Mass for the Second Week of Advent



If you choose to print and bring the worship aid with you, please also take the copy home with you. Thank you.






Kathy Monacelli from Children’s Liturgy of The Word will be doing a virtual story time reading this beautiful book called Santa’s Prayer. This will be on our You Tube channel on Sunday December 6th at 2pm which is The Feast of St. Nicholas!


The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.



This is the final weekend to drop off gifts.




October 5, 2020 – The Catholic Church believes and teaches that all human life is sacred from conception to natural death. For that reason, we, the Bishops of each of the dioceses in New Jersey, join in voicing the strongest possible opposition to the “Reproductive Freedom Act.” For more continue to Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New Jersey on the Reproductive Freedom Act

https://njcatholic.org/reproductive-freedom-act (Formation of conscience and suggested legislative advocacy)







Advent Reconciliation Schedule

Saturdays, December 5th, 12th, & 19th at 1:00 p.m.  in the parking lot (in the church for inclement weather)

Monday, December 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Please enter through the center door in the front of the church and do not go beyond the Baptismal font until a confessor is available.




Updated information for COVID support for homeowners and tenants. Also information on how to contact your government representative for COVID relief before Christmas.


Giving Tuesday 2020

Support your parish by donating on the Saint Thomas the Apostle Go Fund Me page at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/st-thomas-the-apostle-church-bloomfield or clicking the flyer below. Note that Go Fund Me is requesting a tip for using their platform. The default is 10%, but you can make it as low as $1.00….See image at the bottom of this page on how to adjust the amount you give to the Go Fund Me.



Example on how to adjust the tip given to Go Fund Me.

Mass for the First Week of Advent

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The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.





Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action The parishes in our area will be hosting four evenings of reflection and prayer via the Zoom meeting platform to discuss Open Wide Our Hearts, the pastoral letter from the US Catholic Bishops published two years ago that calls all of us to a deep conversion of heart to address the moral and theological problem of racism in the US. The meetings will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 28th and will be scheduled for 3 additional nights in the coming weeks. We welcome you to join one or all of them for a journey of prayer and action. Sign up using the links below so you can receive the Zoom link! For more information, please click the following button

















Advent Liturgical Season

Sunday November 29, 2020 through Thursday December 24, 2020

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.


Advent Events

The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.



Please return all items by Sunday December 6, 2020


Thanksgiving Day Mass 9:00AM on November 26, 2020

The Thanksgiving Day Mass is at 9:00AM on Thursday 11/26/2020. The south side/ handicapped entrance will be open at 8:30AM, and will be limited to the first 150 people.

Happy Thanksgiving from Father Larry, the clergy, and staff of the parish.


Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.


The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.









Mass for Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – November 22, 2020



If you choose to print and bring the worship aid with you, please also take the copy home with you. Thank you.

Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #P-400168. All rights reserved.

To go full screen click the in the lower right of the embedded YouTube Video once you start it

To enable Closed Captioning, provided by YouTube, click the CC icon.. The size of the font can be controlled by the gears button to the right of the CC button. You can also set the quality of the video by clicking the gears, selecting quality and then the highest number.






The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.







Includes a pastor’s message, information about the Thanksgiving Mass, Advent and Christmas.











Mass for the Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time November 15, 2020

Video will be posted by 7:30AM Sunday November 15 and taken down the following Friday.


















The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.





Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action The parishes in our area will be hosting four evenings of reflection and prayer via the Zoom meeting platform to discuss Open Wide Our Hearts, the pastoral letter from the US Catholic Bishops published two years ago that calls all of us to a deep conversion of heart to address the moral and theological problem of racism in the US. The meetings will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 28th and will be scheduled for 3 additional nights in the coming weeks. We welcome you to join one or all of them for a journey of prayer and action. Sign up using the links below so you can receive the Zoom link! For more information, please click the following button










Pope Francis gave his latest encyclical in Assisi on the vigil of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 3rd, 2020. The Encyclical entitled ‘Fratelli Tutti’ translates to ‘On Fraternity and Social Friendship.’ From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website “This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity ‘to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.’ ”


The button below is a link to the USCCB website that provides a two page PDF summary of Fratelli Tutti and also a twenty-one page chapter by chapter overview of the encyclical.

Cardinal Tobin in his October 30, 2020 “Rejoice in the Lord” reflects on Fratelli Tutti.


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

Mass for the Thirty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time November 8, 2020

Video will be posted by 7:30AM Sunday November 8 and taken down the following Friday.














The Advent Giving Tree 2020 will be a little different this year with the need to practice social distancing because of COVID-19. Please use the following link for additional details and to signup for items you and your family wish to donate.





Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love. Responding to Racism: Understanding, Conversion, Action The parishes in our area will be hosting four evenings of reflection and prayer via the Zoom meeting platform to discuss Open Wide Our Hearts, the pastoral letter from the US Catholic Bishops published two years ago that calls all of us to a deep conversion of heart to address the moral and theological problem of racism in the US. The meetings will begin at 7 PM on Wednesday, October 28th and will be scheduled for 3 additional nights in the coming weeks. We welcome you to join one or all of them for a journey of prayer and action. Sign up using the links below so you can receive the Zoom link! For more information, please click the following button






Pope Francis gave his latest encyclical in Assisi on the vigil of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi on October 3rd, 2020. The Encyclical entitled ‘Fratelli Tutti’ translates to ‘On Fraternity and Social Friendship.’ From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website “This greatly welcomed encyclical is a beautiful reflection on humanity’s path forward to a deeply desired and sought-after peace. Pope Francis addresses his renewed call to universal fraternity ‘to all people of good will, regardless of their religious convictions.’ ”


The button below is a link to the USCCB website that provides a two page PDF summary of Fratelli Tutti and also a twenty-one page chapter by chapter overview of the encyclical.

Cardinal Tobin in his October 30, 2020 “Rejoice in the Lord” reflects on Fratelli Tutti.





Includes Making Service Transformational, Catholic Social Teachings and
Works of Mercy.





See the Holy Mass and Beatification of Carlo Acutis below. For more information about Blessed Carlo see the following link.

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/who-was-carlo-acutis-a-cna-explainer-19684





The Home and School is having a Cheesecake and Pie Sale
Deadline is Friday November 13, 2020. Use the button below for more information


All Souls Day

All Souls Day – November 2

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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