Immaculate Conception

Saturday December 8th, 2018

Immaculate Conception of Mary – Saint Anne and Saint Joachim are her parents. The stain glass is from the “Mary Queen of the Universe” Window in the right transept.

According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, Mary was conceived free from original sin and all its penalties. This privilege was granted to Mary because she was to give birth to Jesus, the Savior. Mary was the first to benefit from the saving passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Mary was conceived and born without sin because of the merits of her Son, Jesus.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception always occurs during Advent. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Mary is the patroness of the United States. This special feast of Mary is a holy day of obligation in the United States.

Advent Liturgical Season

Sunday December 2, 2018 through Tuesday December 25, 2018

Advent marks the beginning of the new liturgical year. We prepare for the annual celebrations of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas, his manifestation at Epiphany, and the beginning of his mission at the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Advent means “coming.” We are to prepare for the coming of God among us as a child who is a King, as an infant who is a Savior, as one born at a given time and place yet who is a Messiah for all ages and people.

Advent has a two-fold character: as a season to prepare us for Christmas when Christ’s first coming to us is remembered; as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

Feast of Christ the King

We celebrate the feast of Christ the King the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. Its official name is the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King. This solemnity was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, an observance celebrating an aspect of Jesus’ identity rather than of his life. Conventional understandings of kingship and power are transformed. Rather than calling up images of Jesus Christ dressed in kingly robes, the Gospel proclaims him as king by the sign over his head on the throne of a wooden cross (I.N.R.I.: –IESUS NAZARENVS REX IVDAEORVM– Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews). Paradoxically, it is the thief who recognized in Christ the Lord and Messiah.

Through our baptism we share in Christ’s kingly office, exercising good stewardship for people and things we are put in charge of. (Lumen Genitum 31).

Veteran’s Day

Pray For Our Veterans, Their Families, and For Peace This Veterans Day – November 11th

We grateful for and inspired by those veterans who have given their lives for our country. Thank you!

Loving God, We ask for blessings on all those who have served their country in the armed forces. We ask for healing for the Veterans who have been wounded, in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe. We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands, who are coming home with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord; may we pray for them when they cannot pray. We ask for, echoing John Paul II, an end to wars and the dawning of a new era of peace, as a way to honor all the veterans of past wars.

Have mercy on all our Veterans. Bring peace to their hearts and peace to the regions they fought in. Bless all the soldiers who served in noncombative posts; May their calling to service continue in their lives in many positive ways

 

Click here to visit the USCCB web page for prayers for peace, our troops and their families

All Souls Day

All Souls Day – November 2


Book of Remembrance by
the Paschal Candle and Baptismal Font.

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

As we remember our faithful departed during the month of November, we must remember that our prayers for the dead bind us to them in the communion of faith and life promised by Jesus to all who believe in Him. All Souls day is a commemoration of all those who have fallen asleep in Christ marked with the sign of faith and who, we pray, may one day join the saints around the great banquet table of the Lamb. We pray for the dead; we pray for the forgiveness of all their sins; and we pray that God, in his great mercy, will take them to himself.

Please pray for those deceased members of our parish family.

The following links are to the bulletins with the names of deceased parishioners from the previous year.

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Religious Education Fall Registration

Registration Forms for the 2018-2019 Religious Education Year.

Classes begin Monday September 24th for grades 3-8 and Tuesday September 25th for grades 1 & 2.

Please download and complete the Fall Registration Form and return to the Religious Education Office. The documents are available in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word formats.

2018-2019 Fall Registration Form

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Click here to visit the Religious Education Page

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.