April 2020 E-Newsletter

April 2020


In this issue:
  • Holy Week
  • Parish News
  • From the Cardinal and Archdiocese
  • Saint Thomas the Apostle on Social Media and Quick Links
  • Easter Season

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Holy Week

Come Celebrate Holy Week With Us Online!

All videos will be available via our Website and YouTube Channel
Palm Sunday – Sunday April 5, 2020
Online at https://www.stachurchbloomfield.com/web/mass-for-palm-sunday-april-5-2020-recorded/
Holy Thursday – Thursday April 9, 2020
Live Streaming of Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30PM on Our YouTube Channel
Good Friday – Friday April 10, 2020
Live Streaming of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 3:00PM Our YouTube Channel
Virtual Living Stations of the Cross at 7:30PM on Our YouTube Channel
Easter Sunday – Sunday April 12, 2020
Live Streaming of Easter Sunday Mass at 10:00AM on Our YouTube Channel

Parish News

Pastor’s Letter -April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

Pastor’s Letter – Financial Support

Letter to the Parish March 19, 2020

Corona Virus Update from the Archdiocese of Newark

Parish Center Closed Phone Hours Only at 973-338-9190
Monday-Friday 9am-3pm
Saturday 9am-1pm
Please leave a message and your call will be returned.

From the Cardinal and Archdiocese

Spiritual closeness in a time of social distancing: Seven suggestions

Rejoice in the Lord

March 25, 2020 Coronavirus Update from the Archdiocese of Newark

Cardinal Tobin’s Twitter

Archdiocese of Newark’s Twitter

Archdiocese of Newark’s Website

Saint Thomas the Apostle on Social Media and Quick Links

YouTube (For Videos and Live Streaming)

Facebook

Twitter

Go Fund Me

Electronic Giving

Bulletins

Online Calendar

Religious Education Students Praying the Hail Mary

Online Petition Form

Parishioner Registration/Update for Existing Parishioners

Easter – The 50 Day Long Feast

Alleluia! Alleluia! He is Risen!

The fifty-day feast of Easter developed from the harvest feast of ancient Israel known as “Shavuot,” or the “Feast of Weeks.” It was a period of seven weeks (a “week of weeks”) plus one day, beginning with Passover and concluding with the fiftieth day, the day of Pentecost. The fiftieth day marked the end of the barley harvest and included an offering of the first fruits. By the time of Jesus, this festival also had become a celebration of the giving of the Law on Mount Sinai.

The themes of harvest, Exodus and the Law also became part of the Christian celebration. Christians celebrated the Passover of Jesus through death to new life and the Covenant that was established in him. Images of Christ as paschal Lamb and as first fruits are the earliest Easter images used by St. Paul.

Easter was the first of our feasts to develop beyond the weekly Sunday celebration. This fifty-day period of rejoicing seems to have been adopted by all Christian communities by the second century. Within a few centuries, however, the unity of the feast began to weaken, and the resurrection, the ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit began to be celebrated separately. Easter and Pentecost became two separate days rather than the two names for the same fifty-day period. Only in our own time has the unity of this celebration been reestablished, at least in the liturgical books. The pastoral challenge is to reestablish it in the minds and hearts of the parish, and the best way to do that is by celebrating the whole feast well.

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.