Mass for the Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time September 19, 2021

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”

— Mark 8:34-37

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Cancer Patients Fly Free

Any cancer patient who needs to fly to a location for treatments can fly free through the efforts of a non-profit organization called Corporate Angel Network. For more information you can email them at or call them at 1-866-38-1313.
For complete information on this organization go to

Updated information on September 15, 2021 for COVID related resources as program rules change are about to expire.

September 11th Memorial Page

The picture is of the steel cross cut from one of the World Trade Center Beams.

We remember them…
in the rising sun and in its going down.

We remember them…
In the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter.

We remember them…
When we are weary and in need of some strength.

We remember them…
When we are lost and sick of heart.

We remember them…
When we have joys we yearn to share.

We remember them…
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us…

As we remember them.


Click here for a NY Times article on one of our parishioners who passed away on September 11th.

Click here for Cathy Nardella’s obituary on

Click here for Craig Montano’s obituary on

Below is a picture of the plaque of the Peace of Christ Carillon dedicated in memorial of two St. Thomas the Apostle Parishioners.

In past yeas the steel beam was placed at the Baptismal font. In the background is the Easter Candle, the ambry with the Holy Oils, and the stain glass windows of the theological virtue of love, the Resurrection and the Ascension.

Location of the Glen Ridge Memorial

Glen Ridge Police Department – 3 Herman St, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Location of the Bloomfield Memorial

250 Liberty Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Antoinette Duger is the sister of Maria DeRosa who works in the Religious Education Office

Antoinette’s obituary on –

The Belleville 9/11 Memorial is located on the park on Franklin Avenue and Chestnut Street, Belleville, NJ. The following link will show you the location.’23.9%22N+74%C2%B010’05.2%22W/@40.8066389,-74.1682479,32m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d40.80664!4d-74.168105

Congratulation to Rich Bevere on 30 Years of Retreats at San Alfonso’s Retreat House

Congratulations to Rich Bevere on his receipt, as a STA Holy Name Society member, of a 30-year retreat attendance certificate at San Alfonso Retreat House on July 18, 2021 San Alfonso Retreat House (

For more about the Holy Name Society, please visit

Special thanks to the newly forming communications committee for the text overlay of the image. Expect more great things to come from the committee and Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.

Welcome to Fr. Jonathan Yabiliyok

Fr. Jonathan Yabiliyok, a priest of the Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria will be joining us as a summer priest from July 7-September 7.
Father Jonathan was ordained in 14th June, 1997 and received a PhD from Fordham University Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education in 2019.
Please be sure to say hello and introduce yourself to him.

Saint Thomas the Apostle – Feast Day July 3

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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.

In John 14: 1-7 we hear St. Thomas again.  This Gospel is part of  Jesus’ Farewell Discourse given at the Last Supper.  It is often heard at  funeral Masses, as it is a source of comfort and hope. Thomas could not comprehend what Jesus meant when he said, “I will come back again and take you to Myself, that where I am you may also be.  Where I am going you know the way.”  Thomas’ question is, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we now the way?”  Jesus replies, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.”

According to tradition, St. Thomas preached the gospel in India and was martyred there.

Stained Glass Windows from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield, New Jersey.

Links to Scripture about St. Thomas the Apostle:

GoFundMe for Richard Saparito

Dear Families of St. Thomas the Apostle,

Please consider helping our very own Richard Saparito, many of us know him as coach, many know him as a staple of St. Thomas. He and his family need our help and support. Richard has given so much time to St. Thomas it would be greatly appreciated if we can help him and his family! Please see the link below:

Bring STA to wherever you are…

At Saint Thomas we will continue to livestream our weekend masses and other events to our YouTube channel for those homebound or traveling.  We are also committed to maintaining our website and social media sites to keep you informed about our parish.  If you have a friend or family member who may be interested in coming back to or joining our parish community then please have them contact us or point them to our website so they can browse around.   For those interested in registering or updating their contact information you can fill out the form in our bulletin or on our website.

