Solemnity of the Epiphany

The word “epiphany,” which means a shining forth of light, has slipped from its religious use into secular usage to indicate any sudden flash of insight. First used in this sense by the writer James Joyce, the term has degenerated to the point where “Epiphany” is even the name for an integrated suite of customer relations management software. Presumably using this software will give on striking new insights into how to manage one’s customer relations.

The distinction between the secular usage of the term “epiphany” and what we celebrate on this feast can be seen in the fact that we do not celebrate a flash of insight, but the shining forth of God’s light in our world through the person of Jesus. Pope Benedict XVI wrote that to be a Christian isn’t merely an ethical choice or a noble idea, but the encounter with an event, a person who gives life a new horizon and a definitive direction. The Epiphany is not about an idea occurring to us but about an encounter with a person: Jesus Christ.

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

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1st, 2018

Due to the unusual calendar this year, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God remains a Holy Day but not a Holy Day of Obligation. Therefore there will be one mass at 8:30AM on January 1st.

The church celebrates that Mary is the Mother of God (Theotokos or more specifically “Bearer of God”). One of the most outstanding characteristics of Mary is her willingness to know and do God’s will. We seek to follow Mary’s example more closely so we can be bearers of Christ to the world in the modern world.

Christmas Day

Monday December 25th, 2017
Our Dear Parishioners and Guests,

At Christmas we celebrate, not only the birth of a child, but more importantly we rejoice in the “Incarnation.”  In this birth God becomes human like us so that each of us could become more like God and share in the gift of eternal life.  We celebrate this truth not just for one day but for the whole Christmas Season.
It gives us great joy to wish you, your family, and your loved ones a very Blessed Christmas, and Peace and Happiness through the New Year.  Thank you for the support you give to all the staff of St. Thomas the Apostle by your presence and the sharing of your time, talent and treasure.

In the Lord,

Father Charles Miller and Priests, Deacons, Sisters and Staff.

Christmas Eve Masses
Herron Hall – Sunday December 24 @ 4:00PM
Church – Sunday December 24 @ 4:00PM
Church – Sunday December 24 @ 6:00PM
Church – Sunday December 24 @ 10:30PM

Christmas Day Masses
Church – Monday December 25 @ 8:00AM
Church – Monday December 25 @ 10:00AM
Church – Monday December 25 @ 12:00 Noon

Advent Liturgical Season

Sunday December 3, 2017 through Monday December 25, 2017

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).

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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;
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