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.

Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord

The Baptism of the Lord is yet another powerful revelation (manifestation or epiphany) of Christ’s identity: God’s beloved Son, on whom his favor rests. Like the visit of the Magi and the wedding feast of Cana, the baptism of Christ by John in the River Jordon is an experience of God’s action and presence revealed in Christ.

All Baptized Christians share in the priestly, prophetic and kingly aspects of Jesus’ ministry:

“These faithful are by baptism made one body with Christ and are constituted among the People of God; they are in their own way made sharers in the priestly, prophetical, and kingly functions of Christ; and they carry out for their own part the mission of the whole Christian people in the Church and in the world.” (Lumen Genitum 31).

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Another manifestation of Jesus as God, this time to people who are outside the Jewish tradition.  The magi brought three gifts -GoldFrankincense, and Myrrh – representing three aspects of Jesus’ life.  Gold for His kingship over everything,  frankincense for his divinity and myrrh for his sacrificial death.

According to tradition, St. Thomas traveled East after Jesus’ Resurrection and encountered the three wise men. They were then baptized by St. Thomas.

Mass for Our Country

Dear Friends,

Mass at 7:30PM on January 3, 2019.

Come together as a community to pray in support of our country, for our families and friends, and for our needs.

St. Pio said “It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass.” That is how important it is!

In these challenging times, what better way to seek peace and know God’s purpose and plan than to gather for Holy Mass.

Fr. John Gordon
Coordinator, Office for Evangelization

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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.