)

The stained glass window is from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield, NJ.

Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus

40 Days after Easter
This year it is celebrated on Thursday, May 10, 2018
A Holy Day of Obligation

Masses 7:30am, 11:30am & 7:30pm

 

Stained Glass Window from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield New Jersey

Easter Sunday

Alleluia!  Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Through our baptism we are baptized into the death and Resurrection of Christ. God continues to call us to go deeper into the Paschal Mystery, but especially at Easter and the Easter Season.

Through God’s power and our response to His grace we are created anew, his chosen people. Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter Season we have the opportunity to reflect on our lives in light of these great mysteries of faith.  Through the liturgical life of the Church – the readings, prayers, rites, and devotions – we are more immersed into these realities to be a visible sign of Christ in the world.

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Holy Week

Come Celebrate Holy Week With Us!

Saturday March 24, 2018 – Palm Sunday Mass at 5:00PM

Sunday March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday Masses at 7:30AM, 9:00AM, 10:30AM and 12:00 Noon

Monday March 26, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Tuesday March 27, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Wednesday March 28, 2018 – Morning Mass at 7:30AM and 11:30AM

Thursday March 29, 2018 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM & Holy Thursday Night Prayer at 11:00PM

Friday March 30, 2018 – 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 March 31, 2018 – Holy Saturday Morning Prayer at 8:30AM and The Great Easter Vigil at 8:15PM

Sunday April 1, 2018 – 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.

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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.