Prayer Services with Communion at 8:30AM at St. Thomas on June 17-20, 2019 because of the Convocation of Priests

Cardinal Joseph Tobin has declared a Convocation of Priests of the Archdiocese to take place from June 17th thru 20th. Its purpose is the continuing education of the clergy and to provide a time for the priests and our new Cardinal Archbishop to get to know each other and to share a common pastoral vision for all of our parishes.

During these special days the usual mass schedule is suspended in all parishes including our own. However, a daily Communion Service will be available on each day at 8:30am here at St. Thomas the Apostle.

Please pray for the success of the Convocation that the Holy Spirit may guide our discussions and bless our endeavors.

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

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.

Memorial Day

Monday May 27, 2019

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.

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

Summer CCD Registration

Summer CCD classes are 8:45am to 12:45pm on July 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th (Weekdays July 1st through July 12 with July 4th and 5th off).

Summer CCD is closed and if you need help please call Tracey at 973-338-7400 for more information.