First Communion 2020

August 3rd, September 14th , 21st, 28th, 2020.

Holy Eucharist Stained Glass Window in the South Transept of Saint Thomas the Apostle Church. The priest distributing communion is Monsignor Michael Magnier, the pastor at the time of the current church’s construction.

Mass for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time – September 27, 2020

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Click Around the Community for information homeowner and tenant right during the COVID pandemic.

For more information about the U.S. Census, please visit the Township of Bloomfield’s website at

You only have until September 30, 2020 to fill out the Census.

USCCB Guidelines on Faithful Citizenship and learn how to register and vote in the upcoming 2020 elections.

St. Thomas School Home and School Fundraiser at Holsten’s

Story of a St. Thomas Parishioner donating food to help those in need.

Food Donation In A Time of Need

On Sunday September 20th, Stephanie Singh Chang donated twenty-five boxes of perishable food to our parish, St. Thomas the Apostle in Bloomfield. Each box would feed four people. Stephanie’s generous donation was made in loving memory of Irene Singh and Rafeek Khan, on behalf of the Cerda Family, and Stephanie’s nephew, Nicholas Baglione IV, who is a student at St. Thomas School, and who made the donation possible. The boxes of food were distributed among the Missionaries of Charity in Newark, Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair, Mother Teresa House in Montclair, and Sacred Heart’s Ministry to Vulnerable Families.
Thank you, Stephanie and Nicholas!

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning.

Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”

Saint Mother Teresa

2020 United States Census

September 21, 2020 – The 2020 Census will be winding down on September 30th. There is still time remaining to complete your 2020 Census form.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website at

March 1, 2020 –U. S. Census -The 2020 Census for the Federal Government will take place from mid-March through mid-May. Faith communities have been asked to help to reach out to parishioners to make people aware of the importance of this event.

The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.

The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants. The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July.

For more information about the 2020 Census, visit the Census Bureau website at

September 11th Memorial Page

The picture is of the steel cross cut from one of the World Trade Center Beams. In the background is the Easter Candle, the ambry with the Holy Oils, and the stain glass windows of the theological virtue of love, the Resurrection and the Ascension.

We remember them…
in the rising sun and in its going down.We remember them…
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter.We remember them…
When we are weary and in need of some strength.We remember them…
When we are lost and sick of heart.We remember them…
When we have joys we yearn to share.We remember them…
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us…As we remember them.

Click here for a NY Times article on one of our parishioners who passed away on September 11th.

Click here for Cathy Nardella’s obituary on

Click here for Craig Montano’s obituary on

Below is a picture of the plaque of the Peace of Christ Carillon dedicated in memorial of two St. Thomas the Apostle Parishioners.

Alert of Gift Card Scams

Please be wary of any solicitation of funds from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church unless you hear about it in a mass announcement or in the bulletin.  Electronic media is susceptible to being compromised and anyone can create an email address that looks legitimate.  If you receive an email or see a post on our website/social media that looks suspicious, please contact the parish center to ensure it is legitimate before responding. Know that the clergy and staff of our parish will never make a request such as this.

See also from earlier this year:

Report Online and International Scams

Report fake websites, emails, malware, and other internet scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Some online scams start outside the United States. If you have been a victim of an international scam, report it through Your report helps international consumer protection offices spot trends and prevent scams.

Please beware of fraudulent emails or text messages claiming to be from a pastor
or a representative of the archdiocese asking you to purchase gift cards to help the poor or sick. Such fraudulent activity should be reported to the State of New Jersey Cyber Crimes Unit at (609) 584-5051, ext. 5664, or online at Please feel free to call the
parish or school office to validate the authenticity of any suspicious email claiming to be from our priests or staff.