If you have not already signed up for Electronic Giving this would be a good time to take advantage of the convenience and ease of donating.  You can donate in other ways by visiting  There is also a link on the main page of our website.

While attending mass in person is an obligation for most, we also want to make sure you want to be here at Saint Thomas to worship our God and the many blessings He has given us.  Thank you to our liturgical ministers, music ministry and digital communications team that make our worship of God so wonderful at Saint Thomas whether in person or via Internet.

Commemoration and Celebration of “Juneteenth”: Marking the End of Slavery in the U.S.

This weekend June 19th marks the end of slavery in our Country with the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on December 6, 1865. The occasion will be celebrated with parades, festivals, speeches, prayer services, and educational events. It has become known as “Juneteenth” in the African American Community, first celebrated in Texas on June 19th 1866 on the first anniversary of a Union General arriving in Texas to enforce Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1863). As Black Texans moved to other states, they brought Juneteenth with them. The celebrations gained popularity during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and many states have followed Texas’s lead by making Juneteenth a holiday commemorating the end of slavery, including New Jersey.

Just as June 19th brings pride and joy, another event that happened on May 31st through June 1st in 1921 casts a long shadow on race relations in the U.S., the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. Without provocation, a white mob launched an assault on the thriving and prosperous African American community in Tulsa that left hundreds dead and injured, and homes looted and burned to the ground. Most of the dead who could be found were buried in a mass grave. There was nothing left of the town. It was uninhabitable. For decades afterward news and information about this massacre was stifled with few survivors to speak for the dead. This horrific massacre is only one of many in our history that are not commonly known.

This weekend let’s celebrate with our African American brothers and sisters on June 19th, mindful of the long road they have been traveling for freedom and equality, as well as all citizens’ roles in solidarity with them in this unfinished journey.

In October the Social Concerns Ministry will be offering a series of programs on Catholic Social Teaching, the first principle of which is “The Dignity of the Human Person and the Sanctity of Human Life, that every person has a unique and special dignity in light of the fact that he or she was made in the image and likeness of God; and therefore entitled to certain basic human rights”. Several of our popes have applied this cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching to present- day society, some particularly with regard to race relations. A written record of such addresses starts with Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), then Pope Pius XI (1922-1939), Pope St. John XXIII (1958-1963), Pope St. Paul VI (1963-1978), and continuing through Pope St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI to Pope Francis today. Pope Leo said,,”For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: Love your neighbor as yourself”. (Galatians 5:14)

Let us continue to strive to achieve social justice for African Americans and all vulnerable persons in our lifetimes. Below is a Prayer offered by St. John Paul II that speaks to this issue.

Lord God, our Father, you created the human being, man and woman, in your image and likeness, and you willed the diversity of peoples within the unity of the human family. At times, however, the equality of your sons and daughters has not been acknowledged and Christians have been guilty of attitudes of rejection and exclusion, consenting to acts of discrimination on the basis of racial and ethnic differences. Forgive us, and grant us the grace to heal the wounds still present in your community on account of sin, so that we will all feel ourselves to be your sons and daughters. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


For additional information on the subject of Catholic Social Teaching relevant to this subject see:

“Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love – A Pastoral Letter Against Racism” (2018)

Pope Francis’ third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship (overview & summary)

Some historical scholarship and articles relevant to this subject:

The Union Army and Juneteenth, 1865, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (Short history & teacher discussion questions to grade school, middle school and high school students)

Nearly two dozen Black massacres in American history: A searchable database of race massacres shows the depths of America’s struggle to live its principles of equality, by Eileen Rivers, USA TODAY (Updated May 31, 2021)[see chart]

Eric Foner, The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution, (NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 2019)

Martin Luther King, Jr. and Melvin Washington, A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr. (NY: Harper & Row, 1986)

Questions, concerns, or to join the Social Concerns Ministry contact Barbara Albert by email or phone 201-247-2798.