Mass on Thursday August 15th, 2019 at 7:30AM, 11:30AM and 7:30PM.
A Holy Day of Obligation.
There is no vigil on August 14th.
The feast of the Assumption celebrates Mary’s entrance into heaven, body and soul. Mary is the first among the faithful to be fully redeemed because of her perpetually sinless state. Mary, because of her relationship to her Son, shares, through privileged anticipation, in the grace of the resurrection of the dead. Mary does not have to endure the suspension of eternal life until the resurrection of the dead.
The assumption of Mary was declared a dogma of faith to be believed by faithful Catholics, by Pope Pius XII on Nov. 1, 1950.
August 1, 2019 Statement on New Jersey’s Assisted Suicide Law
Statement in English Statement in Spanish
Welcome to our new pastor, Father Larry Fama.
Father Larry was ordained on May 30, 1992. He has served at St. Philomena, Livingston, St. Mary, Rutherford and St. Helen, Westfield as a parochial vicar. He was mostly recently the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Maywood.
To read about Father Larry, please see his “From the Pastor’s Desk” in the
July 7, 2019 bulletin by clicking here and
July 14, 2019 bulletin by clicking here.
FEAST DAY JULY 3rd
St. Thomas, our parish patron Saint, was one of the Twelve Apostles. He was a Jew from Galilee called by Jesus to accompany him on his mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God. When Jesus’ life was threatened as he went to raise Lazarus from the dead, Thomas said to the others, “Let us also go, that we may die with Jesus’.
Thomas doubted that Jesus had truly been raised from the dead. The Resurrection was proven to Thomas when Jesus appeared to him. Thomas said, “My Lord and My God”.
St. Gregory the Great once said, “The unbelief of Thomas has done more for our faith than the faith of the other disciples. Our doubts are answered by the demand of St. Thomas to know that Jesus’ resurrection was real.
According to tradition, St. Thomas preached the gospel in India.
Links to Scripture about St. Thomas the Apostle:
Thank you Father Charles for your 47 dedicated years to the priesthood and the 13 years you served and led the parish of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
Gracious and loving God we thank you for the gift of priesthood.
Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments
We thank you for the service of Fr Miller in our community of faith and as he continues to follow your call.
Grant him the wisdom, understanding and strength he needs to follow the footsteps of the high priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Allow him to experience your joy and may he always be an instrument of your grace.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.
Measured by Church time, the solemnity of the The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is quite young dating from the mid-thirteenth-century. For hundreds of years, in fact, it was commonly referred to as nova sollemnitas, “the new solemnity” (The Liturgy and Time, 104). This celebration has been given many names over the centuries: feast of the Eucharist, feast of the Most Precious Sacrament, even feast of God. In France it is still commonly known as the Fete-Dieu. The solemnity developed at about the same time as the elevations of the consecrated elements during Mass, and it arose out of the desire of the faithful to see the Blessed Sacrament at a time when they did not often receive it. The solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is an expression of our Catholic faith in the real presence of the risen Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, this celebration is also outward-looking, carrying the liturgy out of the Church and into the streets.
Taken from our June 14, 2009 bulletin.
“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:
- with the sign of the Cross
- the Doxology at the end of the presiders prayers
- the Gloria
- the Profession of Faith
- the Eucharistic Prayer culminating in the Great Doxology above
- Solemn Blessing at the end of Mass.
The stained glass window is from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey
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.
40 Days after Easter
This year it is celebrated on Thursday, May 30, 2019
A Holy Day of Obligation
Masses 7:30am, 11:30am & 7:30pm
Stained Glass Window from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield New Jersey
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!
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.
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.